In recent years, our regular customers will have noticed that we have been adding more and more specialist events to our auction calendar, including the popular Vintage Fashion and Furniture, Garden and Sporting sales. Specialist sections have also been introduced to the fortnightly Antiques and Interiors sales in order to showcase rising numbers of themed items such as high-quality jewellery, vintage clothing and militaria.
To accommodate this trend, we have decided to introduce a more consultant-led approach to our services that not only encourages existing staff to further develop specific areas of expertise but also uses more of our specialist contacts. This will give clients increased access to some of the top antiques experts in the region whilst at the same time continuing to provide the efficient and personal service for which the saleroom has become known.
Richard Edwards, who was previously a specialist with Sotheby’s and Doyle New York before moving to Addisons in 2003, will be taking on a consultancy role within the business with particular responsibility for the quarterly Fine Art and Antiques Catalogue sales. These sales have a reputation for showcasing an extensive range of high-quality items and attract strong global audiences.
Auctioneer William McNab will concentrate on the fortnightly general sales that regularly attract up to 800-900 lots, assisted by Marella Darvill who will also continue to develop the Vintage auctions. Simon Nixon will focus on growing the sporting sales, which cover shooting, fishing and other country sports.
Henrietta Graham one of the North’s leading antiques and fine arts experts who has previously worked for both Sotheby’s and Bonhams will carry on with her existing role in the business sourcing and cataloguing a wide range of lots and representing Addisons at specialist valuation days. Paul Ing, a well-known specialist in Arts & Crafts furniture and decorative arts, including Yorkshire oak by craftsmen such as Robert `Mouseman` Thompson, will provide expertise for all sales in this popular area.