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Moretti Fine Arts

Dealer of old master paintings and sculptures Moretti Fine Art will open a new gallery in Paris this fall. It will be the third location for Moretti Fine Art along with London and Monaco.

The new gallery, on the ground floor of 1 Place du Louvre, will open on September 14 with an exhibition of a major Italian Baroque masterpiece to reflect Moretti’s specialization in Italian Old Master paintings. Giulia Giustiniani, Italian art historian and specialist in old masters, joins Eric Turquin’s Moretti Fine Art as director of the new gallery in Paris.

Fabrizio Moretti, founder of Moretti Fine Art, said: “There is a strong collector base in the city, as well as world-class cultural institutions with whom we have regular dealings. We wanted to find a space that was intimate enough to allow us to stay close to the galleries and auction houses, and the Place du Louvre seemed like the perfect place.”

Olympia Auctions

Olympia Auctions has hired Stephen Loakes to head its Asian fine art department. Loakes has over 25 years’ experience in the field of Chinese art, beginning his career at Phillips, then Bonhams and for the last 17 years in the Chinese department of Sotheby’s Bond Street, most recently as a director.

Under his direction, Olympia’s Asian Artwork department will strengthen its sales of both Chinese and Japanese paintings and objects. The next auction for Asian works of art is on November 8.

Kinghams Auctioneers

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Kinghams Auctioneers has appointed Matthew Lafite.

Kinghams Auctioneers has appointed Matthew Lafite as Associate Director and Director of Silver and Objects of Vertu. He previously worked at various UK auction houses, but more recently as a dealer in his native Australia. Kinghams’ inaugural Silver & Objects of Vertu sale is scheduled for 8 September.

Lyons and Turnbull

Book specialist Simon Vickers retires from his full-time position at Lyon & Turnbull to become a consultant.

After 17 years heading the Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs department at L&T, she will pass the baton of running her department to her colleague of 10 years Cathy Marsden.

Marsden joined Lyon & Turnbull in 2012 as a Books Specialist and most recently as an Assistant Department Head.

Read more about Vickers and Marsden in ATG No. 2601.


Bonhams has launched a US fashion and handbags department and has appointed fashion specialist Marissa Speer as head of sales. The department will present designer handbags, accessories and ready-to-wear from names like Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Speer has 20 years of experience in the used luxury goods sector, having previously worked at The RealReal where he held a role in Authentication, Valuation and Sales and in vintage resurrection. The first online auction is scheduled for August.

The US launch follows Bonham’s first handbags and fashion department she formed in London in 2020. She holds more than 15 auctions a year in the category with specialists in London, Paris and Hong Kong.


Phillips will hold its first auctions of Swiss jewelery and objets d’art in the fall. The inaugural jewelery sale will take place on November 6 in Geneva and will also include Art Deco objects.

The firm decided to expand following strong results at Phillips’ jewelry auctions in 2022.

National Association of Jewelers

The National Association of Jewelers (NAJ) has appointed Ben Massey as Chief Executive Officer. He previously was a senior officer. The NAJ represents the UK jewelery industry and has 2,000 member companies. The Institute of Registered Appraisers is also part of the NAJ, made up of around 100 professional appraisers.

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