What I reported two newsletters ago is now official: Christie's International announced late last week that Philippe Garner has now been appointed International Specialist Head of 20th-Century Decorative Arts and Photographs. Based in London, Garner will provide leadership to the international 20th Century Decorative Arts and Photographs teams. His focus will be on developing long-term business strategies for both collecting categories. He will work closely with Christie's International regional Chairmen and Managing Directors to develop buyers and cross-category business opportunities and serve as the senior level business-getter for these collecting areas.
Garner is unrivalled in the auction world for his wealth of experience and depth of knowledge in 20th-century decorative arts and design and photographs, with over 30 years involvement in the auction world. He entered the auction business in London in November 1970 and soon attracted attention as an innovator. He catalogued and coordinated the 1971 sale that initiated the modern auction market in photographs.