Sotheby's expands worldwide team in the area of Indian and Suutheast Asian Art Sotheby’s announced today changes which will strengthen the company’s worldwide operation in the area of Indian and Southeast Asian Art.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - April 4, 2006 – Sotheby’s announced today changes which will strengthen the company’s worldwide operation in the area of Indian and Southeast Asian Art. Beginning in May, Zara Porter Hill will take over as Director of Sotheby’s Indian and Southeast Asian Art Department. Ms. Porter Hill will be based in London and will direct Sotheby’s Indian and Southeast Asian sales in New York and London. Robin Dean, who has headed sales in this area, will become a senior consultant to Sotheby’s and will be part of a team sourcing Modern and Contemporary Art for worldwide sales.
Speaking of the appointment of Ms. Porter Hill, Richard Buckley, Managing Director for Sotheby’s North and South America, said: “We are delighted to welcome Zara as Director of Sotheby’s Indian and Southeast Asian Art department. In her most recent position as specialist of Christie’s Asian art department in South Kensington, she assembled very successful sales of Modern and Contemporary Indian paintings. Our Indian and Southeast Asian sales, are a particular growth area for Sotheby’s, with sales totals growing from $1.94 million in 2004 to $10.5 million in 2005, to $22,684,421 for 2006 based on last week’s New York sales alone.”
“I am very excited to join Sotheby’s at a time when Indian art is in the ascendant,” said Ms. Porter Hill. “Sotheby’s has not only achieved world record prices in modern and contemporary Indian paintings, but is also market leader for Indian miniatures and Himalayan art. I plan to build on this and move forward working with a strong expanding team of specialists and consultants to bring together world-class sales in New York and London.”
Zara Porter Hill
Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Zara Porter Hill was a specialist in Asian art at Christie’s South Kensington for five years, since 2000, managing both Indian and Islamic art sales. She developed the modern and contemporary Indian art sales in London and contributed to the international sales. Zara also carried out valuations and research for the Christie’s King Street Indian and Islamic sales, most recently putting together the Archer Collection of miniature paintings.
Sotheby’s New York Indian and Southeast Asian Art Department
Ms. Porter Hill will work closely Anuradha Ghosh-Mazumdar, Senior Cataloguer in the Indian and Southeast Asian Art, and David Weldon, Senior Consultant, in New York, as well as with Edward Gibbs, Head of the Islamic and Indian Art department, and Holly Brackenbury in London.
Sotheby’s Presence in India
Robin Dean will become a senior consultant to Sotheby’s involved in sourcing Modern and Contemporary Art for the Company’s sales in New York and London. In addition, the Company will continue to partner with Dadiba Pundole, who owns one of the foremost galleries devoted to Modern and Contemporary Indian Art based in Mumbai, who will be involved in sourcing Modern and Contemporary Art for the Company’s sales in New York and London.
Sotheby’s Involvement in Sales of Indian and Southeast Asian
Sotheby’s has been holding separate sales of Indian and Southeast Asian Art since 1987 and pioneered