Director, Head of Department
London, King Street
With a family background in auctioneering, Toby's introduction to the working life in the world of antiques was with the revered silver dealer, the late Mrs G.E.P. How in St. James's. He followed this with a year-long Study Centre course based at the Victoria & Albert museum before joining Christie’s in 1990. He started his career in the salerooms at Christie’s South Kensington, working as a picture porter. His mechanical and motorsport passion then led to a specialist role in the Automobilia and Maritime departments, before he joined the Works of Art department in 1995. During his time in the department he oversaw the sale of numerous collections. Highlights include auctions for Michael Roberts, Nicholas Gifford-Mead and the contemporary South African animalier sculptor Dylan Lewis. He was made a Director in 2005. In 2007 Toby was appointed Specialist Head of Furniture and Works of Art at South Kensington. In this capacity he was instrumental to the launch and development of the highly successful Interiors sales and also of the premier Style & Spirit sales of which he was Head of Sale. Toby was appointed Head of Clocks, Christie’s London, in November 2011, a role in which he was able to combine both his decorative arts knowledge and his enthusiasm for mechanical objects. He is based in our King Street offices.
In 2015 Toby was responsible for selling the renown Abbott Guggenheim Collection of Renaissance clocks at Christie’s New York, realizing a total of over $4,000,000.