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Sophie Bremers studied History of Art at the University of Leiden. During her internship at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam she researched the 16th Century Italian armour collection by Pompeo della Chiesa and graduated on the subject in 2005. Thereafter, Sophie made her debut in the auction world at the Old Master Paintings Department of one of the premier international auction houses. In 2008, she joined Christie's as a Junior Specialist at the Old Masters and 19th Century Art department, where she was promoted to Associate Specialist in 2010 and to Specialist in 2013. Since 2009, Sophie is one of youngest auctioneers in The Netherlands. She speaks Dutch, German and English.
Benjamin Peronnet is responsible for Christie’s sales of Old Master Drawings, working closely with specialists in salerooms worldwide. Prior to joining Christie's in January 2006, Benjamin spent six years working with the distinguished art historian Pierre Rosenberg, Honorary President of the Louvre. He has written extensively on French and Italian drawings in a variety of publications, and has contributed to catalogues for a number of exhibitions in Europe and North America, most recently Drawings from Weimar which toured to the Frick Collection in New York and the Musee Jacquemart-André in Paris (opened March 2006). Benjamin also led and oversaw all French projects for the Provenance Index at the Getty Research Institute in California. More recently, Benjamin was responsible for bringing to auction three rediscovered drawings by Francisco Goya in July 2008, which sold for a total of over £4 million.
Rosie Jarvie (neé Stynes) joined Christie's in 1997. She has worked on numerous successful sales, including the £5.8 million sale of J.M.W. Turner's The Blue Rigi, which set the then world auction record for a British work on paper and coordinated the Important British Art sales, including the sale of Property from the London residence of the late Sir Paul Getty KCB. She has also worked on a number of high profile single-owner collections, including more recently Christopher Wood: A Very Victorian Eye; The collection of Girogio Marsan and Umberta Nasi; The Collection of Nicolette Wernick and Andrew Wyld: Connoisseur Dealer. Rosie has a particular interest in Edward Lear and the watercolours of Archibald Thorburn. She holds a degree in Classics from Oriel College, Oxford.
Harriet Drummond has been a member of the British Drawings team since 1986, Head of Department Head since 1997 and International Head since 2009. Many new auction records have been set under her leadership, including world record prices for Burne-Jones’s Love Among the Ruins, Turner’s The Blue Rigi, John Constable’s Helmingham Dell, Suffolk, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Pandora, Samuel Palmer’s Oak tree and beech, Lullingstone Park, John Ruskin’s Bellinzona, Switzerland, and John Martin’s The Destruction of the Pharoah’s Host. She has also been involved in many highly successful Single-owner Sales and Collection Sales including The Bute Collection of Watercolours by Paul Sandby, British Watercolours from the Golden Age from the Collection of Monsieur and Madame Gérald Bauer, The Goyder Collection, Christopher Wood: A Very Victorian Eye, The Collection of Nicolette Wernick, Andrew Wyld: Connoisseur Dealer, and The Collection of the Late Mrs T.S Eliot . Harriet has also been involved in a number of highly successful sales in New York including Turner Watercolours from the Chicago Wood Prince Family to Edward Lears from The Estate of Christian B. Peper, and The Distinguished Private Collection which included Gainsborough’s Portrait of Charlotte, 4th Duchess of Marlborough. She is a graduate of Durham University and Christie’s Education and an active member of The Turner Society Committee.
Born in San Sebastian (Spain) in 1962. Law degree from University of Complutense, Madrid. Varez completed a two-year MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, specializing in Spanish Old Masters Art between the XVI and XVII centuries. During his second year he specialized in “The portrait of European Courts in the sixteenth century”, taught by Professor Lorne Campdell, who conducted his dissertation “The Court portrait of Elizabeth of Valois”. Juan Varez first joined Christie's in 1991 as an Old Masters specialist. In 1997, Varez moved to Christie’s New York to work at the Old Masters department, also collaborating with the Latin American Art department and becoming, in 1999, head of this department. In February 2000, Varez moved back to Spain after being appointed Managing Director of Christie’s, the position which he still holds today. He has taught Art and Market classes for postgraduate students at the “Instituto de Empresa” and “Instituto IArt”, both in Madrid. In addition to this, he has lectured on the art market several times in institutions such as the “Circulo Ecuestre” of Barcelona.
Jennifer Wright is the specialist for Old Master Drawings in New York, where she is responsible for the annual January sale of Old Master and 19th Century Drawings. Jennifer has over 10 years experience working in the art market. Prior to joining Christie's, Jennifer worked as a research assistant at the Pierpont Morgan Library where she worked on the collection catalogue of the library's French drawings. Jennifer was previously Gallery Director at a New York drawings and prints gallery, where she organised gallery and fair exhibitions as well as catalogue productions. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History at Georgetown University and a Master of Arts degree from New York University's Institute of Fine Art.
Ketty Gottardo is the Department Director of the Old Master Drawings department in Paris, and is responsible for its twice-yearly sales. Before joining Christie's in November 2007, Ketty worked in the Old Master Paintings and Drawings department at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Prints and Drawings department at the British Museum. After studying Art History in Italy, Ketty began her international career in Paris, at the Louvre Museum, where she collaborated to update the online catalogue of Tuscan drawings. From there she moved to L.A. where she worked as an Assistant Curator in the Drawings department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, organising the exhibition Michelangelo to Vasari. Drawings from the Getty. Ketty's published research has been primarily focused on Italian drawings in general, and Venetian subjects in particular.
Hélène Rihal, who holds a (DEA) in art history, is a specialist in 18th century French drawings and in particular on the work of Charles Parrocel (1688-1752), official painter of King Louis XV. She recently participated in the drawings exhibition at the Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts in Paris and to the creation of the production “Une dynastie de Peintres, les Parrocel”. Helene Rihal began her career by working in several museums, including the Musée National de la Renaissance d’Ecouen and the graphic arts department at the Musée des beaux-arts de Valenciennes. She joined Christie’s in the Old Masters department before becoming a specialist in the drawings department in July 2006. Among her greatest achievements are the sale of a beautiful drawing by Alexandre-François Desportes titled Etude de chien, with a presale estimate of €50,000–70,000, and which sold in Paris in April 2008 for €186,250. She was also key in the sale of a private drawings collection from 1500-1900 in March 2007, that sold fo €2,086,060. Additionally, she also sold a drawing by Hubert Robert titled Notre Dame de Paris, which was sold for $76,900 in January 2009 in New York.