Commercial art gallery

A new art dealer, an auction house and a book – updates from the world of art and antiquities

Emma Ward has left the Dickinson Gallery. Image: Dafydd Jones

Moretti district

Dickinson Gallery Managing Director Emma Ward and James Roundell left to set up a society with Old Masters specialist Fabrizio Moretti.

They are joined by Dickinson Gallery Director Max Weaver, who will join the new Ward Moretti franchise as Gallery Director.

It is based in the Moretti Gallery at 12-13 Duke Street in St James’s, which recently reopened over three floors covering 8600 square feet after a major extension and refurbishment.

Fabrice Moretti

Emma Ward will now work with Fabrizio Moretti, forming Ward Moretti. Photo: David Levene.

Ward Moretti, which will have a separate entrance at 12 Duke Street, will focus on 19th and 20th century artwork from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and post-war periods, working alongside Moretti Fine Art, which focuses on old master paintings, sculptures and Italian art.

Learn more about the Moretti district.

Lyon & Turnbull

Simon Hucker

Simon Hucker has joined Lyon & Turnbull.

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull will add a new sale to its London calendar led by new modern and contemporary art specialist Simon Hucker.

Formerly Head of Modern & Post War British Art at Sotheby’s, he joins the firm this month as Associate Director and Senior Specialist and will work with Head of Modern Art and Design Philip Smith at London’s L&T Gallery .

For its first edition in April 2023, the dedicated art sale will run alongside the firm’s biannual Modern Made auction.

Learn more about Simon Hucker’s nomination.


Jim Ronan

Jim Ronan is manager of classic cars at Hansons.

Jim Ronan has joined Hansons Auctioneers as Classic Car Manager based at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire. He has been an auctioneer of vintage cars for over 25 years.

Charles Hanson said: ‘Hansons sold vehicles periodically in other sales. Now it will be a specialty. I want to put Hansons on the map as a place to buy and sell classic cars.

Ronan added: “We have two sales planned for 2023 with more to follow.”

Wimbledon Auctions

Felix Turner

Felix Turner launched the auction house Wimbledon Auctions.

A new auction house is opening at Wimbledon this month.

Wimbledon Auctions will focus on general antiques and collectibles with some specialist areas including paintings, textiles and natural history.

Felix Turner, 22, will hold his first auction on October 10 at the new premises in the Wimbledon Stadium business center on Riverside Road, with sales taking place on the second Monday of each month.

Turner graduated from Bristol University in June 2021 with a history degree and worked at BCVA (Bristol Commercial Valuers and Auctioneers) during school terms and at Lots Road Auctions during holidays. For the past year he has been working at Lots Road and decided the time was right to strike out on his own.

He said he had “a strong interest in antiques since childhood” collecting and selling stamps and visiting fairs and had family in the trade.

Turner will assess submissions himself and work with select consultants on an ad hoc basis.

Henry Sotheran

Olivier Darkshire

Oliver Darkshire. Image: Joshua Williams

A book revealing what it’s really like to work in a rare bookstore is on the way. Once upon a time the misadventures of a rare bookseller was written by Oliver Darkshire, 28, who works at Henry Sotheran on Sackville Street in Mayfair.

Darkshire runs the company’s Twitter account (@Sotherans) which has attracted more than 41,000 followers “largely due to its very entertaining tweets”. The book, published by Bantam Penguin Random House, will be released on October 6.