Bellmans auction house opens at Cromwell Place in Kensington

Cromwell Place in South Kensington. Photo credit: Cromwell Place.


Bellmans auction house has opened a new London office in Cromwell Place. The Kensington Arts Centre, which provides space for art exhibitions, events, studios and galleries, was launched in 2020.

Bellmans, founded in 1989, previously had a London office in Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair.

The new London office is headed by Harrison Goldman who joined earlier this year. Specialized weekly valuation days will take place at Cromwell Place, by appointment, with Bellmans specialists, in departments such as Asian art, jewellery, watches and images.

Philip Belcher, Senior Executive Director of Bellmans, said: “We are extremely impressed with the concept and facilities of Cromwell Place and their plans to make it a destination for contemporary and classical art.

Bellmans will continue to hold auctions from its auction house in Wisborough Green, West Sussex. Judging Days are held at several locations and on October 24 there will be a Judging Day at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham.


Decorative arts and design auction house Rago/Wright (the New Jersey-based Rago and Chicago-based Wright companies that merged in 2019) continues to expand.

The latest acquisition is Chicago auction house Toomey & Co. Toomey, based in Oak Park, Ill., will move to nearby Wright headquarters in Chicago in the fall, but will keep its name.

In 2021, Rago/Wright purchased West Coast auction house LA Modern Auctions (LAMA) and now the four companies will share technology, expertise and marketing efforts, but retain their names and staff .

Founded in 1987, Toomey & Co (run by Lucy Toomey and John Walcher) focuses on early 20th century and modern design, fine art, jewellery, silverware and watchmaking.

John Toomey, an arts and crafts and ceramics specialist, and art pottery specialist Riley Humler, will continue to work in the business.

David Rago said: “Joining forces with John Toomey and Riley Humler is a decades-old dream. With this merger, we are launching an American Arts and Crafts team unlike any other in the industry.

Richard Wright will retain his role as CEO of the combined company.

Art, jewelry and ceramics company Rago was founded in 1984 and design specialist Wright in 2000. LAMA was founded in 1992.


Marcel Brouwer

Marcel Brouwer has joined Bonhams in the Netherlands.

Bonhams has appointed Marcel Brouwer as an international specialist in modern decorative art and design in Europe based in the Netherlands.

He will work within his international design department, helping the Paris team to develop design sales, and also supporting the teams in London, New York and Brussels as well as with colleagues in Scandinavia.

Brouwer, born in the Netherlands, in 1999 became head of sales for the decorative arts and design department of the 20th century at Christie’s Amsterdam. In 2009, he left to set up on his own and worked in partnership to create ephemeral auctions.

Since 2014 he has been working with Vended Rotterdam where he set up design sales. He is one of the design specialists for the Dutch national antiques TV show “Tussen Kunst & Kitsch”.

Mellor & Kirk

Daniel Smith

Mellors & Kirk has appointed Daniel Smith.

Mellors & Kirk has appointed Daniel Smith as specialist in charge of its rare books department. Smith was previously at Bamfords, where he worked for the past nine years, during which time he established specialist book sales.

Mellors & Kirk was founded by owner Nigel Kirk and Nicholas Mellors in Nottingham in 1993. The company also operates from a consignment and appraisal office in the High Street in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

NAVA property mark

Trevor Palethorpe

NAVA (National Associations of Valuers & Auctioneers) Propertymark has named John Pye’s Trevor Palethorpe as its next president.

NAVA (National Associations of Valuers & Auctioneers) Propertymark has named John Pye’s Trevor Palethorpe as its next president. He was previously its vice-president.

Palethorpe, who is John Pye’s co-head of business and real estate, said: “I want to inspire other colleagues in the profession and anyone considering a career as an auctioneer.”

He succeeds Paul Bridgeman of Clive Emson Auctioneers. The organization, renamed NAVA Propertymark, comprises 375 auctioneers and appraisers. It is part of the larger Propertymark organization which has 17,000 members.

Richard Madley

Richard Madley

Richard Madley returns to the cricket auction.

Richard Madley returns to the cricket auction, but this time in South Africa.

After a four-year gap (his 11-year stint with the Indian Premier League ended in 2018 when former Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades was appointed by India’s Cricket Control Board), Madley returns on September 19 to auction off some of the best in the world. cricketers in South Africa.

Madley, who has worked at Phillips, Christie’s and Dreweatts, said: “It’s an honor to be invited and an excuse to pursue my lifelong passion for cricket (and cricket memories).”

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