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GREGORY AND JAMES DEMIRJIAN

ARIADNE GALLERIES

As the sons of Ariadne Galleries founder and veteran antiquarian Torkom Demirjian, co-presidents Gregory and James Demirjian are well-positioned at the helm of the New York and London-based dealership. The brothers have continued in the gallery’s tradition of sourcing the… Read More

ALI AND HICHAM ABOUTAAM

PHOENIX ANCIENT ART

Phoenix Ancient Art was founded in the 1960s by the late S. Aboutaam and is now run by his sons Hicham and Ali. The brothers have been surrounded by ancient objects ever since they can remember. ‘We only recommend that… Read More

JEAN-DAVID CAHN

CAHN INTERNATIONAL AG

Jean-David Cahn heads up Cahn International, continuing a family tradition going back 150 years.Based in Basel, his gallery specialises in ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian art spanning several millennia, and includes sculptures and statuettes made of marble, bronze, and terracotta,… Read More

MARTIN CLIST

CHARLES EDE

The late Charles Ede sold his first antiquity in 1959, opening his gallery in 1971. While Martin Clist oversees the daily running, Ede’s son Jamie remains chairman, and the gallery remains true to the strong academic roots laid down by… Read More

LAETITIA DELALOYE

CHRISTIE’S

As an investment, antiquities are a secure value like the Swiss Franc, although most people buy for passion and pleasure,’ says Swiss-born Egyptology graduate Laetitia Delaloye. Her love of the ancient world goes back to a childhood spent visiting her… Read More

DR FLORENT HEINTZ

SOTHEBY’S

After obtaining his PhD in Classical Archaeology from Harvard University and working as keeper of the collection of ancient coins at the Fogg Art Museum, Dr Florent Heintz joined Sotheby’s Antiquities department in 2001.Based in London, he is one of… Read More

FRANCESCA HICKIN

BONHAMS

Francesca Hickin started as an intern in antiquities at Christie’s.She moved to Bonhams in 2017 to head up the antiquities department, running sales of antiquities from the ancient civilisations of the Near East,Egypt, Greece, Byzantium and Rome. ‘I think almost… Read More

SARAH HORNSBY AND JUDITH NUGÉE

HORNSBY NUGéE

Former directors and heads of the antiquities department at Christie’s, Sarah Hornsby and Judith Nugée now act as independent antiquities consultants in London, specialising in ancient Greek and Roman art, Egyptian, Near Eastern and European art. ‘The market for well-provenanced… Read More

DANIEL KATZ

DANIEL KATZ LTD

Daniel Katz started dealing in works of art almost half a century ago and shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, his most recent move in 2014 was to upgrade to a six-storey, 6,000 square foot Edwardian townhouse… Read More

MADELEINE PERRIDGE

KALLOS GALLERY

‘One of the nicest things about the antiquities world is that most people who collect are passionate, real specialists and very committed to furthering the study of the ancient world and its artefacts,’ says the charming Madeleine Perridge, who joined… Read More

YACOB SHAVLEYAN

YACOB GALLERY

Yacob Shavelyan came to London from Iran at 15 ‘for a week and stayed for 40 years’. From a family of antiquities dealers, he showed a knack for the trade early on with his first buy — a 10th-century Persian… Read More

RUPERT WACE

RUPERT WACE ANCIENT ART

There is a red granite Old Kingdom sarcophagus on the ground floor of the British Museum which Rupert Wace found 30 years ago at a garden statue sale. ‘I think it had been used as a planter in someone’s garden,’… Read More