20.21 Century Design

Established in 1995, Shapiro has handled more than 50,000 lots across the spectrum of 20.21 Design, including furniture, textiles, metal ware, lighting and glass.

Shapiro is the premier auction house specialising in modern and contemporary design. With our exceptional and creative innovation Shapiro has contributed to the transformation of the global market for modern design.

Shapiro has pioneered all mediums of design with spectacular auction results. Complemented by the ever increasing market for Contemporary art, Shapiro provides a unique venue for one owner collections. With unprecedented and informative presentation, Shapiro has captured the attention of collectors, galleries and museums around the globe.

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Andrew Shapiro

Andrew Shapiro

Australian and International Art
20.21C Art and Design
Andrew Shapiro is Managing Director of Shapiro Auctioneers Australia. His career in the auction industry spans 30 years, from bases in New York, London and Sydney. In 1984, Mr Shapiro joined Phillips New York, where he established his reputation as a leading specialist in 19th and 20th Century Fine and Decorative Arts and became a senior vice-president. In 1990 he arrived in Australia and introduced auction sales for Phillips Australia. Mr Shapiro was profiled in the international publication, Art and Auction (Nov 2000) as the progressive leader in the Australian auction industry. In 2001 Andrew Shapiro led the management buy-out of Phillips International Auctioneers from Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy across Australia. Over the next seven years Shapiro Auctioneers has confirmed its position in the auction industry as a leader in Australian and International Art, Aboriginal Art, 20/21 Century Design, Traditional Furniture and Decorative Art in particular English and European Silver and Objets d'vertu. Significant one owner collections have highlighted many of the past years including the K R Bernard Smith Collection, The Property of A Gentleman, the L Richard Smith Collection, the New Collection and many others. Record prices in all areas of 20th Century Australian and International Design for silver, glass, furniture and books as well as the highest prices recorded for European sculpture and painting keep Shapiro Auctioneers in the forefront of buyers and sellers.
Alexiane Henry

Alexiane Henry

Fine Furniture, Decorative Art and Design
Single Owner Collections
Always fascinated by objects, Alexiane Henry developed her interest in art and modern design at a young age while growing up in Paris. Alexiane received a Master of Art History and Cultural Heritage from the University of Reims. She has a Master of History from the University of La Sorbonne and a Bachelor of History and Anthropology from the University of Paris X. After working for different museums and cultural institutions in France and Belgium, her love for the decorative arts and early 20th century furniture led her to a career in the auction industry. Alexiane joined Shapiro in 2014 and is a Specialist of Furniture, Modern Design and Decorative Arts. She also conducts general estate appraisals and looks after single owner collections.
William Cooke

William Cooke

Modern and Contemporary Art
Gallery and Installations Manager
William Cooke is the Contemporary Art specialist and Gallery Manager at Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney. He is responsible for cataloguing and researching works that are consigned to the contemporary art department for auction and private treaty. In addition to William's passion for exciting examples of mid-century design and lighting, he is also a practising artist and has regular exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne. William received his Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) from Sydney College of the Arts in 2011.  


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