Shapiro have a longstanding reputation in the sale of fine silver and decorative arts, with demand for Lalique Art Glass, Georg Jensen silver, and rare examples of porcelain and William Moorcroft pottery to be exceptionally strong.
For a confidential and obligation-free appraisal please contact one of our specialists.
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.
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.
Richard Madley FNAVA
UK Representative Independent Valuer, Auctioneer, Agent
Richard has over thirty five years in the auction industry in the UK and New York. He is probably best known in the world of cricket as the IPL Auctioneer – where he conducts ground breaking auctions to an international audience. In addition he is a regular expert on BBC TV’s “Bargain Hunt” – the UK’s most popular daytime TV programme. Mr. Madley is based outside Bath and is available to undertake valuations of any items which have an Australian story or provenance. In particular he specialises in searching out significant examples of Australian Art and Silver, as well as Australian sporting and cultural ephemera and books. Over the last five years important works by Sidney Nolan, Emanuel Phillips Fox, Ethel Carrick Fox, Margaret Preston, Ethel Spowers and Brett Whiteley have resurfaced in English country houses.
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