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.
Australian and International Art
Rohan Hawthorn is the General Manager of Shapiro Auctioneers and a specialist in Australian and International Fine Art.
Rohan's career in the auction industry spans 15 years, beginning his career at Goodman Auctions and progressing to the role of junior specialist at Bonhams Auctioneers. At Bonhams he was responsible for significant one owner collections including those of Lindsay Fox, John Laws, the Estate of Rudy Komon as well as the liquidation of MG Rover. After leaving the auction industry Rohan was manager at Andrew Crawford Gallery before starting his own consultancy agency, his clients including Tim Storrier who he worked with to assist in cataloguing and managing the artist's private and historical collection. Since joining the team at Shapiro Auctioneers in 2009 Rohan has built the fine art department and curated auctions of numerous collections including the Estate of Ray Hughes, the Estate of Darcy Ryan, The Barbara Sheridan Donnay and the late Gilbert J. Donnay Collection, the Estate of Andrew Curtis, The Duncan and Sally Mount Collection and major corporate collections from The Royal Bank of Scotland, Corrs Westgarth Chambers and PWC.
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.
Couture and Luxury Design
Australian Studio Ceramics
Estates and Trusts
Georgia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Sydney. After graduating, she pursued a brief career in commercial banking however was repeatedly drawn back to the arts and subsequently worked for the Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Festival, and Sydney Film Festival. Prior to joining Shapiro Auctioneers in 2014, she also worked for a variety of commercial galleries and institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, as well as curating her own exhibitions in artist run project spaces. Besides her longstanding love of fashion and couture, Georgia has an avid interest in studio ceramics from the early to mid-20th Century.
Accounts & Administration
Geraldine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) and a Master of Art Curating from the University of Sydney. She has completed internships at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills and the Sydney University Art Gallery.
Her eclectic interests within the arts have led her in different directions, from volunteer projects in experimental art spaces to a number of months spent in North East Arnhem land working for the Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation. Geraldine joined Shapiro in 2017 on a casual basis and is now overseeing client services and administration full time.
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.
Fine Jewellery and Watches Matthew is a GAA certified and experienced Diamond trader, advisor and agent. As the Owner and Director of LE MAZ Pty Ltd, Matthew offers customers his 15 years’ experience in the diamond business along with strong credibility and a distinct family heritage steeped in diamond trading and jewellery.
Based in Sydney for over a decade, Matthew was the Head Diamond Grader and Laboratory Manager for the Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia. In this role Matthew was at the forefront of Australia’s most reputable diamond laboratory where he learnt from industry experts and harnessed his technical skills and trading abilities. Prior to his Sydney move, Matthew worked his way up to the Head of Diamond Branded Products for Zamel’s Jewellers, Australia’s largest jewellery retailer.
In a return to his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, Matthew brings his breadth of knowledge and experience in diamonds, international diamond contacts and his approachable nature to help customers secure their dream diamond.
Richard Madley FNAVA
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.
Fine Jewellery and Silver Consultant
Having trained in the UK for 6 years, Adrian has been a fixture on the Melbourne and Sydney Fine Jewellery scene for over 30 years. He has managed some of Australia’s fine jewellery houses including Paul Bram, Jan Logan and Bunda Fine Jewels. Fine Jewellery, Silver and Objets de Vertu have always been a passion for Adrian. His knowledge of jewellery movements and insights on the future of retail jewellery are exceptionally insightful. He regularly gives talks and presentations for both fund-raising and corporate and private functions.