Phillips has announced that independent art advisor Laurence Calmels will join the auction house as a regional director for France. Calmels will work to increase Phillips’s presence in France by supporting its business and development efforts and by cultivating networks of collectors and art dealers.
“With her significant experience and passion for engaging with clients and colleagues, and her intimate knowledge of the art world in France, Laurence is a welcome addition to our team as we look to grow our market share in this important market,” CEO Edward Dolman said. “Paris has always been one of the world’s most important cultural capitals and will become an increasingly important market for Phillips.”
Prior to becoming an art advisor, Calmels was a partner at the Paris-based auction house Calmels-Cohen. After becoming the youngest female auctioneer in France, Calmels was named a Commissaire-priseur. During her time at Calmels-Cohen, she led several successful sales, including the auction of André Breton and Jean Arp collections.
“Phillips is building a strong reputation as an exciting and forward-looking auction house and there is great momentum at the company,” Calmels said. “I look forward to helping the company expand its reach and working with its very talented group of specialists.”