Bonhams, the international fine art auction house, has appointed Dr Jacqueline Nowikovsky as the company's representative in Vienna, Austria.
Speaking German, French and English she was educated at Lycée Français de Vienne followed by Studies of Philosophy at the University of Vienna.
Her working career started at the gallery Jan Krugier Cie where she gained insight into the world of Fine Arts.
Dr Nowikovsky comments: "Jan Krugier was not only one of the big art dealers of the 20th century, but together with his wife Marie-Anne Poniatowski also built one of the most marvellous private collections with masterpieces ranging from Raffael to Tintoretto, from Rembrandt to Goya, from Cézanne to Giacometti, from Rothko and Bacon, and not to forget the eminent role of Picasso's work. By putting his elegant intuition on display with every arrangement and acquisition, he taught more about the exigencies of quality-standards than years of academic studies."
In her dissertation she analysed how social values are expressed in
economic trading systems and how valuations of the art-market varied
throughout recent history. This research was then followed by her book
³The Value of Art² (³Der Wert der Kunst²), published in 2011 by the
Czernin Verlag, in which she offers insights to the art-market's structure
and its pricing methods.
In Vienna she organised exhibitions for contemporary artists and introduced them to young collectors, as well as holding lectures about art investments. When Die Presse, one of Austria's leading daily newspapers, invited her to share her views on important artists and major exhibitions in her own Art-Blog she had an opportunity to express her passion for art while making additional background information available to interested readers.
At the same time she started working for a private equity developer in Eastern Europe, with a focus on properties under national heritage protection, searching for contemporary solutions adaptable to architectural challenges.
Dr Nowikovsky says: "Joining Bonhams offers me the wonderful privilege of working with extraordinary collectibles and of discovering the precious stories behind valuable objects, to which I am greatly looking forward."
Matthew Girling, Bonhams CEO Europe, says: "We are delighted to make this appointment. Without doubt Dr Nowikovsky will add greatly to our expertise and her contacts and understanding of the art world will prove invaluable to our clients in Austria."
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com