Bonhams appoints Dave Dallas as international head of Old Masters

From January 3rd Dave Dallas the distinguished Old Masters specialist will take on a new brief for Bonhams, as International Director of the Old Masters Department.

Dave Dallas, 61, joined the Old Masters Department of an international fine art auction house in 1969 and has had four decades specialising in this most demanding area of the art market where an educated eye, expertise and a flawless memory are the tools of the trade. It was a decision that has served him well.

Using the experience gained he has worked for the City Gallery, Phillips Old Masters Department, Bonhams Old Masters Department, as an independent dealer and a consultant for 22 years to London's only specialist dealer in Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, Johnny van Haeften Ltd.

His expertise is much in demand and as a result he has also spent 20 years on the Olympia Antiques Fair picture vetting committee; 20 years as Chairman of the Friends of Reading Museum; Chairman of Grosvenor House antiques Fair picture vetting committee; currently he serves on the picture vetting committee of Masterpiece; he is a Trustee of the Reading Foundation for Art; and an External advisor to The Eton College Collections Committee.

Jonathan Horwich, Global Head of Pictures at Bonhams comments: "The appointment of Dave Dallas to head our international Old Masters Department is a very significant addition to our expertise. Dave has had a long and distinguished career, has a superb network and brings an unrivalled knowledge of British Landscape painting, as well as a huge understanding of Old Masters. We are delighted to have him join us as a colleague having worked with him for many years as an outside consultant."


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. 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 five throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Boston in the USA; Toronto, Canada; and France, Monaco, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. By the end of 2009, Bonhams had become UK market leaders in ten key specialist collecting areas.For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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