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The Best of the Best 2003: Art Galleries – Dickinson

James Roundell gained more than expertise in Impressionist and modern paintings during his 22 years at the London office of Christie’s. He also learned about the flaws of the auction-house approach to buying and selling art. Joining Dickinson in 1995 allowed him to be more selective in his purchases. The firm, which maintains offices in London and New York, was founded in 1993 by another Christie’s alumnus, Simon Dickinson, who spent 24 years in the Old Master and the British paintings departments. Dickinson’s staff boasts more than 150 years’ experience in art, and holdings include works by Reni, Boucher, and Monet. Its services do not end with dealing, however. A collector preparing to sell a painting by a major Impressionist artist once asked Roundell for guidance. A proposal solicited from an auction house proved unsatisfactory, so it was sold through Dickinson instead. While Roundell will not reveal the owner or the ultimate price of the work, he will say this: “We sold it privately for considerably above what the auction house estimated.”

Dickinson, +44.20.7493.0340, www.simondickinson.com

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