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Management

Paul Sumner

Chief Executive Officer / Single Owner Collections

Paul is a respected specialist in the fields of Australian art, Chinese and Asian arts, and European design, antiques and art. He has more than 30 years of experience working in the art and antiques industry with international and Australian auction houses.

Paul is the son of art and antique dealers, and his early years in the industry were spent in the United Kingdom where he began his career, taking his first auction at age 17.

He migrated to Australia in 1987 to commence work with Sydney auction house Rushton Fine Art and joined Christie’s Australia in 1990, becoming its Sydney Manager in 1992. He was then headhunted by Sotheby’s Australia and, at age 32, became its youngest-ever Managing Director. Paul held this position until 2001 when he was appointed the Managing Director of Sotheby’s, London.

He returned to Australia in 2004 to establish Mossgreen, which, at the time, was the first auction house and gallery hybrid. After nine years of growth, Mossgreen merged with Leski Auctions in 2013 and acquired the former Armadale Picture Theatre in Melbourne where it is currently located. Mossgreen is now Australia’s largest multi-department auction house and since acquiring the former Webb’s auction house in New Zealand, the company is now run as a trans-Tasman regional business.

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Jane Clarke

Business Manager

Jane Clarke joined Mossgreen-Webb’s as Business Manager in November 2016. She is a highly regarded and experienced Senior Manager and former Chartered Accountant with a proven track record in leadership and management across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Jane brings a passion for art and having gained a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Courtauld Institute in London, held Senior Managerial positions with major arts funding organisations in England, Wales and New Zealand, and most recently worked as the Executive Director for New Zealand Opera.

Although Jane is new to the auction world, she sees this position as an opportunity to apply her knowledge and skills to a new field of business management and hopes to further develop the business to ensure the ongoing and future success of the company.

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Fine Art

Sophie Coupland

Director of Art

Sophie Coupland comes to Mossgreen-Webb’s with over 20 years of experience in the sale and marketing of fine art. The daughter of Webb’s founders Peter and Ann Webb, Sophie was mentored by Peter Webb throughout the 1990s and then, between 1998 and 2014, she held positions as Executive Director and Head of Fine Art. Her long-standing market-based knowledge, together with significant business and commercial achievements, positions her as one of New Zealand’s most experienced fine art professionals. Under her mantle, the Webb’s business held its position as the highest-grossing New Zealand auction house. Throughout, the company maintained a reputation for quality of service and integrity. Between 2007 and 2013, Sophie assisted with preparing the business for sale, which was achieved in 2014.

During her 23-year tenure at Webb’s, Sophie provided fine art consultation services to private and corporate clients, assisting with the assimilation of some of this country’s most significant art collections. She was commissioned to undertake numerous valuations for New Zealand’s leading institutional collections including the holdings of Auckland Art Gallery and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Sophie has a broad knowledge of New Zealand art history with specialist expertise in modern and contemporary practice.

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Briar Williams

Art Department Manager

Briar Williams is an experienced and respected art valuer and auctioneer, having worked in both auctions and galleries in New Zealand and Australia for 13 years. Briar was the Head of Art at Leonard Joel, one of the oldest auction houses in Australia, where she oversaw a period of rapid growth in the art department. She was known for her strong relationships with both buyers and sellers and oversaw some of Leonard Joel’s highest-grossing single-vendor sales including: The David Bromley Collection and The Art Trust. Throughout her career, she has also managed a leading Melbourne gallery, run an art services business and worked at Ferner Galleries. In recent years, Briar has been engaged by the online art media writing art market analysis and commentary on the Australian and New Zealand art markets. Briar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from The University of Auckland and a postgraduate diploma from Sotheby’s Institute, London. Briar joins Mossgreen-Webb’s as the Fine Art Department Manager.

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Kate Srzich BArch, BA

Registrar

Kate Srzich has more than fifteen years experience working in the Fine Art sector in New Zealand. Formerly the buyer and retail manager of the Pah Gallery Shop at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Trust, Kate has a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary New Zealand ceramics, jewellery and glass. She was Gallery Manager at leading dealer gallery Ferner Galleries, between 2000 and 2003, where she handled the resale of nineteenth century works through to contemporary art. An experienced art valuer she has valued the University of Waikato collection as well as numerous private collections. Kate has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auckland University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otago University. After graduating she worked as Junior Architect in Auckland for commercial architecture firm, TSE Group, before she made a career shift to fine arts. She was Gallery Manager of Masterworks Viaduct store in the late 1990s before her role at Ferner Gallery. Kate joins Mossgreen-Webb’s as the Registrar for the Fine Art Department.

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Amanda Morrissey-Brown

Art Department Administrator

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and English Literature and an Honours degree in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington. She also holds a postgraduate certificate in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection from the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, based in Amelia, Italy. Amanda brings to Mossgreen-Webb’s her experience working as a Visitor Services Host, a Functions Facilitator and curatorial researcher, at City Gallery Wellington, one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art galleries. Amanda has a strong interest in art crime and contemporary New Zealand and international art. Amanda joins Mossgreen-Webb’s as the Art Department Administrator.

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Gallery

Jessica Pearless

Gallery Exhibitions Manager

Jessica Pearless is a well respected and experienced Visual Arts Manager, having worked in the sector for over 18 years. Formerly the Manager of Webb’s Fine Art Department, Jessica rejoins Mossgreen-Webb’s to manage the gallery exhibitions and artistic projects programme. Her experience extends to gallery management, fine art valuation, art collection management, teaching and mentoring within the visual arts sector. Jessica holds a Master of Fine Arts (Honours) degree from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and is a practicing artist with a longstanding exhibition history in New Zealand.

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Single-Owner Collections

Paul Sumner

Chief Executive Officer / Single Owner Collections

Paul is a respected specialist in the fields of Australian art, Chinese and Asian arts, and European design, antiques and art. He has more than 30 years of experience working in the art and antiques industry with international and Australian auction houses.

Paul is the son of art and antique dealers, and his early years in the industry were spent in the United Kingdom where he began his career, taking his first auction at age 17.

He migrated to Australia in 1987 to commence work with Sydney auction house Rushton Fine Art and joined Christie’s Australia in 1990, becoming its Sydney Manager in 1992. He was then headhunted by Sotheby’s Australia and, at age 32, became its youngest-ever Managing Director. Paul held this position until 2001 when he was appointed the Managing Director of Sotheby’s, London.

He returned to Australia in 2004 to establish Mossgreen, which, at the time, was the first auction house and gallery hybrid. After nine years of growth, Mossgreen merged with Leski Auctions in 2013 and acquired the former Armadale Picture Theatre in Melbourne where it is currently located. Mossgreen is now Australia’s largest multi-department auction house and since acquiring the former Webb’s auction house in New Zealand, the company is now run as a trans-Tasman regional business.

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James Hogan

Single-Owner Collections

James Hogan has 30 years’ experience in auctioneering and is one of New Zealand’s most respected and trusted auctioneers and valuers. He has provided almost three decades of service to the growth and development of Webb’s as New Zealand’s leading auction house. James has been involved in many of Webb’s most successful auctions over the years, in a variety of departments. He has contributed extensively to the growth and development of Webb’s since its early days and holds a record for the highest price for a decorative arts item sold at auction in New Zealand. In addition, James has been a regular contributor to a number of television and radio shows in New Zealand and has contributed to many charitable auctions over the years. James successfully oversees the daily operation of the gallery and conducts, as auctioneer, a number of the Mossgreen-Webb’s auctions.

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Caolán McAleer BA

Single-Owner Collections

Caolán holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media, Cultural Studies and Marketing from John Moores University in Liverpool and has a background in sales and marketing. Caolán brings to Mossgreen-Webb’s his experience working in the Fine Art department of Gormleys, one of Ireland’s leading commercial art galleries and auction houses. Caolán has a strong interest in modern and 20th century Irish art and post-War British Art.

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Fine & Rare Wines

Reece Warren

Head of Fine & Rare Wines

Reece brings to Mossgreen-Webb’s over 25 years in the industry, encompassing grape growing, sales, marketing and vineyard management. Reece’s international experience includes three years based in England studying and doing vintage in France. He holds a Diploma of Wine (UK Wine and Spirit Trust, England).

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Steve Allen

Fine & Rare Wines

Steve joins Mossgreen Webb’s with twenty years experience encompassing banqueting management via the Grosvenor House Hotel while completing the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Higher Certificate in London. Since returning to New Zealand he has been involved with wine retail, wine storage and wine export, most notably with Maison Vauron and DIVA New Zealand.

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Fine Jewels & Watches

Jan Vetter

Fine Jewels & Watches Administrator

Jan holds a degree of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, majoring in Marketing and Business strategy.  She has worked in advertising and marketing positions and has a proven track record in management and administration, across both private and public sector organizations’, in New Zealand and overseas. She brings to Mossgreen-Webbs experience in client relations and a wealth of administrative skills to the position.  As an avid collector, Jan has also been a client of Webb’s for many years.

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Chinese & Asian Art

Ray Tregaskis

Head of Asian Art

Ray began collecting Asian art in Europe in 1975 and opened his first gallery in Sydney in January 1979. Ray and his partner Victoria have travelled extensively throughout Asia and Europe over the past thirty years, holding many exhibitions nationally and internationally with Ray also writing numerous articles on various aspects of Asian antiques. Ray is a long standing member of the AAADA and a Valuer of Asian Art Under the Cultural Gifts Scheme for the Commonwealth Government. He has also valued the Asian collection at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Korean collection at the Auckland Museum, The Chinese Collection at the University of Queensland and the Asian Collection at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

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Luke Guan

Chinese & Asian Art Specialist

Luke graduated from Christie’s Education in London and University of Glasgow with Masters in Art History and Art World Practice with a major in Arts of China. He has worked with Chinese art since 2010; for Christie’s London and Hong Kong, and for leading Hong Kong antiques gallery – The Joyce Gallery – as a specialist and cataloguer. Luke has a strong passion for Chinese and Asian arts, especially Chinese ceramics, ancient Chinese bronzes, Chinese jades, Chinese gilt bronze sculptures and early Chinese stone sculptures.

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Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia

Robert Richards

Head of Department, Motorcars, Motorcycles & Automobilia

From an early age, Robert joined his late father, Murray Richards, trading Sports, Vintage and Racing cars and he was also involved in the purchase of and restructure of the important Elfin Sports Cars company in Melbourne in the mid-1990s. Robert has over eighteen years’ experience within the auction industry both in Australia and North America. He was Administrative Manager and Assistant Vice President of Christie’s Interiors Department, New York and also worked on the prestigious annual Christie’s Motor Car Auction at Monterey, California. On his return to Australia he became National Operations Manager, Christie’s Australia and then Operations Manager, Mossgreen for over four years.
Robert became Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia Specialist for Mossgreen’s newly formed department in 2014. Following two very successful auctions, the department expanded and Robert is now Head of Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia.

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Catherine Davison

Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia

Catherine has extensive industry experience and her long-held international associations with some of the most highly respected leaders in engineering, motor sport and blue ribbon auction houses has given her a unique cross section of knowledge.
A member of the Davison racing dynasty, Catherine’s lifetime spent in the post war and classic era of elite motor sport, competing and collecting in her own right, enables her to bring her legacy to the role.
With strong business and social networks across the globe, Catherine is a consummate and focused professional, whose understanding of the market will contribute significantly to exciting collectors’ auctions into the future.

Catherine Davison

Ian Nott

Consultant, Collectors' Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia

Ian has a classic car background encompassing more than 30 years. Such experience has been honed over the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australian and Asian markets with a pronounced level of familiarity, making major contributions to businesses in these regions. Ian is an enthusiast in his own right and has a significant car collection, motor literature and automobilia library.

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International Decorative Arts

Jennifer Gibson

Head of Decorative Arts

Jennifer is a well-respected furniture and decorative arts specialist, valuer and auctioneer with a wide-ranging knowledge of her field. Her industry experience includes roles as head of decorative arts and senior auctioneer at international auction houses and, prior to this, she managed the decorative arts department at one of Australia’s oldest auction houses. Jennifer has overseen the sale of a number of historically important pieces and established a record auction price for Australian furniture when the Peter McLean cedar sideboard sold for AU$600,000. Her expertise includes English, Australian and continental furniture, ceramics, glass, sculpture and silver coupled with a keen interest in Asian works of art including Japanese ceramics and textiles.

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Sandy Bruce

Senior Specialist, Decorative Art

Sandy is well respected in the industry, having worked at Sotheby’s in the United Kingdom and in Australia for more than 30 years. Sandy has been involved in the sale of some of the most important decorative arts collections in Australia including The David Lawrence Collection and The John Weller Collection of Oriental & Decorative Art. She has also been instrumental in the sale of important historical items such as the George Ingram Victoria Cross and the Jackie Howe Shearing Medal – both of which are now in public institutions. Sandy’s broad knowledge of the decorative arts market and flare for eclectic contemporary interiors make her an important asset for the Mossgreen-Webb’s team.

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Richard Gordon

Silver & Objects of Vertu

Richard has more than 35 years of experience in the arts and antiques industry and has worked in Australia, London, New York and Asia. He was a director of Christie’s Australia for 17 years, and led its dynamic decorative arts department. During his time there, Richard also arranged and auctioned some of the most successful single-owner collections in Australia including the John Schaeffer Collection, Alan Bond’s Dallhold Investments, the Bronte House Collection for Leo Schofield and the National Bank Jewellery Collection. Since then, Richard has worked with private clients, foundations and organisations, curating and advising on the expansion or sale of existing collections and the formation of new collections. Richard is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia and joins Mossgreen as a Silver & Objects of Vertu consultant.

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Oceanic, Māori & Indigenous Arts

Bill Evans

Head of Early Aboriginal & Oceanic Art

Bill has specialised in tribal art, antique rugs and Asian textiles in Sydney for more than 35 years. He graduated magna cum laude in History from the University of Minnesota and formerly ran the Caspian Gallery in Paddington, Sydney. Bill has been a frequent speaker to museum and textile groups through the years and has written articles on Oceanic and Aboriginal collections in Australian museums for the magazine Tribal Art, the international bible for tribal art enthusiasts. He has also written the chapter on the Solomon Islands in the book Shields of Melanesia, which is generally considered to be the definitive work on the subject.

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Stamps, Coins & Postal History

Nick Anning

Head of Coins & Banknotes

Nick has been a collector of stamps and coins since childhood, with a focus on stamps from Great Britain. He worked in a variety of non-philatelic roles in the UK, France and Spain before settling in Australia 1999. Nick worked for Prestige Philately for eight years before joining Mossgreen as Stamps & Coins specialist in 2014.

He is a member of The Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria and Great Britain Philatelic Society.

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Torsten Weller

Head of Stamps and Postal History

Educated at Camberwell Grammar & Monash University BA, LLB (Hons), Torsten worked as a solicitor early in his career. He became Manager of Status Stamp Retail, Sydney in 1992 and in 1995 established his own collectables business specialising in Stamps, Postal History and Picture Postcards. Torsten brings many years of experience and a loyal client base with him to Mossgreen.

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Charles Leski

Philately & Historical Memorabilia

Charles established Leski Auctions in 1973 whilst he was still a student at Monash University. Initially, the focus of the company was on philately but, over time, the company diversified into other fields including sporting memorabilia, coins and banknotes, cameras and photography, Australiana, historical documents and letters, and other types of collectable.

By 2013, the company was conducting 20 auctions a year with extensive participation from interstate and overseas.

The amalgamation of Leski Auctions with Mossgreen means that these categories, and the years of experience that Charles and his staff members have had, will now be available to an even larger audience of buyers and sellers around the world.

Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Cultural Gifts Program through the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Gary Watson

Senior Specialist, Stamps & Postal History

Gary has been a professional philatelist since 1979. As proprietor of Prestige Philately, he earned a reputation as one of the most innovative and respected stamp auctioneers in the world. Prestige Philately was seven times voted Auction House of the Year by the members of the Australasian Philatelic Traders’ Association (APTA).

Gary is a long-time member of APTA, of which he has been a Vice-President and chairman of the Ethics Committee; also of the Philatelic Traders’ Society (London); American Stamp Dealers’ Association; and the New Zealand SDA.

A passionate collector since childhood, Gary has formed several significant/important collections of stamps, postmarks, postal history, postal stationery, and philatelic literature. He has been a successful exhibitor and is a qualified National judge in three disciplines.

Gary is a regular contributor to specialist journals in several countries and has written series of articles about postal stationery and “The Auction Game”, all of which can be viewed online at prestigephilately.com. He is an active member of numerous specialist societies and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria and of the British Society of Australian Philately.

Gary became Head of Philately & Numismatics, Mossgreen in December 2014 following the merger of Mossgreen and Prestige Philately.

Garry Watson

Media & Brand Development

Jennifer Buckley

Partnership Development & Media Manager

Jennifer’s career as an arts professional spans 25 years. She is the former Director of the Auckland Art Fair and Programme Manager of the New Zealand exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2016. Her role at Mossgreen-Webb’s encompasses the management of key partnerships, brand development and media.

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Alice McKeown

Graphic Designer

Alice has completed a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Interior Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington and a Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design from Massey University of Wellington. She has practiced design on a wide range of projects, which have included installation design, print design, branding, advertising and marketing.

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Administration

Julie Lamb

Accounts Manager

Julie joined Mossgreen-Webb’s in 2012 and has experience in management accounting and administration. Mossgreen-Webb’s busy atmosphere and involvement with the passionate world of art and collectors make this her ideal role.

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Katrina Sewell

Front of House

Katrina has more than a decade of experience working at Mossgreen-Webb’s and brings with her skills from  a background in PR, social work and travel. Since working at Mossgreen-Webb’s, she has developed a keen interest in New Zealand art and artefacts.

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Bronwyn Olsen

Financial Administrator

Bronwyn recently joined the Mossgreen-Webb’s Finance Department and brings with her over seven years accounting and administration experience in a vast variety of industries with a great emphasis on Systems Implementation and Database Management. She is new to the auction world, but immensely enjoys the customer and vendor interaction and, along with a fondness for all things creative, she has quickly connected and attuned to her position.

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