Christie's Appoints Francis Wahlgren
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | | Views: 7598
NEW YORK - Building on the strong business results of the International Books and Manuscripts Department, Christie's is pleased to announce the appointment of Francis Wahlgren as International Specialist Head of the Books and Manuscripts department, effective January 2007.
Francis Wahlgren, Head of the American Books and Manuscripts department since 1997, remains based in New York with global responsibilities for the department. Francis began his career at the Pierpont Morgan Library after graduating with a master’s degree in art history and medieval books from Queens College. He first joined Christie’s in 1987 as a porter in the Books and Prints Departments and, working through such historic sales as the Estelle Doheny Library sale, continued developing his expertise. In 1990 he joined Swann Galleries as cataloguer and became an auctioneer before re-joining Christie’s in 1993 to start a book department at Christie’s East. He headed this department until 1997 when he became Head of the New York Department at Park Avenue and was appointed Senior Vice President in 2000. Under Francis, the New York based team has increased overall market share, and he has been instrumental in bringing several highly successful single owner collections and important works to Christie’s. They include the Haskell F. Norman Library of Medicine and Science, the Justin Schiller 1865 Alice (record for a children’s book at auction), the Bute copy of Audubon’s Birds of America (a record for a printed book at auction), the Abel Berland Library, the Cornelius J. Hauck History of the Book Collection, and the forthcoming Frank S. Streeter Collection of Navigation and Voyages.
Thomas Lecky, who joined Christie’s Books and Manuscripts department in New York in 1999, will become Specialist Head of the department for the Americas. Tom has an M.A. degree from Stanford University in American literature and a B.A. degree from Columbia University in English literature. Since joining Christie’s, Tom has been integral in appraising and cataloguing such collections as Captain Cook and His Circle, the Library of Viscountess Eccles, The Origins of Cyberspace, and the Jay T. Snider collection of historical Americana.
Meg Ford will continue in her role as Head of the London Books and Manuscripts department in London and Christoph Auvermann will continue to support the International team as Head of the Books and Manuscripts department in Paris.