Nicholas Hall is a widely respected dealer of European works of art at the museum-quality level. Over a successfull 40-year career split between running leading art galleries and an international department at Christie's, Nicholas is recognized as one of the most reputable dealers specialising in Old Masters and 19th century European art today.
Nicholas's career began as an Old Master dealer in 1979 when he joined Colnaghi on Old Bond Street in London, shortly after graduating from University of Oxford. He moved to New York four years later to work with Colnaghi USA and eventually became the President. During his thirteen-year tenure at the gallery, Nicholas organized numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions, including 1789: French Art During the Revolution. In 1996, Nicholas founded his first gallery, Hall & Knight Ltd, with Richard Knight, soon emerging as one of the most influential Old Master dealers of his generation, placing paintings and sculptures in some of the world's most prestigious private collections and museums; among them, the National Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.. With an eye for quality and keen interest in scholarship, he continued to produce scholarly catalogues for exhibitions, notably Fearful Symmetry: George Stubbs Painter of the English Enlightenment and Procaccini in America.
In 2004, Hall & Knight Ltd was acquired by Christie’s where Nicholas became International Chairman of the Old Master and Nineteenth-century Department. While at Christie's, he pioneered thematic sales and played a central role in the private sale of the Madonna and Child by Duccio to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many other major deals.
In July 2016, Nicholas embarked on a new chapter in his career, turning his focus to dealing only with the best available works on the market and dedicating quality time to his clients; NICHOLAS HALL was thus established at 17 East 76th Street in New York.
Yuan Fang began her career in the Old Master Paintings department at Christie’s New York in 2014, before relocating to Hong Kong as the founding member and first Asia-based specialist for the Old Masters and 19th Century Art department. She spearheaded educational initiatives across China and worked closely with new private and institutional clients, which resulted in a noticeable regional growth in the market. She left Christie’s to work with Nicholas in July 2016.
Yuan holds an M.A. in Art History and Archeology from Columbia University. She received a dual bachelor’s degree in Art History and Chemistry from Duke University, which included studies in Italy and the Low Countries. Her areas of interest include Early Netherlandish art, art theory and criticism, and painting conservation. A native of Hangzhou, Yuan grew up between China and the UK. She speaks Mandarin.