Nicholas Hall is a leading specialist in European Masters, with nearly forty years of experience as a private dealer and auction house department head.
He entered the field in 1979 when he joined Colnaghi on Old Bond Street in London after graduating from Oxford University. In 1983 he moved to New York to work with Colnaghi USA, eventually becoming the President. During his thirteen-year tenure, he organized numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions, including 1789: French Art During the Revolution.
Nicholas founded his own gallery, Hall & Knight, with Richard Knight in 1996. He established a reputation as a preeminent dealer in museum-quality works and placed 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.. He also continued to produce scholarly catalogues, notably Fearful Symmetry: George Stubbs Painter of the English Enlightenment and Procaccini in America.
In 2004 the gallery 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 transactions. He returned to private art dealing in July 2016.
Yuan Fang began her career in the Old Master Paintings department at Christie’s New York in 2014, before opening up the department in Hong Kong as the first Asia-based specialist. 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 Hall in July 2016.
Yuan holds an M.A. in Art History and Archeology from Columbia University, and received her dual bachelor’s degree in Art History and Chemistry from Duke University. 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.