The Art Market Now

Friday 4 December, 16.30 (GMT) 

Pontus Silfverstolpe, one of the founders of Barnebys, discusses the online future of the pre-contemporary art world with dealers and auctioneers.

2020 has been a year like no other, but it has also meant that the art world made a more distinct move online. Many wonder what the future will look like from here and how to build a sustainable strategy for the future. In Scandinavia the overall spending on art online has increased, Barnebys has seen a growth of 30% from last year the same period, but who is the one capitalising on this? The auctioneers or dealers or the platforms? If so what did they do right and wrong? The participants will also look at trends - what did well on the online art market, who were the buyers and how much did they spend on average?



Gregor Kleinknecht, Partner, Hunters LAW LLP

Gregor Kleinknecht is a partner at Hunters Law LLP, specialising in art and cultural heritage law, and a mediator and arbitrator with ArtResolve, the dedicated dispute resolution service for art and cultural heritage claims. He conducts both transactional and dispute resolution work for a wide range of national and international artists, collectors, galleries, dealers, auctioneers, art consultants, funding organisations and landed estates. Gregor also advises and has successfully acted for claimants in Holocaust restitution Claims.

Gregor chairs the board of PAIAM (the Professional Advisers to the International Art Market), is a founding member of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, a member of the Steering Committee for art & cultural heritage of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, a member of the Institute of Art and Law (IAL), Art Law Foundation, Arts Club and the Fondation Maeght.


Pontus Silfverstolpe, Co-Founder, Barnebys and a specialist in fine arts and antiques

Pontus has twenty-five years' experience of the art market and auctions, an area that inspired the Barnebys project, which he founded in 2011 with Christopher Barnekow. Formerly the Director of Lila Bukowskis and curator at Åmells Fine Art, Pontus Silfverstolpe has wide ranging experience in the art and antiques industry. As presenter of the TV show Antiques Detectives and editor at Swedish Antique Dealers, he writes regularly for various magazines and is a well-known expert in Scandinavia.




Lawrence Hendra, Head of Research, Director, Philip Mould & Company 

Lawrence is Head of Research at Philip Mould & Co. and has identified a number of previously lost works by painters such as Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and Joshua Reynolds, as well as portraits by modern British artists such as Ambrose McEvoy. Lawrence has also identified a number of significant historical portraits since he took up the position of Head of Research, including a previously lost portrait of the sixteenth-century architect Ralph Symons and a rare portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots painted within her lifetime.

Lawrence also works as a specialist on BBC1's Antiques Roadshow.



Matthew Hall, Founding Partner,  Panter & Hall

Matthew Hall is a founding partner of Panter & Hall - A Fine Art gallery in Pall Mall, London. The gallery is specialising in original paintings by living artists, particularly Scottish and representational works as well as in selected Modern British paintings, predominantly from the 1930s to 1960s.






Katherine Thomas, Client Strategist, Sotheby's, London

Katherine works in close collaboration with Sotheby's Specialists to form and execute actionable strategic plans for their top clients. 
Katherine initially moved to London to do her MA at Sotheby's Institute in 2012. She then subsequently served as Head of Operations for an interior design firm for 5 years, working on period design projects across Europe - including royal residences, country estates, hotels and yachts.

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