New York– Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers has announced an expansion of its Florida operations with the addition of two prominent auction professionals. Furniture and Decorative Arts Specialist Sebastian Clarke has been appointed Senior Vice President, and Jewelry Specialist Katherine Van Dell has been appointed Vice President. Both Specialists are now based in Florida. They join Doyle’s Director of Florida Operations Collin Albertsson, a Silver Specialist and Senior Vice President.
“With the addition of two seasoned appraisers to Doyle’s Florida team, we can provide our full range of auction and appraisal services even more effectively to collectors, families and fiduciaries throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast,” said Collin Albertsson.
“We are delighted to welcome specialists Sebastian Clarke and Katherine Van Dell to Doyle,” said Joanne Porrino Mournet, Doyle’s President and Director of Regions. “Our expanded footprint in Florida extends our professional services and expertise across multiple categories. Collin Albertsson and her team stand ready to deliver exceptional results in the global auction market.”
For many years, Sebastian Clarke organized Doyle’s auctions of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts, provided estate appraisals of important estates and collections, and served as an auctioneer for the firm. In addition to his years at Doyle, Mr. Clarke has broad experience in the auction world having worked at Sotheby’s in New York, Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, C.G. Sloan & Co. in Rockville, Maryland, and Rago Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Born in Wales, Mr. Clarke began his career at the renowned Manhattan studio of Simon Parkes Art Conservation. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Appraisers Association of America and is also a USPAP compliant certified member of the Appraisers Association. He is a featured appraiser on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow and is a highly sought-after charity auctioneer.
“I look forward to providing my new neighbors in communities across Florida with professional auction and appraisal services of the highest calibre,” said Sebastian Clarke. “Our newly expanded team will facilitate even more convenient access to the New York auction market and beyond.”
Katherine Van Dell
Katherine Van Dell is a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians and a candidate for the Graduate Gemologist degree of the Gemological Institute of America. Prior to joining Doyle, Ms. Van Dell was Director of the Jewelry Department at Rago Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey. She began her career at Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, where she was the Main Line Representative.
Ms. Van Dell holds a Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art from Temple University Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is a featured appraiser on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow and regularly speaks on a broad range of topics, including jewelry and luxury goods.
“Florida has always been known for sophisticated jewelry,” said Katherine Van Dell. “I am excited to bring my passion for jewelry and understanding of current trends to ensure that collectors and families achieve maximum success in the international jewelry market.”
Sebastian Clarke and Katherine Van Dell are husband and wife.