Sotheby’s promotes Schulten to head of Chinese Ceramics

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s has announced the appointment of Caroline Schulten as the head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sales, North America.

Schulten joined Sotheby’s London in September 2007 as the senior specialist in Chinese ceramics and works of art.

Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Schulten worked two years at Lempertz auction house in Cologne, Germany, as their specialist in Chinese ceramics and works of art. Before entering the auction business, she spent four years in her native Germany, serving two years as the assistant curator of Chinese art at the Museum of Asian Art in Berlin, preceded by two years as a lecturer and tutor in Chinese art and archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received an M.A. at Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, and her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford.

Meanwhile, Sotheby’s has named Christina Prescott-Walker as department director of Chinese ceramics and works of art, New York.

Prescott-Walker currently heads Sotheby’s department for European ceramics and Chinese export porcelain in New York, a position she has held since 1998 and will maintain in addition to her new role. Prior to this position, Prescott-Walker spent four years in Sotheby’s London Ceramics and Glass department where she was deputy director. She began her career at Sotheby’s in the Sussex Ceramics department in 1989 and became an auctioneer in 1991.

“We are thrilled to have this new team in place in New York. Caroline and Christina bring both valuable expertise and auction experience which will further strengthen our established worldwide team,” said Nicolas Chow, worldwide head of Sotheby’s Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department.