Bonhams establishes agency in Houston

HOUSTON – Auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields have announced the appointment of Judy Robinson as regional representative in Business Development. Robinson, a 30-year veteran within the fine art and antiques business, will be based in Houston.

As Bonhams’ local representative in Houston, Robinson will help clients to consign and purchase antiques and works of art throughout the worldwide network of Bonhams’ salerooms. Robinson will also act as the local liaison with the trust and estate community, organize free appraisal days with U.S. and international specialists, and provide a service to clients for their appraisal and art/advice needs.

“Judy Robinson is a great discovery for Bonhams & Butterfields,” said Patrick Meade, senior vice president, Business Development. “We are remarkably lucky to have found someone who has so much experience in the art world and who brings such wealth of knowledge to the auction business. (The company) has seen remarkable growth of consignors and buyers from Texas in the last few years, and we believe Judy’s presence in Houston should help this growth to continue.”

A licensed auctioneer, Robinson opened her own auction gallery in Ohio in the late 1970s, and went on to establish a world-record price for KPM porcelains in her inaugural sale. In the early 1990s, Robinson and her family relocated to Houston and, with Camilla Blaffer, formed Blaffer/Robinson Galleries. By 1993, the Judy Robinson Gallery Inc., was successfully offering appraisal services and estate sales as well as private treaty sales.
Robinson is an accredited appraiser and member of the International Society of Appraisers. She is also a member of Women in the Arts and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as being a sitting member on the Advisory Board for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Textile and Costume collection. Robinson has been involved with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Holocaust Museum, and the Museum of Southern History among other nonprofit organizations.