Behind the Company
The team at Marchant consists of eight people, five of whom are from the Marchant family. Below you will find a short introductory profile about each team member; who they are, where they are from, and what they do.
Richard Marchant, Life President
Richard Marchant was educated at Kilburn Grammar School, London. He joined his father (Samuel Sydney Marchant) in the business in 1953 at the age of 17. After working in the gallery for one year, Richard was then told he was allowed to go out buying antiques. Richard began buying throughout the U.K every week, and in the 1960’s followed his father in going to Japan and Hong Kong to buy and sell. Richard initiated scholarly catalogues and exhibitions at the gallery from 1980 onwards and became treasurer and then chairman of the British Antique Dealers’ Association. In 2018, Richard received an award from the BADA for his distinguished services to the organisation. Richard retired from his full-time position at Marchant in July 2020 and became Life President.
Stuart Marchant, Chief Executive Officer
Stuart Marchant was educated at Carmel College in Wallingford, Berkshire. He undertook a five-year apprenticeship prior to working at Marchant. The first two years were spent at Christie’s King Street, St James’s, working as a porter, setting up the view for the Oriental art auctions and working in the Chinese warehouse. Stuart then undertook the Christies Fine Arts Course for one year at South Kensington and spent the final two years of his apprenticeship in New York City working for the legendary dealer Alan Hartman of Rare Art. He then joined Marchant in 1985, initially becoming a buyer for the company mostly in the English countryside, Scotland & Wales and then becoming the company’s primary buyer around the world and CEO.
Natalie Marchant, Chief Creative Officer
Natalie Marchant graduated from Birmingham City University in 2010 with a 1st Class BA Hons. in Visual Communications. She joined Marchant in 2010 and her role as Chief Creative Officer includes the overseeing of all photography, catalogues, website, PR and advertising.
Samuel Marchant, Chief Operating Officer
Samuel Marchant graduated from the University of Bristol. He had short-term internships at Christie’s King Street, Sotheby’s Bond Street and Christie’s New York in their respective Chinese Works of Art departments prior to joining Marchant in September 2015. Samuels role entails the business development strategy at Marchant, overseeing the operating functions of the business and buying antiques for the company.
Laura Marchant, Display & Hospitality Manager
Laura Marchant was educated at King Alfreds School, London. She joined Marchant in August 1997 having previously helped to create the ‘Personal Shopping’ department at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. Laura’s primary roles at Marchant include the maintaining and organising of the gallery displays and the planning of gallery events.
Simon Abraham-Gregory, Gallery Manager and Shipping Officer
Simon Abraham-Gregory was educated at Crown Woods in Eltham, London. He joined Marchant in March 1988 as Assistant Gallery Manager to Colin Payne. In 1993, Simon became Gallery Manager and retains the role to the present day. His roles include stock management, research, shipping and ensuring the day-to-day running of the gallery.
Yiyi Chen, Gallery Assistant, Researcher and Chinese Client Liaison
Yiyi Chen graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a degree in Art History and Economics. She then received a Masters from The Courtauld Institue of Art in Buddhist Art History and Conservation. Yiyi joined Marchant in February 2016 and her primary roles include researching, client liaison and cataloguing.
Violet Mclaren, Office Manager
Violet Mclaren holds a degree in Art History and a post-graduate degree in Art Market Appraisal. She also spent 3 years at Christie’s London as a Client Service Representative where she developed in-depth knowledge of the auction business. Violet joined Marchant in January 2018 as the Office Manager and ensures the efficient running of the company.