MacDougall’s is a privately owned, international auction house based in London. Founded in 2004, it is one of the youngest and fastest-growing auction houses in Britain. The firm offers a diverse range of high-quality items at competitive prices. It has an impressive reputation for providing quality service to clients from across the globe.
The auction house’s founder and director, William MacDougall, passed away on August 25. He was 67. He founded the firm with his wife Catherine, who is still its managing director. The couple had previously worked as City analysts and art collectors when they decided to start the company.
While the company’s beginnings were in the School of Paris, MacDougall’s needed to expand to compete with the grandes dames of Russian art. They began selling works by Russian emigrants in order to grow and become profitable. They split their time between building collections and overseeing business processes.
The firm is an unlikely champion of the art market. Founded in 1984, it has amassed over 100 works of Russian art and has beaten rivals such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s. As a result, the Russian art market is unpredictable, and MacDougall’s has been able to overcome this by offering the most realistic prices possible.
MacDougall’s Auction is the only fine art auction house in the world that specializes in Russian art. The company has achieved over one billion British pounds in sales for the works of Nicholas Roerich, a Russian painter. The sale also featured works by Russian landscape painter Ivan Shishkin.