Isabelle de La Bruyère
Director, Middle East
Isabelle joined Christie’s London in 1998 after getting her post-graduate diploma in 19th and 20th Century art, whilst simultaneously working as a researcher for the Impressionist department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. At Christie’s London, Isabelle specialized in Impressionist and Modern Art as an expert, before heading the specialist annual sales of Ottoman & Orientalist Art.
In 2003, Isabelle moved to the Client Advisory side of the business, maintaining a focus on 19th and 20th Century art, Islamic art, and important jewellery sales, as well as assisting collectors in all other areas pertaining to both auctions and private sales. Since then, much of her time has been concentrated on the Middle East expanding Christie’s presence and business in the region. Her travels have taken her from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia, meeting collectors and spearheading Christie’s activities in the area, notably the opening of its first office in Dubai in 2005. She has organized many important exhibitions of jewellery and art, charity auctions, and has helped Christie’s Dubai achieve record-breaking auction prices for both modern & contemporary art and jewellery auctions since the inaugural sale of Arab & Iranian Art in May 2006.
Previously, Isabelle was based in Dubai where she helped spear-head the company’s growing business throughout the region, and increase the numbers of Middle Eastern clients participating with Christie’s global sales.
Now responsible for the Client Advisory Department, she and her team work with the company’s most important multi-category private clients based across Europe, Middle East, Russia, India and Asia. As both an advisor for buyers and sellers, she has been instrumental in forming and selling important collections worldwide, bringing single-owner sales to Christie’s which included works of art that have set world auction record prices.
Isabelle has published numerous articles and has been a guest speaker in many seminars and educational lectures. A French national, she was educated in America then graduated from The American University in Paris with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She completed a Masters Program at Christie’s Education, New York, and is fluent in French, Spanish and English. She is a member of the Tate Museum’s Middle East North Africa Acquisition Committee (MENAAC).