SVP/Director, English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts | English & Continental Furniture & Decorations

Peter Lang is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Important English and Continental Furniture and Decorations at Doyle New York. He is the Specialist in Charge of auctions in that sale category, which are held three times each year. He also conducts estate appraisals for the firm.

Peter Lang has been in the Decorative Arts field for almost thirty years. Prior to joining Doyle New York, he was Director of the Decorative Arts Department at Gurr Johns, an international art appraisal and art advisory firm, and was responsible for the discovery in a private collection of a pair of Imperial Chinese vases that sold in 2011 for over $1 million dollars. From 1988 to 2010, he worked at Sotheby's, and he was the firms Director of the English Furniture Department from 1999 until 2010.

Raised in Philadelphia, Peter Lang moved to New York City in 1980 and worked for Janney Montgomery Scott on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange from 1980 until 1984, and as a floor broker until 1986. He then moved to London for a year to study at the Christie's Fine Art Course, with a concentration in furniture. He attended the Attingham Summer School in England and was on its American board from 1996 to 1999. In 1998, he attended the Royal Collection Studies program, a course organized by the Attingham Trust. Based near Windsor, it focuses on the patronage and collecting of the Kings and Queens of England from the 15th century onwards. The curriculum includes lectures and tutorials, as well as visits to both the occupied and unoccupied palaces in and around London.

Peter Lang is a member of the American Friends of the Attingham Summer School, the Royal Oak Foundation, the Furniture History Society and The Preservation Society of Newport.

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