Richard Barclay joined Christies in 1976 aged 22. Starting in the 19C Paintings department, then moved on and set up the Watercolour and then the Print department at Christies South Kensington in London. In 1982 Christies received a large collection of original posters which he catalogued and experienced his first vintage poster auction.
With this success the Poster department was created. Although Richard left full time employment in ‘86 to create his own dealership specialising in Posters he remained their Consultant and oversaw the expansion of the successful department. It grew to having up to 5 sales a year in London as well as poster auctions in New York and Amsterdam. During this expansion he advised museums and collections worldwide, both for Christies and his company. The Victorian & Albert Museum in London, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, the wine Museum in Osaka, Japan and the Peace Museum in Hiroshima all used his services. In 1997 he founded, with colleagues the IVPDA (International Vintage Poster Dealers Association) of which he has been on the board since inception and is the incumbent VP Europe.
In 2004 he finally left Christies and moved with his family to Western France after living 30 years in London. With the advent of the internet he runs his UK business from France and travels extensively.
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