Who's Who at Whyte's
Ian Whyte has been handling the sale of collectibles since the mid 1960s and became a licensed auctioneer in 1975. He has in the last four decades handled specialised sales of a great variety of collectibles including antiquarian books, autographs, banknotes, cigarette cards, coins, ephemera, medals, manuscripts, maps, militaria, photographs, pop and rock memorabilia, posters, postage stamps and postal history, postcards, toys, to mention but a few! He has made many appearances on television and radio and in both national and overseas newspapers.
Adelle Hughes BA MA, holds a first class honours Masters degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin as well as an honours BA International degree in Art History, having spent one of the four years course in La Complutense in Madrid. Adelle is a member of the Irish Association of Art Historians and has worked on a variety of arts and cultural projects both in the private and public sector in Ireland, Europe and most recently for an arts foundation in the United States. Adelle joined Whyte’s in November 2008. She is responsible for compiling and editing the critically acclaimed catalogues produced by Whyte’s.
Stuart Purcell BA is Head of Collectibles at Whyte’s. He has over 15 years experience in the business, having previously worked in Adams Saleroom in Dublin, Thomas Adam in Blackrock and lately as a director of Orr & Company, Delgany. He has extensive knowledge of antiques and collectibles and acts as a valuer and advisor to several major corporate clients and loss adjusters as well as collectors. Stuart presents “Cash or Trash” on TV3 in which he appraises collectibles submitted by viewers.
Peter Whyte, eighth generation of the Whyte business family, joined the company in 2007. He has recently completed a three year course in Art & The Art Market hosted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors at Kingston University, Surrey, where he achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree. Peter has been appointed an Associate Director and is working on cataloguing art and collectibles and assisting at valuations.
Sean Kelly joined Whyte’s Accounts Department in 2012 having previously worked in the accounts department of high profile firms, such as Ivor Fitzpatrick & Company Solicitors, Dublin. He is the first point of contact for Whyte’s valued clients whether paying for purchases or seeking payment for sales. Seán is highly regarded for his personable and down to earth manner in smoothing even the most difficult of international transactions in order that buyers may enjoy their purchased treasures hassle free and sellers can expect a speedy
and reliable payment.
Samantha Woolley, who joined Whyte’s in 2012, is a very experienced administrator having worked for top legal firm William Fry, Solicitors, and the well known English art and antiques auction house, Lawrence’s. Samantha is Office Manager and is responsible for the administration of Whyte’s client base, social media and communications.
Matthew Slack, BA MA, was appointed Curator at Whyte’s in 2015, having worked on a casual and part-time basis for the firm for over ten years. Mathew is responsible for the safe storage, conservation and exhibition of works of art and collectibles consigned to Whyte’s for sale, as well as photography and imaging of collectibles for the on-line and printed catalogues. He also assists at the auctions and gives talks about some of the works of art on exhibition. Matthew holds a Masters Degree (Art in the Contemporary World) from the Visual Culture Department of the National College of Art and Design. He has a Bachelors’ Degree in Visual Arts Practice from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire and a BA in Natural science (Physics with Astrophysics) from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to embarking on his Masters studies Matthew collaborated in running the programming and execution of exhibitions for Flatpack Galleries and Studios in Smithfield, which he co-founded. He has taken part in or facilitated a number of public talks, performances and exhibitions in the Arts in Dublin and around the country.