26/10/11 - Appointment - London, Wallace Collection - Last 24 October marked the official retirement of Rosalind Savill who handed over the reins as head of the Wallace Collection to Christoph Vogtherr, the curator for pre-1800 works at this museum since 2007 and whose appointment had been known for several months. A specialist of 18th century French painting, he was born in Uelzen, Germany in 1965 and began his career studying art history, Medieval history and classical Archeology at the Free University in Berlin, then at the University of Heidelberg before transferring to Trinity College at Cambridge. His dissertation, published in 1997, studied the foundation of the museums in Berlin (1786-1835). After spending two years as a research assistant at the Fine Arts Academy in Berlin, 1995-1996, he worked for the Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens in Berlin-Brandenbourg where he became curator of French and Italian paintings. His interests also include the history of European collections, more specifically that of Frederic II of Prussia, and he participated in the catalogue raisonné for the paintings of Antoine Watteau, of Jean-Baptiste Pater and of Nicolas Lancret in Berlin and Potsdam, which appeared in December 2010. In concluding, he was the curator of the exhibition highlighting Watteau at the Wallace Collection between March and June 2011.