The condition of a painting is critical
when assessing its value, yet it is surprising how commonly
we find that condition reports are very sketchy, providing
superficial detail and very little insight. We analyse
the work in depth, determining factors such as such as
whether a canvas has been re-lined, to what extent the
paint is original and whether there is any amount of
restoration or in painting. In short, with experience
not just in dealing in paintings but also vetting pictures
at top London Fairs, we can therefore offer a private
collector a service which enables him to excercise his
judgement with the eye of a top art market professional./p>
Appraisal and purchase of paintings
< With a wealth of experience assessing and purchasing
paintings at auction we can offer advice on clients'
prospective purchases both at auction and from other
sources. There are many factors that affect the value
and desirability of paintings. We can offer our professional
judgement on matters such as authenticity, condition
and the value of the work.
We can arrange to view paintings
with you or on your behalf, we can discuss the merits of particular
works of art with you and we can negotiate the purchase on your
behalf. We can also administrate payment and provide estimates
for restoration, framing, shipping and hanging. We can also
provide less detailed reports based on digital images or photographs
within the constraints that this allows.
Framing & Restoration
We have experts in the field of restoration and relining paintings.
We also have an excellent service or restoration and conservation
of watercolours and works on paper. Our restorers are acknowledged
experts with many years' experience in their field. We provide
written estimates before proceeding with any restoration work.
We provide valuations for sale, insurance and probate. Our professional
valuation services are subject to a minimum charge of £250
plus VAT, and are subject to our standard conditions excluding
liabilty for errors. Full details and charges on request.
Valuation fees may be waived where valuations are for individual
items being offered for sale, where we are considering an item
for purchase, or negotiating the sale.
We can also arrange professional photography for record purposes