An American client from the mid-west contacted us in 2000 wanting advice on starting a collection. He had recently sold his company and wanted to invest his time and money in something worthwhile. He enjoyed learning about different periods of art and relative values. We helped him acquire pieces of lasting value and interest, from a Renoir portrait of a girl (who reminded him of his niece) to a large Marino Marini oil and this Marini sculpture, Piccolo Cavaliere .
We had discussed Chagall with a New York couple for some years. Nothing we found seemed to suit both husband and wife until we spotted this painting in a small auction in France. We viewed it personally, gave our own condition report and sent accurate, detailed images that showed the auction house’s description to be misleading. Having worked out a bidding strategy our Parisian agent attended the sale and we were able to acquire the work at a reasonable price. Ray Waterhouse then hung it in the client's Upper East Side residence.
We were asked by a French collector to find an exceptional piece by Pierre Soulages. While we normally source works privately, on this occasion, after presenting two privately owned paintings, we found this excellent example at auction. It was the right date and composition for our client. As always, we carried out our research and then bid successfully and hung the artwork ourselves in his New York apartment.
One of our roles is to help clients develop their knowledge and introduce new artists. This was the case with this exceptional work by Dame Laura Knight. Our client had previously only acquired French art, but we recommended this English painting due to its quality, condition and connection to French Post-Impressionism. It hung handsomely alongside works by Renoir, Degas and Bonnard, holding its own despite being a fraction of the value.
Ray worked with a major collector of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art from 1996-2013, helping him build a wonderful collection. This double-sided painting by Paul Signac, executed just before his Pointillist phase, was purchased early on in 1999 and, 8 years later, the collector asked us to sell it. We found a private client to purchase the work within a few months who, in turn, recently sold it. Both our clients made handsome profits.
A client of Fine Art Brokers for almost 20 years had a long-standing interest in the work of William Scott and thorough the company had acquired two major oils for his home. Through our contacts we were able to source privately Orange Segments for him to compliment his existing collection of post-war British Art.
Our role in the acquisition of this stunning sculpture did not involve sourcing the work. We were asked to evaluate it and conduct a detailed viewing with the client in a warehouse, and subsequently to negotiate the purchase. We also administrated the complicated logistics of transporting the work from New York and organized the installation in Louisiana.
In 2001, Ray was invited to Los Angeles by a renowned oil and entertainment mogul to evaluate his art collection with a view to selective selling. The client was elderly and wanted to control the sales process rather than having his estate lawyers simply send the works to auction. After we provided an exhaustive report with current values, this Renoir painting, Place de la Trinite, was chosen as the first work to sell. We brokered a deal within a month to a UK collector.
We sourced this painting for a patriotic American client. NC Wyeth is less widely known than his son, Andrew, and is mainly recognized for his illustrative work. The quality and subject of this very special painting appealed to our client and - glazed for protection - it is hung, appropriately, in the client's kitchen.
A corporate client asked us to negotiate the advantageous sale of a collection of Post-War American Art, which included great works by Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin and Andy Warhol. We arranged and administered everything from cleaning, valuations and leading meetings with the three leading auction houses. We used our experience and knowledge of the system to negotiate excellent terms.