Henri MartinBateaux de Peche de Collioure1920

Brokered from one private client to another.

Testimonials

Georges Alfred ChaudetNature Morte aux Pommesc.1890
Edgar DegasAprés le Bain
Building a collection with a client over 15 years
The late Marty Zweig, New York

“Ray Waterhouse has been advising and working very closely with me in the acquisition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art for the past four years. I have found him to be extremely diligent, knowledgeable and hard working. In that time, we have worked with the very top people at the major auction houses, many of the biggest art dealers in the world and a few of the foremost historians on Impressionism. I have found that they have all come to respect Ray.

Leaving no stone unturned, Ray once travelled to Japan for me when we had learned of a wonderful Degas that might be for sale. Ray did the legwork and studied the picture, and I trusted his judgement sufficiently that I bought it without having seen the actual picture itself. It turned out to be an excellent choice and that work will soon be loaned to a major Degas exhibition that will tour some prominent museums. With his advice I have also bought paintings by Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Caillebotte, Matisse and Bonnard, and sculpture by Degas, Renoir and Rodin.”

About the Client Relationship

Marty liked buying both great, important art, and also art he just liked, as long as the artist had some connection to significant figures. We sourced this excellent Georges Alfed Chaudet still life, Nature morte aux pommes, in a small antique shop in Vienna for less than $30,000. Chaudet was a friend of Gauguin and used to supply him with paint in Brittany.

Tom WesselmannCompote with Fruit (Color variation #2)1988
Offering expert on-the-spot advice
Kenneth J. Boudreaux, Ph.D, New Orleans

“Not being a professional in art markets, I found myself uncertain about several important aspects of artwork I was interested in acquiring, including reasonable values, price negotiations, the extent to which specific pieces were representative of artists' work, comparable transactions and value trajectories. I chose Fine Art Brokers to be my advisor and representative in negotiations in four recent acquisitions and have been delighted with the results. They have done excellent research, advised me clearly and carefully of their opinions, negotiated prices that I felt were quite reasonable and completed the transactions successfully. I would recommend Fine Art Brokers without reservation.”

About the Client Relationship

Kenneth was looking for an artwork by a significant Post-War artist for a hallway in his home; he needed a piece that was not too expensive and which wouldn't protrude from the wall too much. We sourced a beautiful steel work by Tom Wesselmann, Compote with Fruits (Color Variation #2), which was a perfect fit for his space, budget and interests.

John Singer SargentSunset at Cairo1891
Visiting, educating and sourcing for a Middle Eastern client
Dr. Raouf Ghabbour, Cairo

“When I needed to buy paintings for my new homes I realized that I needed expert help. I studied the Fine Art Brokers website and invited Ray to visit me in Cairo and London. I was impressed by his willingness to educate and guide me, and yet leave me free to make my own decisions. He has bought many works of art for me and is a man of integrity with good buying sources and with a good team around him.”

About the Client Relationship

Before visiting Dr. Ghabbour's home in Cairo for the first time, we were able to source this beautiful and rare work by John Singer Sargent, Sunset at Cairo, a subject very relevant to him. While there, Ray spent many hours with the client discussing a collecting strategy and also advised his architect and designers and on lighting for his existing collection. We subsequently helped Dr. Ghabbour buy many Orientalist and Impressionist paintings as well as outdoor sculptures.

Additional Testimonials

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Introducing a friend to the art world
Study in Green, 2 Chevrons1964
Helping a collector develop confidence to buy significant works of art
October in the Catskills1880
Advising a US client on auctions in Europe
Bagliori nella foresta1958
Market Intelligence and Straightforward Advice
Composition in Yellow1952