E X P E R T I S E
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Thomas Gainsborough: Landscape with
figures on a Path
See Old Master Sales.
ART FORENSIC ANALYSIS NETWORK
An important part of our
service relates to expertise, authentication and the preparation of
conservation reports. Over the last forty years, we have authenticated numerous important paintings. One recent discovery was
a painting by Roderic O'Conor, which we authenticated by comparing
microscopic details of the painting to autograph examples taken from our
database. Analysis also revealed characteristic wet on wet
mixing of multiple layers of paint, which established that the painting was
executed alla prima, thereby suggesting one single hand at work.
Our reports are based on scientific analysis. Whenever necessary, we procure verification from
a network of leading laboratories in the the field of pigment analysis and other
Over the years, we have
examined many hundreds of paintings with fake signatures, fake provenances, outright
forgeries and paintings that have lost much of their value through
injudicious cleaning and restoration. If you have not sought expert advice in building your collection, there is a good possibility that
many of your paintings fall into one or more of these categories. Unless you
have developed a specialist expertise, you will not be able to identify
these faults and, in most cases, they may not come to your
attention until you decide to sell. Whether you are buying or selling, privately or at auction,
availing of our expertise and agency services will ensure
peace of mind and a worthwhile collection.
Recently, we assessed an Impressionist painting on behalf of a
client, which was for auction in a New York sale. We discovered that
the greater part of the canvas had been repainted by an
unknown hand thereby saving our client $1.2 million on a
valueless work by an unknown painter. Buying at auction can be fraught with
pitfalls and should not be undertaken without independent expert advice.
Our experience suggests that condition reports prepared by external
on behalf of the auction houses have very little value. The main auction
houses advise that the services of an independent expert should
be employed. The
physical condition of a painting is absolutely vital and should be the
prime consideration when assessing the desirability of a painting. We amused one of clients
recently by explaining to him that the small commission we
charge for our expertise relates to the paintings we reject
rather than the ones we buy on his behalf.
We offer a fully comprehensive
agency service for European buyers in the United States and for American buyers
in Europe covering all of the major auction centres. This service
includes evaluation, condition report, attendance at auction,
packing, shipping and insurance.
Fine Art provides a private and highly confidential brokerage service
for buyers and sellers of fine paintings with a particular interest in
early German Expressionists, Impressionists and Old Masters. The success
of our service is based on expertise, transparency and a guarantee of
We have a number of clients who are seeking fine French
Impressionist paintings, especially those from the 1870s.
Fine examples of later work will also be considered. We
have particular requests for early works by Pissarro and Sisley.
Disputes over works of art can be very
expensive and can often end up costing more than the value of the painting. We
offer an informal and inexpensive arbitration service where both parties
agree to be bound by our findings.
Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution method which is
now regarded as a more sensible solution the the traditional law suit. In general terms, the decision of an
final and can only be appealed under special circumstances. Depending on
the complexities of the dispute, both sides are usually represented by
their own legal advisers but this is not an essential requirement.
An alternative and less costly method is mediation and this is often the
best approach where the issues under dispute are less complex. Mediation
is not binding and consequently, there is no guarantee of a resolution
to the dispute. However, it is possible for solicitors on both sides to
draw up legally binding documents, which are signed by both sides prior
to the mediation process with a view to finding a final resolution.
Common to both procedures is an agreement on all sides to engage
actively in the
process and to share the costs, which are usually considerably less than
court litigation due to the less formal requirements regarding the preparation
and presentation of evidence. Either method makes particular sense in
areas such as the authenticity of a work of art or a dispute over the
physical condition or market value of a painting. Such specialist knowledge is not
usually found in the average legal practise. It is also worth
remembering that either channel might provide a satisfactory solution
even where litigation is underway and well advanced.
Go to the Sales pages on the left menu bar for details of paintings for sale. The
Archive pages illustrate paintings we have sold in the
past and indicate the type of paintings we are interested in purchasing.
Some of the paintings in the archive may be for sale. A link at the bottom
of each page takes you back to the top of the page.
Milmo-Penny Fine Art Ltd. issues a written guarantee of authenticity and a
condition report with every painting sold.
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