Why you should consider hiring an art expert

Restorer working on antique outdoor chapel fresco in Italy: Painting restoring of religious art


Tiger Private’s Experts offer bespoke, one-to-one experiences and specialised knowledge in niche fields. As professionals working at the top of their game, they have extensive experience working with high net worth individuals around the world.

Anna, our resident art expert, has extensive experience having worked with London’s leading art dealers and auction houses, and now runs her own independent art consultancy.  Her expertise makes her suitably placed to consult on all aspects of sourcing, valuing and maintaining of art collections.

As the eyes and ears of her clients, she regularly represents them at auction and when negotiating with dealers. If you’re thinking about enlisting the help of an art consultant, read on to find out the various ways they can enhance your art collection.

Taking your interests into account

It’s imperative that an art consultant takes the time to find out the different artists, periods and subject matter that you’re interested in. Anna regularly accompanies her clients to art fairs, exhibitions, auctions, and exposes them to books and catalogues to understand their interests. Where one client may be interested in Old Master paintings, another might prefer a piece of contemporary sculpture, so this first stage is imperative to ensure your art consultant can fine-tune their search.

Helping you make an informed decision

If you’re looking to build your collection from the ground up, an art consultant can help you make an informed decision with your best interests at heart. Buying a piece of art isn’t just about handing the money over – the process should involve thorough research (including where the piece has been written about and exhibited, as well as working out the previous owners). An art expert with keen attention to detail will make sure everything is in order, and build a thoroughly-documented history of the piece. Someone like Anna will also make sure the practicalities of insurance are taken care of so that your investment, once acquired, is correctly recorded in an inventory and protected.

Artist and female art gallery owner talking about his art work. Shot indoors in a real gallery with artwork at the walls. Shot from behind.

Managing the logistics

Once a piece has been purchased, a great art expert can assist you on the appropriate way to display it, from lighting, to installation and right down to choosing the correct glass for the frame. They would also oversee any restoration work necessary for the preservation of the piece. If storage is required, an art advisor like Anna will go to the trouble of ensuring the right conditions are organised (including humidity and lighting levels, among other details). She will also organise safe transport, whether it be across the city or across the globe, to ensure that the piece will arrive safely at its new destination.

Selling a piece

If you’re looking to sell a piece, an art consultant can act as your representative to research the correct market for it to be sold in, and assist in the decision whether better to sell at auction or through private treaty sale. An expert will do their research and suggest exactly when, where and how much the piece should be sold for, with full transparency in relation to anything that will affect the sale.

Detective work

Where you have inherited a piece and don’t know what it is, an expert will carry out the research to work out its attribution, and therefore its true value. They will use their attention to detail to research and produce a solid analysis with documents and data to support this. The advisor should manage expectations through acting with integrity and clarity through every step of this process, to ensure their client has a realistic idea of what to expect.

If you’d like more information about Anna’s services or any of Tiger’s experts, email Ruth today.

Author Laura Glendenning Tiger Recruitment Team

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