Collection Advisory

 

MyAncientArt offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of both residential and corporate clients. Whether you are interested in purchasing a single work, or if you are implementing or expanding a comprehensive art program, we can provide assistance in the following areas:

 

  • Buying and selling of ancient art in all sectors of the ancient art market.
  • Researching and locating specific collector's requests.
  • Assessing existing collections and highlighting the best works to retain.
  • Authentication and attribution.
  • Valuations of individual pieces and collections for both market and insurance purposes.
  • Auction representation including the arrangement of private treaty sales.
  • Logistics management including shipping, import and export licenses, restoration, hanging, museum framing, object mounting and storage
  • Collection management including curatorial expertise, cataloguing and bespoke database management of a collection.
  • Philanthropy advice on effective wealth giving to the arts.
  • Art related inheritance and estate planning guidance pertaining to art related issues.

 

 

Benefits

 

  • Exclusive access to works in private collections that are not available on the market
  • Impartial advice being independent of auction houses, galleries and dealers, we provide impartial advice when buying and selling on your behalf. The experts are not dealers and have no financial interests on the works of art who are introduced to the art investors.
  • Time savings as we are able to manage all areas of the collecting process on your behalf, we are able to build or sell complete collections with as much or as little involvement from you as you wish.
  • Direct savings due to our buying and negotiating capabilities - we significantly reduce transactional charges which in turn we pass directly on to you.
  • Ethics, seriousness and reputation of each dealer presented to the investors. The dealers guarantee the provenance, authenticity and conservation state of their works of art.
  • Reducing risk by undertaking thorough due diligence on all transactional decisions, we ensure that potentially costly mistakes are avoided to give you complete confidence in the decision made.

 

 

Ancient Art as an investment

 

Historically, ancient art investments have yielded excellent long-term capital appreciation, usually 8% to 10% annually. Any investment in tangibles, especially works of art, should be projected for at least five to ten vears. Normally one should not hold more than 10% of their investment portfolio in art. Collecting fine art is a pleasurable way of hedging against inflation because the investor can enjoy his objects of art, rather than depositing them in a vault or holding receipts. Also, art is not as volatile as stocks and bonds, the coin, gem and collectibles markets, and especially the gold and silver markets.

 

 

Tips for collectors

 

Study the field which interests you as much as possible. Visit as many art galleries as you can, gallery staff can be helpful guides in your art education. Get on gallery mailing lists so you'll be invited to openings and special events. Visit and join your local art museums and non profit art centers. Curators sometimes give lectures on collecting art. Attend National and International Art Fairs and Art Expos whenever possible. If you know art collectors, talk to them and find out what they know and what they've learned about collecting art. Read books on art history and books about collecting art. Subscribe to a few art magazines.

Buy cautiously at first.

Make sure that your work of art has quality. Buy the best examples you can afford in any category. Do not buy objects that have been significantly restored. Beware of overly restored faces in both painting and sculpture.

Deal with a top gallery or art dealer. Working with a professional art advisor / art consultant is a good way to learn about art collecting, and they will guide you through the process of purchasing art.

Have an understanding with your dealer or gallery about trading up - so he’ll repurchase or resell your works as you have more money to invest in high quality art.

Do not buy art works just because they are a current rage.

Ask the advice of museum directors or curators whenever possible.

Decide upon your investing limit before you buy. If you fall in love with a more expensive object try to arrange for a time payment.

Spread your financial risks by buying a variety of art unless you are expert in a particular field.