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Ian had been interested in starting a collection of British paintings for some years but was restricted by a lack of both knowledge and time. “I have found the work of Fine Art Brokers invaluable. In fact, without them I’d either not collect at all or probably buy something in a rush and regret it. I don’t really trust my own taste or knowledge of prices to buy on my own,” says Ian.
He is often able to see a painting before making a bid but trusts Fine Art Brokers to offer an expert opinion. He says “recently I was interested in a Duncan Grant picture which I decided against on the morning of the sale as I hadn’t seen it. Ray Waterhouse urged me to reconsider, telling me it was far better than the catalogue photo. We did buy it and I have to say it’s now my favorite painting. Ray knows the direction I want to go and makes suggestions, but I always feel in control.”
A private dealer known to Ray Waterhouse had bought a great collection of artworks direct from the artist Sir Terry Frost in the 1980s and, when he decided to sell select pieces, we were able to offer first choice to a new client, who is a friend of Ray’s. Acquired in 2001 by this client, the value of Study in Green, 2 Chevrons has increased fourfold. We were able to negotiate a favorable transaction for both the buyer and the seller.