Art Held on Trust

Our clients

Our clients come from the full spectrum of the art world, including:

  • trustees
  • collectors (individuals and institutions)
  • artists
  • galleries

Managing and selling artworks and collections

We give you clear advice on managing and selling artworks and collections and work closely with regulated and/or trusted art experts.

We work with you to determine what’s best for your beneficiaries and/or your collection, along with a data-based sales and management strategy.

Art as an asset

Our expertise

Read about recent questions and situations we have handled for our clients.

We want to develop a management strategy for our art collection.

Our clients needed a management strategy for their extensive art collection held on trust, which was spread out between storage in Switzerland, homes in other countries and iconic museums in the UK.

Together with our art experts, we implemented a three-pronged strategy that ensured the artworks were either on display at our client’s home, on loan to museums, or sold. We negotiated loans of high-quality artworks to iconic museums and developed a sales strategy to maximise returns, ensuring a robust marketing strategy and a competitive auction process in locations such as London, Munich and Paris.

How do I protect my works from seizure while on loan to a museum?

Our clients were planning to loan a number of works to museums in the UK and wanted to ensure that their paintings were protected from claims by third parties while on loan. We determined that the museums were not considered “approved institutions” under legislation and therefore could not give guarantees that works on loan would not be seized for the period of the loan. We then advised the museums to take steps to become approved institutions so that our clients could loan artworks to them.

I want to sell a collection and ensure I get the best deal from auction houses.

In a recent sale we achieved extremely favourable terms for our client through a competitive tender process with major auction houses and some specialist continental auction houses. We negotiated with the auction houses to secure reduced fees relating to commissions, insurance, shipping, authentication and marketing and in doing so secured total savings for our client of roughly 15% – 19% with two leading auction houses.

I’m considering accepting artwork as a payment of a debt owed to me.

Our client was owed a substantial sum of money by someone who did not have the liquidity to pay with cash. We arranged for our client to be paid with a painting valued at the amount owed. We confirmed the authenticity of the work, ensured that the correct moment for the passing of risk was outlined and that adequate insurance was in place for transporting the piece.