FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Art Authentication Experts - Art Appraisers - art valuers. Art Experts serving UK< EUROPE< USA - Canada - Australia and South America
THE FREEMANART CONSULTANCY
Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Authenticity investigations can lead to the fully recognized, international acceptance of legitimacy, or a well established and globally acknowledged attribution to a previous anonymous artist or studio.
We conduct multilingual international archival research, administer full provenance scrutiny and confirmation studies, due diligence and duty of care assignments for clients and both academic and forensic art analysis, working from bases in Europe the UK and North America.
Our clients are ordinary individuals from all walks of life and the corporate sector such: law firms, auctioneers, principal and municipal art galleries, curators of collections, insurers and investment companies, as well as private investor collectors.
Before you write to us please note:
As we are not sponsored nor have any annoying pop ups and do accept any kind of paid advertising on this site, this is not possible.
Our services and expertise are professional issues and reserved for those people who require our expert help and advise.
Expertise which will be happily provided on this basis.
Our Most Frequently Asked Questions Follow:
NOTE *Appraisals are 'Valuations'.
'Authentication' is verifying the legitimacy and authenticity of a work of art and is quite different.
The two terms are entirely separate issues.
Q: Why do we not publish our addresses or telephone numbers ?
We share huge time zone differences with clients around the world. We therefore prefer to contact you with agreed and acceptable times to speak.
Art Authentication investigations leading to a full qualification of legitimacy, cannot be absolutely verified from photographs alone.
We therefore independently undertake comprehensive investigations into works of art and their provenance, inspect, collect and retrieve relevant information and evidence in support of the clients case.
*This is with a view to presenting the facts in the final analysis, to the fully recognized, appropriate and legally accredited expert, panel, body or committee, set in place to protect that particular artists rights. It is only to them that we can turn for their unanimous internationally accepted judgement.
We do not, under any circumstances issue 'Certificates of Authenticity'.
We are not the copyright holders of the artist, nor the legally recognized official body protecting the artists rights.
If a client instructs us to conduct a full investigation into their work/works of art, after the preliminary assessment of viability study, we will enter into our standard contractual agreement with them, specifying the details, financial obligations, stages and rates.
This contract also covers non disclosure and privacy of information which the client is protected by. It does not need to be duplicated. See our Privacy section.
Q: I have an old painting signed by artist 'X' and I need it AUTHENTICATING .
How much will it cost?
Answer: All investigations are entirely different from each other and will take different amounts of time and effort and conducted in different locations to process.
This is a question that cannot be definitively answered.
The Preliminary Assessment of Viability is the very first step in the authentication process.
If you have works of art with a claim they are by any Old or Modern
master, it suggests that if proven legitimate, the value of the work of art may be financially significant. This process is therefore very necessary.
* PLEASE NOTE:
We do not, as a matter of firm company policy, undertake any work for clients, at any level, on the basis that we will be recompensed, paid for our efforts, or remunerated for expenses incurred, from the possible future proceeds of a sale.
A/ The work of art may or may not turn out to be authentic.
B/ The client may decide not to sell the work of art, even if it is proven legitimate.
C/ And it is always a possibility that it may not actually be sold.
Undertaking the Pre - Authentication Assessment, please be prepared to:
Send us the very best images you can.
We do not accept unsolicited images attached to email form enquiries and there is no function to send them from the CONTACT page.You may attach them in the normal manner to an e mail when we have written back to you.
Q: What guarantee do I have that my work of art is going to be authentic or valuable after I've paid you to do the job?
Answer: None at all.
No one can guarantee the result of any investigation, certainly not before they know what the results of an investigation may be.
Q: How long does it take to have a work of art authenticated and how much will the process cost me?
Answer: This too is an unknown quantity
Research in many cases has to be physically conducted in the country of origin of the artist, particularly with major works of art purportedly by European Old and Modern masters. But that is less of a problem as we have bases in the UK and Europe.
Physical inspection of the work of art also has to be undertaken at some point.
Q: What then is the process of authentication?
Answer: We will work together with you in logical and progressive stages.
After the initial pre-authentication assessment, the client should then be in a better poisition to understand what the realities are and balance the financial outlay required to progress the next stage. The client can then make a personal and rational judgment based on all the facts put before them.
RIGHT TO QUIT.
We reserve the absolute right to refuse to proceed with any project and retain the absolute right to quit, if there are any factors of illegality, deception, or collusion that emerge from it. Including deliberate misinformation or malfeasance.
Q: Do you provide written appraisals for insurance purposes, tax or family distribution?
Answer: Yes, we will upon request and a fee is charged for this process.
You must firstly decide if this is necessary. Different insurance companies have different thresholds, (values below which they do not require an insurance document.) Speak to your insurers first.
We can also attempt to make retrospective assessments of value, as in the instance of theft, fire, loss or other damage.
Q: Do you do home visits, in person appraisals and offer art consultancy services and how much does it cost?
Answer: Yes and it is a service payable by the hour or part thereof, dependent entirely on where you are if travel costs are necessary.
Contact us directly for that information and a quote.
Q. How do we contact you?
Please double check the spelling of your email address
Q: Do you charge a PERCENTAGE % of the value, or as part of the fee for any valuation appraisal?
Absolutely Not !
Unlike many art appraisers, we do not charge a percentage of an items possible worth.
By charging a percentage part of an estimated value, this can make absolutely everything 'valuable' in the eyes of some unscrupulous appraisers and is in our view, both unprofessional and unethical.
We are ashamed that this practise is still being conducted by some of those within our professional ranks.
Q: 'Online Appraisals' (Evaluation) can it be done from photos or digital images I send to you?
YES. But an appraisal of this kind is an ESTIMATION of value only.
It does not approve and support the legitimacy or authenticity of such items, nor is it an Insurance Valuation, or a guaranteed Valuation for future family distribution or sale.
If you are considering the possibilities surrounding a work of art's legitimacy being presented for sale on-line, please refer to the Authentication Issues section of the FAQ's above.
If you plan to have an 'on line' assessment of estimated value of an item offered for sale, please try to:
An assessment of value on-line is made 'sight unseen' of the actual article and therefore no written valuation or report will be undertaken or delivered.
The purpose of this statement is to explain to you what personal information we collect and how we may use it.
1/ The Freemanart Consultancy is committed to protecting your privacy and maintaining the security of any personal information we have received from you. We strictly adhere to the requirements of international data protection legislation, as specifically laid down by the governments of Canada, the UK and the European Union.
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