BUYING PROCESS & GUIDE
Buying art online can often be a complicated and opaque process. We hope to demystify it for both first time collectors and established buyers on our website. Unlike many galleries we offer the standard retail shopping process of 'Add to Cart' and 'Checkout' as an option. This means that you can buy any work which you wish to with ease. You can also contact us for an invoice without using this process.
We do recommend doing the following before purchasing:
(i) If you have any questions about condition, we are happy to provide a comprehensive condition report immediately upon request. We recommend this as - although we try to show the works as accurately as possible - it is always best to know exactly what the piece will look like in all lighting and if there are any condition issues not immediately apparent.
(ii) If you plan on hanging the work immediately then we suggest contacting us for the full measurements (including the frame and mount if relevant).
(iii) Finally, we really enjoy hearing and answering questions from clients, be it regarding provenance, the artist or the subject. Do please feel free to email, call or message us through the website or our social channels and we will reply as soon as possible.
AUTHENTICITY / ATTRIBUTION GUARANTEE & POLICIES
We offer a full guarantee of authenticity for all of the works in our stock. Should our attributions prove innacurate, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible to let us know, and we offer a full refund once this has been demonstrated.
Please note that dimensions given refer to the image and do not necessarily include the mount and/or frame. Please contact us if you require these and we can provide them immediately.
Before buying an artwork online, not having seen it in person, we suggest contacting us to enquire about condition. Wherever possible we try to source works in excellent condition and we also use experienced restorers where required. Please note that the last thing we will be is offended if you ask for a detailed condition report or further images before making a decision.
For a definition of terms like 'Circle of' or 'Attributed to', we go by definitions adapted from a major international auction house. Please note that the cataloguing of Prints (e.g. engravings/etchings/lithographs etc.) uses a different terminology. Should you be uncertain about any definitions please feel free to contact us.
(1) Leonardo da Vinci
The work is, in our best judgement, by the named artist. When the artist's forename is not known, a series of asterisks followed by the surname of an artist, whether preceded by an initial or not, indicates that the work is, in our best judgement, by the named artist.
(2) Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
In our opinion, probably a work by the artist but less certainty as to authorship is expressed than in the preceding category.
(3) Studio of Leonardo da Vinci
In our opinion, a work by an unknown hand in the studio of the artist which may or may not have been executed under the artist's direction.
(4) Circle of Leonardo da Vinci
In our opinion, a work by an as yet unidentified but distinct hand closely associated with the named artist but not necessarily his pupil.
(5) Follower of Leonardo da Vinci
In our opinion, a work by a painter working in the artist's style, contemporary or nearly contemporary, but not necessarily his pupil
(6) Manner of Leonardo da Vinci
In our opinion, a work in the style of the artist and of a later date.
(7) After Leonardo da Vinci
In our opinion, a copy of a known work of the artist's.
N.B. Regarding signatures: the terms signed/monogrammed/initials and/or dated and/or inscribed means that we believe that any/all of the above are from the hand of the artist. When any of the above are preceded by bears (e.g. Bears signature D Cox), in our opinion, it/they have been added by another hand.
Please note that at present, if you are not buying directly through the secure payment portal on our website, we will only be able to accept payments by bank transfer or cheque (the latter only upon prior agreement)
Samuel Woodforde, R.A. (1763-1817)
Bookplate designs for Henrietta Anne Hoare, Lady Acland
Sold to the Grolier Club Library, New York, in 2020