Vitruvian provides a service for sellers and seller’s agents and buyers and their buyer’s agents. We only work with private clients directly or with their principal agents, with whom we can contract.

We have a set process to help buyers and sellers, with check-lists to assist our clients with the appropriate due diligence steps.  

Helping Clients Sell Their Art

We assist clients sell their art when their artwork is sales ready. (See below for what “sales ready” means.)

We enter agreements with our seller clients as an Agent, an Agent’s agreement for a fixed length of time to perform the contract that can be renewed depending on the progress made.

We have a fixed percentage for our service for acting as a seller’s agent in any sales facilitation process.

We agree a sales strategy with our clients before we offer the artwork to potential buyers.

If there is an interested buyer, we can perform the negotiation and organise the transaction.

We can arrange the sales contract although this service is provided by a lawyer and is a separate fee.

We also assist with the performance of the contract. The performance is normally overseen by a lawyer too for whom there is a separate fee.

Client funds are held in escrow accounts and the funds released when the artwork has been safely delivered.


What Is ‘Sales ready’

1. The seller can prove title, which shows that they own the artwork and are free to sell the artwork (without their being other beneficial interests in the artwork or liens on the artwork); 

2. That provenance checks have been undertaken and we can show the history of the painting and relevant art loss register checks have been made; 

3. That authenticity checks have been undertaken; 

4. That condition reports have been sought, if necessary; 

5. That there has been appropriate valuation of the artwork; 

6. Where there are other necessary expert opinions these have been obtained; 

7. That there is a proper inventory for collections; 

8. That the artwork has been viewed by an expert advisor;

9. That the artwork has been photographed;

10. That the artwork is appropriately insured for the purposes of the transaction;

11. That all relevant documentation that is relevant to the artwork has been obtained.

If a clients’ artwork is not sales ready and s/he requires various elements of the work to be performed: (such as due diligence checks or provenance research to be undertaken), our company can find a relevant expert or art historian to assist the client to ensure this preliminary work has been done. 

Helping the artwork become sales ready is a separate service and there would be a fee to be paid to the relevant service provider.


Marketing Packs

We may agree a marketing budget for the artwork in order to ensure there is a sophisticated presentation of the artwork depending on what it is. 

For this work we normally use a designer and photographer and there are separate fees for the preparation of marketing packs.


Helping Clients Buy Art 

Vitrivuan enters agreements with buyers or their buyer agents to source particular artworks for their clients.

Our clients maybe looking for works that are being sold privately or may wish for us to find works that are available on the market, in auction or within galleries.

The agreements are for a set period of time. We ensure there are Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) to cover any artwork being sought from sellers to show to the potential buyer/s.

We have a fixed percentage for our service for acting as a buyer’s agent in any sales facilitation process.

In the event that the buyer wants an artwork that has been sourced by our company, we can facilitate the sale, by conducting the negotiation on behalf of the buyer and arrange for the sales contract to be drawn up in the event of a successful purchase. The drafting of a contract, is a service that is performed by a lawyer for which there would be a separate fee.

We also can assist with the performance of the contract. The performance of the contract is normally overseen by a lawyer too.

Client funds are held in escrow accounts and the funds released when the artwork has been safely delivered.


Vitruvian Arts Ltd.

+44 (0) 203 290 1367

Private Treaty Sales or Auction sales or Gallery Sales


In some cases our clients wish to buy or sell art through the auction houses either in public auction, through their dealer/gallery service (where the artwork is on display) or through their private treaty service (where the artwork is not displayed). Our agents act on behalf of clients in all these forums.

Our role is to help ensure that our clients are getting appropriate advice from the auction houses and that they are able to do business with them on favourable terms.

We can help our clients by meeting with and discussing with the auction houses their terms and conditions and act on our clients behalf at auction or for throughout a private sales/treaty process.

We can advise our clients on the value and expert evidence provided and help our clients seek independent third party expert opinions; such as connoisseur opinions on authenticity and attribution, forensic assessment, valuation, condition of the artwork and art historical research on provenance.

We can help our clients with the entire process from consigning works to auction, negotiating private treaty terms, to bidding on artworks in auction and handling the sales negotiation process in private sales/treaty.

Art and Collections

We handle a wide variety of art.

The art that has been particularly popular for buyers and sellers has been paintings and sculptures, particularly artists from the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist period, American 20th Century artists and Contemporary artists.

We have handled museum quality collections from very different artistic periods and museum quality artworks.

We have on our books a range of artworks from the early 20th Century and are currently sourcing Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works for clients.

Examples of the artists, type and period of artworks we have handled or have been asked to source works by:


  • Banksy
  • David Hockney
  • Jeff Koons 
  • Yayoi Kusama
  • Gerhard Richter
  • 16th Century Italian Old Masters
  • Van Dyck
  • Peter Paul Rubens
  • Pierre Bonnard
  • Paul Cezanne
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Henri Matisse
  • Claude Monet
  • Camille Pissarro
  • Auguste Renoir
  • Alfred Sisley
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Salvador Dali
  • Joan Miró


  • George Braque
  • Joseph Fernand Henri Leger
  • Amadeo Modigliani
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Andy Warhol
  • Alexander Calder
  • Dale Chihuly
  • 20th Century Persian Carpets
  • 19th Century Textiles
  • 19th Century Japanese carpets
  • Antoine Watteau
  • Jean-Honoré Fragonard