The Parker Gallery are dealers and agents in Old Master & British paintings, based in London. We offer paintings and drawings from a broad range of periods and schools.
The company is run by Archie Parker who was at Dreweatt's & Bloomsbury Auctions 2006 - 2014, as Head of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings and on the management board of The Fine Art Auction Group. More recently Archie was at Bonhams as a Senior Specialist in Old Master paintings, for whom he is still a consultant.
We offer a range of services to collectors and museums:
We advise on the appraisal and valuation of paintings across all fields for insurance, probate, family division, proposed purchase and sale, inheritance tax (IHT) and acceptance in lieu of tax. This service is charge on a time and expenses basis; no charge is made for these services if items are subsequently consigned to the company for sale.
We undertake specialist research into authorship and authenticity of paintings. This includes work to identify sitters in unknown portraits, the dating of paintings, and establishing the authorship of paintings with unknown origin. We can also organise scientific analysis of pigments for dating; and further research techniques such as dendrochronology, x-rays, infra-red photography etc.
We sell paintings on consignment belonging to private collections and insititutions on an agreed fee or percentage basis. Our charges for these services are extremely competitive with the commissions charged by major auction houses.
We offer a service of examining and valuing paintings which are due to be sold at auction or by private treaty. This is a useful service to obtain an impartial and reasoned view of the quality and value of proposed purchases. We can also act as a buying agent through both auction and private treaty transactions, giving clients the opportunity to remain anonymous.
We can arrange for the cleaning and conservation of paintings and drawings by some of the most respected restorers in the UK. Our carver and gilder is available to repair, restore, alter or gild old frames, along with producing new frames to match any beyond repair.
The Parker Gallery is a member of BADA (British Antiques Dealers' Association), LAPADA (Association of Art and Antiques Dealers) and CINOA (International Art and Antiques Dealers' Association).