Rowntree Clark are art dealers and brokers in 20th Century British Art, with a particular interest in 1950s and early 1960s abstract gestural painting. We bring a genuine passion for the subject, with a strong art historical bias, combined with a knowledge of the market that can be invaluable to both the experienced and first time buyer. In turn, this has given us the pleasure of helping build a series of wonderful collections, by brokering the sales of some of the great works by British artists in the 20th Century.
Established in 2009 by Edward Clark, we have developed a reputation for handling and presenting historically significant works of a distinct aesthetic, and uncovering the very best examples of the specific British Modernists that interest us, artists such as Peter Lanyon, Robyn Denny, Sandra Blow, Roger Hilton, Gillian Ayres, Richard Smith, Harold Cohen, Patrick Heron, Paul Feiler, Douglas Swan and William Scott.
Before establishing Rowntree Clark, Edward graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1998 and worked for two leading West End dealers for over a decade. We have had the experience of exhibiting at major art fairs throughout the world - including TEFAF, Maastricht; The Armory Show New York; Biennale Internazionale dell'Antiquariato di Firenze; & Biennale Internazionale di Antiquariato di Roma - and have acted as an advisor for the Arts Council England among other roles. As Rowntree Clark we are a regular exhibitor at the British Art Fair & London Art Fair.
In 2014 we relocated from our St James's, Mayfair, offices to Norfolk and now operate by appointment, dividing our time between London and our showroom on the North Norfolk coast.
The boutique nature of our consultancy business means we work solely on behalf of our clients acting as agents on an annual retainer fee, or a transparent commission.
We give specialist market advise to clients on consigning and purchasing works, whether privately or at auction, including:
Negotiating the best possible fee structure for consignments
Specialist transparent provenance and market history research
Bidding strategies at auction
Brokering private sales both in the gallery and auction markets
Viewing works for clients advising on quality and condition
Valuation and re-sale value consultation
When needed, we bid on a client’s behalf
Pre and post sale logistics including shipping, framing and conservation
Rowntree Clark is registered with HMRC for EU 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. We are required by law to carry out due diligence identity checks on customers before we work on any customer's behalf or conclude any transaction. We are also required to keep appropriate records of customers due diligence identification and of transactions.
For individual buyers, we are required, by law, to verify the buyer's full name, date of birth, nationality, and permanent address; we will need to see, and take a copy of, a valid government-issued photo ID such as a passport, driving licence or national ID card.
If the artwork is purchased on behalf of a company, we will need to have company details including evidence of incorporation, directors, and any ultimate beneficial owners.
Rowntree Clark is obliged to charge ARR on all sales over €1,000. Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) entitles creators (‘authors’) of original works of art (including paintings, engravings, sculpture and ceramics) to a royalty each time one of their works is resold through an auction house or art market professional. The right to this royalty lasts for the same period as copyright, so since January 2012 ARR has applied to qualifying works by artists who have been dead for less than 70 years. It is calculated on a cumulative sliding scale: 4% up to €50,000, 3% between €50,000.01 and €200,000, 1% between €200,000.01 and €350,000, 0.5% between €350,000.01 and €500,000, 0.25% in excess of €500,000. Royalties are capped so that the total amount of the royalty paid for any single sale of a work cannot exceed €12,500. ARR is exempt of VAT.