Antique Services Summary

Sourcing Service
 

CONTEXT DESIGN offers a variety of sourcing services, relative to the requirements of our customers. These options vary greatly and depend on the nature of the work required.

Any services must be pre approved by CONTEXT and the client in writing and secured with a small deposit before any work begins.

 The facts regarding finding quality antiques and fine art material continues to evolve and seems  more complicated with each passing day. Some people mistakenly believe high profile internet dealers and auction platforms has facilitated their ability to secure quality, integrity, rarity and value. The very thought makes me smile when I reflect on how naive this premise is, but how the internet has changed the way the antiques and fine art world now operates is obvious. Like so many things , how these categories are sourced, brokered, promoted, bought and sold is anything but straight forward and to believe the internet has simplified things is a mistake. After decades of practical experience and many hours studying, learning and networking with a variety of trustworthy specialists in their field of expertise, I believe we bring a very unique offering to our clients. We have and continue to work with top designers, decorators, film production companies, private institutions or top  international collectors. 

 

Restoration Services
 

In the In the complicated world of Antiques and Fine Art, recognizing value potential and the associated pitfalls often has allot to do with assessing condition, potential and cost; but that is not where it ends. Knowing when to commit to a purchase and when to walk away is the key. Often the best buys are overlooked by inexperienced collectors,  because they don't want to go to the trouble, or don't know where to get the work done, or fear the costs associated with restoration. We have the answers to these questions and more.  world of Antiques and Fine Art, recognizing value potential and the associated pitfalls often has allot to do with assessing condition, potential and cost; but that is not where it ends. Knowing when to commit to a purchase and when to walk away is the key. Often the best buys are overlooked by inexperienced collectors,  because they don't want to go to the trouble, or don't know where to get the work done, or fear the costs associated with restoration. We have the answers to these questions and more. 

Pre-Auction Consultation
 
CONTEXT DESIGN continues to act on behalf on a number of collectors and dealers through out North America and Europe when asked. With this service comes a great deal of responsibility as in many cases some of the experts in many auction houses lack the expertise to identify the age and origin of many items which can lead to serious problems if you do not take the time and care to have the  goods inspected by an undefended appraiser and objective second set of eyes.  If you read the terms and conditions of sale for all auction houses you will understand the ned to take this precaution seriously of in turn pay the consequences. In many cases we may not be in a position to provide this service directly, however in most cases we have contacts placed strategically through out the world who are usually able to act on our behalf for a modest fee.
 
Collection & Storage
Generally speaking when purchases are made at up market antique shows and fairs, packing and shipping services are on the premisses, however if you are a successful bidder at a remote auction or show, finding somebody to collect , care for and store your merchandise can be tricky. We have learned how to manage this aspect of buying goods in the UK and Europe and will be happy to manage the collection, carting, wrapping  storage and eventual delivery of any purchases you make if you use CONTEXT DESIGN as your exclusive agent.
Import & Export Logistics Management
 
Managing the import and export of antiques and fine art can be extremely stressful and costly. Knowing who to trust your valuables with and how best to collect, pack crate and ship things is only the basics. We began importing ceramics fine art furniture and decorative smalls in fro  the orient in the 80's and continue to acquire and manage the importation of goods to and from the United States, Canada France , Spain, Belgium and the United Kingdom. If you are interested in using our services and trusted team, contact us today for a quote. 
FIND OUT MORE

TORONTO

CANADA

Tel 001-416-358-0513

GLOUCESTERSHIRE 

UNITED KINGDOM 

email : brian@contextdesign.ca 

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