Many people, in general, do not have a working knowledge of what an art gallery is and how it operates. Here is an overview of what an art gallery is all about.
An art gallery essentially “houses” (whether directly or indirectly) art works and other materials which have artistic, cultural or historical value, such as relics, ancient manuscripts, archeological artifacts and jewelries. That is, a gallery can exhibit actual valuable materials for display to those who have the capacity and intention to purchase them or it may provide assistance, through its fine arts consultants, toward acquiring art works not yet in their possession. Yes, they can even do the hunting for you! Especially of wild birds you wish to keep “alive” on your walls. Ordinarily, of course, buyers would not want to wait and simply go to galleries that house works they can buy on sight.
Some of the art works are not directly owned by the gallery but consigned to them by their owners. This means they have been displayed in a gallery in the hopes that they will attract buyers instead of being kept at home where they cannot be seen by as many prospective buyers as possible. Consignment is a common practice since it does not involve money upfront either by the owner or the gallery, until a buyer pays for a piece of work. In short, everyone is happy when a sell is made, especially the buyer who goes home with the art work. We can almost say that, artistically and practically, the buyer is the ultimate winner.
It is precisely for that sense of satisfaction of providing assistance to customers that Hawkfield Gallery Consultants continues to provide quality services to art buyers and collectors. The list of artists represented in the gallery is provided on the website for reference. Nevertheless, the gallery welcomes others artists and can appraise their works as well to give them an idea as to the fair market value of their works.
Those with experience in the gallery business consider evaluating art works as a delicate process not easily accomplished as it can be a quite subjective. Hawkfield’s fine arts consultants utilize comparative sales approach by using recent auction sales as basis for pricing art works. Likewise, the gallery also considers the opinion of independent consultants for appraising art work.
Hawkfield Gallery offers competitive prices as it has low overhead expenses. Through visiting antique shops and art auctions, the gallery gains insight into the quality and value of art works that they have collected and of those which they hope to acquire from many sources. This assures customers that what they see at Hawkfield Gallery are not only a broad representation of classic American art but also of guaranteed high-quality and fair price.