A is for Art Adviser
5 DECEMBER 2016
As Philip Edell (Director, Savills Country House Consultancy) wrote in his blog post last month, “when a country house is being re-furbished, consider expert advice at the very beginning”.
Alongside the architect and interior designer, involving an art adviser from the outset can greatly benefit the final outcome. Why? Because we know the wealth of wonderful objects that are out there so can help a client make an informed decision about what he or she wants in terms of signature pieces; a Renaissance fireplace, an oak panelled Regency library, a Victorian dining room, an antique chandelier…the list goes on.
Contemplating the shell of a gutted house in the process of transformation can be daunting for the new owner. Yet this is one of the most enjoyable aspects of our work at Corfield Morris; the house is a blank canvas and it’s up to us to illustrate the possibilities from this early stage of the project.
One client embraced our suggestion of a four-poster bed which in turn narrowed the interior design brief for the master bedroom. We then began the quest for the dream four-poster, travelling to France to inspect and assess the finest example which we then purchased for our client.
We went to similar lengths to secure a museum-quality carved marble fireplace for a home in Wiltshire. Originally housed in an Italian palazzo, this stunning fireplace became the jewel in the crown of this most English abode.
B is also for beginning; involving an art adviser from the beginning can save a huge amount of time in the long run. We are there to focus the mind. Then, armed with our list of items that need to be tracked down, we have time on our side to find what is desired.
The process can be lengthy but the journey is always satisfying. We work closely with our clients, devoting infinite energy to getting it right. Knowing that we’ve got it right is our reward. The client on the other hand reaps the reward of living with these wonderful pieces that add character, history and colour to a home.
Flora McEvedy is a market analyst at Corfield Morris