Case histories

How we have helped our clients as art broker, art valuers and art consultants

BB_DH_May2011_outside Here are some examples of the many projects that we have handled for our clients, including buying and selling art, art valuations and art appraisals, creating curated fine art websites.If you have an enquiry concerning your art, just contact us by email or phone 02 9977 7764


Art Valuations

Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, Dubbo:
Valuation for both insurance and market values of the entire art collection of over 300 artworks, with oil paintings, works on paper and sculpture.Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly:Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants valued the entire art collection, containing over 1000 artworks spanning the width and depth of Australian art history.

Corporate Art Collection, Sydney:
This major insurance company had over 200 artworks in their collection and needed to decide on what to keep and what to dispose of. We prepared a comprehensive catalogue of all the works, thus enabling the company to make an informed decision. Subsequently, the company entrusted us with organising the sale of the works chosen for disposal through auction. For the remaining works, we provided a comprehensive insurance valuation.

Hunters Hill Council, Sydney:
Valuation and appraisal of their art collection

Numerous corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Important Australian collection, Colombo / Sri Lanka.

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Curated Fine Art Website: The Manly Art Gallery & Museum Collections
magam presents the ceramics collection of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. It is one of Australia’s finest ceramics collection with over 330 works by over 140 artists.
Curated Fine Art Website: Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo – Mentor, Teacher and Artist
antoniodattilorubbo Artist and art teacher who mentored many major Australian artists such as Grace Cossington Smith, Roy de Maistre, Donald Friend and Roland Wakelin. Dattilo-Rubbo was instrumental in founding this great regional gallery which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2010.
Curated Fine Art Website: Norman Lloyd – Artist and Traveller
Mosman Hardly anything was known about this Australian landscape artist’s life (1895 – 1983), before Banziger Hulme Fine Art set out to create a website on him: Through this venture, Lloyd’s work has been placed into context and given recognition, while completely new information has been gathered from sources all over the world to bring together the many facets of Lloy’ds life. This long life led him from Australia to World War I, back to Australia and Europe and North Africa, inspiring a wealth of beautiful landscapes.
Art Brokerage: Two works by George Keyt (1901 – 1993, Sri Lankan)
Keyt_mirror.jpg Through our broker experience, we sold both works in August 2009 with Deutscher and Hackett.

Top: Figures with mirror, 1974, oil on canvas, sold for $ 24,000 incl. buyer’s premium

Bottom: Lovers, oil on paper on board, sold for $ 3,120 incl. buyer’s premium

Goldie_Chieftainess.jpg Art Brokerage: Charles Frederick Goldie – Te Aitu Te Irikau (An Arawa Chieftainess), 1919, 27 x 21.5 cmA rare work by the artist to come on to the market, we brokered and handled the sale from A to Z for our client. It sold for $ 120,000 including buyer’s premium in April 2009 with Deutscher and Hackett.
JP_Russell_image Art Brokerage: John Peter Russell – Portrait of William Dodge Macknight, c 1887, 55 x 47 cmTo represent the family of William Dodge Macknight in the sale of this work was an honour for Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants.

The importance of this painting is hard to underestimate: it is the only known portrait of American painter Dodge Macknight in existence and painted by John Peter Russell in the same year he portrayed Vincent Van Gogh (this work is located in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam).

Estimated at $ 200,000 to $ 250,000, it sold for $ 228,000 including buyer’s premium in August 2007 with Deutscher and Hackett. The previous highest price for a portrait by J.P. Russell at auction was “Madame Russell aux Amandiers”, sold with Christies in 1997 for $90,500.

Rah_Fizelle_image Art Brokerage: Rah Fizelle – Seated Woman, 1932-33, 80 x 52.5 cm.Acting for the family of the artist in the sale of this previously unknown portrait, estimated at $ 45,000 to $ 65,000, this beautiful typical work of the modernist artist sold for $ 93,000 including buyer’s premium in August 2007, setting a new auction record for works by Rah Fizelle.
Feint Art Brokerage: Estate of the late Max Germaine Banziger Hulme were entrusted with brokering the sale of select works from the estate of Max Germaine, who is most notably known for his encyclopedia on Artists and Galleries in Australia. Works by David Boyd, Adrian Feint (illustrated) and a juvenilia work by the young Grace Cossington-Smith found new homes appreciative of the superb provenance.
Robert_mitchell Curated Fine Art Website: Robert Boyed Mitchell This is an artist whose work deserves to be more widely known and accessible to all.One of the ways now is through which Banziger Hulme have designed and built in collaboration with the artist’s family. The website pays tribute to a great artist and showcases the talent that developed into a unique voice in art expressing the joy of life.
Namatjira Art Brokerage: Albert Namatjira – “Rapid Creek, Darwin” This extremely rare painting by Albert Namatjira, the “father” of the Hermannsburg artists, is one of only three paintings known to be in existence of his brief time in Darwin; it dates from 1950. After extensive research to establish these facts, we sold the outstanding work on behalf of our client.
Phillips_Fox Art Brokerage: Collection of over 20 Australian paintings from the early 20th Century
The collection, containing works by Emmanuel Phillips Fox, James R. Jackson,
Lionel Lindsay, Herbert Gallop, Arthur Burgess, was recognised by Banziger Hulme Fine Art. We helped the owner sell the works in the most appropriate environment, ensuring a return that exceeded the expectations of the owner by far who had paid $50 at a garage sale for the works.
Perceval Art Brokerage: John Perceval – “London Bridge, Portsea”, 1957We returned this significant painting by this Australian master from Spain to Australia and achieved $ 225,000 for the work. This was $120,000 more than other estimates the owner received.
G_Wilkinson Art Brokerage: Gilbert Wilkinson This collection of 30 lovely gouache works by the English cartoonist was sold in collaboration with Martin Gallon International Art, Melbourne.
Compton Art Brokerage: E.T. Compton – “Blue and Gold” We researched this significant mountain scape and found in London the gallery which specialises in the sales of this genre of painting, and achieved substantially more for the client than he was originally quoted in Australia.
Art Brokerage: Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith Memorabilia
This rare collection of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith memorabilia contained a watercolour painting by John Allcot of the Southern Cross, a collection of photographs of Kingsford-Smith and other renowned aviators, aviation maps and books, newspaper articles and medals.
The whole collection was acquired by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
R_Faerber_MDupain Art Consultancy: Ruth Faerber CollectionRenowned printmaker and paper artist Ruth Faerber decided to donate her entire collection of over 160 of her own artworks through the Cultural Gifts Program to national and regional art galleries, documenting the development of her style of working with paper over a 50 year career.
The unique collection was accepted by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
suitcase Art Brokerage: Elaine Coghlan Collection Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants recognised the importance of a lifetime’s work, kept in three suitcases by the niece of the artist, and successfully brokered the sale through Bonhams & Goodman.
De_Maistre Art Consultancy: Roy De Maistre This unsigned work by the Australian cubist painter had an excellent provenance. We were able to have the painting authenticated and this authentication increased the value significantly for the sale.
Constable Art Consultancy: John Constable We had the two pencil drawings, supposedly by Australian Impressionist Frederick McCubbin, restored for the owner. The back revealed the secret: the works were signed by John Constable, and the works are now thought to be by the great English master.
Art Brokerage: H. Hepburn Calvert – Rare Birds Fly
The set of ten watercolours of Australian birds is as fresh as the day the artist created them – a very rare find indeed. We brokered the sale of these pristine works through Davidson Auctions, Sydney. These superb examples of Calvert’s watercolours of birds achieved just under $ 40,000 (including buyer’s premium) – a result which is more than double the top estimate of $ 18,000 and set new records for the artist.
Sid_Long Art Brokerage: Sidney Long Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants brokered the sale of this sparkling work by Sid Long with a very good result for the client.
17_Cent_Portrait Art Brokerage: Dutch portrait painting, 17th century The beautifully executed work was placed with an auction house in London for further research into its origin and the painter.
Elioth_Gruner Art Brokerage: Elioth Gruner Brokerage of successful sale through a renowned auction house in Australia.
Old_Master_Prints Art Brokerage: A collection of Old Master Prints We advised the owner on how to best proceed with the sale of the over 30 prints and brokered a very successful sale through auction in Australia.
Piper Art Brokerage: John Piper Banziger Hulme sent the work to its best market, London, and brokered the sale through a pre-eminent auction house there.
If you would like to find out what we can do for you, simply contact us with your enquiry.
K. & P. A., Sydney, December 2018

“Hello David and Brigitte – Wow – what an amazing pair of documents! We were most impressed by your scholarship, erudition and data sourcing for artworks similar to ours and sold at auction. We also appreciate the swiftness of your response because we are keen to get the 2 Boyd oil paintings insured. We will certainly take your advice on restorations early in January. Wishing you all the best for Christmas and the New Year. Kerry and Pauline”

A.H., Sydney, December 2018

“Dear Brigitte and David, thank you very much for sending through the valuation and letter. Some very useful information to add to our understanding of the picture and artist. We will hang and enjoy it for a few years, if not longer.”

L.C., New South Wales, November 2018
“Brigitte and David
Thank you so much for the work you have done, I have enjoyed working with you both and it is exciting to now have an idea of what our collection is worth and the particular items of significance.”
I.R., Sydney, April 2018

“Very professional art valuers, great communication, tailored and fast service, pleasure to deal with.”

Oliver Rees, Sydney, April 2018

“David and Brigitte have provided an exemplary service over many years in support of our art investments – we have not only profited from their advice in buying and selling both privately and at auction but we have a beautiful collection to show for it which we enjoy every day. Together with this they have helped us learn so much more about both Australian and international art – allowing our appreciation and knowledge to grow with our passion. Highly recommended!”

D.S., Sydney, December 2017

“Brigitte and David, thank  you for your most professional service. You really know your art! We will be happy to refer you to our friends.”

B.S., New South Wales, Sept. 2017

“Good morning Brigitte and David. Thank you for your comprehensive and detailed valuations. It was pleasing that you managed the work so promptly. Best regards”

I.W., Victoria, August 2017

“We have also received the hard copy, so thanks for your prompt attention. The valuations are exactly what we needed.”

James and Lorelei Basman, Sydney, Sept. 2017

“Dear David and Brigitte, we would like to thank you for the appraisal work you recently did for us. It was invaluable in better understanding the true worth of some of the artworks we acquired. We really appreciate the insights you provided and your prompt and friendly service, and we look forward to dealing with you again in the future. Best regards, James and Lorelei Basman”

J.T., South Australia, August 2017

“Dear David and Brigitte,

The evaluation arrived in the post today, and we wanted to thank you most sincerely for all of your assistance. We have now insured them which is a great relief. Mum was both surprised and thrilled to know the paintings were of value, and also asked me to thank you both.

It was a delight to read the profiles of the artists and to also see what other similar paintings sold for. We are so pleased we chose your firm to do the valuations for us and once again thank you. Kindest regards”

Michael Lynch, interim director of the National Art School, Sydney, Nov. 2016

“On behalf of the National Art School, I’d like to thank you for your professional, informed and candid assessment of the market value of the National Art School Collection. We are extremely appreciative of the time and care you put into your extensive report on our collection which comprises almost 4,000 items.
Your report, accompanying photographs and documentation will be an invaluable asset to us, and will also allow us to transfer this information to our database for future research. It has been a pleasure to work with both of you, and we look forward to our ongoing association.”

C.C., New South Wales, April 2017

“Dear Brigitte and David, thank you very much for your efficient expert help. I really enjoyed reading such a comprehensive and useful report. Kind regards”

J.F., New South Wales, February 2017

“Dear David and Brigitte, Thank you so much for the parcel which arrived today. I am so grateful for the time and effort that you both put into the valuation of my art. Many of these works have been in my family for generations and it wonderful to now have such detailed documentation about them, for my children. Thank you again”

G.D., New South Wales, July 2016

“Dear Brigitte and David, thank you so much for your valuation! I am so grateful to you for the time and care you put into putting it together for me and for your invaluable skill.”

P.S., New South Wales, June 2016

“We would like to thank you for your market value on our watercolour.  We appreciate the time and effort that you have put into your research and report.  We will certainly recommend you to our friends and acquaintances.”

J.L., Victoria, May 2016

“Thank you so very much for the valuations and the comments by David.  I am amazed at the detail that has gone into it and would be only too happy to recommend you to anyone wanting a similar valuation done in the future.  Please convey to David my grateful thanks and appreciation.”

A.B., Queensland, May 2016

“Your written valuation was done in a very timely fashion and was excellent value. The follow up phone call was also appreciated and provided even more useful information. I thoroughly recommend your services to others.”

M.P., Queensland, February 2016

“I am both very grateful and impressed with the assistance you provided and will have no hesitation in referring people to Banziger Hulme.”

J.M., Queensland, February 2016

“Thank you so much. It has been a real pleasure dealing with you both. I will share the wonderful explanatory letter with my family who I’m sure will enjoy learning more about our paintings.”

D.G., New South Wales, February 2016

“Thank you for the appraisal and valuation, very comprehensive and informative.”

V.D., Sydney, February 2016

“Thank you so much for your comprehensive and quick reply. I will definitely be recommending your very pleasant and easy to deal with service to our accountant for any of his future clients.”

K.M., South Australia, November 2015

“Dear Brigitte and David,

We were so pleased to see your findings regarding our two lovely watercolours. They’ve always been special to our family but to find they have a place in the history of Australian painting gives them an even greater lustre. Thank you so much for your efforts – your thoroughness and enthusiasm went far beyond our expectations when we initially decided to have the works professionally valued.”

R.L., Sydney, November 2015

” Thank you David I have just returned from London today and only reviewed the report now. Firstly thank you, as this was exactly what I was looking for, and your report is extensive and gives me a realistic understanding of what the options are and what the market can handle.

Once again thank you to you and Brigitte for this excellent work and report.”

R.M, Sydney, July 2015

“Dear Brigitte and David,thank you for the lovely package that arrived this afternoon.  I had no idea where to look, so I found you on Google, and have been delighted with our dealings – very professional, yet warm and friendly – I could not ask for more, and would not hesitate recommending your firm to anyone who might ask.”

D.J., Melbourne, April 2015

“Brigitte and David, thank you both for the work you’ve done on this valuation. David, I am extremely happy with the depth of your work and I’m so glad I chose you to research my painting. You clearly have a great passion for art and I appreciate the level of interest and the enthusiasm you have shown for my painting. Thanks for the insight.”

A.L., Brisbane, March 2015

“I must compliment you and David on the excellent service you provide!”

G.J., Perth, March 2015

“Thank you very much for all your help. The reports were wonderful reading and we appreciate all that you and David have done for us.”

A.T., March 2015

“You guys are amazing and very helpful… thank you so much for all your assistance. Kind Regards”

P.T., Sydney, Feb. 2015

“Dear Brigitte and David, once again, I wish to thank both you and David for your very professional, informative and prompt service. It is very much appreciated. Very best wishes.”

N.E., Queensland, Dec. 2014

“Thanks so much Brigitte for organising the transport to ensure arrival in Brisbane in time for us to pick the painting up. We are very pleased with how it has all gone and will have no hesitation in recommending your services to our friends.”

K.G., Victoria, July 2014

“Good morning Brigitte,

Thank you so much for your prompt and professional service. It was a pleasure dealing with both yourself and David, and I would highly recommend you to anyone wanting a valuation or advice.”

B.M, July 2014

“David – thank you so very much for this information.  I am most grateful for your professional advice.  You have told me exactly what I needed to know.”

E.M., New South Wales, July 2014

“Hi Brigitte and David,

Thank you so much for coming back to me with the valuation. It definitely does appear to be the preparatory sketch for Sunday Morning… I’m so grateful for the research you’ve done into its origins.

I also appreciate the advice on framing and will most definitely approach the framer you suggested.”

B.F., New South Wales, June 2014

“David, Brigitte

Thank you for the valuations, and for the speedy turnaround; this is exactly what we were looking for.

We are currently reviewing insurance coverage for a couple of our properties, and have been concerned that we had too many lesser value, and lesser known pictures, individually insured, while some of our more significant pieces were undervalued.  This assessment will allow us to direct our insurance dollars more effectively. “

K.T., Victoria, April 2014:

“Dear Brigitte, Thank you to yourself and David for all of your help. This appraisal helps us enormously.”

L.B., Sydney, April 2014

“Dear Brigitte and David,
I have just received the hard copies of your appraisal and valuation of the artworks.
I must compliment you on your professionalism, comprehensive cataloguing and presentation. I greatly appreciate your help in making this process as stress free as possible under the circumstances!
I will definitely recommend your services and will be in touch in the future should I choose to sell any of the works.
Once again, many thanks and kind regards”

J.P., New South Wales, March 2014

“Dear Brigitte and David. Again thank you for all your help with our art pieces. It has been very much appreciated. The funds showed in my account yesterday. Fond regards”

R.O., Queensland, February 2014

“Dear Brigitte, very happy with the result tonight. Thank you and David for the great advice and for stress free selling of our painting here in Australia.”

R.W., New South Wales, January 2014

“Thank you so much for the detailed evaluation of our Russell Drysdale drawing. The detail and advice contained in your report is very helpful.”

Jane Chapman, Chatswood, October 2013:

“I found Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants on the net while looking for someone to value my
father’s artwork after he died. I had rung a large city-based firm as well as Banziger Hulme, but was
totally turned off by that firm’s patronizing and condescending air.

In contrast, Brigitte Banziger and David Hulme offer an informed, accessible and professional service
(as well as being delightful people). They will learn your tastes and wants quickly and make fruitful
recommendations when needed. Being a home-based service, their prices are eminently reasonable
and they will go the extra mile for their clients when appropriate. Their industry contacts are
extensive and I have found their advice extremely sound. Where necessary, they will guide me away
from what they advise to be a poor choice.

But, beware! your love of art will be fostered, your desire for greater involvement will grow and your
journey from wistful onlooker to delighted aficionado-in-training may well begin. If however, you are
already knowledgeable, you will be offered a partnership-in-expertise. Should your wants be simple,
you will get fast, friendly and expert service.”

Craig Marran, Singapore, September 2013:

“Being a novice art collector I benefit greatly from the experience of David and Brigitte across the whole spectrum of buying, from their initial views on paintings and artists, the appraisals of the paintings themselves (particularly as I live overseas, so I’m unable to view them physically) to the bidding at auction and collection of the pieces. It’s an invaluable service for me.

You helped steer me in the right direction. I might like a painting, which is where it starts for me and most people, but there may be good reasons to steer clear of it due to the condition of the painting, the period in which it was painted was not the artist’s greatest, it’s too expensive based on recent sales, etc.

Helping to secure prices I like with unbiased, independent advice is very valuable and has become more enjoyable.”

Brett and Sue, Sydney, September 2013:

“We have come a long way in our art education thanks to David and Brigitte, having first met them to authenticate and value paintings. Their professional approach and knowledge of the art market has been instrumental in providing us with the skills and confidence to build a significant art collection.

We have used many of the services offered by Banziger Hulme Fine Art Experts, including authentication, valuations, pre-purchase reports, auction bidding as well as arranging the re-framing of several artworks.  David has also “curated” our collection, just as he has curated many public exhibitions. David has a great ‘eye’ for this and the difference it made was nothing short of amazing.

When buying art it is sometimes difficult to decipher between factual information and “sales pitch”.  This is where the expert advice offered by Banziger Hulme is invaluable because it is always honest, trustworthy and impartial.

If you are considering embarking on the exciting journey of Art Collecting, then we highly recommend you take David and Brigitte along with you, as they make great travel guides!”

R.H., Sydney, July 2013

“Dear Brigitte and David, this is just a little note to say thank you very much for arranging the conservation work on my painting. It’s wonderful to see it looking so lovely and beautiful again.”

D.H., Sydney, July 2013

“Hi David, thank you for the report. Enjoyable reading. Appreciate your insights and knowledge.”

M.H. December 2012

“Just a quick email to say thank you for your very professional valuation of our artwork. It was a pleasure dealing with you and David.”

K.P., Sydney, November 2012:

“Thank you for forwarding through the valuations – we really appreciate your time and effort on this, including the bios on the artists. Mum and Dad are very happy with the result.”

S.G., Sydney, November 2012:

“Thank you very much for all that, very impressive indeed. We’ll talk to you about doing the same thing with the other sketch if that’s OK, the little portrait, and I’ll certainly give David a call, thanks again.”

J.D., Sydney, August 2012:

“Your valuation hard copy has been received, thank you. I must compliment you and David on providing a very professional analysis and document.”

Jessica Moore, Collections Officer, Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, Dubbo, NSW, August 2008:

“The valuation package has arrived and everything looks wonderful. I wanted to extend my thanks to you for the efficient and thorough way that you carried out the valuation and the clear and professional nature of the documentation you have presented me with. I will be sure to recommend your services in the future and look forward to working with you again. I have been exceptionally pleased with the service provided by Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants.”

J.O., Western Australia, September 2012:

“Thanks for your help with my valuation request, and taking the time to ring me, your opinion has been very helpful in guiding my decision i.e. that is not to buy this particular art piece. Must also thank you for including me in the email list for future art auctions. I don’t have a specific agenda or aim to collect any particular artist’s works, the work was available and it sparked my interest, but was not sure and felt in need of advice which I am very glad I sought. Thanks again for your invaluable assistance.”