Consignment

Anne French accepts quality paintings on consignment for sale.

Here’s how it works:

  • You can consign your painting to Anne French just by providing a high-definition photograph and full details of your painting.
  • Anne French will list your painting on this website in order to reach out to potential buyers globally.

The consignment platform is where the seller and buyer negotiate to make a deal. Anne French encourages the seller to ask a reasonable, fair market price by providing him/her with current market information. Anne French also encourages the buyer to make a reasonable offer to the seller and start negotiating. A buyer may ask Anne French for an expert opinion about the painting and we will provide an unbiased opinion.

When the seller and the buyer reach an agreement to finalize the deal, Anne French will issue an invoice according to the agreed upon terms and conditions to the buyer. The buyer makes the payment to Anne French and the seller ships the painting to the buyer (note: the buyer pays the shipping charges). When the buyer receives the painting and finds it in the same condition as described by the seller, Anne French will then pay the seller.

Anne French charges the seller 20% of the sales price. In case the 20% is less than $200, the minimum seller fee is $200. We are not charging fees to the buyer even though we provide him/her with expert service. We believe in making a fair deal to the buyer and the seller, with the end goal of a win-win transaction to both parties.

FAQ

Why use the Anne French platform rather than sending a painting to an auction house?

An auction house usually charges the seller 15%-20% (seller fee) and the buyer 25% (buyer’s premium), as well as 1.5% for insurance, in addition to a catalog (photograph) fee which is around $150 to $500. You will then have to ship your painting to the auction house, where crating and shipping would cost $200 to $1000 (depending on the size and value of your painting). To induce the consignment, the auction house usually posts the selling price inclusive of the abovementioned buyer and seller fees. When your painting is sold, you generally get about only 55% of the selling price they post on the internet. In case the painting does not sell (does not meet the minimum reserve), it has to come back to you—incurring shipping charges. But by using the Anne French platform, no expenses will incur except for the 20% fee to the seller when the sale is realized.

Why use the Anne French platform instead of eBay?

Anybody can have any painting for sale on eBay. Anne French does not accept all paintings for consignment. We set a high standard of criteria in taking a consignment, so the buyer has a certain level of confidence purchasing in our platform. We also provide an expert opinion—totally unbiased to the buyer as well as to the seller. eBay does not have expertise, so there is no level of confidence in buying fine art from them.

Why use the Anne French platform instead of consigning to a main street gallery?

Main street galleries are localized. They sell to clients who visit the galleries and may only be able to sell to their established clients in the area. On the other hand, Anne French is global. We are known for our specialty in 20th-century French art. Potential buyers from around the world visit our site.

How long does it take for my painting to sell?

It all depends on the artist, subject matter, quality of the painting and how much the seller is asking for the painting. Usually, a good painting by a popular artist that is priced reasonably will sell within 1 to 3 months.

Is Anne French a reputable dealer?

Anne French was established in 2001 as a fine art dealer specializing in 20th-century French art, and enjoys a good reputation with a following of repeat clients. You may check our clients’ feedback. You also have the option to request Anne French to deposit the money in an escrow account (escrow.com) before the painting is shipped, in which case you will have to pay an escrow fee.
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