William Iselin provides a unique service for individuals and institutions
wishing to acquire artworks of exceptional quality in the field of European
decorative arts and sculpture.
Whether you are an interior decorator looking for a single piece or an individual looking for in-
depth advice in forming a serious collection in the field of European decorative arts, Iselin will
work with you in a highly personalized way, sourcing the appropriate material, authenticating
and appraising it, and finally negotiating or bidding for its purchase.
He is based in London but travels regularly throughout Europe, to Paris and to New York and
elsewhere in the United States. He is available to organize buying trips to visit dealers and attend
auction viewings and sales as well as to accompany collectors to important international art fairs
such as TEFAF Maastricht.
Some of his latest projects include sourcing and valuing English furniture, tapestries and
sculpture for a New York designer and his client’s important English country house, providing
expert advice and authentification services to a Russian client for their purchases for properties
in the UK and Monaco. He is currently working with an American individual to assemble a major
collection of Renaissance Limoges enamels and bronzes, as well as Roman sculpture, and has also
recently helped two different Palm Beach collectors design and create bespoke Contemporary
furniture using his un-paralleled resources of Paris-based artisans.
The current market for English and European works of art has evolved enormously over the past
ten years and now offers extraordinary buying opportunities both at auction and in the trade for
informed collectors. At the same time as buyers are taking a more selective approach, disdaining
over-restored or dubious pieces, the fakes have become more sophisticated and numerous.
Iselin’s three decades of experience helps his clients avoid the costly mistakes which have
unfortunately become common-place even at the most prominent auction houses and dealers.
A commission is charged only in the event of a completed transaction and is based on a percentage
of the transaction price. In the case of written appraisals or evaluations, Iselin charges a fee based
on an hourly or daily rate. Fees can be tailored to meet the needs of individual clients.