Having first started at the Paris flea market, Benjamin Proust trained with international-level art dealers, experts and auctioneers in France and Belgium, setting up his own gallery in Brussels in 2008. In 2012, Benjamin moved his activity to New Bond street, in the heart of Mayfair, London’s historic art district, where it has been located ever since. A proud sponsor of prominent British institutions such as The Wallace Collection and The Courtauld Gallery in London, Benjamin Proust Fine Art focuses on European sculpture and works of art, with a particular emphasis on bronzes and the Renaissance.
Over the years, our meticulous sourcing, in-depth research, and experience in solving provenance issues, all conducted with acknowledged honesty and professionalism, have been recognized by a growing number of major international museums, with whom long-standing relationships have been established. Amongst these are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Louvre Abu-Dhabi, and the Musée d’archéologie nationale, Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
In recent years, notable sales have included an extremely important Equestrian Portrait of King Philip V of Spainby Lorenzo Vaccaro (circa 1702-1705) from the French Royal Collection, sold to the Louvre Abu-Dhabi on behalf of a private collector (fig. 1) and a very rare Roman marble portrait of Emperor Pompey bought by the Société des Amis du Louvre for the Louvre Museum, Paris (fig. 2). In 2018, the Genio Mediceo wax by Bartolomeo Ammannati, a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance art dating from circa 1550, and made for Cosimo I de’ Medici, was purchased at TEFAF Maastricht by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (fig. 3).
We have frequently liaised in perfect harmony with the museum curators involved, allowing them the time to conduct extensive scientific studies, or to raise funds, and sharing every piece of information in our possession. Transparency is at the core of our business. A number of world-class works of art we unearthed, ranging from antiquity to post-war Abstract art, have also joined some of the most distinguished private collections in Europe and the United States. Our chief ambition is to make new discoveries, bringing to light forgotten, hidden, or mistakenly attributed masterpieces, sourced both from the open market and private collections.
Furthermore, we offer our clients a number of tailored services, such as advising on future acquisitions and sourcing works of art in their field of interest, but also valuations, expertises and counter-expertises of their art collections, planning and supervising restoration at museum-level quality, and conducting extensive research together with prominent scholars and art historians, as well as leading museums and private scientific laboratories.
Benjamin Proust Fine Art regularly exhibits at the most renowned art fairs in the world: TEFAF Maastricht; Frieze Masters, London; Masterpiece London; BRAFA Brussels and, for the first time this year, TEFAF New York Fall.
Driven by our passion for everything beautiful – from antiquity to the 20thcentury – we are
known for our ability and taste to create contemporary ambiances highlighting each work of art’s intrinsic qualities and the dialogue between periods, movements and materials. Most of our exhibitions are accompanied by scholarly catalogues with entries written either by the best academics in their field, or in-house after thorough researches.