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Beaumont Nathan arose from the realisation that there was a need for a professionalised art advisory at the top of the market. ‘A lot of people claim to be art advisers and they are really just adding fees,’ says co-founder Wentworth Beaumont. ‘A good adviser has got to add value for the client.’ In 2014, Wentworth and his colleague Hugo Nathan left the international dealership Dickinson to try and provide that service. Tom Mayou, a former management consultant, joined the firm soon afterwards, adding another measure of commercial insight to the duo’s art market expertise.
The team advise on all aspects of buying and selling art across all periods–from Old Masters to contemporary art–using analysis of auction prices alongside less readily available information, such as the secretive multi-million pound deals between private collectors. ‘I think people are starting to figure out that all that opacity hinders business,’ says Wentworth. He firmly believe that good advice involves transparency: ‘If we’re not going to tell the truth, what are we here for?’