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Art November 14, 2017

The Art of Storytelling

Every collection has a unique story to tell and Mossgreen-Webb’s aim is to bring that story to life, revealing the inspiration behind the collection and its creators.


Mossgreen-Webb’s has established a dedicated ‘single-owner department’ for just this purpose. At its head is James Hogan, a decorative arts specialist, with more than 30 years’ experience in the auction market. Working alongside him is Caolan McAleer, who brings his work experience from auction houses and galleries in the UK.


“Part of our role is ‘excavation’,” says James. “Helping clients to uncover items of value and reveal the stories that surround them. People can amass huge collections over the years, stored in garages, basements and attics, and sometimes they have no real idea what they have – or how strong the interest in it may be.”


The Warwick Brown Collection was an excellent example of the power of a single-owner collection. Auctioned earlier this year, the collection achieved $3 million in sales and captivated art lovers nationwide.


Over the past 12 months, Mossgreen-Webb’s has sold several niche collections including the Michael Woolf collection of Magician’s apparatus, and the ‘Popular Culture’ collection of artist, Judy Darragh.


Mossgreen-Webb’s employs specialists across the spectrum of collecting genres including fine art and decorative arts, jewellery and watches, automobiles, Oceanic and Asian arts, sporting memorabilia and stamps. If you are downsizing to a smaller home, or simply reconciling the collected treasures of a life time, get in touch with James and Caolan who will be able to advise you on next steps.

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