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Buying sculpture

Buying Sculpture

This section is intended to provide information for prospective purchasers of sculpture. It details procedures at exhibitions, taking delivery of sculpture from an artist, and procedures for buying direct from an artist.
Exhibition procedure
Taking delivery
NB: These notes are provided, and any sizes or weights are given, as a guide only .
The notes generally apply to sculpture sold to customers who reside on the UK mainland.
Overseas purchasers MUST negotiate individual arrangements related to their location.
General Notes
Most Exhibitions adopt the common practice that “The Artist is responsible for the delivery of the purchased work, directly to the customer”.
In most cases, work seen at an exhibition is not normally available for delivery until the end of the exhibition. Exceptions must be agreed by the curator Jim Crockatt.
For a customer it is important to determine delivery terms & conditions before purchase to avoid any misunderstanding.
Any special agreement to purchase the plinth must also be negotiated at the time of purchase.
Stewards at an exhibition may not have the ability to make delivery arrangements and will contact the artist to clarify the position on behalf of the customer.
Payment should normally be made before delivery. If a substantial deposit has been paid then this condition can be negotiated with the artist.
An agreement with the customer as to the date and time of the delivery must be agreed.
Some artists use couriers for some work, and this normally involves the artist being responsible for the packing and direct cost of courier/carrier services, and advising the customer of the date of delivery, to receive and sign for the package. Any damage caused by this method must be reported immediately to the artist and/or courier immediately.
Some items may also be marked as being part of a Series. These are similar to editions, but each piece will be similar, but not identical to each other.

We are indebted to the Oxford Sculpture Group for all the information contained within this section.