In the world of Old Master paintings, nothing is more important than a work's attribution, condition and provenance. Whether you are buying, selling, insuring or exhibiting a painting, it is vital to know who it is by, what condition it is in, and whether any questions may be raised about its previous ownership.

Iconografie Ltd specialises in the attribution, conservation and research of paintings, and is run by Dr Bendor Grosvenor, the art historian, writer and broadcaster.

Our specialist areas of expertise are; Flemish 17th Century artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens; and British art from the 15th Century to the 19th Century, with a particular focus on portraitists such as Reynolds, Gainsborough or Lawrence. We can provide market leading, specialist advice on either a formal or informal basis. Above all, we enjoy helping anyone who is interested in exploring the field of Old Masters. No enquiry is too trivial, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dr Bendor Grosvenor is an art historian and dealer. He is known for discovering a number of important lost works by major Old Master artists, such as Rubens, Van Dyck and Gainsborough, as well as lesser known names such as Joan Carlile, Britain’s first professional female artist. He also presents arts programmes on television, such as ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC4, and does specialist research for ‘Fake or Fortune?’ on BBC1. Read more.

Read Bendor’s site Art History News, the most widely read art history blog.

recent discoveries

This c.1650 portrait by Joan Carlile, the first British female professional artist, was recently discovered by Iconografie Ltd. It was described as a work by an unknown English artist, and had even previously been considered to be by Van Dyck.

Only a handful of works by Carlile are known, but by a careful process of conservation, research and connoisseurship, the new attribution was confirmed.

The painting now belongs to Tate Britain, as a key example in the development of British art.