Museum-quality artworks and advisory services for collectors worldwide

Over 40 years of excellence trading in fine European Art

Nicholas Hall is a private art gallery in New York. We deal in museum-quality works by European artists from the 13th to mid-20th century and provide advisory services for collectors worldwide. With over 40 years of experience in sourcing and selling some of the finest Old Master and nineteenth century paintings on the market, Nicholas Hall is among the most trusted and reputable dealers to specialize in classical European art. Distinctively known for our discreet business model, we meet clients on an appointment-only basis in our gallery space; on the digital front, we have success in using our sophisticated and creative offering system that ensures the strictly confidential nature of all proposals. You can be confident to sell, maintain and grow your collection with us.

Nicholas Hall with Arcimboldo, Reversible Basket of Fruit © Getty Images / AFP / Don Emmert

Old Master Paintings, 19th Century Art and more

The works we deal in cover artistic periods which span late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rocco, Romanticism, the Barbizon School, 19th century Realism, Symbolism, Surrealism and selected 20th century avant-garde movements. Built on our long-standing relationships with collectors, museums, scholars, conservators, auction houses and other players in the market, our advisory service gives every type of collector the opportunity to discover desirable artworks with real value.

Selected Notable Sales

Consulted by public Institutions & private collectors worldwide

Over the years we have had the privilege to work with some of the most distinguished public and private collections worldwide. In our experience, today’s buyers approach art-collecting with vastly different mindsets and we listen carefully to their point of view. In addition to our curated exhibition programme, we currently participate in two fairs in Europe: TEFAF Maastricht and the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze (BIAF).

Selected Museum Acquisitions through Nicholas Hall
  • Qatar_Doha_Qatar Museums
  • USA_Boston_MFA Boston
  • MFA Houston
  • Belgium_Bruges_Musea Brugge
  • USA_New Haven_Yale University Art Gallery
  • USA_Dallas_Meadows Museum
  • France_Paris_Centre Georges Pompidou
  • USA_Cleveland_Cleveland Museum of Art
  • USA_New York_The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • USA_Washington DC_National Gallery of Art
  • USA_Chicago_The Art Institute of Chicago
  • USA_San Diego_Timken Museum of Art
  • Canada_Ottawa_National Gallery of Canada
  • USA_Fort Worth_Kimbell Art Museum
  • USA_Indiana_Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
  • USA_Los Angeles_J Paul Getty Museum
  • USA_New Haven_Yale Center for British Art
  • USA_Detroit_Detroit Institute of Arts
  • USA_Hanover_Hood Museum of Art
  • United Kingdom_Edinburgh_National Galleries of Scotland
  • USA_Hartford_Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  • USA_New York_The Frick Collection
  • USA_Baltimore_Walters Art Museum
  • USA_Phoenix_Phoenix Art Museum
  • United Kingdom_London_The National Gallery
  • USA_Princeton_Princeton University Art Museum
Ian Kennedy after his lecture accompanying the exhibition Paintings by Carlo Maratti at Nicholas Hall, 2017

More than just selling art, deal by deal

Besides facilitating the placement of artworks in new homes, we strive to add value to the broader art community: commissioning original research, hosting regular exhibitions, publishing scholarly articles, mentoring young scholars in art history and sharing our resources on our website. This ultimately allows us to make a contribution to the artistic heritage for generations to come. Whether you are a veteran or new collector in our field, you are cordially invited to visit us in New York and stay in touch about our upcoming activities.

A lady examines a drawing by Pietro Faccini during an exhibition opening, 2018

Begin your collecting journey here today

While some Old Master collectors grew up surrounded by art of the Renaissance, Baroque or Rococo, many of our clients discover Old Masters later on in life. In fact, historically some of the most important collectors of Old Master paintings also venture into contemporary, impressionist and modern art. The Frankfurt-born leather mogul Robert von Hirsch (1883-1977), for instance, started collecting Modern and Impressionism at the age of 24 and expanded to include Old Masters in his 40s; paintings formerly in his collection – counting among them Cranach’s Judgement of Paris (Kunstmuseum, Basel) and Giovanni di Paolo’s Branchini Madonna (Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena) – are dispersed across museums worldwide. Today in New York, one can visit the Hill Art Foundation in Chelsea, which began as a private institution that focused on their Post-War collection and now expanded to include European bronzes and old master paintings more recently acquired by the founder. Regardless of whether you live in New York, Nürnburg or Nanjing, we are here to support your choices and help expand your knowledge of our field.


Stay in the loop