Florian Härb and Liberté Nuti are dealers and agents in master drawings, paintings and, occasionally, sculptures and prints. Specialising in works on paper from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, they each have well over twenty years’ experience in the art trade and the valuation of works of art for the purposes of sale and insurance, as well as in collection management.
A noted scholar in Florentine Renaissance art, Florian’s particular expertise lies in the field of Italian drawings of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, but he also handles French and German drawings of the nineteenth century. After working as a specialist in the Old Master Drawings department at Christie’s in New York and London, Florian worked briefly with Thomas Williams Fine Art in London before joining P. & D. Colnaghi in the early 2000s to run the Drawings department with Katrin Bellinger. In 2006 he set up his own business dealing from premises in St. James’s, London. He has recently joined forces with Liberté Nuti, who has spent over two decades in the Christie’s Impressionist and Modern department, where she was International Director and Head of Private Sales, London, and two years at the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth in London, where she was Senior Director for Impressionist and Modern Art.
Florian received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Vienna in 1995 and was subsequently a fellow in the department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. A specialist in Florentine Renaissance drawings, he has contributed to the leading academic journal on works on paper, Master Drawings, to the Burlington Magazine, as well as to exhibition catalogues dedicated to Italian Renaissance Art and, more generally, to Old Master Drawings, including The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence (Florence-Chicago-Detroit, 2003); Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the Renaissance in Florence (Ottawa, 2005); From Raphael to Carracci. The Art of Papal Rome (Ottawa, 2009); Capturing the Sublime. Italian Drawings of the Renaissance and Baroque (Chicago, 2012); Galleria Portatile. Old Master Drawings from the Hoesch Collection (2018); Gray Collection. Pure Drawing (Chicago, 2020). In 2015 Florian published The Drawings of Giorgio Vasari, the first catalogue raisonné of the drawings of the foremost artist at the Medici court in mid-sixteenth century Florence.
Liberté is a specialist in Modern and Impressionist art with a particular focus on works on paper. She was a Senior Director in the Impressionist and Modern department at Christie’s, London, where she worked from 1997 to 2018. Liberté started as a print specialist, then headed the Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper sale for five years, before setting up the Impressionist and Modern Art Private Sales channel at Christie’s. Over her career Liberté has developed a particular expertise on Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, the Post-Impressionism period around the Pont-Aven school, and on Pointillism, having worked with some of the best collections in Europe in those fields. She has handled numerous works by the leading five Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Giacometti and Miro. For several years, Liberté organised the bi-annual Impressionist Art Private Sales exhibitions in Hong Kong and gave several lectures on Impressionist Art.
At the beginning of 2018, Liberté joined the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth, where she oversaw the sales of Impressionist and Modern Art. In line with the gallery’s particular strength and history, she focused on the twentieth century avant-garde movements, such as Dada and Surrealism, working particularly on Arp, Picasso and Picabia. At Hauser & Wirth Liberté was also closely involved in the handling of artist’s estates, including those of Gorky, Arp, Guston and Bourgeois.
With over twenty years’ experience in the international art market and a special expertise in works on paper from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, we offer our clients, private collectors and public institutions alike, advice on the acquisition of works of art, sound scholarship and an eye for quality.
Art Acquisitions & Sales
Through an extensive art market knowledge, we offer access and advice on the acquisition of works of art to new and established collectors as well as to private and public institutions.
If you are interested in selling we buy directly and through our long experience of the market we conduct sales on behalf of families, collectors, foundations, museums, and institutions choosing the most appropriate sales channel.
In an increasingly complex and ever-evolving art market, we help our clients to find the work of art they are looking for and to take informed buying decisions based on a better understanding of its quality and price.
Ownership of beautiful works of art undoubtedly offers great pleasure and can also be financially rewarding. Working in close partnership with collectors, we help in the formation and expansion of collections to improve both quality and financial value.
We advise on appraisals and collection management, including the conservation, restoration and presentation of individual works of art.
Our international client base includes private collectors and institutions, such as the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, the Kunsthalle, Hamburg, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Gemeentemuseum at The Hague, amongst others.