I have been an art dealer since 1988, but before that I was born into a family of art dealers so the art world has always been the backdrop of my life, shaping and guiding my vision.
Growing up, I watched my father and his friends build a number of incredible art collections. There was such a broad diversity of subject matter, from antiquities and Islamic art, to tribal masks, old master paintings, impressionist works and modern and contemporary art. Each collection bore witness to the story of a unique collector. As I developed my eye, I came to understand that a good collection is greater than the sum of its parts. I also noticed that the best ones are assembled with extraordinary passion.
Today, whether I am serving as a dealer, an appraiser, an advisor, or a curator, I approach art with the passion and vision of the collectors from my childhood. I strive to share this with my clients and to open doors that will help them build collections that will inspire others.
At Kourosh Mahboubian Fine Art our mission is to provide clients with honorable, professional, and friendly service backed by the expertise and perspective that come from over three decades of experience in the art business.
A dealer’s primary function is to help you buy and sell art. In that role, we typically make a profit or a commission on our transactions. However, we will help you save time and money and we can prevent you from making costly mistakes.
We offer our clients over thirty years of experience in this business and a seasoned knowledge of the art market. We have a vision for our collectors as we, too, are collectors and we believe in the art we handle. We don’t view art as a luxury. It is a necessity for a good life, like music and literature. Whatever market level you are looking in, our aim is to help you invest in worthy pieces to live with and love.
When you hire us as advisors, we don’t sell any art or make commissions on transactions. We just charge a flat fee for our time. It allows us to advocate for you without a conflict of interest. This approach is useful when you need an impartial advisor to help you navigate the complexities of the art market. We can save you time and money by doing your research, preventing you from making mistakes, and helping you negotiate better prices.
Our advisory services also include acting as a client's agent, curating, and collection management. We work with a network of the most reliable and highly skilled specialists to handle tasks like framing, installation, cataloging, photography, conservation, packing and shipping.
An art appraiser, provides ethical and unbiased professional opinions of value, suitable for legal purposes, about the items they are hired to appraise. Our appraisals are performed in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and meet the IRS standards for a qualified appraisal. Our services include appraisals for the purposes of insurance, securing loans, financial planning, estate tax liability, charitable donation, and equitable distribution.
Kourosh Mahboubian is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, specializing in postwar, contemporary, and emerging art. We also appraise modern art, and photography.