Art Search sourced art for the boardroom
of Shell - work by Arthur K Maderson a
modern day impressionist painter was
selected from a group of pictures brought on site.
We have also arranged for works of art to be
sourced or commissioned for gifts for retiring
executives at Shell including a painting of
Fuscias which were a favourite flower and
was obtained in great secrecy!
Art Search arranged four major marine painting commissions
to be carried out for Sir Peter Holmes Chairman of Shell over
a period of four years. They include a work which now hangs in
the museum of The Sultan of Oman.
The story behind the commissioning of The Battle of Terschelling
by Sir Peter was reported in the Men and Matters column in The
Financial Times and is reproduced below:
"Art Search Limited were superb on all four of our projects, their depth of knowledge, research skills and attention to detail were essential in the successful commissioning of this very impressive series of marine paintings which I believe to be an important historical record created for posterity by Shell."
Sir Peter Holmes
Financial Times - Men and Matters
Successive chairmen of Shell
Transport and Trading have
inherited a painting, which hangs
outside the chairman's office in
London's Shell Centre, depicting
the Dutch on the Medway in1666.
It is a fine painting by Jacob
Bellevois - but unhappily it shows
all the English ships being sunk.
In the interests of maintaining
a well-balanced relationship with
his Dutch colleagues, Sir Peter
Holmes chairman of Shell
Transport, has commissioned a
splendid painting of the
Battle of Terschelling in 1666,
in which the English fleet
destroyed a large Dutch fleet.
The English fleet, in that
battle was commanded by an
admiral called Sir Robert
Holmes - though whether he
was an ancestor or not, Peter
Holmes does not know.
But the painting, by John
Groves showing the Dutch fleet
being consumed by fire, will
hang, in future, outside the
office of the president of Royal
Dutch in The Hague.
For more information about commissioning works of art please click Commissions