Welcome to Ellison Fine Art, specialist in Fine Portrait Miniatures

Welcome to Ellison Fine Art, specialist in Fine Portrait Miniatures. Ellison Fine Art offers a wide range of stock from the 16th century, right up to the 21st Century, including portraits painted on all mediums such as vellum, ivory, enamel, paper, pastel and oil. Her stock, appeals not only to the serious collector looking for rare and unique pieces, but also includes a wide range of portraits for the more modest collector. Ellison Fine Art also offers valuations for probate and insurance purposes and provides advice on conservation and restoration. Ellison Fine Art is always keen to purchase fine Portrait Miniatures and Silhouettes.

Some items we offer for sale incorporate or are made from antique elephant ivory. We deplore the illegal poaching of elephants, but it is important to understand that any antique items made from ivory that are offered for sale by Ellison Fine Art were created at a time when ivory was a widely available material. African and Asian elephants then existed in such large numbers that their survival in the wild was not threatened. Since Roman times ivory has been used by craftsmen as a singularly responsive material with its subtle, glowing colour. It can be cut, carved or etched and has been used for hundreds of years to create historically and religiously significant works of art, as well as many objects of a more utilitarian nature. The value of all these objects lies in the craftsmanship applied to their creation and not in the ivory material itself.

“Genuine antiques containing worked ivory can be sold in the UK and transferred to most EU countries without a licence. Should you wish to take antiques containing ivory to a country outside the EU it will be necessary to obtain CITES permits for them in advance of shipment. This is a straightforward process with which we will be happy to assist.”