Appraisals are prepared by qualified appraisers for the purposes of insurance, estate, and gift tax purposes. Appraisal reports are prepared in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Appraisals will be kept on file for convenient updating.
SERVICES FOR CLIENTS
Utilizing our extensive art reference library, as well as associations with scholars, institutions and colleagues, we research specific artists and paintings. We have an established network of professionals to ensure the best in conservation, framing, transportation and installation of all works purchased through us.
BROCK & CO. provides assistance in evaluating and purchasing art sold through auction houses all over the world. We provide reports on the historical significance of the artwork, thoroughly examine the condition, review the current art market, and help determine the bidding strategy. We bid for clients whose schedule or geography limit their ability to do so, or for those who wish to remain anonymous to the public and press.
Working with accountants and lawyers, we offer consultations to discuss options, such as selling art or making planned gifts.
ADVISING ESTABLISHED COLLECTIONS
BROCK & CO. provides expert and individual attention to established collectors. We help focus the search and fill the gaps in collections. Mark Brock is best known for his keen ability to treasure hunt. He has a wonderful variety of resources and an amazing amount of energy. He enjoys helping clients reach their goals.
We are always interested in outright purchasing of artwork, as well as working on a consignment basis. Drawing upon our client base, we discretely offer your artwork on a commission basis.
DEVELOPING NEW COLLECTIONS
BROCK & CO. provides advice in developing new art collections. This includes educating clients by accompanying them on visits to local museums, as well as suggesting general art reference books and catalogues specific to their interests. We develop a plan for clients to determine their collecting goals and their budget. We enjoy encouraging new collectors, and find that many return later for help upgrading their collections.
Mark L. Brock
Mark grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and graduated from Randolph School. While living in Alabama, he combed the antique shops in nearby Birmingham, Nashville, and Atlanta for art and antiques to sell in his antique shop, Le Bibelot. After high school, Mark served in the Army for four years and was stationed in Missouri, California, Texas, and finally Korea. He graduated from Boston College's Carroll School of Management in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with a degree in Marketing. During the summers, he worked for his extended family in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, working in an antique book shop. After college, he was recruited by Northwestern Mutual Life and worked there for a year, while maintaining his art business on the side. However, it became clear that he could not be a part-time dealer, so he turned his avocation into his profession and started BROCK & CO.
In 2000, Boston Magazine awarded Mark their prestigious “Best of Boston” award for Best Private Art Dealer, a category they created to recognize the growing trend in private art dealing. Mark's professional affiliations include the Art & Antique Dealers League of America, an associate membership in La Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (C.I.N.O.A), and a member of New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA).
In addition to co-founding The Fine Arts Trader, Mark was involved in the original business plan and design templates for Artnet, now one of the Internet’s most visited art websites. He has also lectured on the subject of entrepreneurship and private art dealing to a variety of audiences, including the Boston College School of Management and Sotheby's Institute.
In addition to advising private collectors and operating a by-appointment gallery, Mark participates in a selected group of art fairs each year. He has been a regular exhibitor with the Boys and Girls Club of Boston Decorative Art and Antique Show in Boston since 1995; the USArtists Show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 2002; and has also exhibited at The International Fine Art Show in Boston.
Mark is a Patron of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College (where he also serves on the Patrons Committee); Concord Art Association (Life Member); and the Carlisle Historical Society. He is a Founding Life Member of the Boston College Club, as well as a member of the 100 Club. He is an advisor to Internet services and software company BiT Group.
Mark’s personal collection is composed of American art from the first half of the 20th century.
Life Member, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Life Member, Concord Art Association
Life Member, Second (Indian Head) Division Association, Inc.
Patron Member, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Patron Member, McMullen Museum Boston College
Life Member, Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.
Fellow, The Masterworks Foundation, Hamilton, Bermuda
Member, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Centennial Sponsor, Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown, Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Leadership Circle, WGBH, Boston, Massachusetts