Heinrich Hollpein, Portrait Of A Lady In Black
Alfred Augustus Glendening, A Norfolk Broad

At Brave, we track down captivating antique paintings and discover the hidden stories behind their creation. Over the years, we’ve delivered thousands of artworks to clients all over the world.

Discover exquisite antique paintings that capture the imagination

Our collection is brimming with the finest antique European art - the special pieces that bring decades of charm to your home.

Breathe easy - it's in good condition

Every piece is assessed by our in-house conservator and restoration work is undertaken when required. We do things the hard way to make life easier for you. For example, we keep the original gilt frames and restore each one rather than replacing them with modern replicas.

Benefit from a hassle-free delivery

It couldn't be easier to fill your walls. Simply place your order securely through the website and we'll take care of the rest. Once dispatched, you'll receive a tracking code and regular updates via email or SMS, whichever you prefer.

Save hundreds on shipping costs

If you're overseas, you'll save hundreds on shipping when you buy from Brave as we deliver worldwide free of charge. You'll receive your artwork via DHL Express, which we've discovered is the safest way to transport valuable items. Here are some typical savings:

  • USA - You'll save up to $700 USD
  • Canada - You'll save up to $900 CAD
  • Australia - You'll save up to $1500 AUD

Also, if your painting is particularly fragile, we'll send it in a wooden case provided by a company that works for the National Gallery and Buckingham Palace. We provide these free of charge, which saves you an additional £200.

Discover interesting background information

Each piece is thoroughly researched to uncover its context and history. Our customers often mention that we provide more information than our peers, which is one of the reasons they keep coming back.

Say hello whenever you wish

When you contact us, you'll receive a speedy response from someone who cares. We're only too happy to provide further information about any piece in the collection or discuss your requirements more broadly. Be assured that you're dealing with a passionate small business with hundreds of five-star reviews.

Who Are We?

Andy Shield (Director, Writer & Buyer)
Holly Batley (Conservation)
Paul Badger (Logistics)
Ian Vaughan (Business Manager)

Where Are We?

Cheltenham Spa in the Cotswolds. If you’ve not been before, it’s well worth a day trip for its Regency architecture, shopping and restaurants.

Do feel free to contact us as we’re always happy to share further information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is shipping?
Worldwide express shipping is free on almost every piece with only exceptionally large works requiring a quote for export. Artworks are generally sent via DHL or delivered by hand and all customs paperwork is taken care of for international deliveries.
How are paintings packed?
We wrap paintings very carefully using a combination of materials, which are predominantly sustainable. Boxes are made from sturdy card and are often telescopic. Custom made boxes are used for larger paintings and we use wooden cases for some deliveries overseas.
Where are the paintings sourced?
We buy from auction houses and private collectors throughout Europe.
Can I arrange a viewing?
Yes, we would be happy to arrange a viewing at our unit in Cheltenham. Please contact us in advance.

A Selection Of Reviews

“Gorgeous picture and seriously the fastest customer service available, regardless of time zone.”

“The painting was expertly photographed and described, and did not disappoint when it arrived. This painting is wonderful! Andy had excellent communication both before and after the sale. The packaging was careful and shipping, even overseas, very fast. Could not have been a better transaction!”

“Painting is beautiful. A true treasure. The shipping was unbelievable! It was professionally packed and shipped within a few days! That is unheard of considering it came from the UK. Very impressed with the quick response from Andy. Definitely will be placing this exquisite shop in my very favourites list! Thank you!”

“Beautiful. Soulful and Rare. Absolutely wonderful treasure! Andy is by far, the kindest person to work with. Always a joyful experience in every aspect. A thousand stars for this amazing shop.”

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