"Paul Sumner joined us at Christies a short time after arriving in Australia from the UK. He was a valued member of the team for a number of years and I have never ceased to admire his encyclopaedic knowledge of works of art and antiques of all periods and all corners of the globe. He chose his parents most fortuitously, his father being an art dealer and his mother an antique dealer. He has never lost his curiosity and pleasure in discovering new and beautiful things – something we share. He remains a trusted colleague"
Patricia Tryon Macdonald. Past Director of Christies Australia Fine Art Auctioneers and inaugural Chairman of the Advisory Board; Past president of the NGVWA, Board Member of the Art Foundation and Life Member of the Gallery. Her curatorial work includes Exiles and Emigrants (NGV & NMA) and For Auld Lang Syne at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Written January 2021
"Over many years, Paul, ably supported by Amanda, has given his expertise as an auctioneer and as a valuer to many charitable fund-raisers in an honorary capacity. Three in particular that I have had personal experience of are the Melbourne Recital Centre, the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery and the Annual art auction for Prostate Cancer Research."
Lyn Williams AM. Written January 2021
"After so many memorable times there, packing up and leaving Dysart House was a pretty emotional time for me. But stress was minimised by the care, consideration and sheer professionalism of Paul and Amanda and their team. Absolutely flawless"
Leo Schofield AM. Written December 2020
“Amanda and Paul of Artvisory are two of the most professional, engaging experts in their fields. Having known Amanda for over a decade and been both a client and customer, I stand in awe of her breadth of knowledge, attention to detail, passion for provenance and purity and her unerring eye - not only for the best of pieces but also the simply beautiful. A delight always. “
Lisa Van Haandel.Melbourne. written January 2021
“ Paul and Amanda handled the sale of my late mother's estate with a single-owner auction viewed in Toorak in Melbourne. I chose Paul and Amanda due to their integrity, long-standing reputation and expertise with single owner collections, and they managed the auction successfully and with great dignity. I am delighted to recommend them and their company Artvisory.”
Jonathan Cecil. The Estate of Suzanne Cecil. Toorak Melbourne. Written January 2021
"We have dealt with Paul and Amanda over many years in augmenting our art collection both here and in Europe. Their professionalism, knowledge and experience enables them to provide a highly impressive bespoke and personal service. We welcome the expansion of their business and wish them every success"
Maria and Mike Smith. Melbourne. Written January 2021
We are delighted that Paul Sumner and Amanda Swanson are again offering single-owner auctions. Gail and I had known Paul for a number of years and when he told us he was starting one owner auctions in 2007 we were very happy to be his first customer. Paul organised the sale of 120 of our paintings covering a broad spectrum of Australian painters accumulated over 25 years. His organisation was excellent,his advice regarding reserves,his cataloguing and his staff were all first rate. Paul's personal commitment was fantastic and illustrated to us why we were right to go with a small owner operated company. Nothing was too much trouble. Paul personally spent all Saturday and Sunday at the viewing, helping and advising customers-this despite it being plus 35 degrees with air conditioning that had broken down! The result was a very high clearance rate and excellent prices,many well above reserve. After auction service was also very good with money coming to us promptly and buyers being carefully followed up. We wish Paul and Amanda every success and would not hesitate to recommend them and use their services again.
Mike and Gail Hale, Sydney. Written. January 2021
"Paul and Amanda have been part of our art lives in Australia for a very long time and we look forward to this relationship continuing well into the future. Their knowledge of the Australian Art Market is impressive. We wish them every success."
Andrea and Peter Hylands.Cowboy Creative Films Australia. Written February 2021