artelino is not an auction platform where you upload your images and enter your descriptions and where the seller has to handle payment and shipments himself. We rather keep to the traditional model of an auction house. You must send the art objects to us. We are responsible for correct descriptions, good images, payment transactions and shipments. And if we are successful, you pay us a commission.
We take consignments by collectors and dealers. Since 2001 we have sold more than 45,000 art objects - mostly Japanese art prints - in more than a 1,000 auctions. If the quality of your consignment is good and the reserves reasonable, we can sell your art objects.
This is what you should know and what you and artelino agree on.
We take consignments of Japanese prints from all periods (Edo, Meiji, shin hanga, sosaku hanga, modern, contemporary), modern Chinese prints and of E-hon (Japanese books).
All art objects must meet a high quality standard. Prints must be unframed and unmatted.
For policy, quality and for commercial reasons artelino is not interested in the following kind of art objects:
The following prints/art objects should be avoided. Please contact us before you consign such objects to us.
The total value of a consignment should be above $1,000. Single items must meet the requirement for a reserve price of at least $50. All prices in USD.
Consignments must be sent to us with a list containing roughly the following information (where applicable):
Consignment descriptions should be preferably in English. We also accept descriptions in Japanese, but they will be processed at the end of the line. Any other languages including German are not supported.
You pay a consignment fee of 24.00% on the hammered price of all sold objects.
We pay you the hammered price minus the consignment fee within 2-3 weeks after the auction closure by wire transfer (bank remittance). Payments are made in USD or EURO - your choice. We do not charge any other fees and you do not pay for unsold objects.
artelino pays usually once per week by wire transfer (bank remittance). In order to avoid excessive banking fees we avoid the frequent payment of small amounts. Currently the following three conditions trigger our payment:
If your bank account is outside the EU, we avoid payments of small amounts below $100 to avoid bank fees for the beneficiary - even if the sale of an item is older than 20 days..
We confirm payment by programmed e-mail. In the SELLER area you can view the payment history, all paid lots and the sold lots not yet paid and the due amount.
artelino reserves the right to backcharge you for sold items that were returned by a client or for which we could not receive the payment. However this happens very seldom. And for reasons of simple handling we usually take lots that are returned or not paid into our own property - unless the value is above $500 or the difference of reserve and hammered price is excessive.
With several auctions per week we usually give unsold items a second chance. Lots that we cannot sell are sent back to you. Unless you give us different instructions, we try to sell lots over an extended period of several auctions.
When you send a consignment to us, you bear the costs of transportation and you are responsible for insurance. When we send unsold items back to you, it is the other way around. We send f.o.b. (free on board) and provide insurance. Any customs duties and handling is in the responsibility of the recipient.
If shipped to us from outside a member state of the European Union (EU), please specifiy the text
Productgroup 97020000 - art prints made by hand.
in the field for contents description of the shipment form attached to the package.
Please use the shipper of your preference. We recommend to use the National Postal Service (Post Office) of your country (USPS in the USA). The National Postal Services are usually slower than commercial shippers like for instance FEDEX. But they are in general cheaper and in our experience pretty reliable.
If your consignment shipment comes from outside the European Union (EU), German customs charges the VAT (value added tax) on your declared value or a value estimated by customs to artelino which is reimbursed to us three months later. We therefore could care less, and it does not affect you, the consignor.
However customs means a delay of several days for your consignment shipment. You can reduce the customs delay by attaching a proforma invoice with a reasonable value declaration to your shipment - 1 copy inside the package and 1 copy outside the package. You can use our consignment setup software to generate a proform invoice.
Consignments by dealers in Germany are subject to VAT. Please contact us for details.
It should be a matter of course. Nevertheless we want to mention that any form of bidding on own lots is strictly fordidden. Sellers who try it, will be excluded forever from artelino auctions - both for selling and for buying.
With your consignment you agree that artelino is entitled to use the images and all informations connected with the object, like descriptions and prices, for publication purposes (provided that no other copyright laws are infringed).
We agreed to take your consignment. What next?
IMPORTANT: The artelino operations are performed to practically 100% by software. Therefore we cannot process your consignment if you have not registered on our site and have not submitted your bank details. Do not send us any emails with your account data. Our software cannot read your emails. Use exclusively the registration form and the SELLER area.
The SELLER area provides all necessary information to follow the preparations of your consignments, the auction schedule for your items, view your results, print your settlement statements, view our payments, returns etc.. Please use the SELLER Area for your information requests.
Please use our CONSIGNMENT SETUP software in the seller area when you send a consignment shipment to us. It enables smooth processing of your consignments from outside the European Union (EU) by providing a pro-forma invoice and by enabling us to monitor your consignment and keep you informed from the moment when you hand your package over to the shipper.
For your consignment proposal or for further questions please contact us by our Contact Form, by e-mail or by phone ++49-8178-9978837 or fax ++49-8178-9978839.
Author: Dieter Wanczura