L-R: Dino and Rafaello Tomasso.
Jane Imrie

Yorkshire fine art firm plans reopening of London gallery with Barclays support

A Yorkshire fine art specialist is set to plan the reopening of its London gallery thanks to Barclays.

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art has secured support in the form of the government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) in order to maintain the ability to trade through the COVID-19 crisis.

Established in 1993 by brothers Dino and Raffaello Tomasso, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art is located at Bardon Hall in Leeds, specialising in European sculpture from the early renaissance to the Neo-Classical periods, with a particular knowledge of European Renaissance bronzes.

In 2013, the entrepreneurial duo launched the business’ London Gallery at St James’s in Westminster as the result of growing demand.

The firm plans to use the funds to plan the reopening of it gallery, as well as continue to arrange socially distant private viewings in order to support the business through the disruption caused by the pandemic,

Dino Tomasso, partner at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, commented: “The impact of COVID-19 has had a material impact on our business which relies on social interaction and client relationships.

“The CBIL Scheme has enabled us to work through these uncertain times, including how we can potentially re-open our galleries and arrange private viewings whilst adhering to social distancing regulations.

“We have invested in our 21-year relationship with Barclays and feel that they understand our business. This is the second global crisis which has impacted the business and both times we are thankful for the strength of this relationship.”

John Gray, Barclays relationship director, added: “Tomasso Brothers Fine Art has a strong family pedigree and their specialist knowledge is considered to be among the best in the world.

“The close relationship we enjoy has enabled us to secure the future of the business and their highly skilled employees.

“We look forward to seeing this internationally acclaimed business go from strength to strength as we return to more normal times.”

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