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About Us

With a base in both the UK and Singapore, we (Saira and Shanti) source vintage oil paintings and handcrafted decorative objects and antiques from markets and auctions around Britain and Europe in order to bring a beguiling mix of unique, eclectic, and affordable pieces to homes, collections, and interior projects.

In the art world, so much emphasis is placed on the name behind an artwork, falsely convincing people that unless an artwork is by someone famous, it doesn’t hold much value. We’re here to argue, and prove otherwise.⁠

Both of us have worked in the art world for over 10 years now, and while trawling markets and auctions we’ve come across so many wonderful forgotten painters with real talent, who by chance just haven’t been picked up by a high end gallery or dealer, and so don’t cost sky high prices.⁠

When selecting pieces for the Discerning Palette collection, we base our choices not on name but on quality, subject matter, and a visual connection.⁠

We love rambling on about art and so alongside our shop, we regularly publish tops, tricks and advice around understanding, buying, and displaying art. And no, you don’t need a background in art history, or giant walls in a giant house, that’s our promise.⁠

We’re two very friendly ladies, who love art and making friends. If we could, we’d keep every artwork we’ve found, and go for drinks with every one of our customers. But then we’d be drowning in piles of paintings and be very broke.⁠

As we always say, if you’re considering making your first art purchase, start with a piece that reminds you of a place, a piece of music, something you love or someone you know. You’ll keep it forever.

The paintings in our collection are stored here in our UK office, but we ship to (almost) everywhere in the world.

Check back in when you can because we are always scouring Britain and Europe for more beautiful pieces and will regularly be adding items to our shop. Sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Instagram (@discerningpalette) to get updated every time we do.

You can read our reviews here.

Saira Kalimuddin

Saira Kalimuddin

Director

Saira’s passion for art is not something that can be hidden or snuffed out. ‘It’s in my bones’, she says, ‘Art should be for all, not just for the folks with money and big walls, and not just for the ‘please do not touch this artwork’ institutions’. Saira has worked in the fine art sector for the last 10 years, but not all of it has been roses and butterflies. If anything, her experience working in a high end art gallery in Gillman Barracks in Singapore made her fall out of love for art. It was from that point that she knew she needed to take a stand against the prestige and exclusivity so often tied to the art world. Through creating The Discerning Palette, she wants to make sure that all of us can fill our homes with art that we can connect with - art that reminds us of a place or time, or gives us a certain warm feeling, art that can make that little corner of our home a little more unique. When Saira isn’t sourcing art for you and me, she’s sharing and writing about art on her page @sairamayart, mothering her 2 year old son, and growing pak choi in her back garden.

Shanti Davamoni

Shanti Davamoni

Director

Shanti is a bold firecracker who is always ready for adventure. Even in her career, she’s not one to shy away from a challenge - she’s delved deep into the art world, explored the frontiers of Fintech and software, and is now sinking her teeth into communication development. And when she’s not busy with her day job, she’s sourcing wonderful pieces of vintage art for you and me. ‘Art and tech aren’t that different’, she says, ‘at the end of the day, both industries have creativity and innovation at their core. I am always in awe at the amazing things that can come out of that.’ Shanti relishes finding hidden treasures of art and hopes that these ‘found treasures’ on The Discerning Palette can add a little spark to your life and home. “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on”, said Albert Einstein, many moons ago. And so here at The Discerning Palette, we pass it on.

UK Office Contact:

Saira Kalimuddin

+44 (0) 7763273168

info@discerningpalette.com

Singapore Office Contact:

Shanti Davamoni

+65 81125047

info@discerningpalette.com

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