New Book: Provenance Research Today

January 5 2021

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Picture: Lund Humphries

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here is a recent publication that might interest some readers.

Provenance Research Today was edited by Arthur Tompkins and published last month by Lund Humphries.

As the blurb explains:

Covering key aspects of provenance research for the international art market, this accessible publication explores a range of themes including challenges and best practice to considerations specific to Nazi looted art and the trade in illicit antiquities.

Provenance research is a crucial component of any art-market transaction. Without a provenance it is often difficult to establish a work’s authenticity, its true value or who has legal title. Whether buying, selling or simply maintaining an artwork in either a private or a public collection, the days when a blind eye could be turned to the history (or the lack of a known history) of a work have long gone. Proper, thorough and effective provenance research is the minimum required and demanded in today’s art world – a world that is increasingly recognising the need for greater and more effective self-regulation in the face of fakes, forgeries and challenges to ownership or authenticity that are now commonplace.

Here's a slightly more in-depth look by the Art-Crime blog.

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