Jan 17, 2019
What is provenance research and why is it important?
Highly desirable works of art are often described as having “impeccable provenance,” but what exactly does that mean?
Imagine being able to trace an uninterrupted line from a work of art’s current owner back to the artist’s studio, knowing every place the work has ever been exhibited, the date and location of every sale and the identity of every previous owner along the way.
When you think about all of the events that would occur over, say, a 400-year-old Old Master painting’s lifetime – war, natural disaster, political and economic unrest – it becomes clear that all of this information, collect ...
Feb 07, 2017
By Rayah Levy, Art Market Expert, CEO: ArtéQuesta and AOHFA
In January, Sotheby’s found that a painting called “St Jerome,” attributed to the 16th century Italian artist Parmigianino and consigned by collector Lionel de Saint Donat-Pourrières, was a fake. Paint samples taken from the oil painting were found to contain pigments not invented until the 20th century. Sotheby’s is refunding the buyer and is seeking damages of $672,000, according to The New York Times.
“St. Jerome,” attributed to the circle of the 16th-century Italian artist Parmigianino, has been determined to be a modern fake, according to a complaint filed by Sotheby’s ...