Provenance research

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Provenance refers to the ownership history of a particular work of art. In today's increasingly complex and evolving art world, provenance is a powerful means of supporting an authenticity claim.

For provenance to serve the purpose of establishing that a work of art is authentic, it must contain the entire and uninterrupted chain of ownership from the artist's hand to the present day. Every owner of the artwork and every day since its creation must be accounted for and documented. It is this complete record of where the artwork has been during its entire life. Completing this timeline is a very complicated task.

At Art Experts, we have unparalleled experience in this field and unlimited access to international resources. We are fine art detectives, working diligently in specialized archives worldwide.

Art Experts' network of art historians and researchers spans more than 15 countries, including the US, Canada,Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia and Australia. Our researchers have multi-lingual research capabilities and know how to solve tough provenance questions tactically.

Can a work be authenticated without provenance?

Researching an artworks provenance is not the exclusive option for determining authenticity. Lack of provenance is not a serious impediment if the artwork can pass other tests.

What are the other applications of provenance research?

Art Experts provides provenance research services to law firms and individuals seeking World War II era (1933-1945) restitution.

To learn more about our provenance research capabilities, please contact us


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