Tag Archives: Art Provenance

The Importance of Watson’s Insight

It’s not uncommon over the generations for family to forget the name of the person in the portrait who hung on the wall at Aunt Edna’s house for as long as anyone can remember. Auctions are littered with portraits of … Continue reading

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Watson’s Insight: “Chain of Custody”

In detective novels and police dramas, we often hear the term “chain of custody.” Chain of custody, simply put, is a chronological documentation.  Items documented are origin, the identity of all handlers, the duration of custody at each point along … Continue reading

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How to Be Your Own Art Detective

So far in the How to Be Your Own Art Detective series, we have looked for clues about a painting’s story from the artist and the provenance.  Now it is time to look closely at the painting itself. Part Three: Examination … Continue reading

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