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Provenance research can determine whether a work is heralded through the ages, or shunned to the shadows.
‘Nothing has happened but that which has been recorded’ said Virginia Woolf. This sentiment couldn’t be more apt when it comes to the much-debated issue of provenance: the currency that turns the art world on its axis.
This summer vacation would be special in more than one way. It had been planned almost a year in advance and a logical sequel to prior vacations spent in Canada. This time, the summer of 2012, a fifth trip was to take place to the ‘new world’ but different from all previous travels. It would be the ultimate combination of the meanwhile well-known rugged west and the Rocky Mountains and – as a first – the originally French part of Canada, Québec. To make it even more special additional outings to Maine and Montana in the United States had been planned. Right before this vacation and more than six months after having acquired an anonymous painting that showed so much resemblance with two works by the 17th century master of the Dutch landscape, Jan van Goyen , another painting surfaced which created that same ‘pulse’ as the one just mentioned. Obviously the timing was bad. Just a few days prior to the planned trip and even worse, the painting would be auctioned while I was in Canada.
Collecting Chinese art has always required a lot of knowledge and - more recently - money. Chinese collectors are becoming wealthier and more mobile than ever. One could speculate this is the best time to start a collection of Chinese art, be it for the love of it or purely as an investment. Leaving this dilemma aside, let’s try to outline a few reasons why collecting Chinese art should be such a difficult task and provide a few simple guidelines to follow. Shedding light on the history of Chinese collecting and its cultural background will make it easier to understand the reasons behind facts and behaviours we would at first condemn.
How many times, looking at an artwork, have we found ourselves wondering about the long and mysterious path that has led it from the studio of the artist to the wall just in front of us? Although the past history of an object is certainly a fascinating topic to speculate about, documenting provenance correctly can be quite tricky. This article will provide a short introduction on how to get to grips with provenance research.