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Collecting and Provenance Research: Art Dealers


Trade-card, George Cruikshank, 1873. British Museum Collection.

Researching Art Dealers

AAM Guide to Provenance Research
"Appendix C: Selected Bibliography of Dealers and Dealers' Memoirs

"Appendix D: Dealer Archives and Locations"

Getty Provenance Index: Dealer Stock Books
Maintained by galleries and art dealers, stock books record information about a work of art such as the date of acquisition, name and address of the seller, dimensions of the artwork, name of the purchaser, date of sale, and the selling price. This database contains more than 43,700 records transcribed from the 15 stock books of Goupil & Cie/Boussod, Valadon & Cie in Paris (1846–1919) as well as nearly 23,800 records transcribed from painting stock books 1–6 of M. Knoedler & Co. in New York (1872–1920).

Merchants of art: 1880-1960; eighty years of professional collecting.

Art on the market; thirty-five centuries of collecting and collectors from Midas to Paul Getty.