A collector of art who’s been acquiring all forms of art material knows all too well that before you purchase an expensive art piece, you should request for a provenance and then decide if that piece of art is authentic or not. However, there are the smallest things that you might not notice when examining that important piece of document, and we will be providing you with all the necessary tips so that you can save yourself time and money in the process.
Provenance should always list one important detail that will prove its authenticity
Determining how old an art piece is perhaps the oldest trick in the book in concluding whether that art piece is authentic or not. When you’re interested in purchasing a painting, and if you request for provenance, it is extremely important that you look for details that present the time and date as to when that piece of art was sold previously (the list of owners will probably be present in copious detail). If possible, you can further indulge yourself in extensive research to see if there have been any online discussions or articles published about the art piece you’re interested in purchasing.
Furthermore, if you look at the parchment closely enough, the art piece would probably have previous owners and their details mentioned such as their contact details. It is highly unlikely that a mildly famous painting or pottery would not have previous owners, and if you cannot view any names on the document, it could mean that the provenance has been forged.