Art Authentication

Authenticating an artwork is a specialist process that incorporates research, specialist knowledge, and, in some cases, scientific analysis.

Art Authentication

At Mintus, our in-house team confirms the authenticity of the artworks we select in conjunction with independent third-party specialists.

How is art authenticated?

Within the art market, three tools are used to verify whether an artwork is authentic: provenance, technical analysis, and connoisseurship.

  • Provenance is the history of ownership of an artwork, documenting its journey from the artist’s studio to the present owner. This is compiled through the cross-referencing of all documentation – including invoices, inventory lists, and exhibition catalogues – relevant to the artwork.
  • Technical analysis refers to the scientific investigation of the physical qualities of the artwork. This can involve the testing of the artworks by a conservator to identify the specific materials used and their general age.
  • Connoisseurship is the educated opinion of an art world expert as to an artwork’s authenticity based off of their understanding of and familiarity with an artist’s work, style, and technique.

In the case of many historical artists, the combination of these three approaches is used to compile a catalogue raisonné which is a comprehensive, illustrated, and annotated catalogue of all known artworks by an artist. This is sometimes divided into a particular time-period or medium (material)  of an artist’s practice.

Some artists have associated Estates, Foundations or Authentication Boards that will use the listed tools to decide an artwork’s authenticity, and will provide accompanying documentation stating their decision. For example, the Henry Moore Foundation will authenticate any new works that don’t feature in Henry Moore’s current catalogue raisonné. Similarly, Banksy has an authentication board called Pest Control, which provide Certificates of Authenticity for his work.

How does Mintus authenticate its artworks?

At Mintus, we carefully consider the provenance and, where applicable, the catalogue raisonné of all our offerings, taking into account any additional documentation in order to confirm an artwork’s authenticity. Similarly, we contact relevant authentication boards when applicable. The experience of the in-house team, spanning gallery and auction house environments, ensures the best industry practices are followed during every step of the authentication process.If there is ever any doubt about the authenticity of the artwork, we don’t consider the work as a potential art investment offering.

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