From time to time, we purchase something of note, with a particular
Other times, we receive requests to use our stock and images for books or articles being compiled.
So what does this mean...?
The term refers to the known history of a piece - particularly those that are somehow documented
(i.e. family descent, crests, armorials, bills of sale).
There are also orally known histories - those not documented in writing or by imagery
(as in a photograph in position in a known home, etc.).
Oral histories are generally referred to as 'by repute' - and cannot carry the weight of written documentation.
A documented provenance can add substantially to the desirability and monetary value of a piece,
over a similar piece without documentation.
"Published Provenance" :
Usually when compiling books or articles, examples that meet high criteria are chosen.
Therefore the selected object often becomes the example by which other similar ones are measured.
Of course, the expertise of the author is highly important in that instance -
as well as the purpose of the publication.
And changing scholarship often alters previously published documentation.
So what does a 'published provenance' imply for the collector :
Usually it’s the warm 'Maker's Mark Crème Anglaise over the rich chocolate souffle' !
In other words – one of the most delectable things on the menu !
of such honored pieces,
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