Online Tools for Auction Research   Erika Hauser &  Deborah Vincelli Thomas J. Watson Library The Metropolitan Museum of Art
What We’ll Cover <ul><li>Resources for researching: </li></ul><ul><li>Auction sales 1600-early 20 th  century. </li></ul><...
Auction Catalogs in Watsonline <ul><li>Over 120,000 auction catalog records. </li></ul><ul><li>1747 to the present. </li><...
Auction Catalogs in Watsonline <ul><li>Sotheby's Paris </li></ul><ul><li>Collection Marc Et Denyse </li></ul><ul><li>Ginzb...
<ul><li>Researching Past Auction Sales (c.1600-early 20 th  century) </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliographic and full-text resourc...
Master of the Playing Cards (German, active ca. 1425-1450) The Queen of Flowers, ca. 1435-1440 Image source: http://www.me...
Provenance: Aumüller, Munich. Jan. 30, 1871 lot 905 Collection: Friedrich Brugger, Munich Gutekunst, Stuttgart. May 11 - 2...
SCIPIO <ul><li>Bibliographic resource containing over 300,000 auction catalog citations. </li></ul><ul><li>Twenty-five art...
SCIPIO Gutekunst, Stuttgart. May 11 - 22, 1909 lot 2139 Collection: A. Freiherr von Lanna, Prague Aumüller, Munich. Jan. 3...
Art Sales Catalogues Online <ul><li>Extension of Lugt’s  Répertoire.   </li></ul><ul><li>European and American auctions fr...
Art Sales Catalogues Online Aumüller, Munich. Jan. 30, 1871 lot 905 Collection: Friedrich Brugger, Munich Source: http://w...
Other Resources <ul><li>Online catalogs of libraries that contribute to SCIPIO. </li></ul><ul><li>International library ca...
<ul><li>Researching A Recent Sale </li></ul>
Auction Indexes <ul><ul><ul><li>ArtNet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Sales Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
Artist: John La Farge Title: Winter Thaw Country of Origin: American   Medium: Painting Source: http:// www.artnet.com/PDB...
Auction Indexes <ul><ul><ul><li>ArtNet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Sales Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
Artist:   Katsushika Hokusai  Title:   Couples on a bridge over choppy waters with fallen maple leaves   Medium:   color p...
Auction Indexes <ul><ul><ul><li>ArtNet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Sales Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
Plate , 18th century (1755–60) Manufactured by  Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg Made in St. Petersburg, Rus...
Auction Indexes <ul><ul><ul><li>ArtNet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Sales Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
http:// www.finarte.it /
<ul><li>Searching For  </li></ul><ul><li>The Seller </li></ul>
Artist: Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727–1788) Title: Portrait of a Man, Called General Blyth Medium: Oil on canvas Acce...
Resources <ul><li>The (London) Times Digital Archive (1785 - 1985) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Sir J. Robinson's Pictures. Impo...
Provenance   <ul><li>Sir Joseph B. Robinson , Bt., Cape Town,  </li></ul><ul><li>South Africa (until 1923; his sale,  Chri...
Resources <ul><li>The (London) Times Digital Archive (1785 - 1985) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Sir J. Robinson's Pictures. Impo...
Any Questions?
<ul><li>Consult our class guide at:   http:// libmma.org /portal/instruction/ </li></ul><ul><li>We appreciate your   Feedb...
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  1. 1. Online Tools for Auction Research Erika Hauser & Deborah Vincelli Thomas J. Watson Library The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover <ul><li>Resources for researching: </li></ul><ul><li>Auction sales 1600-early 20 th century. </li></ul><ul><li>Auction sales 1970-present day. </li></ul><ul><li>Information about a seller. </li></ul><ul><li>Types of resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliographic. </li></ul><ul><li>Full-text. </li></ul><ul><li>Contents of catalogs. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Auction Catalogs in Watsonline <ul><li>Over 120,000 auction catalog records. </li></ul><ul><li>1747 to the present. </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly North American and European houses. </li></ul><ul><li>Digital price lists . </li></ul><ul><li>Digital auction catalogs . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Auction Catalogs in Watsonline <ul><li>Sotheby's Paris </li></ul><ul><li>Collection Marc Et Denyse </li></ul><ul><li>Ginzberg : Afrique, l'art </li></ul><ul><li>des formes </li></ul><ul><li>Sept. 10, 2007 </li></ul>Image source: http://www.sothebys.com
  5. 5. <ul><li>Researching Past Auction Sales (c.1600-early 20 th century) </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliographic and full-text resources </li></ul>
  6. 6. Master of the Playing Cards (German, active ca. 1425-1450) The Queen of Flowers, ca. 1435-1440 Image source: http://www.metmuseum.org
  7. 7. Provenance: Aumüller, Munich. Jan. 30, 1871 lot 905 Collection: Friedrich Brugger, Munich Gutekunst, Stuttgart. May 11 - 22, 1909 lot 2139 Collection: A. Freiherr von Lanna, Prague. Rudolf Ritter von Gutmann, Vienna (Lugt 2770) Image source: http://www.metmuseum.org
  8. 8. SCIPIO <ul><li>Bibliographic resource containing over 300,000 auction catalog citations. </li></ul><ul><li>Twenty-five art organizations, including the Met, contribute to the database.  </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogs from the late 16th century to present. </li></ul>
  9. 9. SCIPIO Gutekunst, Stuttgart. May 11 - 22, 1909 lot 2139 Collection: A. Freiherr von Lanna, Prague Aumüller, Munich. Jan. 30, 1871 lot 905 Collection: Friedrich Brugger, Munich Image source: http://www.metmuseum.org
  10. 10. Art Sales Catalogues Online <ul><li>Extension of Lugt’s Répertoire. </li></ul><ul><li>European and American auctions from 1600-1900. </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 60,000 auction catalog citations. </li></ul><ul><li>27,978 auction catalogs available in full-text. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Art Sales Catalogues Online Aumüller, Munich. Jan. 30, 1871 lot 905 Collection: Friedrich Brugger, Munich Source: http://www.metmuseum.org
  12. 12. Other Resources <ul><li>Online catalogs of libraries that contribute to SCIPIO. </li></ul><ul><li>International library catalogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Artlibraries.net : portal to 28 art library online catalogs , many with auction catalog collections. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Getty Provenance Index Databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>European sale catalogs from 1650–1840; free resource. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Researching A Recent Sale </li></ul>
  14. 14. Auction Indexes <ul><ul><ul><li>ArtNet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Sales Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AskART </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Fact Pro </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some auction house websites </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Artist: John La Farge Title: Winter Thaw Country of Origin: American Medium: Painting Source: http:// www.artnet.com/PDB/FAADsearch/LotDetailView.aspx?lot_id =424392943
  16. 16. Auction Indexes <ul><ul><ul><li>ArtNet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Sales Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AskART </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Fact Pro </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some auction house websites </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Artist: Katsushika Hokusai Title: Couples on a bridge over choppy waters with fallen maple leaves Medium: color print Country of Origin : Japan Source: http://artsalesindex.artinfo.com/artsalesindex/aps/lots/10701191
  18. 18. Auction Indexes <ul><ul><ul><li>ArtNet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Sales Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AskART </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Fact Pro </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some auction house websites </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Plate , 18th century (1755–60) Manufactured by Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg Made in St. Petersburg, Russia Hard-paste porcelain, (65.47) Source: eMuseum
  20. 20. Auction Indexes <ul><ul><ul><li>ArtNet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Sales Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AskART </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Art Fact Pro </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some auction house websites </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. http:// www.finarte.it /
  22. 22. <ul><li>Searching For </li></ul><ul><li>The Seller </li></ul>
  23. 23. Artist: Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727–1788) Title: Portrait of a Man, Called General Blyth Medium: Oil on canvas Accession Number: 60.71.7 Source: eMuseum
  24. 24. Resources <ul><li>The (London) Times Digital Archive (1785 - 1985) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Sir J. Robinson's Pictures. Impossible Reserve Prices.” (1923, July 7). The Times, pg. 12. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New York Times Historical Newspapers from ProQuest (1851 - 2006) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“2 Museums to Toss For Millions in Art In Timken Estate.” (1960, May 9). New York Times (1857-Current file), p. 31.  </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Provenance <ul><li>Sir Joseph B. Robinson , Bt., Cape Town, </li></ul><ul><li>South Africa (until 1923; his sale, Christie's, </li></ul><ul><li>London, July 6, 1923 , no. 8, as General Blyth, </li></ul><ul><li>for £3,255 to Knoedler ); [ Knoedler , New York, </li></ul><ul><li>and Scott & Fowles, New York, 1923–24, as </li></ul><ul><li>General Thomas Bligh (1685–1775); sold to </li></ul><ul><li>Timken ]; Mr. and Mrs. William R. Timken, New </li></ul><ul><li>York (1924–49); Lillian S. (Mrs. William R.) </li></ul><ul><li>Timken, New York (1949–d. 1959 ) </li></ul>
  26. 26. Resources <ul><li>The (London) Times Digital Archive (1785 - 1985) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Sir J. Robinson's Pictures. Impossible Reserve Prices.” (1923, July 7). The Times, pg. 12. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New York Times Historical Newspapers from ProQuest (1851 - 2006) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“2 Museums to Toss For Millions in Art In Timken Estate.” (1960, May 9). New York Times (1857-Current file), p. 31.  </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Any Questions?
  28. 28. <ul><li>Consult our class guide at: http:// libmma.org /portal/instruction/ </li></ul><ul><li>We appreciate your Feedback . </li></ul>Thank You! Erika & Deborah

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