The Art Loss Register
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The Art Loss Register
The Art Loss Register

The history of The Art Loss Register (ALR) goes back to 1976, when The International Foundation for Art Research in New York established the archive of lost collectibles and cultural property. Officially The ALR was registered in 1990 in London, and currently is considered the biggest database of claimed art and antique. In 2013 the database contained around 350 000 objects.

In comparison, the database of

  • Scotland Yard contains 57 500 objects,
  • Interpol has 40 000 objects,
  • FBI 8 000 objects.

The ALR is a commercial organization; the shareholders are Julian Radcliffe – 68% (2013) and the auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams.

Sources: The Art Newspaper, The New York Times, Antiques Trade Gazette

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Hagelstam & Co will be doing a sale of a collection of porcelain containing figurines, vases, coffee and dinner sets by Royal Copenhagen, Bing & Grøndahl, Lungby, Wedgwood and Dahl-Jensen. Featuring pieces modeled by sculptors Knud Kyhn, Christian Thomsen, Erik Nielsen, Holger Christensen, Johannes Heedegaard, Axel Locher and Olof Paulsen.  Next...
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On September 26th, 2018 German auction house Hampel Fine Art Auctions will offer important Old Master paintings for sale: François Boucher (1703 – 1770), Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 – 1765), Hermann Tom Ring (1521 – 1596), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568 – 1625), Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502 – 1550), Giuseppe Bazzani (1690 – 1769), Frans Snyders (1579 – 1657), Jacopo di Cione (1325 – 1398), Michele Tosini (1503 – 1577), Hans Memling (1433 – 1494).  Next...
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On September 26th, 2018 German auction house Hampel Fine Art Auctions will offer for sale a series of Russian art lots. An enamel salt cellar from 1855, crystal bowl from 1900, several Russian icons from 18-19th centuries and photographs of Nicholas II to be offered at the upcoming sale.  Next...
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From September 17th to 21st, 2018 Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will be doing a sale of a series of items dedicated to Russian art as part of their main auction. Russian icons XVI-XX centuries are to be offered at the upcoming sale.  Next...
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Rebecca Reynolds holds a PhD in archaeology from the University of Nottingham. Following this she was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2016 and is interested in combining her archaeological background into her legal practice to explore and ensure continued and improved protection of cultural heritage. She currently works as a freelance zooarchaeologist and cultural heritage consultant. In the interview she talks about efficiency of the Treasure Act 1996 and protection of archaeological heritage in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  Next...
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On June 18th and from June 20th to 22nd, 2018 Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will be hosting their next auction in Zurich. Among the lots to be offered for sale are some Russian icons from the XVII — XIX centuries: a large twopartite icon “Unexpected Joy” – “Synaxis of the Archangel Michael” (XIX century), “Christ Pantocrator” (1st part of the XIX century), “Archangel Michael Horseman” (XVIII century), “St. Elisha” (XVII century), “Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah” (around 1600), “Christ Pantocrator” (XIX century), as well as the icon with the bright glass bead embroidered casing and the frame (XIX century).  Next...
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On June 6th, 2018 leading Russian art auction house MacDougall’s is hosting their next auction in London. The highlights: Konstantin Somov’s “Meeting in the Park” (1919), Ivan Shishkin's “Pine Forest. Yelbuga” (1897), Pavel Kuznetsov’s “Fountain” (1904), Chaïm Soutine’s portrait “La liseuse endormie, Madeleine Castaing” (c. 1937), Ivan Khrutsky's “Still Life with Fruit and Honeycomb” (1840), Alexander Deineka’s “Woman in a Yellow Dress” (1955), Georgy Nissky’s “Reclining Nude” (c. 1959) and other artwork.  Next...
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Martin Hans Borg, Russian art expert from Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, Bredgade 33, Copenhagen, Denmark, talks about the Russian art auction on June 8th, 2018, as well as the role of provenance in the selection of items for auctions. “We have contact with the branches of the Danish royal house, which continuously consigns Russian art treasures to our auctions. It always provides an extraordinary touch when there are royal and imperial provenances on the lots that are up for auction. This is also the case at the summer's Russian auction."  Next...
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Excercising due diligence in art transactions means using stolen art databases. Obviously, the existence of separate databases renders the work of international art businesses more difficult by imposing additional responsibilities in the verification of provenance.  Next...
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