Chapter 2: Process of attribution of artworks and antiques
Before delving into the legal assessment of sleepers, it is important to understand the significance of attribution and misattribution, including their impact on the object, the contracting parties and other stakeholders of the market, and how auction houses use attributions to serve their own purposes. This chapter examines the techniques and practice guidelines concerning the authentication of art objects. The first section focuses on the main three attribution tools experts and auction houses commonly refer to when assigning attributions. The second section examines the different guidelines and recommendations promulgated by associations and work groups and assesses whether auction houses comply with these guidelines.
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