Commentary

109 Inauthenticity and misattribution

BAILMENT vol 3(1)
BAILMENT vol 3(1) | Commentary

109 Inauthenticity and misattribution

BAILMENT vol 3(1) | Commentary

109 Inauthenticity and misattribution

In principle, the discovery that a loaned cultural object is in some material respect inauthentic can cause the borrower significant financial and professional embarrassment1. Exhibitions might need to be cancelled or revised, insurance valuations reconsidered, catalogues abandoned or rewritten and even sponsorship deals re-negotiated, on finding that the painter to which a painting was attributed, or the provenance with which an antiquity was credited, are false. In practice, however, it is extremely rare for art loans to give rise to litigation on grounds of want of authenticity. In part this can be ascribed to the atmosphere

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