Sotheby’s is fully committed to the resolution of problems that can arise in respect of works of art that may have been displaced between 1933 and 1945 but not subsequently returned to their original owners.

Since its founding in 1997, Sotheby’s Restitution Department has been dedicated to the ongoing identification of such objects and works in tandem with department specialists to research and thoroughly review the provenance of any work of art offered for sale. We give consignors and buyers the peace of mind of knowing that all works of art sold through Sotheby’s are vetted by our team of experts. Should a painting come to market that has questionable provenance, we work discreetly with clients to find appropriate solutions, which may involve orchestrating a mutually-acceptable settlement between the current holder and the heirs of the former owner.

If you would like advice on the provenance of your property or you would like to learn more about our work, please contact us.

Provenance research meet-an-expert day

On 10 April 2019 the Provenance Research Day will be held for the first time by members of the international working group of provenance researchers (Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung e. V.). The aim of the working group is to build a network of and support the work of provenance researchers and the international and interdisciplinary exchange of research in this field.
As a member of the working group, Marie Stolberg from Sotheby’s restitution department is available for consultation on the day to share and talk about provenance research at Sotheby’s .

Sotheby’s St George Street 10 April 2019, 12 – 2 pm.
Please ask for Marie Stolberg

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    Lucian Simmons
    Vice Chairman, Worldwide Head, Restitution Department | Senior Vice President, Senior Specialist
    New York

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