90 Works

Michael Hutter, The Rise of the Joyful Economy: Artistic Invention and Economic Growth from Brunelleschi to Murakami (London/New York: Routledge, 2015).

Léa Saint-Raymond
Book review of Michael Hutter, The Rise of the Joyful Economy: Artistic Invention and Economic Growth from Brunelleschi to Murakami (London/New York: Routledge, 2015).

The Vicissitudes of Taste: The Market for Pop

Titia Hulst
The emergence of American Pop art as a major avant-garde movement had a significant impact on the market for contemporary art and, with it, the perception of America's newly achieved cultural superiority. A detailed examination of sales records of avant-garde galleries in New York reveals Pop's appeal to collectors (especially businessmen), despite significant critical disdain, and links the formal qualities and subjects of Pop art to widely-held assumptions about modes of viewing and social class.

Anamorphosis of Unexpected Results. On the Epistemological Culture of Art Market Visualizations

Thomas Skowronek
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Art Trade Palaces – Galleries of art dealers as architectural task and their reception in Munich around 1900

Meike Hopp
The structural development of commercial galleries and, more generally, of commercially used spaces for the presentation of art works as a historical architectural challenge in the first place should become an integral part of our perception. When the magazine Die Kunst spoke of “Art Dealer Palaces” in 1913, a prime example was Munich. This article will aim at reconstructing a multi-layered image through historical sources, in particular contemporary articles and reviews from architecture magazines or...

The American Dressing Academy: a venue for early American caricature prints

Allison Stagg
In America at the turn of the nineteenth century, separately published engraved caricature prints were made with surprisingly little regularity. With so few caricature prints made at the beginning of the nineteenth century, a natural assumption might be that this imagery was unimportant, that these prints were less commonly seen, or that there was a limited audience; however, a number of primary documents have suggested otherwise. Because of the numerous announcements located in newspapers it...

Rodin’s Sculpture in Japan and the Economics of Translocation

David Martin Challis
Japanese art collectors acquired a large number of Rodin’s sculptures in the 1920s. While recent exhibitions have detailed the increasingly favourable critical reception of Rodin’s oeuvre in Japan during the early twentieth century, the underlying economic context behind the translocation of Rodin’s sculptures from Paris to Japan has remained largely unstudied. This paper argues that the collapse in the value of the French franc, among other economic disruptions occurring in France during the 1920s, played...

“A Past That Won’t Pass”: Stalin’s Museum Sales in a Transformed Global Context

Waltraud M. Bayer
In the wake of the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks embarked on a massive nationaliza­tion drive in the sphere of culture. Major art collections once belonging to the court, the nobility, the bourgeoisie, and the church were confiscated and added to the state museum funds. Newly drafted and implemented expropriation and nationalization laws allowed formerly private art property to be then sold abroad. The Soviet art sales of the interwar period were disputed: Russian émigrés sued...

Collected. Bought. Looted? Provenance Research at the Weltkulturenmuseum Frankfurt

Vanessa Von Gliszczynski & Julia Friedel
The question of how objects arrived in a museum has by now become an integral part of academic discussion. For several years, ethnological museums have also placed greater emphasis on the history of their collections and investigated the paths of their items. German museums face a two-fold challenge in this endeavour, since both the acquisitions during colonial times and those during the Nazi period need to be critically questioned. Sometimes these areas overlap, for example...

Research and restitution: the National Gallery of Australia’s repatriation of a sculpture from the Buddhist site of Chandavaram

Robert Arlt & Lucie Folan
In 2016, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) returned a 3rd-century stone panel to India. Titled Worshippers of the Buddha, the panel was bought in 2005 for US$595,000 from New York art dealer Subhash Kapoor. Arrested in 2011 and extradited to India, Kapoor has been linked to a pattern of illegal trade. Many items from his inventory match objects missing from Indian sites, resulting in numerous acts of restitution by international museums and collectors. At...

Book review: Fredrik Hagen and Kim Ryholt: The Antiquities Trade in Egypt 1880-1930. The H.O. Lange Papers

Sebastian Willert
Rewview of the publication Fredrik Hagen and Kim Ryholt: The Antiquities Trade in Egypt 1880-1930. The H.O. Lange Papers (Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters), ISBN 978-87-7304-400-1.

A Reflection: Translocations and Changes in Perspective

Gidena Mesfin Kebede
“The Story of an Ethiopian Icon” is the subtitle of an article on an article published on a website promoting the return of objects taken from Maqdala in today’s Ethiopia. Under the heading “The Treasure” it gives a summary of the history of a specific painting which is indeed fascinating. This article will follow the different stages in the reception and interpretation of this object, and explore the genealogy of the story, its sources, their...

East Asian Art in the Gurlitt Collection: Tracing the Relationship of Objects and Actors

Nathalie Neumann
For the so-called Gurlitt Collection, which was seized in the spring of 2012 at the home of Cornelius, son of the art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt , research has been concluded after five years of intense work, an extensive exhibition catalog and four comprehensive publications on the collection and biography of Gurlitt. The research project , which expires at the end of 2018 and has the mission to determine the prior ownership of the works of...

On the Relevance and Potential of Auction Catalogues as Sources for Art Market Research on Asian Art

Britta Bommert
The article is published close to completion of the research and digitalisation project “German Sales”, funded by the German Research Association (DFG), which will make an entire corpus of more than 5,800 auction catalogues from German-speaking areas between 1901 and 1929 available online. This simplified access will offer new perspectives on the trade in Asian art at auction and present opportunities for further art market research. In the context of the present article, an initial...

Provenance Research into the Collection of Chinese Art at the Museum Rietberg: Switzerland and the transnational history of the art market and art collections

Esther Tisa Francini & Alexandra Von Przychowski
In the example of research at the Museum Rietberg, the history of the art market for Chinese art from the provenance perspective presents itself as a history of collections. The article will demonstrate that an investigation into early art collectors can provide answers to the question when, how and in which context art works from China were appreciated, exhibited and sold. In the substantial history of art transfers, the era of National Socialism is one...

The artistic relations between Flanders and Spain in the 16th Century: an approach to the Flemish painting trade

Ana Diéguez-Rodríguez
This paper discusses different ways of trading between Flanders and Spain in relation to paintings in the sixteenth century. The importance of local fairs as markets providing luxury objects is well known both in Flanders and in the Spanish territories. Perhaps less well known is the role of Flemish artists workshops in transmitting new models and compositions, and why these remained in use for longer than others. The article gives examples of strong networks among...


Susanne Meyer-Abich
Editorial Vol. 3, no. 2

\"Wonderful Revelations\": Scottish Art at the Venice Biennale and the Strategies of Innovation and Reputation, 1897-1899

Marie Tavinor
This article examines the introduction of two waves of Scottish artists at the newly-founded Venice Biennale in 1897 and 1899 and considers how the Venetian venture negotiated the need to innovate with the imperative to build up its own reputation. Using hitherto unpublished archival material, it touches upon a number of issues regarding marketing practices, art market flows and the consumption of art at the international level.

Licensing and Relegation. A Totalitarian Trade Regime and Dealers’ Tactics

Caroline Flick
Among the archival records pertaining to the Berlin Head Office of the National Socialist Reich’s Chamber of Fine Arts a list of forty-four art dealers’ names for registration with the new Chamber can be found. The focus of this article is on events surrounding this archival record, dealing exclusively with the trade section within the Reich’s Chamber of Fine Art and focusing on individuals rather than firms. The Reich’s Chamber of Culture was established in...


Kathryn Brown
Introduction to the issue "Politics", Journal for Art Market Studies Vol.3 no.1.


Susanne Meyer-Abich
Editorial JAMS 4, 1 (2020)

Interview with Jean Roudillon

Maureen Murphy
Interview by Maureen Murphy, Paris 2004, updated in 2019.

Provenance Research on Chinese Paintings in American Collections of the 1950s: Sherman E. Lee, Walter Hochstadter, and the Cleveland Museum of Art

Noelle Giuffrida
This essay provides a window into the circulation of Chinese paintings during the tumultuous political and economic environment of the 1940s and 1950s by examining Sherman E. Lee’s acquisitions of paintings from Walter Hochstadter during Lee’s early years as curator of Asian art at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1952-1958. This essay demonstrates that the surge in collecting Chinese paintings in postwar America and efforts to examine the major figures and historical circumstances behind...

Chinese Porcelain enters the Louvre: A Collector, his Dealers, and the Parisian Art Market (c. 1870-1912)

Lucie Chopard
This study focuses on the relationship between Ernest Grandidier and the art dealers who helped him to build the most important collection of Chinese ceramics in France. The history of this incredible collection – today considered as the largest one of Chinese ceramics in France and kept at the Guimet museum in Paris - is relatively unknown. Often underestimated by the Louvre administration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Grandidier collection continues to be...


Bénédicte Savoy, Johannes Nathan & Dorothee Wimmer
This is the editorial.

Luc Boltanski and Arnaud Esquerre, Enrichissement. Une critique de la marchandise (Paris: Gallimard, 2017)

Léa Saint-Raymond
Book review of Luc Boltanski and Arnaud Esquerre, Enrichissement. Une critique de la marchandise (Paris: Gallimard, 2017).

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