"Most pictures are accepted as being by Raphael, or Titian, or Rembrandt because experts say they are. Very few pictures have solid documentary evidence behind them. So, if some reputable bunch weighs in with an opinion, then it's taken seriously ...... You know how easily impressed some people are. So, museums eventually relabel their pictures. Happily if a work is upgraded, with much gnashing of teeth if it's downgraded. I believe the catchword in America these days is de-attribution."
Iain Pears, The Titian Committee, 1991, Chapter 7.

PROVENANCE
two

very much under construction


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Lot

2
3
4
5
6
7
14
17
18
19
20
21
22
25
31
63

Painter

Scott
Scott
Monamy
Monamy
Monamy
Scott
Monamy
Brooking
Brooking
Brooking
Brooking
Brooking
Brooking
Monamy
Brooking
Monamy

.s.d

2/12/6
2/2/0
2/0/0
2/15/0
1/11/6
5/15/6
3/5/0
3/13/6
4/6/0
7/10/0
7/0/0
5/5/0
11/0/6
4/10/0
3/3/0
7/7/0

Buyer

Anderson
Sumner
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Chatfield
Comyns
Levy
Goldwin
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Levy
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Dirmer
Anderson
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Young

Painter
Brooking
Monamy
Scott
Lots
7
6
3
Total
41/4/0
21/8/6
10/10/0
Average
5/17/1
3/11/5
3/10/0

Since the paintings can't be identified, this analysis doesn't mean much. Still, it shows that Brooking's stock stood well above Monamy or Scott.

The unevenness of the paintings attributed to Monamy is apparent. The prices range from the lowest, at 1/11/6, reaching up to 7 guineas, which is well above the 5/15/6 highest price for a Scott.

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