Category Archives: Fine Art, Jewellry, Specie

Fakes and forgeries in the fine art world: What’s an art dealer to do?

This time last year, there were a series of frauds in the art world being discovered and an increase in museums and galleries hiring forensic investigators to verify artworks. Things look to be picking up right from where they were … Continue reading →

The risk manager of the future

Some people miss the good old days. I don’t. I’ve been around since the days when business was done on a napkin with people who were more like buddies than business partners and yes, when the deal was done, there … Continue reading →

Why Would Art Thieves Destroy Stolen Art?

Vermeer painting: The Concert (detail)

I read with incredulity recently of the rumour that the works stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam were destroyed by the mother of one of the perpetrators. I also read yesterday that she had retracted her confession to, no … Continue reading →

The Myth of the Fine Art Thief

Vermeer painting: The Concert (detail)

On 18 March 1990 two young men dressed as police officers walked unchallenged into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Some 81 minutes later they had taken 13 major paintings with a total value of approximately $500 million including … Continue reading →

Protecting Your Fine Art

Van Gogh Sunflowers (detail)

Helpful pointers for insuring and caring for your fine art, by guest blogger Sharon Kimmel, Quality Assurance & Compliance Officer for Willis Personal Lines. Continue reading →