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  • Provenance Notes
  • Notes sur la provenance
Field definition
This field contains additional details on the provenance of objects. It may include details on known owners, dates of ownership, places of ownership, and method of transfer (sale, gift, bequest, etc.) for the object. It may also include lot numbers, auction catalogue references, buyers, etc. Enter the provenance notes chronologically, in the same order that events were recorded in the Provenance (PRV) field.
Strongly recommended for uploading to Artefacts Canada.
This field was added in 2015. It is intended to enable museums to record data on the provenance of holocaust-era cultural property, in the hopes that this information would assist researchers to identify works which may have gaps in their provenance. However, this field may be of use to any museum that wishes to share provenance information.
Entry rules
Enter detailed information associated with the provenance event. A semicolon and a space should separate multiple entries.
Cataloguers rules
See also, Provenance (PRV). Each entry in the Provenance Notes field must have a corresponding entry in the Provenance field, to provide basic information on the provenance event. In this case, end the Provenance field entry with a number in brackets, and identify the associated Provenance Notes field entry starting with the same number in brackets (see Examples). If only basic information is available, use the Provenance field instead of the Provenance Notes field.
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  • [1] The London art dealer Tom Prentice is mentioned as the owner of the work in a 1953 publication [Reynolds, Graham. “Painters of the Victorian Scene.” London: Batsford 1953, Pl. 60]
  • [2] The museum purchase order for the painting is dated November 1, 1971. The Acccession log, however, lists October 1971 as the date of acquisition [Museum curatorial file].
  • [1] Research in progress
  • [1] Le marchand d’art Tom Prentice est mentionné en tant que propriétaire dans une publication de 1953 [Reynolds, Graham. “Painters of the Victorian Scene.” London: Batsford 1953, Pl. 60].
  • [2] Le bon de commande du musée pour ce tableau est daté du 1er novembre 1971. Par contre, le registre d’acquisition indique que l’oeuvre a été acquise en octobre 1971 [dossier d’acquisition du musée]
  • [1] Recherche en cours
  • Art
  • American Association of Museums Recommendation, Standards Regarding the Unlawful Appropriation of Objects During the Nazi Era.
  • Holocaust-Era Cultural Property Symposium, Ottawa 2001; A Matter of Justice: Recommendations of the Canadian Symposium on Holocaust-era Cultural Property, Ottawa, Ontario, November 14-16, 2001
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