Accept the following reconstruction of the contemporary authority delegation structure in the art market regarding the works of Monet: A work claimed to be by Monet is authentic if it is considered authentic by the Wildenstein Institute.
In 2011, a team of journalists and art experts from the BBC program Fake or Fortune? set out to discover whether a painting entitled Bords de la Seine à Argenteuil was painted by the famous impressionist Claude Monet (Illis, 2011). After accumulating a wealth of evidence in support of the painting’s authenticity, the Fake or Fortune? team submitted their findings to a community of Monet experts called the Wildenstein Institute for evaluation. Founded by Monet expert Daniel Wildenstein and now headed by his son Guy, the Wildenstein Institute can be considered to be the leading community of Monet experts, and also happens to be the publishers of the sole Monet catalogue raisonné. Bords de la Seine à Argenteuil was not included in the Wildenstein 's catalogue, and after reviewing the evidence brought by the Fake or Fortune? team, the Institute chose not to certify the painting as authentic. This decision opposed all evidence accumulated by the BBC team as well as the opinion of several other Monet experts. Despite the controversial nature of the decision, the painting has not been able to sell as a genuine Monet within the art market (Illis, 2011). This is an indication that the art market delegates matters of Monet authenticity to the Wildenstein Institute.2
Yet, this finding has not been presented as a suggested modification in Overgaard and Loiselle's original paper. Since this empirical finding is used in Loiselle (2017),1 it is important that it be properly assessed by the community.
Accept the following reconstruction of the contemporary authority delegation structure in the art market regarding the works of Monet:
- A work claimed to be by Monet is authentic if it is considered authentic by the Wildenstein Institute.
The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.
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- Loiselle, Mirka. (2017) Multiple Authority Delegation in Art Authentication. Scientonomy 1, 41-53. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/28233.
- Overgaard, Nicholas and Loiselle, Mirka. (2016) Authority Delegation. Scientonomy 1, 11-18. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/27065.