Art cataloguing is our primary service. We are the only company in Canada that offers full-range cataloguing services, and the only firm that produces museum-quality documentation and archives for private, corporate and institutional collectors. We organize, document and prime collections for estate planning, insurance, art programming, and inventory management purposes — from the largest painting on our clients' walls to the tiniest piece of paper noting their very first purchase. Our national team of art experts specialize in historical and contemporary Canadian and international art, as well as historical and cultural objects and artifacts.
We perform detailed documentation, following Getty Object ID standard. This includes measurements, condition details, and photographs, such as framed, unframed, signature, verso, labels, and detail shots. All images are professionally edited and digitally archived, and all works are assigned inventory tracking numbers.
We deliver a populated database with a profile on each artwork, including photos, condition details, fair market values, and more — as well as digitized backups of original provenance documentation.
We research and compile up-to-date artist biographies to augment your catalogue and contextualize your art collection.
We perform research to verify artwork details, and obtain current market values, where available, for works with a minimum value of $2,000 that were purchased or evaluated more than five years ago. We also track down missing provenance documentation including invoices, previous appraisals, and exhibition history.
Using the populated database, we can produce a range of customizable digital and hardcopy reports for portfolio, insurance, estate planning, and inventory management purposes.
We produce a comprehensive hardcopy archive of all reports and related artwork documentation, including press materials and original provenance documents.