CARP: Chinese Art - Research into Provenance

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Jade libation cupCARP is a compilation of sources for provenance research of Chinese works of art, for use by institutions and researchers. Using The Burrell Collection in Glasgow as a pilot, the project documents records relating to dealers and collectors who specialised in Chinese art during the first half of the twentieth century.

Silk paintingThe Burrell Collection can be seen as a paradigm for the collecting of Chinese art during the early twentieth century. Not only is the Collection representative of the collecting pattern of western collectors of the period but there are full records of William Burrell's (1861-1958) purchases which can be traced back to previous owners and to a number of major dealers whose archives still exist and which are accessible. These include John Sparks, Frank Partridge and Bluett.

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