At Lange & Schmutz, we understand provenance research as the objects’ biography, and it is our pleasure to tell you your objects’ stories.

Together we will discover their provenance, their biography. The more we know about art, the more we can enjoy it. You will get to know your artworks from a totally new perspective. Intimate knowledge about the objects also creates better stories –a crucial factor for public collections. 

To us, provenance research is a part of public and applied humanities.

It is driven by interdisciplinary research, it is highly collaborative, and it is part of a permanent public discussion about aesthetics and beauty, but also about politics, history, and responsibility. It is estimated that about 20 percent of all art in Europe was looted by the National Socialist regime between 1933 and 1945. This knowledge can be a burden.

We will assist you with all the questions that you may have and we will help you navigate and understand your collection’s provenance.

In case one of your artworks once belonged to somebody who had to sell it under duress or from whom it was taken by force, we will assist you every step of the way, and together we will find fair and just solutions. Our work ethics is based on mutual respect, esteem, and confidentiality. We value a personal and inclusive relationship with our clients. Thanks to our international and interdisciplinary expertise, we can offer you a comprehensive and holistic service.