Art Sales Catalogues Online

Online Access to Complete Sales Catalogues from 1600-1900

Now available: User Guide: Art Sales Catalogues Online.

Art Sales Catalogues Online (ASCO) offers easy access to complete historical art sales catalogues from the period 1600 to 1900. Lugt's Répertoire serves as “entrance gate” to this unparallelled collection.

The earliest art sales catalogues, also known as auction catalogues, appeared in the early seventeenth century as simple leaflets. Over time, the catalogues grew into extensive, richly illustrated publications. The catalogues are intriguing not only from the point of view of the art historian; they also offer glimpses into the economic and sociological climate of the time.

Much research in the field of art history relies on access to art sales catalogues. Art Sales Catalogues Online provides thousands of complete sales catalogues from the period 1600–1900, combining a wealth of information from these catalogues with the reference facility of Lugt’s Répertoire.

In his impressive four-volume work Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques intéressant l’art ou la curiosité, Frits Lugt (Amsterdam 1884–Paris 1970) covered the period 1600 to 1925. In Lugt’s Répertoire, the catalogues are arranged in strict chronological order. The Répertoire provides meticulous details of auctions and records annotations written in the catalogues. In addition, it lists libraries owning a copy of the catalogue. The online edition of Lugt’s work for the period 1600–1900 serves as “entrance gate” to Art Sales Catalogues Online. Added to this database are 6,350 entries for catalogues not included in Lugt.
Search Options in ASCO:

• Full text search
• Lugt number
• Date of Sale
• Place of Sale
• Provenance
• Auction House
• Content
• Copies
• Keyword
• Getty Provenance Index number
• ESTC number

Product Information:

• Online access to art sales catalogues from 1600–1900
• Includes Lugt’s Répertoire Vols. 1-3
• Currently available (2024): ca. 35,000 scanned catalogues (1600–1900)

New supplements are added regularly.

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