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Stage 1: Research enquiries

The authentication process begins with a research enquiry.

What we need from you

Complete our online enquiry form with as much information as possible about your artwork including:

  • Name and location of the current owner
  • History of ownership (provenance)
  • Title of the work
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Images of the work including close-ups of any labels, marks or signature
  • Any specific questions or concerns that you have

What happens next?  

Our research team will cross-reference the information provided with published and unpublished resources including:

  • The Henry Moore catalogue raisonné of sculpture, drawings and graphics
  • Records of previously uncatalogued and unpublished works
  • The Foundation’s digital database of Henry Moore artworks
  • Our database of recorded fakes and misattributions
  • Material from the Henry Moore Archive including sales and exhibition catalogues, correspondence and diaries
  • Comparative works in the Henry Moore Foundation Collection

Our response / what you receive

When we have completed our research we will send you our recommendation via email. Our response will confirm:

  • Whether the work is by Moore 
  • Whether the information submitted ties in with our records
  • Whether the work should be seen by the Henry Moore authentication panel
  • How the work is catalogued – title, date, medium and catalogue reference number (for works by Moore)
  • Any other specific information requested in the initial enquiry

FAQS

Submit a research enquiry