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Research and Review Panel FAQs

Q: What’s the difference between a research enquiry and the assessment by the Review Panel?

A research enquiry is the first stage of review. Before a work can be seen by the  Review Panel, it is necessary to complete preliminary research to find out if the work ties in with our records. Research enquiries are completed without seeing the original artwork. Responses to research enquiries are sent via email.

The second stage of the assessment requires that artworks are delivered to Perry Green to be examined by the Review Panel. After the meeting we will issue a letter confirming the opinion of the Review Panel. We do not issue certificates of authenticity.

Q: Do I need to send in the original artwork?

We do not need to see the physical artwork to complete a research enquiry but we do need digital images. If you would like your work to be seen by the Review Panel they do need to see the actual object. You will need to arrange for your work to be delivered to the Foundation in Perry Green between 7 and 10 days in advance of the meeting. Applicants are solely responsible for arranging and covering the cost of transport and insurance.

Q: Is the information I provide confidential or will it be made public?

All information you share with the Henry Moore Foundation shall be strictly confidential. However, the Foundation’s opinion is itself not confidential; it is in the public domain and can be shared. 

Q: How long will it take to receive a response to my research enquiry?

We aim to respond to enquiries within 12 weeks. Please let us know, however, if you have a specific deadline and we will do our best to accommodate it.

Q: I want to sell my Henry Moore artwork now. Do I need to wait for a response to my research enquiry? 

We strongly recommend that works are withheld from sale and publication until a response has been received from the Foundation.

Q: What will I receive in response to my research enquiry?

Once our research is complete we will send you an email confirming whether the work is by Moore, whether the information submitted ties in with our records and, if the work is by Moore, how it is catalogued. We will also do our best to answer any specific questions you may have.

Q: Can I share the research with other people?

Yes. The opinion of the Henry Moore Foundation is in the public domain and can be shared. Please see our Disclaimer and Exclusion of Liability. 

Q: What is the best way to send my work to the Review Panel?

We recommend sending artworks via a reputable fine art transport agent, particularly if sending works from outside the EU as they will be able to advise on the necessary customs procedures. Please liaise with the Foundation to arrange the delivery date to ensure that there is someone available to receive the work on arrival.

Q: Will my work be safe at the Foundation?

Your work will be kept in a secure storage area at all times. It is the sole responsibility of applicants to arrange suitable insurance and transportation. The Henry Moore Foundation will not accept responsibility for loss or damage to the artwork for any reason, whether theft, fire, leakage, accidents, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Q: What will I receive after my work has been seen by the Review Panel?

After the panel meeting we will issue a letter confirming whether we believe the work to be by Henry Moore and, if applicable, how it is catalogued. We will also do our best to answer any specific questions you may have. Please be aware that we do not issue certificates of authenticity.

Q: How soon after the Review Panel meeting can I collect my work?

We request that works are collected within two weeks of the Review Panel meeting unless special arrangements are made. You will be contacted after the meeting to arrange collection. If collection is not made within two weeks commercial storage rates apply.

Q: Will my work be destroyed if it is not considered genuine?

No. The Foundation facilitates the return of all work, irrespective of the outcome, to the owner.  If the work is not approved for inclusion in the catalogue rasionné, it will not be destroyed.

Q: If the panel does not consider the work to be by Henry Moore can I appeal?

If further evidence or information is made available it is at the discretion of the Review Panel as to whether the work should be subject to further review.

Q: Can I share the opinion with other people?

Yes. The opinion of the Henry Moore Foundation is in the public domain and can be shared. Please see our Disclaimer and Exclusion of Liability. 

Q: How often does the Review Panel meet?

The Review Panel meets twice a year, once in spring and once in the autumn. Once confirmed, the dates are published on the website.

Q: I would like my work assessed now, is that possible?

Works are assessed by the Review Panel which meets twice a year. Very occasionally, we may be able to assess works at other times. If you have a special request please contact reviewpanel@henry-moore.org

Q: Does the Henry Moore Foundation provide valuations?

No. We recommend that you contact a reputable auction house such as Bonhams, Christie’s or Sotheby’s.

Q: Where can I see Henry Moore’s catalogued works?

Works by Henry Moore are detailed in:

  • The six volume catalogue raisonné of sculptures by Henry Moore
  • The seven volume catalogue raisonné of drawings by Henry Moore, published by Lund Humphries
  • The four volume catalogue of Graphic Works published by Gérald Cramer

These are available in major libraries and archives. If the work you are researching cannot be found in the above sources it may have been catalogued since publication of the above volumes. It may therefore be recorded on the Foundation’s database and this will be checked as part of your research enquiry.