Les Marques de Collections de Dessins & d’Estampes

Frits Lugt – Les Marques de Collections de Dessins & d’Estampes is a website dedicated to collectors’ marks on drawings and prints. The reference work Les Marques de collections de dessins & d’estampes (‘Collectors’ Marks on Drawings and Prints’), written by Frits Lugt, was first published in 1921, and supplemented in 1956. In 2010 this work was updated and expanded:  forty percent of the old entries were revised and completed, and about 4000 new marks were added to the 5216 marks that were contained in the 1921 and 1956 volumes. This database is continually being expanded. This work can be consulted online.

This survey of collectors’ marks contains a wealth of information about print and drawing collectors and the vicissitudes of their collections. It is an important manual for specialists of drawings and prints to trace the provenance of works on paper, by means of recorded collectors’ marks, written or stamped. Besides collectors’ marks and institutional stamps, one finds also marks of dealers, mounters and editors as well as studio stamps. The collectors’ marks come from various collections across Europe. They date mainly from the 18th-20th centuries.

Search options include Lugt number, name and location of the collection, description of the mark (text, image, technique, and colour), and keywords in the articles.

All the new entries are illustrated with a digital image, sometimes two; the marks of the 1921 and 1956 volumes have kept their drawn illustrations and whenever possible are completed with digital images. Each image is accompanied by information about it: if available, both the versions of 1921, 1956, and 2010.

The revised and augmented new version of Frits Lugt’s book was officially launched in 1999, by the Fondation Custodia in Paris, in association with the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD) in The Hague, and the Musée du Louvre.

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