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The publication Art Sales Catalogues Online contains several search options:
  • by Lugt number
  • by date. You can search a specific day, month or year, but also ranges of days, months or years. When you search for a specific day you will also find a day in between the first and last day of an auction. Whenever Lugt lists in his Répertoire a specific day for an auction with the addition of "following days" (jj.ss.) behind it, searches within 4 days after the first day of the auction will show the auction in the results.
  • by place of sales. In the English version of the database you can search on the standardized form of the place name (according to the LC authority files for names). In the French edition, searches can be made using the names in the printed edition of Lugt's Répertoire. You can either use the browse list or type in a specific name.
  • by provenance. You can use the browse list or type in a specific name.
  • by auction house. You can use the browse list or type in a specific name. In the browse list all name particles (f.i. de, du, van) have been omitted.
  • content. It is possible to search the database by content field using the browselist. After clicking on a word in the browselist, the original French abbreviation will appear in the textbox. It is also possible to search the content by typing the French abbreviation used by Lugt directly in the textbox.
  • copies. You can search by the abbreviations used in the printed edition of Lugt's Répertoire. If you are not familiar with the abbreviations please consult the "Libraries database". You can either use the browse list or type in a specific abbreviation.

  • AND / OR searches:
    Search options can be combined using AND or OR.
    Example: Amsterdam AND 1750-1752 / Amsterdam OR Rotterdam
    Please note: OR marks the beginning of a new logic expression.
    Example: If you want to search for catalogues from 1850 in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam your query must be: Amsterdam AND 1850 OR Rotterdam AND 1850.

    Search results
    In the original printed edition of Lugt's Répertoire not all fields have been filled in for all catalogues. Fields that are blank are not shown in the listing.

    The search results can list the following fields:
  • Lugt number. This number refers to the numbers Frits Lugt has assigned to the catalogues in the Répertoire. If a name or abbreviation is added to the number (between brackets) this refers to the institution that has added this catalogue information to the database. These catalogues cannot be found in the printed edition of Lugt's Répertoire. IDC stands for IDC Publishers, JH for Jaap Harskamp,former curator of the British library.
  • Date of sales refers to the day the auction took place. When the auction took several days we list separate dates for "Begin Sales" and "End Sales".
  • Date remark. In this field remarks about the date of sales are shown.
  • Place of sales. The English database uses the standardized form of the place name (according to the LC authority files for names); the French version follows Lugt's original.
  • Provenance. The information in this field has not been translated into English for the English database.
  • Content. This field contains information about the content of the auction. The number behind the items refer to the number of these items in the catalogue. The abbreviations used by Frits Lugt have been transferred to the complete words they refer to.
  • Total numbers. The total number of items listed in the catalogue.
  • No. of pages. The total number of pages in the catalogue.
  • Auction house. The name of the auction house where the collection has been sold. In several cases the name of the auctioneer or the name of the printer of the catalogue has also been listed.
  • Copies. In this field the libraries where the catalogues can be found have been listed. If you click on the abbreviations the full name will become visible in a small screen. In this screen you also read about new library locations of the catalogues. Behind each abbreviation, information can be found about the specific copies of the catalogue (such as the availablity of prices, names of buyers, annotations and additions).
  • Provenance index. This number refers to the identification number of the sale catalogues in the Provenance Index of the Getty Research Institute.
  • ESTC. This record number refers to the identification number of the items in the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC). For more information please visit the website of the British Library.
  • See also. The Lugt number in this field refers to a related catalogue. You can jump to the related catalogue by clicking on the number.
  • IDC-mf edition. When the catalogue is available on microfiche, in this field you can find information about the order number (IDC no), the specific microfiche(s) in the collection and the copy filmed. For some catalogues, several copies have been filmed due to different annotations or translations. Individual catalogues can be ordered on microfiche by clicking on the shopping cart behind the Lugt number. If you click on the library abbreviation the complete catalogue will apear in PDF format.

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