COLLECTOR’S CONUNDRUM: THE `PROVENANCE’ CHALLENGE FOR TODAY’S COLLECTOR – TAASA Review June 2016

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This article was originally found in the June 2016 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 25, Issue 2, Page 8).

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Bronwyn Campbell I n 2005 London art collector and dealer Edric van Vredenburgh was involved in a court case that left his personal finances and Portobello Road dealership ruined.

In 1996 he bought a battered 17th century Italian marble inlay table-top from a north London warehouse worker who had taken it home to use as a garden ornament, rather than discard it as directed.

His neighbours complained about the `eyesore’, however, and he was ordered to remove it...