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The National Art Library (NAL)


The National Art Library (NAL)

The National Art Library has the Entartete Kunst inventory which is a list compiled by the Nazis in 1937 that details 16,500 works removed from the German museums because of being classified as "degenerate art".

The library also has an extensive holding of British auction house sales catalogues:
Bonham's, London, 1972-
Christie's, London, 1769-
Christie's, [priced], 1867-1965
Foster's, [priced], 1815-1937
Knight, Frank & Rutley, [priced], 1896-1969 (on permanent loan to the NAL from the
Phillip's, London, 1976-
Sotheby's, London, 1801-
Sotheby's, [priced], 1926-1965

In addition, the NAL has microform copies of some catalogues including:
Sotheby's, London, 1734-1900 [These microfilm copies of Sotheby's sales catalogues are
from the British Museum collection]
Art sales catalogues, 1600-1860 [These microfilm copies of sales catalogues are listed in
Frits Lugt, Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques intéressant l'art ou la curiosité…, The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1938-1987, 4 vols. (vol. 4 published by Fondation Custodia, Paris, 1987.)]

Contact Information
The National Art Library
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington
London SW7 2RL
United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 (0)20 7942 2400
Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 2401


The National Art Library
<>, first accessed 23 November 2003.  Link updated 19 July 2007.

N.H. Yeide, K. Akinsha, A.L. Walsh (eds.), AAM Guide to Provenance Research, Washington:
American Association of Museums, 2001, pp. 133.