During the Burrell Renaissance project, significant research was undertaken on the provenance of objects held in this collection.
Provenance, the history of the ownership of works of art, is an important aspect of museum research. Theft, looting and forced sales of artworks took place from the colonial era to World War II. Two objects in the Burrell, a painting after Chardin and a tapestry panel, were previously found to been sold under duress and reparations have been made to the families of the previous owners.
Therefore, it is important to know how, when and under what circumstances all objects entered the Burrell Collection in order to allow museum staff to make informed decisions about display, cataloguing and management of collections.
Join Brian Weightman on a tour of the Burrell Collection exploring provenance and plans for future work in this area.
Image: Jean-Siméon Chardin (in the manner of), _Still Life_. The Burrell Collection. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.