Victoria Reed, curator of provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, researches potential acquisitions with questionable histories. In her position, the Museum of Fine Arts asks Ms. Reed to attend to provenance issues by investigating liens on title before the Museum acquires works.
Recently, her research, which traced a 17th century gold medallion to a museum in Gotha, Germany, looted during the Nazi era, resulted in the Museum electing to decline to purchase the work. A few months later, the Art Loss Register announced that the dealer who had offered the medallion was returning it to the museum in Germany.
More about Ms. Reed’s interesting work can be found here.
[This article was drafted with the assistance of Nicole Dornbusch].