The research seeks to consider the identity, and nature of the provenance information associated with cultural objects to identify opportunities through which it can be used to influence patterns of consumption within the international art market. By employing semiotic theory, behavioural economics and automated textual analysis, the research aims to reconsider the sociological, cultural and economic value of past, present and future ownership associations emerging within the biographies of cultural objects. Through an evaluation of historic pricing information and associated provenance information, this research aims to measure the evolution of relationships and formulation of reputations that influence marked demand. A mixed methods approach will use existing scholarship and proprietary market information to examine consumption preferences within the antiquities trade. By reconsidering the function and meaningfulness of provenance information, this research has the potential to influence the future supply of illicitly-sourced objects circulating on the international art market.
In addition to my PhD studies, I lecture in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art.