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Blockchain and Collection Management
Speaker(s): Jennifer Mass, Nanne Dekking, Sharon B. Soloff

Blockchain and Collection Management

This session follows how auction house, Christie’s partnered with Artory, a blockchain-powered digital registry, to establish provenance and create trackable records for art sales through the encrypted registration of works sold in its Barney A. Ebsworth Collection sale.

Talk Details

Blockchain could be the key to bringing both historic and contemporary institutions more fully into the modern age.

This panel will address:

  • Using Blockchain to authenticate art
  • Collection management – using a distributed identities network to scale blockchain
  • Increasing transparency and increasing the value for art purchasers

This talk was originally filmed during The Business of Art Observed.


Speaker Details

Sharon B. Soloff

Esq., Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP

Ms. Soloff is a partner in the Private Client Services, Trusts and Estates and Tax groups at FisherBroyles, LLP. She has over thirty years of experience advising high net worth clients on domestic and international gift and estate tax planning, advising owners of closely held businesses, and planning with non-profit organizations. A focus of Ms. Soloff’s practice is estate planning for artists, art collectors and gallery owners and administering their eventual estates. Ms.Soloff approaches engagements with the goal of providing individualized, sophisticated and creative solutions that are tax efficient and meet each client’s personal, financial and charitable goals. Ms.Soloff received her B.A. from Harvard College and her J.D., cum laude¬, Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law, where she was awarded a Root Tilden Scholar. Ms. Soloff is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a founding member of PAIAM, Professional Advisors to the International Art Market, and a member of STEP, a global professional body dedicated to estate planning. Ms. Soloff serves on the Taxation Committee of the New York State Bar Association, and the Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Court Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Nanne Dekking

Founder and CEO at Artory

Nanne is the Founder and CEO of Artory and Chairman of the Board of TEFAF. Artory’s core product, the Artory Registry, is a secure, digital registry of verified information about artworks and collectibles. Previous positions include, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman and Worldwide Head of Private Sales, Vice President of Wildenstein & Co, and founder and principal of Nanne Dekking Fine Arts, an art consultancy firm and gallery in New York.

Jennifer Mass

Ph.D., President at Scientific Analysis of Fine Art

Jennifer L. Mass, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of Scientific Analysis of Fine Art (SAFA), LLC. She founded SAFA in 2007 to address a growing need for objective material assessment of works in the art market, complementing connoisseurship and conservation assessments. SAFA assists lawyers, insurers, collectors, dealers, auction houses, and private conservation firms in addressing questions of attribution, state of preservation, and provenance. Dr. Mass and her team have examined paintings ranging from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age to the works of the early modernists and the Expressionists, in particular Henri Matisse and Edvard Munch. Dr. Mass received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has conducted the scientific study of works of art in museum and academic contexts for over twenty years and taught this subject in U.S. master’s degree programs in art conservation and material culture for her entire career. Jennifer gives dozens of lectures a year on her work nationally and internationally and has received awards for her research from the Italian Society for Nondestructive Testing and from the American Materials Research Society.

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