Did you find a Basquiat in the basement, a Gauguin at a garage sale or another work of art that you think is really special? We hear stories all the time about artworks attributed to famous artists that have been lost, only to turn up decades or centuries later in the most unlikely places. Have you discovered the world’s next masterpiece?

Our new subsidiary, Signature Art Research is here to help.

At Mearto, we’ve offered art authentication research to go alongside our quick and affordable online appraisal service since 2020. Through comparative analysis, provenance research and scientific analysis, we’ve helped hundreds of customers like Robert Cannity, who said:

I used the Mearto authentication service to develop a history of a family owned piece with little to no provenance, except being owned by my family for 65 years. They came back with an extensive report and included a full page bibliography for reference. I’m very happy with my results.

and Gabino V., who said:

The authentication report we received from Mearto was very well researched and written, as well as detailed and comprehensive. From an examination of the artist’s signature to a discussion of the figural representations in the work, Mearto’s art specialists to the time to explain in non-technical terms their findings. Professional, responsive and kind are just a few words to describe their communciation throughout the process — definitely money well spent!

We’ve also helped numerous customers successfully consign and sell their authenticated artworks through Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and other international and regional auction houses.

Effective October 2023, all authentication inquiries will be handled via Signature. The team is the same and will be lead by our managing director, Lindsey Bourret, who has over a decade of experience in the field of fine art authentication research. Our methods and the quality of our reports will stay the same, but the birth of Signature (and its separation from Mearto) will allow us to offer a wider range of services to fit every budget and more effectively address the needs of our customers that require authentication research.

To learn more, please visit the Signature home page www.authenticate-art.com, or send us an email at [email protected].