This research project investigates the global art market with a view to providing new art historical perspectives and contributing to topical art market discourses.


As art historians continue to look across disciplines in an effort to expand their historical reconstructions of taste formation, art movements, artists and individual artworks, increasing recognition has been given to the field of art market research. Through new scholarship, symposiums and professional development opportunities this research project seeks to examine the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the art market with a view to providing new art historical perspectives. In doing this, the project also expects to contribute to issues relating to the structure, operations and future developments of the contemporary global art market.


Associate Professor Christopher Marshall

Christopher Marshall

Anita Archer

David Challis

Selected publications

Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting
Baroque Naples and
the Industry of Painting

Marshall, Christopher. Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting, Yale University Press, 2018

This new reading of 17th-century Italian Baroque art explores the social, material, and economic history of painting, revealing how artists, agents, and the owners of artworks interacted to form a complex and mutually sustaining art world. Through such topics as artistic rivalry and anti-foreign labor agitation, art dealing and forgery, cultural diplomacy, and the rise of the independently arranged art exhibition, Christopher R. Marshall illuminates the rich interconnections between artistic practice and patronage, business considerations, and the spirit of entrepreneurialism in Baroque Italy.

Archer, Anita. "Genesis of an Auction Sale Category, Sotheby's Inaugural Auction of 'Chinese Contemporary Art'," in Journal for Art Market Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2018

Challis, David. "Rodin's sculpture in Japan and the Economics of Translocation," in Journal for Art Market Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2018

Research tools

Archival Currency Converter 1916-1940

Use the currency converter tool to check historical exchange rates. The data used in the Archival Currency Converter 1916-1940 was sourced from the archival United States of America Federal Reserve Bank report titled, 'Section 11: Currency' in the Banking and Monetary Statistics, 1914-1941.

Archival Currency Converter 1916-1940

Image credit: Christopher Marshall, photograph, 2018