I'm not sure how this might apply to numismatics, but an artist organization has adopted a hallmark feature which indicates a digital record storing key physical attributes and provenance data which
can by used to authenticate a piece of artwork. This only applies to bronze artworks, but perhaps something like this could be done for medals and limited edition commemorative coins. -Editor
A pioneering hallmark for bronze sculpture, ‘Bronzechain’, launched today by DACS, in partnership with Verisart, the blockchain certification platform for the arts. The first bronze works to be hallmarked are by
sculptor Maurice Blik, whose solo exhibition takes place at Bowman Sculpture, London (13 April – 4 May 2018).
As a revolutionary step for the art world, collectors and bronze foundries, Bronzechain combines the use of a hallmark stamp with innovative blockchain technology, by creating a digital certificate registered by the
artist and foundry to validate the authenticity of the artwork in perpetuity.
Whilst gold and silver hallmarks have been utilised for hundreds of years (the former of which was first proposed in the 1300s), Bronzechain is unprecedented, and forges a radical convergence of old and new
To address the increasing number of bronze sculpture forgeries and fakes in circulation, which damages collectors’ confidence and the reputation and skill of the trade, Maurice Blik proposed a bronze hallmark to DACS,
seeking their support. Set up by artists, for artists, and as a leading not-for-profit organisation with 30 years’ experience in protecting artists’ rights and creating innovative services that enhance artists’ ability to
sustain their practices, DACS is excited to develop and introduce this solution called Bronzechain.
The Bronzechain stamp will be licensed by DACS to approved bronze art foundries. Each bronze produced will be stamped with the Bronzechain hallmark in the wax before casting. A digital certificate of authenticity will be
recorded by the DACS copyright licensing service and certified on Verisart. The digital certificate of each work will then be generated and certified by Verisart, the world's leading platform to certify and verify
artworks and collectibles on the blockchain.
By storing and securing data using cryptography, the blockchain certificate reinforces the physical hallmark by recording technical data specific to each artwork including dimensions, location of hallmark and edition
number. As a result, the handling of bronzes will be significantly more secure and transparent.
Maurice Blik, British sculptor and Bronzechain advocate, said: “With this hallmark, people can be assured that they are getting genuine bronze and are not fooled into buying sculpture described as ‘resin bronze’, ‘cold
cast bronze’ or ‘bonded bronze’, believing it to be bronze which it’s not, it’s plastic.”
Mark Waugh, Business Development Director at DACS, said: “We are proud to support the innovative ideas of artists who help us find real solutions that enhance and protect the financial landscape for artists. Bronzechain
is a nuanced and intuitive solution that elegantly combines blockchain technology with art world sensibilities to build confidence in the art market through provenance data.”
Above is a closeup of the hallmark (bottom left, next to the artist's signature). The identification number would be used to access the database record storing key information about the original
piece which could be used for authentication. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Bronzechain: New hallmark for bronze with blockchain technology unveiled
Wayne Homren, Editor
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