"In 1996 we began looking for a company that could catalogue our families' art collections. The objects were in various locations and their documentation was not well organised. Without a proper cataloguing system, we found it difficult to appreciate these treasures to the full and to manage them as financial assets.
On the one hand we envisioned a handsome, leather-bound catalogue, rich to the touch. It would display beautiful photographs of each object, with details of its creator, provenance, its literature and exhibition and financial histories.
On the other hand we saw a sophisticated, easy to access database on the internet.
Both would not only display each object and its full documentation, but also provide a variety of useful links: for example to museums owning similar objects, to libraries, book retailers, art markets, etc.
We searched widely but could not find an organisation that could offer this. Sharing one vision, together we founded The Art Document Company."