Frits Lugt, Auction Sales Catalogs, Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources: Art Sales Catalogues Online and Lugt's Répertoire Online

Submitted by Jane Kirkland on

Frits Lugt, an art collector and scholar, was born in 1884 in the Netherlands and received early training at the renowned Amsterdam auction house of Frederik Muller. During his time there Lugt began to compile auction catalogues and later went on to compile catalogues of Dutch and Flemish drawings of the Louvre, the Bibliothèque National and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His extensive interests in the field of art history finally led him to put together the immense Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques intéressant l’art ou la curiosité, a finding aid for art sales catalogues from the period 1600 to 1925. The work originally appeared in 4 volumes between 1938 and 1987 (volume 4 appeared after his death) and lists more than 100,000 auction catalogues.

The Lugt’s Répertoire Online database is the online edition of the Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques and can be consulted in both French and English. It offers several different search options and many recently discovered catalogues have been added and corrections to the original work have been made. In addition, the Libraries section of the database allows the user to search for libraries with holdings of art sales catalogues

 In 2004 IDC Publishers digitized their existing microfiches of Lugt’s Répertoire and released a new publication named Art Sales Catalogues Online (ASCO). This online database offers fully digitized copies of complete art sales catalogues and has been combined with Lugt’s Répertoire Online to form a completely new database.  

Ingalls Library is able to offer access to both the original Lugt’s Répertoire Online and Art Sales Catalogues Online. To access go to the library website and choose Databases A-Z. In addition, the library is proud to own the original print version of Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques intéressant l’art ou la curiosité. The four volumes can be found in the reference area of Ingalls Library; please ask a reference librarian for assistance.