Another auction terminology question


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2 minutes ago, martin swan said:

My reserves of cynicism on this subject are boundless ... I suspect many instruments are "probably Italian" because the consignor believes their instrument is Italian and won't consign it unless the auction house pretends to believe it too.

Well can't complain on that....if that is indeed the way their business operates... What about those that they claim for sure? Would that be more or less the same story? i.e. if they list a violin as "an Italian violin", and that violin happens to be totally unlabeled/unbranded, I suppose the only thing they (like the rest of us) can do is look at it and saying "Hmm it looks Italian", and go ahead and list as an Italian instrument?

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