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Securing Art, Artifacts and Antiquities for Artists, Dealers, Collectors and Museums

Montibon Provenance International (MPI) secures art, artifacts and antiquities from fraud, forgery, theft and counterfeit provenance documentation. These problems have plagued the Art market for centuries. MPI has developed solutions that solve these problems.

MPI has initiated the Protect Sovereign Native Art Initiative to help defend Native artists and collectors of American Indian art from fraud. Using leading-edge technologies, MPI offers innovative new ways to identify, secure and certify the authenticity of artwork produced by living Native American artists.

Two MPI members recently attended the Oversight Field Hearing on "Cultural Sovereignty Series: Modernizing the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to Honor Native Identity and Expression" hosted by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. MPI submitted a written statement into the record in favor of updating and strengthening the Act and also brought to the attention of the Senate Committee that MPI is developing solutions to the now global problem of fraudulent "works of art" flooding the traditional Native American art market.

Native artists and tribes interested in participating in the launch of this program, as beta-test clients can join the initiative by contacting MPI directly.

Each aspect of the global trade in art, artifacts and antiquities has its own challenges. Fraud, forgery, theft, and counterfeit documentation are four entirely different, yet overlapping problems. MPI has developed a flexible menu of products and services to combat the entire range of problems for art world clients, including Native American artists, contemporary artists, dealers, collectors and museums.

MPI is developing multiple methods for identifying a work of art and producing secure certificates which provide buyers with verifiable documentation of a work's authenticity, and as an option, it's chain-of-custody over generations. MPI is currently able to visibly, or invisibly, mark and ID paintings, drawings, photography, pottery and many forms of sculpture, and is currently developing processes to ID very small or fragile objects, including small pieces of jewelry, such as rings, or delicate manuscripts, papyrus scrolls, etc.

MPI technician moves artwork to easel
MPI technician readies artwork for marking process.


A world in which artists, art dealers, collectors and museums are protected from forgery and fraud; where certification and provenance documents are nearly impossible to counterfeit; the theft of art is less prevalent; the recovery of stolen art work is streamlined and efficient; and criminal organizations are no longer free to traffic in, and profit from, fraud, stolen art and looted cultural artifacts and antiquities.


To transform the global art market with comprehensive, one-of-a-kind solutions that leverage unique scientific and technological discoveries to significantly reduce risk, threats and expense.

MPI: Transparent mark can be placed anywhere
MPI's mark is transparent, thus can be placed anywhere on a work of art, front or back. Mark location is up to the artist.

For Native American Artists and Collectors of American Indian Arts

One of the major challenges for Native American art is fraud in the form of fake "Indian Art" originating from foreign countries. This kind of fraud is associated with fake "American Indian" art mass-produced with cheap materials. The fakes are often accompanied by fraudulent "certificates of authenticity" that are unverifiable. Artists are losing legitimate sales and buyers are getting ripped off.

The illegal export of protected Native tribal cultural and religious artifacts out of the country to be sold to collectors in Europe or Asia is another problem. Repatriating such artifacts involves proving title and chain-of-custody. Doing so requires courtroom admissible provenance documents that one can prove have not been altered. This is the next step in MPI's offerings for the art market.

MPI is also addressing the contemporary art market and will be offering full provenance documentation and long-term provenance archiving soon.

See the Benefits section of this site for more information.

MPI Services:

  Secure Identification Marking

  Secure Authenticity Certificates

In Development:

  Provenance Documents

  Document Archiving

  Provenance Document Updating

  Client Provenance Database

For more information about our services, please contact:

  Roy Montibon
  CEO / Creative Director
  213. 446. 6951

  Griffith A. Kundahl
  Communications Director
  720. 219. 3896

  Ross Hering
  Sales and Marketing Director
  949. 514. 4701