Relaunch for the Art Loss Register

Upgrade and redesign for our international art world app to recover lost and stolen works.

We’ve just launched a wide-ranging upgrade and redesign of our international web application for the Art Loss Register, one of the world’s leading organisations for recovering lost and stolen art and artefacts.

Over the years, the ALR has been involved in the recovery of a Cézanne, a Roman bust of Marcus Aurelius, an Assyrian relief from the 9th century BC, and numerous other pieces.

Our application enables museums, galleries and art owners to create accounts and register lost and stolen items online. Meanwhile, auction houses, dealers and others can use their accounts to check the items they are handling against the database, manage their due diligence history, and print certificates. Some of the biggest users include Sotheby’s and Christie’s, who use the ALR to search all their auction catalogues and private sales, and identify in advance any items registered as stolen, fake, missing or looted.

Loft has been working with the ALR since 2007, when we completed the first release of this application, to massively speed up and simplify the whole process. Until this time, all registrations and searches were carried out manually, many via paper forms. Over the last few years, we have internationalised the site and released it in six languages, integrated multi-currency payments, credits and subscriptions functionality, and introduced multi-user account technology for larger organisations.

In this latest iteration, we have completely redesigned the website and application interface to make it more visually appealing and easier to use, upgraded the underlying technology, and added a raft of new, time-saving features for customers.

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