Geneva lab sleuths help art world uncover fakes
January 12, 2015
The article about results obtained by a Swiss laboratory may leave you flabbergasted with amazement after you find out the number of forgeries uncovered. It shows the importance of technical expertise combined with examination by art historians. Such cooperation should be made a standard part of the procedure and not only in Switzerland. Of course it is not necessary to point out that those experts should be renowned authorities in their field. Saving on experts examination is penny wise and pound foolish, and it's better done before the purchase or immediately after it, because later you may find out that the justice is not on the side of the victim but on the fraudster's.
Forgery of Rodin's sculptures on an almost industrial scale
December 19, 2014
Upon reading the article about forgery of Rodin's sculptures, many readers might think that it is not actually that surprising. Many are interested in Rodin's art, and where is demand, there is supply. Though the amount of produced fakes is surprising. In this article we won't be discussing rights of Rodin's Museum, or right of the French state to dispose of the artist's legacy. All legal issues related to the use of plaster moulds for creating bronzes and their subsequent sale would have been surely solved out faster if the answers from their current owners had been acquired. If the work was offered to them as an original or as an admitted copy. Most probably there are not many collectors and investors who want to spend 40.000 € for a copy.
Information that on the Czech market there are suspiciously many casts of O.Gutfreund is not brand new. Looks like we do have equally smart businessmen here as well.