Jul 06, 2019
By Lindsey Bourret, Head of Authentication Services, Mearto
The history of art forgery is nearly as ancient as the history of art. Roman sculptors frequently passed off their works as made by earlier Greek artists. Even the great Michelangelo falsely aged a sculpture to make it appear older and more valuable. In the 16th century, Albrecht Dürer was so plagued by forgers that he inscribed "Be cursed, plunderers and imitators of the work and talent of others" on one of his engravings.
Though it’s certainly not a new phenomenon, the previous decade has seen a number of major forgery scandals, from the arrest of notorious forger Wolfgang Beltracchi, ...
Jul 02, 2019
The membership-based International Catalogue Raisonné Association will offer discounted legal advice and institute an annual conference
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Feb 07, 2017
By Rayah Levy, Art Market Expert, CEO: ArtéQuesta and AOHFA
In January, Sotheby’s found that a painting called “St Jerome,” attributed to the 16th century Italian artist Parmigianino and consigned by collector Lionel de Saint Donat-Pourrières, was a fake. Paint samples taken from the oil painting were found to contain pigments not invented until the 20th century. Sotheby’s is refunding the buyer and is seeking damages of $672,000, according to The New York Times.
“St. Jerome,” attributed to the circle of the 16th-century Italian artist Parmigianino, has been determined to be a modern fake, according to a complaint filed by Sotheby’s ...
Dec 05, 2016
By Jessica Paindiris, CEO + Co-Founder, The Clarion List
Last year, I set out to use technology to solve an age-old problem in the art market: lack of transparency and access. I launched The Clarion List by taking a proven tech-backed business model—an online, searchable, sortable directory with ratings and reviews—and applied it to an industry that previously relied on word of mouth between the connected few or else various partial, disconnected, typically alphabetical, often outdated lists when it came to sourcing art companies. After all, technology enables unprecedented, efficient information sharing between people, companies and media outlets globally, so why wasn’t t ...
Oct 20, 2015
There's a consensus, though, that the very obstacles to determining authenticity highlighted by Knoedler and Beltracchi are still formidable, because the ways of doing business have changed little, if at all. Consider provenance. If a work can be traced from the current owner back to the artist, it's almost a guarantee of authenticity.
Oct 13, 2015
The artist Eric Fischl remembers the time a friend waved a catalog at him to alert him that one of his paintings was up for auction for six figures in London. In reality, the work was a fake, but so convincing, Mr. Fischl said, "I thought I was losing my mind."