Recent publicity for the new TV series ‘Treasure Detectives’ prompted a number of articles claiming that 40% of all antiques on the UK market are fakes.
ATG have discovered that
the official-sounding report from which the claim arises was
commissioned by the TV company making the series - a fact that
remains unreported in a number of the articles published - and that
the TV company has declined to publish the report, instead issuing
a press release with a series of bullet point findings from
We have also discovered that the
limited information released from the report does not support the
headline 40% claim in any way.
Now, however, a number of articles and
blogs on the internet are spreading the claim even further,
effectively reinforcing what has the potential to be a very
damaging message for the UK art and antiques industry.
ATG have decided to
challenge this claim.