The trade have strongly backed our comment last week calling into question the reliability of claims that 40% of antiques on the UK market are fakes or forgeries.
Writing on this week's Letters page, Mark
Dodgson, Secretary General of the British Antique Dealers'
Association, echoed many of the comments, stating:
"I feel bound to add to your own scepticism
of the 40% fakes figure claimed by the television series,
Treasure Detectives. Bearing in mind BADA members annually
sell antiques and fine art worth £822 million, it is worth noting
that in some years I receive no queries and in others a maximum of
two or three queries about the validity of items sold by the
membership. The average number of such complaints upheld amounts to
fewer than one a year.
"I am fully aware that BADA members are not representational of
the entire market, but I think anyone with the slightest knowledge
of the subject would seriously question the validity of the 40%
ATG have received no response from UKTV, makers of Treasure
Detectives, or from its presenter, Curtis Dowling.