The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office want to help more UK provincial auctioneers spot fakes by inviting them to their Fakes and Forgeries seminars at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London.
The company's Antique Plate Committee, which consists of auction
house representatives, curators, silversmiths, manufacturers and
dealers, sits quarterly to consider whether items sent in conform
to the Hallmarking Act 1973 or not.
"The committee noted recently that although we receive items
from the larger auction houses we would like to encourage regional
auction houses to make use of this unique service," said a
The first step has been to invite members of the Society of Fine
Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA), but the committee would also
The seminars involve a morning of lectures followed by lunch and
an afternoon of round-robin table sessions where experts host
tables of fakes for delegates to handle, study and discuss.
The committee is offering a large discount to SOFAA members on
the usual £85 cost but is keen to sign up delegates as soon as
possible for the next seminar which will be held on Monday,
Contact Lyn Mills on 020 7367 9006 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to book or
for more information.
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