Fakes and forgeries

Venus by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Old Master ‘fakes scandal’: the background

04 October 2016

Earlier this year, authorities in France seized a painting attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) which was being exhibited in the Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence.

Leading Paris furniture dealers face exclusion from Biennale fair

23 June 2016

Kraemer Gallery and Didier Aaron & Cie, the two leading members of the Paris trade embroiled in a faking scandal, are expected to be excluded from the forthcoming Biennale des Antiquaires, a source close to the French trade has told ATG.

Top French furniture dealers respond to allegations of forgeries in Versailles

16 June 2016

Two barons of the Paris antiques trade have been questioned in connection with the so-called Affaire Jean Lupu, a growing scandal surrounding fakes.

Rothko forgery in $25m court case

08 February 2016

Expert witnesses were called to give evidence during legal proceedings between Domenico De Sole, chairman of Sotheby’s, and Ann Freedman, the former president of Knoedler gallery, over the sale of a fake Rothko painting.

Dealer detained on charge of selling forged works

08 February 2016

Michigan art dealer Eric Spoutz was arrested on February 3 on a federal charge of selling forged artworks.

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Damien Hirst ‘fakes’ flood the market

01 February 2016

Fake works purporting to be Damien Hirst studio paintings are circulating on the UK regional art and antiques market.


Grosvenor Print forger sentenced

21 December 2015

A retired academic and art lecturer has been handed a six-month suspended sentence after admitting to forging a number of Grosvenor School linocut prints and attempting to pass them off as genuine through various auction houses.

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Should connoisseurship be placed under the microscope?

18 November 2015

“There are 12 symbols in the Chinese language for the word fake – and each means something slightly different”.

Crooked dealer ordered to pay back his spoils

15 September 2014

An antiques dealer who forged signatures of famous people such as Winston Churchill and Robert Louis Stevenson has been told he will have to sell his house to pay back more than £33,000 he took in through the scam.

Appeal for auctioneers to attend Fakes and Forgeries seminar

28 July 2014

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.


More Lowry print copies emerge – and clues on how to spot them

10 March 2014

Recent reports suggest the number of copied Lowry prints in circulation is increasing.

Trade back challenge to fakes claim

27 September 2013

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.

Who says 40% of UK antiques are fakes?

23 September 2013

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.

Fakes and forgeries claim must not go unchallenged

23 September 2013

COMMENT: Damaging claims like this should be beyond question in their robustness, or they are just irresponsible, says Ivan Macquisten

ABA bid to trace serial forger’s work

05 November 2012

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is taking the fight to forgers after one of its members was instrumental in bringing serial forger Allan Formhals to justice.

Chinese art market concerns raise question of regulation

05 November 2012

The Chinese government is considering regulation of the country’s burgeoning but problematic art market.

International recognition for Cranfield fakes project

08 May 2012

An international award scheme set up two years ago has honoured Cranfield University’s programme of research into art market fakes and forgeries.


Prolific forger Mumford jailed for two years after massive fraud

08 May 2012

One of the UK’s most prolific and accomplished art fraudsters has been jailed for two years after admitting he created up to 1000 forgeries.

How the industry went online to beat robbers and fraudsters

21 November 2011

TWO years since it launched, the jewellery trade’s anti-crime alert network, SaferGems, has been helping to forge stronger links between the UK’s 43 different police forces.


Lay aids in trapping faker

25 October 2011

DETECTIVE work by a Cornish auctioneer has led to a jail sentence for a 40-year-old former art teacher who defrauded galleries and members of the public by selling fakes.