Fakes and forgeries


Biggest silver forger in decades brought to justice

06 October 2008

Following a successful conclusion to one of the largest cases of its type in years, a serial forger has been jailed for the faking and forging of antique silver flatware. Here ATG publish material accumulated during the investigation in an attempt to minimise the impact of the fakes on the spoon market.


Lyon and Twinam case

06 October 2008


Louis Wain cats are withdrawn from auction

29 September 2008

The volume of artist Louis Wain’s distinctive ceramic animals making a sudden appearance on the market has raised the possibility that some could be reproductions or fakes. Seven have been offered at various UK salerooms in the last month, while two suspect examples have already been pulled from a Bonhams sale.

Specialist’s guide to spotting Leach and Rie fakes after court case

06 May 2008

Ceramics specialist Ben Williams, who exposed studio pottery forger Jeremy Broadway, has drawn up a guide of how to spot fakes that have still not been traced.

Seven charged in vast international fake prints fraud

02 April 2008

Three Europeans and four Americans have been charged following the breaking of two international rings involved in the manufacture and distribution of fake 20th century prints.


Beware of fake cottage inkwells

03 March 2008

Bottle specialists BBR have quickly uncovered what looks like a scam involving fake coloured ‘Chandler’ cottage inkwells.


It was Bonhams and ATG columnist who first raised alarm over Greenhalgh fakes

03 December 2007

THE British Museum were credited with uncovering the fraud that led to the jailing of serial faker Shaun Greenhalgh two weeks ago, while auction houses and the trade were criticised for selling his work.

Software that can profile an artists and identify fakes

14 May 2007

A UNITED States university professor has developed a computer program that he believes can identify fake paintings.

Silver fakes and forgeries seminar takes to the road

10 April 2007

The London Assay Office is hosting two seminars on detecting fakes and forgeries in antique silver on Friday, June 15 at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London and Friday, June 22 at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Edinburgh.

Writ throws spotlight on murky world of fake vintage wines

19 March 2007

THE spotlight turned onto the vintage wine market last week after reports emerged concerning the sale of fake bottles. Media speculation has followed the launch of an FBI investigation into whether sellers knowingly sold counterfeit wines for up to $100,000 a bottle despite doubts about their authenticity.


Rowlandson fakes revealed

29 January 2007

Pictured here is a prime example of the work of the as-yet unmasked Rowlandson faker who has been very active over the last two or three years, placing his forgeries in several high-profile country auction rooms.

Police stage V&A fakes show

23 October 2006

SCOTLAND Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit are staging an exhibition at the V&A to raise awareness among museums, galleries and art dealers of the problem of fakes in London.

Nahum defends trade over fakes – and blasts forgers

25 September 2006

THE dealer who originally reported the John Anster Fitzgerald (1826-1906) fakes to the police has defended the trade and issued a stark warning to art forgers.

Fakes and forgeries seminar in January

11 September 2006

Assay Office London will hold their next Fakes and Forgeries seminar at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Wednesday, January 24.

Watch out for fake McBean's, expert warns

26 June 2006

Bogus Angus McBean photographs have started to circulate this year. The fakes are clearly designed to cash in on a series of exhibitions about the famous surreal and theatrical photographer scheduled for July.

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Caveat emptor – bone ship models

12 April 2006

Extra caution is advised when purchasing ‘prisoner of war’ bone ship models following the appearance at auction in March of three models specialists believe are 20th century replicas.

London authorities tell silver buyers to beware of forged spoons

07 February 2006

The London Assay Office is advising extra caution when buying antique silver following the assessment of spoons bearing forged marks submitted by four auctioneers last year.


Refund settles dispute over Victory letter that never was

13 June 2005

The buyer of a letter purportedly written by Captain Thomas Hardy from HMS Victory six days after the Battle of Trafalgar has belatedly received a full refund after it proved to be a facsimile of a letter in a public collection.

Suspended jail term a blow to fraud on eBay

31 May 2005

An English judge has issued a stern warning to those who knowingly sell fake merchandise on eBay, handing a suspended prison sentence to a woman who sold a counterfeit collectable over the auction website for almost £1000.