Is your Picasso real ? 

Pablo Ruez Picasso   1881-1973

A Question of Authenticity?


 We receive dozens of serious enquiries each month from people who want to have their Picasso investigated with a view to gettging them authenticated.  The majority of them have reasonable and some, quite credible stories, truly beleiving that they have an original piece passed down through the family or purchased by themselves.

Entirely beleiving it to be real, far too many people actually have straightforward fakes or questionable limited edition prints with flowery certificates of authenticity, usually bought from 'presentations' or hot off the internet.

This is particularly common concerning similar works purportedly by Picasso, Miro and Chagall and others of the same ilk.

 The pen and ink drawing above on the brown paper is sadly not authentic. The signature, inscription and academic study showed us that it is not consistent with known works of Picasso. Neither is the 1980's manufactured paper it is drawn on.

Kind of a giveaway really, as Picasso died in 1973!





An insurance fraud - Erich Heckel 1883-1970-German


'Madchen am Meer'


Catalogue listing: Madchen am Meer - [from:Elf Holzschnitte 1912-1919] - Woodcut - 1918 - Edition 40 - DW314.B - 610 x 480mm - 23·13/16 x 18·3/4in - Signed in pencil - Wove paper- Dated in pencil - Printer's Signature.

 This piece had 'provenance' and was therefore traceable back to the auction from which it was originally purchased. This serious oversight was to be bad news for the owner! 

 At the original auction, it was catalogued and sold 'without a date, or a signature' at that time. A reproduction bought for under $100.00.

When a claim was made to our client, who were the insurers, after its alleged ' theft ' along with two other works of art, this piece had magically developed both an artists signature and a date on the claim form, increasing its value from $100.00 to a figure around $20,000.00 for the loss.




Portrait - Gustave Courbet ?


A Portrait ( left) bearing an indistinct inscription to its top right hand side, was revealed by photo and computer enhancement as: ‘Au sculptour Dupuis. G Courbet.’ Only one vaguely similar piece is noted in the catalogue by Marie Therese de Forges; # 39 portrait D’Hippolyte (illustrated) and held in the Rijkesmuseum and if reversed, # 46, Auto portrait 1852: Held at the Musée de Besançon.

Both are similar in compositional structure and would form the basis for a new work which we determined this one is. Interestingly, in the comprehensive letters of Gustave Courbet, no mention is made of any such portrait of a Sculptor called Dupuis and the only one we found after exhaustive investigation was Jean-Baptiste Daniel-Dupuis, (b Blois,France: 15 Feb 1849; d Paris, 14 Nov 1899).

He was a French medallist and sculptor who looked like this.





Fake Ceramics.


  It's not only pictures which are being faked these days. There's some pretty impudent ceramics about too. Remember, there's a big difference between reproduction, facimile anda fake. There is also a big difference in how the piece is presented to you for sale.

Original, guaranteed, authentic and with a certificate of authenticity. So be very cautious.





LIMOGES' A real & finely crafted hand

decorated Limoges porcelain egg.


And its fake or 'faux' LIMOGES counterpart.





Beware the far eastern made 'Limoges.' These marks are a sure fire indicator that it wasn't made anywhere near France.

 All genuine Limoges boxes made in France are signed “Limoges France". If it isn't signed, or just signed "Limoges" or "Limoges-China" you can be pretty sure it's a fake or at least reproduction!  A fraud? It depends on how it was sold to you?









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