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Investigating the Authenticity and Attributions of Works of Art believed to be by;

Sir David Wilkie R.A

H.R.S.A

(Born November 18, 1785, Cults, Fife, Scotland—Died June 1, 1841, at sea near Gibraltar)

Scottish portrait painter and draftsman

 

 

 

 The Edinburgh trained artist David Wilkie, became Kings Limner for Scotland (portraitist and court artist) and as best known for painting modest, sometimes humble rural abodes and their interiors with their occupants in sentimental but normal settings. Doing so with well observed character observation and a keen and patient attention to detail. 

Moving on, he turned to painting more vibrant coloured history paintings and portraits after visiting Europe for health reasons. Having been particularly impresssed by the works of the Spanish painters Velázquez and Murillo on his tour.

 In his final months he visited the Holy Land to familiarise himself with religious painting and on the return home he passed away and was buried at sea.

Wilkies friend, the British artist J M W Turner commiserated this event in his work; Peace: Burial at Sea (1841). Tate

 

  Sir David Wilkie, is one of the more important names in British art history and original examples of his works are becoming rarer and with that, they increase steeply in value and there may always be a risk.

 Often there are stylised anonymous paintings which are expertly attributed to a given hand or studio. Usually this is a judgement made with academic soundness and highly detailed comparative study and research. But of concern, there are other artist attributions more poorly considered, with some attributors second guessing and even falsely misattributing a work of art to deceive in a sale.

 Other works of art that arrive for consideration can be very similar indeed to a particular artist and these are often described as being from within the artists direct 'circle' of influence. Usually they display a greater similarity in style and quality of their artistic handling. But there are also paintings created by an artists 'followers' to consider in the attribution equation and these can be quite different beasts.

Created primarily by people working in a similar style or manner to an artist they admire and using comparable subject matter or technique.  These works can also be by an amateur hand, or a student of the arts. Such works are often used to pass off as legitimate by adding signatures or monograms to them.

 The terminology used in descriptions of a work of art are covered in detail further on this page and with each there is distinct variation with the value of the piece.

  Important is to be able to distinguish between those works that were actually executed by an artist, to those either 'claiming' to be, or that we are told was created by the artist in question as an attribution, which in reality is only an opinion.

Therefore it's obviously important to be able to identify those works of art that are actually authentic and those that are illegitimate.

 So the question will always remain, is a newly discovered work of art a legitimate example of the artist and is an already applied attribution to that artist appropriate and is the description of a work of art itself, reliable and ultimately sound? 

 

In any of these respects we can certainly help you.

 

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 As an international specialist fine art consultancy, we have bases in Europe and the UK, in order to undertake our European Old and Modern Master artist investigative work in person, multilingually and archivally. Confidentially serving both private individuals and corporate clients around the world now for over 45 years.

In so doing, we have investigated single works of art and complete collections for clients, conducted in-depth authentication and legitimacy investigations and directed full academic and forensic applications and researched the origins of all works of art, from different geographical regions, genres and eras. We also fully scrutinize and research to verify the provenance and ownership lineage for due diligence.

 

 We are able to assist and advise you in all fine art related matters, particularly issues of the authenticity and attributions of British and International fine art, including the works of Sir David Wilkie, his studio and circle and any other work of art that you need assistance or advice with.

 Just a few examples of works associated with this important name appear below as comparative illustrations.

*No inference is made, nor is it intended as to the question of legitimacy here. Moreover these are an across the board, representational view of the differing types of works of art that are and may in the future be offered and advertised for sale at auction internationally that are in the public domain, that you could need specialist advise on.

 

 

 

 

     
Sir David Wilkie R.A. (1785-1841)
The Spanish Girl
Signed, inscribed & dated 'D.Wilkie.Madrid 1828' & 'Head of a Spanish Girl By Sir David Wilkie, R.A. Painted in Madrid 1828'
oil on canvas
Sold USD $621,658.00

Sir David Wilkie, R.A. (1785-1841)
The Tartar Messenger narrating the fal

l ofAcre, unfinished
Oil on panel
Sold GBP £102,000.00

Sir David Wilkie, R.A. (Fife 1785-1841 Malta)
Portrait of King William IV, three-quarter length,

wearing the robes of the Garter
oil on canvas
Estimate USD $20,000.00 - $30,000.00
Sold USD $106,250.00

     
     
Sir David Wilkie R.A. (1785-1841)
The Village Festival: A finished sketch
Signed with initials & dated 'DW. 1809'
Oil on mahogany panel
Sold GBP £223,750.00
Sir David Wilkie R.A., (1785-1841)
PORTRAIT OF THE INFANT DAUGHTER OF ADMIRAL WALKER, COMMANDER OF THE TURKISH FLEET
Signed, inscribed and dated 1840
Pencil and watercolour
Estimate GBP £3,000.00 - £5,000.00
Sold GBP £45,600.00
Sir David Wilkie R.A (1785-1841)
THE COTTER'S SATURDAY NIGHT
Signed
Oil on panel
Sold for £63,650
     
     
Attributed to Sir David Wilkie R.A. (1785-1841)
A Gentleman, possibly the artist's brother, wearing blue coat, red and white waistcoat and white frilled shirt
Miniture
Sold GBP £478.00
Attributed to Sir David Wilkie R.A. (1785-1841)
THE CONTRACT
Signed indistinctly D. W...l... (ll)
Oil on panel
Sold USD $3,000.00

AFTER SIR DAVID WILKIE R.A (1785-1841)
HENRY COLLEN (1798-1879)
Prince Frederick (1763-1827), Duke of York and Albany, in ceremonial Garter robes, red coat with gold embroidered

collar, white silk-lined blue cloak tied at neck with gold

and blue braid, wearing the chain of the Order of the

Garter pinned at shoulders with white silk rosettes
Signed and dated '1828 / H Collen'
{This is Henry Collen Exh RA}

On ivory
Sold GBP £1,250.00

     
     

School of Sir David Wilkie, RA (British,

1785-1841)A family in a cottage interior oil

on canvas Est US$2,500 - US$3,500

English School, Early 19th Century,

Manner of David Wilkie,

Reading the news, oil on canvas,

Est £400-600

Follower of Sir David Wilkie
The jew's harp
oil on panel  Sold £840
     

 

 

 

     

Sir David Wilkie, RA (British, 1785-1841) Christopher Columbus and Isabella of Spain

bears inscription to label (on backboard)
ink, watercolour and pencil
Although the oil painting for which this was a sketch was not known to have been completed,

a similar work entitled Christopher Columbus in the Convent of La Rabida Explaining his

Intended Voyage was painted in 1834.
Sold for £ 3,750 inc.

FOLLOWER OF SIR DAVID WILKIE, R.A., 1785-1841

THE ANIMATED TAVERN bears initials

and date oil on panel,

Sold for: £960 GBP

Circle of David Wilkie RA, Scottish 1785-184

- An evening banquet; oil on panel

Sold £320

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Authentication & Attribution Investigations

 

 

   The duration and the direction of any authenticity investigation or inquiry into an attribution of a work of art will inevitably vary from project to project. But there are clear and very well defined professional formalities, responsibilities and areas of scrutiny that we can formally assist you with, including:

 

  • Authentication: Authentification:   Conducting comprehensive investigations and in depth research into a work of art, with a view to establishing a correct, complete and formally recognized certification. One absolutely upheld by the appropriate, legally acknowledged and internationally sanctioned authority, body or given expert on that artist. Directing detailed and complicated inquiries, with multilingual capability, including any international academic research and forensic applications that are required.

 

  •  Attribution:  Identifying and confirming the identity of a previously anonymous artist, studio or workshop from which a work of art most likely originated. Including the re-examination and investigation of a previous attribution which may be incorrect, or the scrutiny of an attribution that has been formally questioned or is currently formally doubted.

 

  •  Confirmation:  Undertaking research and investigations into the legitimacy of the provenance, history and prior ownership of a work of art and establishing its accuracy and own legitimacy.

  •  Scrutiny: Examen minutieux:  Identifying fake or faux works of art and forgeries, including any false supportive accompanying documentation and determining works of art which may be studio or later copies, or previously given, incorrect attributions.

  •  Prosecution: Poursuite:  Investigating alleged art fraud and forgery and assisting and advising those who are currently, or may be considering litigating or prosecuting the fact. This includes colleagues who are legal professionals and individual private clients.

  •  Attention:  Conducting all fine art related due diligence and duty of care inquiries. Including safe prepurchase or sale related audits and assisting clients in consolidating well balanced future family distribution.

 

  •  Appraisal: Évaluation -  Valuations and condition reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step one in the Art Authentication and Attribution process.

The Pre-Authentication Assessment

 

 

 

 We strongly advise clients before embarking on a full investigation of legitimacy or an artist or studio attribution inquiry, that it is wise to have an impartial preliminary assessment conducted first. One made to balance any issues that may be present that could make the longer term exercise unviable.

 This is a professional advisory service that we provide, based upon the images you supply, the full details of work of arts acquisition, its history and provenance as is known to you, along with sight of any documentation, previous research or analysis that you may have had formerly conducted on it. You should then have a far better understanding of both the prospects or any pitfalls we might face, before making a decision.

This is a logical and cost effective professional review and advisory for which there is a modest set fee.

Our FAQ section covers this in more detail, or:

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ABOUT A WORK OF ARTS DESCRIPTOR AND TERMINOLOGY

 

  *It is very important to clearly understand the auction terms that are commonly used in any published descriptor and to be cautious of works that may just be created in the 'manner of' the artist, or those which could be variants of the artists works of art that 'bear a signature' or monogram. In this case as if they were defining the creations of the artist; Sir David Wilkie R.A, H.R.S.A (1785-1841)

 

  •  Where the name, Sir David Wilkie - (1785-1841), is given with the first name/s and surname of the artist, usually cited as,Sir David Wilkie (1844-1916) ,  including his dates to be specific, then in their qualified and professional opinion, they are in no doubt. It is a genuine and authentic item and one painted by that artist. This is usually fully qualified by its inclusion in any catalogue raissone, or by the guarantee of the opinion given by appropriate and internationally recognized expert authority on the artist.
  •  When Sir David Wilkie - (1785-1841) , is the term used, or it is similarly defined as Attrib. to ' [abbreviated,] or Attributed, or ascribed to, then in their opinion it is 'probably' a work by the artist, at least in part. But... there is no guarantee. It is only an opinion that it 'possibly' may be by the artist.
  •  But if the term Sir David Wilkie - (1785-1841) - circle of, entourage, or “Circle of Sir David Wilkie - (1785-1841) ” is specifically used, then in their opinion, it is a work only of the period of the artist, but showing their influence. Or by someone closely associated with the artist, BUT not necessarily by their pupil or student.
  •  When the name is given thus; Painted in the “Style of Sir David Wilkie or “Follower of Sir David Wilkie is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work of art executed only in the artist’s way, their 'style', but not necessarily by a pupil. Yet it may be a contemporary, or nearly a contemporary of the artist.
  •  If the phrase in the “Manner Sir David Wilkie is used or is defined….” then in their opinion it is also only a work painted in the style of the artist, but of a later date and definitely not by the artist as named.
  •  When the term “After….Sir David Wilkie "; is the term used, then in their opinion it is a copy (made at any date) of an authentic and original work by the artist. This also applies to prints made 'after' an original work of art either by the artist or another artist/ printmaker.
  •  Signed - Sir David Wilkie ; “Dated….” or “Inscribed ” Then in their opinion the work has been signed/dated/or inscribed by that specific artist. The addition of a question mark ? however, indicates a strong element of doubt.
  •  When the term 'Bears signature', is used or the name, Sir David Wilkie is specified followed by the words; "With signature ….”, or “With date ….” or “With inscription….” or “Bears signature of Sir David Wilkie /date/or inscription” Then in 'their opinion,' either the signature / date / or inscription is spurious, forged or has been added by someone else other than the artist.

 

 

We can assist and advise you in all fine art related matters.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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