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Investigating the Authenticity of Paintings and Drawings believed to be by or Attributed to;

Samuel John Lamorna Birch, RA, RWS, RWA


(British, 1869-1955)

 

 

 

 It is unnecessary to give another full biography of Lamorna Birch's life here as it is well documented by other commentators. However, the short version is....he was born in Cheshire, England and was a self-taught artist, excepting a brief period of study at the Académie Colarossi in Paris during 1895.
  Birch first moved to Cornwall and settled in Lamorna in 1892, attracted there by the Newlyn group of artists and where many of his most famous pictures date and come from. He ended up starting a second group of artists based around his adopted home of Lamorna which he was so taken with that he adopted the name.

 Almost inevitably, he is imitated today, with any attempted imitation clearly an attempt at deception. Undoubtedly this is due to the vastly increasing values of his works of art in recent years. But his style, like that of so many artists evolved and developed. Today, all manner of paintings claiming to be him, either deliberately faked or more commonly misrepresented and misattributed to this hand, be that mistakenly or deliberately, can appear on the open art market.

 It may well be true that there are some works that were either lost, mislaid, or have been with families for aeons and have never surfaced, and are yet to be documented. But it must be said, some of the Samuel John Lamorna Birch works that do appear on the open market will need investigating to be absolutely certain of their legitimacy or given attribution.

 Falsified works, simply effected by the inclusion of a copied signature or easy monogram placed on a work of art that is just a similar or early type, style, or the subject matter of Lamorna Birch paintings, or that are applied to a previously unsigned or lesser quality work, such as a student of the arts effort, where an original signature has been deleted and a new one added. It is no wonder that question marks can and sometimes do arise about the authenticity of some of his paintings.

 

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 We are international fine art consultants, specialising in conducting full investigations into the authenticity of works of art created by artists in all categories, all regions and from historical eras, alongside scrutinizing their provenance.

Confidentially serving both private individuals and corporate clients from around the world for over 45 years, we can assist and advise you in all fine art related matters, particularly issues of authenticity, legitimacy and the attribution of old and modern master works of art. Including the fine works of Samuel John Lamorna Birch his circle and followers, or any paintings or works of art that you are unsure about.

 Some examples of Birchs' works and those signed with that name, appear below.

No inference or question is made as to their authenticity, moreover they are a representational view of the types of works offered for sale at auction internationally some of which will need to be understood and sometimes qualified.

 

 

 

Samuel John Lamorna Birch, R.A. (1869-1955) Where'er you walk signed 'S.J.Lamorna Birch.' oil on canvas  £71,700.00 GBP  US $106,361.00
Samuel John Lamorna Birch, R.A. (1869-1955)
June Morning, Shaugh Bridge, Devon
signed 'S.J. Lamorna Birch.' inscribed twice 'June Morning/Shaugh Bridge/Devon
oil on canvas GBP £26,400.00
Samuel John Lamorna Birch, R.A.Bathing Pond, Pedn-e-Vounder signed 'S.J Lamorna Birch' oil on canvas £18,000.00 $27,800.00
     
SAMUEL JOHN LAMORNA BIRCH (BRITISH 1869-1955) THE FISHERMAN Signed, oil on board

Sold for £1,125.00

Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA RWS, British 1869-1955- Rocks and Trees; watercolour, gouache and pencil, signed, £400.00
Samuel John Lamorna BIRCH (1869-1955) Watercolour Drinkers outside a country pub in summer Estimate: £300 - £350
     

Samuel John Lamorna BIRCH (1869-1955), Oil on canvas, Lamorna Cove from the artist's garden (at Flagstaff Cottage) with Scillonian I heading for Penzance, Signed & dated June 10th 1953,

Estimate: £5,000 - £6,000.00

Samuel John Lamorna Birch (1869-1955), English School, Watercolour, A rocky river landscape with mountains beyond, Signed lower right

Sold £75.00

Attributed S.J. Lamorna Birch - Original Early 20th Century Watercolour. Bears signature
     

Attributed to Samuel John Lamorna Birch The Hay Paddock Watercolour, 22 x 30cm Bearing signature Estimate EUR : €200.00 - €300.00 

Sold 70.00

Circle of Samuel John Lamorna Birch (British, 1869-1955), 'Sally's Bottom, Cornwall', coastal study of a shipwrecked boat on the beach, unsigned oil on canvas, Sold : £300

Samuel John Lamorna Birch, RA, RWS (British, 1869-1955) The Distant Wolf from Can Bargis signed lower left "S J Lamorna Birch

Estimate: £200 - £300

 


 

 

  Both the duration and direction of any attribution or investigation of authenticity will always vary from project to project, but there are clear and well defined professional formalities, responsibilities and areas of scrutiny that we can assist you with including:

 

Authentication: Authentification: Conducting and directing comprehensive investigations and in depth research, with a view to establishing a correct, complete and formally recognized certification of a work of art. One that is absolutely upheld by the appropriate, legally acknowledged and internationally sanctioned authority, body or expert on that given artist.

Directing detailed and complicated inquiries with multilingual, international academic research and any 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 doubted.

 

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


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

 Prosecution: Poursuite: Investigating alleged art fraud and forgery and assisting and advising those who are , or may be considering litigating or prosecuting the fact. This includes legal professionals and 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 a well balanced future family distribution.

 

 Appraisal: Évaluation - Valuations, quality and condition reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step one in the Art Authentication and Attribution process.

Samuel John Lamorna Birch.

The Pre-Authentication Assessment

 

    Before you begin any art authenticity, legitimacy, or any artist attribution investigation, it is more than wise to have an impartial preliminary assessment of the viability of the project conducted first. Made to independently and rationally balance any negative issues there may be against the positive elements. Treat this study as your safety net.

 We will be happy to professionally undertake this for you, based upon good quality images that you supply and all the known facts regarding its acquisition, the history and provenance of the work of art as is known to you.

You will then have a far better understanding of the prospects and pitfalls that could lie ahead.

See our FAQ's for details of the process

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  Avant d'entreprendre une enquête sur l'authenticité d'une œuvre d'art ou l'attribution d'un artiste, il est plus que prudent de procéder à une évaluation impartiale de sa faisabilité. Ceci est fait pour équilibrer indépendamment tous les problèmes négatifs qui peuvent exister contre le positif.

Nous serons heureux d'entreprendre cette étude d'une manière professionnelle pour vous que nous considérons comme votre principal filet de sécurité.
Il sera basé sur les images que vous fournissez et tous les faits connus concernant votre acquisition, son passé et la provenance de l'œuvre telle que vous la connaissez.
Vous aurez alors une meilleure compréhension des perspectives et des difficultés éventuelles à venir, avant de prendre une décision.

 

 

 Spanish flag Antes de embarcarse en cualquier investigación de autenticidad artística o atribución de artista, es más que prudente realizar primero una evaluación imparcial de su viabilidad. Esto se hace para equilibrar independientemente cualquier problema negativo que pueda haber contra el positivo.

Nos complace emprender profesionalmente ese estudio para usted, que consideramos su red de seguridad. Se basará en las imágenes que usted suministre y todos los hechos conocidos con respecto a su adquisición, historia pasada y procedencia del trabajo tal como lo conoce.

Entonces tendrá una mejor comprensión.

 


 

 

 

ABOUT PAINTING DESCRIPTORS AND TERMINOLOGY

Samuel John Lamorna Birch, RA, RWS, RWA

 

 

  It is important to understand the auction terms used in any published descriptor and to be cautious of works that may just be painted in the style or manner of the artist, or even the stylized - would be copies of his works which happen to bear a signature or monogram. In this case the paintings and drawings of Samuel John Lamorna Birch, RA, RWS, RWA.

 

 Where the name, Samuel John Lamorna Birch is given with the first name/s and surname of the artist, usually as Samuel John Lamorna Birch then in their professional opinion they are in no doubt, it is the genuine and authentic item, one painted by the artist himself, Samuel John Lamorna Birch .

 When Attributed to Samuel John Lamorna Birch , or Lamorna Birch is similarly written or used, then in their opinion it is 'probably' a work by the artist, at least in part. But... there is no guarantee. It's only an opinion.

 When Samuel John Lamorna Birch; “Studio of ….” or “Workshop of Samuel John Lamorna Birch" or atelier" is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work executed in the studio of the artist. Possibly by an apprentice or even a pupil under the principal artists supervision.

 But if the term Samuel John Lamorna Birch , or “Circle of Samuel John Lamorna Birch ” is used, then in their opinion, it is a work of the period of the artist and showing his influence, or closely associated with the artist, BUT not necessarily by his pupil or student.

 When the name Samuel John Lamorna Birch is given; or Painted in the “Style of Samuel John Lamorna Birch ” or “Follower of Samuel John Lamorna Birch is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work of art executed only in the artist’s 'style', but not necessarily by a pupil. But it may be contemporary, or nearly contemporary of the artist.

 If the phrase in the “Manner of Samuel John Lamorna Birch is used or is defined….” Then in their opinion it's a work painted in the style of the artist but of a later date and definitely not by the artist himself.

 When the term “After….Samuel John Lamorna Birch "; is the term, 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..

Samuel John Lamorna Birch ; “Signed…”, “Dated….” or “Inscribed Samuel John Lamorna Birch ” 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 Samuel John Lamorna Birch is used followed by the words; "With signature ….”, or “With date ….” or “With inscription….” or “Bears signature Samuel John Lamorna Birch /date/or inscription” Then in their opinion, the signature / date / or inscription is spurious, forged or has been added by someone else other than the artist.

 

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