Art dealer Glafira Rosales faces 20 years in prison

Art dealer Glafira Rosales faces 20 years in prison

July 19th, 2013 | Art Dealers, Forgery, Law, News

An art dealer who allegedly duped two top New York galleries into buying counterfeit paintings she presented as works by Modernist masters has been indicted for fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. Prosecutors said Glafira Rosales, 56, will be arraigned in a Manhattan court Friday… Read More

Too many forgeries – Museum in China shuts down

Too many forgeries – Museum in China shuts down

July 16th, 2013 | China, Forgery, Museums

Chinese authorities forced the closing of a museum curated by a local Communist Party boss in northern China after determining that almost all of the items in its 50 million-yuan ($8.1 million) collection were fake. Bloomberg reports that “forgeries at the Ji-Bao-Zhai museum in the… Read More

German police break up international art forgery ring

German police break up international art forgery ring

June 14th, 2013 | Forgery, Germany, News, Russia

German police said Thursday they have broken up a multi-million-euro (-dollar) international forgery ring which specialized in producing bogus works attributed to Russian avant-garde artists including Vasily Kandinsky. Two suspects were arrested at their homes in the western German city of Wiesbaden as alleged leaders… Read More

Han van Meegeren – The great Vermeer Swindle

Han van Meegeren – The great Vermeer Swindle

March 4th, 2013 | Documentaries, Forgery, Netherlands

In 1937, Dirk Hannema, the director of Boymans Museum, the later Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, purchased a newly discovered work by the seventeenth-century master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). The painting, entitled The Supper at Emmaus, was praised throughout the world of Dutch art history. The person… Read More

Russian Court Rules Kustodiev Painting A Fake, Experts Protest

Russian Court Rules Kustodiev Painting A Fake, Experts Protest

February 7th, 2013 | Forgery, Law, Russia

A judge decided it was a fake, but some scholars say that a Russian painting sold at Christie’s is genuine. Now, what? In June 27, 2012, Justice Guy Richard Newey of the High Court in London ruled that the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg was entitled… Read More

How to deal with Colonel Friedsam’s Collection, the Brooklyn Museum wonders

How to deal with Colonel Friedsam’s Collection, the Brooklyn Museum wonders

January 20th, 2013 | Collections, Forgery, USA

The Brooklyn Museum seemed to have garnered a bonanza in 1932 when it received a large bequest from the estate of Col. Michael Friedsam, president of the elegant retail emporium B. Altman. The New York Times reports that: “A quarter of the 926 works have… Read More

Unauthenticated Art – Collectors, Artists and Lawyers

Unauthenticated Art – Collectors, Artists and Lawyers

November 22nd, 2012 | Art Market, Forgery, Law

At A Christie’s auction in New York this month, a painting known as Ocean Park #48 fetched $13.5m, a record for a work by Richard Diebenkorn, a Californian artist who died in 1993. The 1971 abstract painting had been certified as genuine by the Richard… Read More

‘The Art Forger’ by B.A. Shapiro

‘The Art Forger’ by B.A. Shapiro

October 23rd, 2012 | Books, Forgery

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s… Read More

The Criminal Business of Knoedler & Company

The Criminal Business of Knoedler & Company

October 22nd, 2012 | Art Dealers, Art Market, Forgery, Galleries

For more than a dozen years the Upper East Side gallery Knoedler & Company was “substantially dependent” on profits it made from selling a mysterious collection of artwork that is at the center of a federal forgery investigation, former clients of this former gallery have… Read More

TV art detective proves ‘fake’ Turners are genuine

TV art detective proves ‘fake’ Turners are genuine

September 23rd, 2012 | England, Forgery, News, Paintings

“For more than half a century, they were dismissed as fakes by the art establishment, their reputation destroyed by the whiff of sexual scandal. But today, The Daily Mail reports that “three oil paintings that have spent most of their lives locked away in cupboards… Read More