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Why is the authentication of fine art necessary ?

 

"Art Fraud is a crime second only to drug trafficking.One which in the USA alone brings in over $64 Billion dollars a year."

 

 

 Art authentication identifies any physical contravention of international law and denies the process of art fraud and forgery. Therefore the success of ongoing criminality or activity in this criminal sphere.

 

 

  • Art authentication is a critical and necessary measure in maintaining the integrity of art history, upholding the rights of its most respected artists and their art.

  • Art authentication procedures are vital measures in the detection and prosecution of art forgery & enables us to sustain the ethic of honesty in society.

  • Art authentication therefore both upholds the social & financial value of art, thus preserving the quality of aesthetics and human value.

 

 

Rembrandt Authentication

Rembrandt and school of Rembrandt Art Authentication Investigation,

: A Rembrandt authentication investigation forensic imaging

The authentication investigation quickly reveals images hidden beneath aeons of blackened varnish and over painting. This can lead to an accurate attribution or the end of a myth. As with this German old master painting executed in the style of Rembrandt but not authentic or byRembrandt as it was believed.

Rembranndt forensic image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authenticating THE ART OF JOAN MiroOld master Authentication

 

FREEMANART - ART   FRAUD   INVESTIGATORS

 

 

 Commited to the pursuit & investigation of the authenticity and finite underpinning of authentication of fine art. This typically includes authentication of paintings and works of art of all types and from all areas, genres, schools and periods of art history. Professional services that the Freemanart Consultancy undertake for both private and corporate clients from around the world, on a daily basis.

 

FREEMANART ARE  EXPERT  IN  THE  FINE ART  OF AUTHENTICATION

 

  All of the professional in depth investigations into the authentication of art and the procedures we undertake, are effected through rigorous academic and forensic applications and by conducting exhaustive investigations. Set alongside detailed, international archival Research and Analysis into the authenticity & legitimacy of our clients art acquisitions and often times, entire art collections.

 


 Working from International bases & Forensic Laboratories in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and North America, we offer expert
art authentication investigations from Picasso to the Impressionists, right through to the art of the Old Masters. Conducted by leading experts in the Fine Art of Authentication - Freemanart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 This lengthy section is dedicated to art authentication and specifically sanctioning the authentication of paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints, from all time frames, periods, schools and to artists of all nationalities.

It sets out to explain the various art Forensic and Academic art authentication procedures & types of art authentication and attribution projects and investigations that Freemanart conduct and undertake for clients internationally.

 

 

 


 

 

 

ART AUTHENTICATION    - ART FRAUD DETECTION

ART FRAUD - SCAMS - PONZI  SCHEMES  &  ART  FORGERY

 

"As soon as any new form of collecting begins, then along come the fakers!"

 

 

So when it comes to the very serious subject of art authentication, looking at a picture and passing an opinion is just not good enough. It proves nothing.

Neither is looking for an answer in a book, or leaning on the Internet for an answer or end result.

In the real world, it just doesn't work like that!

 

 

 

Art Authentication is a finely tuned art in itself.  This is why thousands turn to Freemanart for professional help with art authentication matters.

 

 Specifically, art authentication must be proven beyond doubt and both academically & forensically. Just as in a case placed before a court of law for its own final judgement.

It must be soundly and professionally investigated & to the highest levels possible in order to prepare a sound and responsible case.

 The procedures surrounding the authentication of art is a complicated, diverse and thorough professional preoccupation.
Art authentication takes hours of dedicated & detailed research time, intricate archival study and analysis. Add a huge amount of leg work and sophisticated forensic and academic work in the pursuit and finite qualification of authenticity.

 

 

 

 

Van Meegeren forgery. Disciples at Emmaus

The most famous of all the van Meegeren forgeries.

The Disciples at Emmaus

*Many art appraisers claim to 'authenticate' works of art, but frankly, they cannot.

 

 To 'Appraise' is to estimate the monetary value and determine the worth of an item. This has nothing to do with art authentication, its status, nor the proving of the legitimacy of that art work.

 Many art appraisers neither have the practical capacity, nor the academic qualifications. Neither are they are situated in the best geographical locality. Seldom do they have that logistical ability at their fingertips. Nor the subjective experience, requisite recognised qualification and the overall facility to conduct art authentication procedures to the very best and most thorough levels for their clients.

 

 

By definition, art appraisers Value art and do not Authenticate art.

Be very cautious of that fact.

 

 

 

 

 

 There are still many, many fake paintings and drawings which have been previously introduced into the art world and still are being, at an alarming rate.

Remember that there are are a vast number of exceptionally talented professional fakers out there, who are still producing highly sophisticated fakes and forgeries and to make matters worse, the supportive provenance and paper trail to go with them.

Essentially, they create the provenance and history accompanying an art work, drawing or painting. Provenance which needs to be thoroughly investigated &  proven to be legitimate in itself, for it to be taken responsibly and internationally accepted.

 Add to the equation the vast number of small time crooks and swindlers passing off mediocre re signed paintings & drawings, through Internet sites and questionable auctioneers, passing them off as authentic to gullible dreamers and the subject of art authentication becomes a very serious business indeed.

Modiglianni fake by Elmyr de Hory 

 

 

Modiglianni fake by Elmyr de Hory   

The Perpetrators of Art Fraud:

 

 The crooks and fraudsters working the art market field, range from very big time players involved with Ponzi schemes, scams and illicit investment opportunities, ( which sadly includes respectable fronted businesses and corporate firms dabbling in the very grey areas of art fraud), right down to part time opportunists, after a quick buck.

And it goes on the world over.

 

 

 Naturally with art authentication, painstaking archival and academic study is an imperative part of our work in investigating the authenticity of an art work for clients. As is obtaining and collating supportive and even detrimental opinions of alternate experts and scholars when it comes to the authentication of a painting or a drawing by a particular artist

But it's forensics and science that is likely to be irrefutable in the long term.

 

Such forensic examination and analysis can indeed expose the flaws and mistakes that the art fakers make. And trust me, make them they do.

 

 


So if you are seeking help and advice from experts who uniquely specialise in the authentication of art, you need look no further.

 

 

 

 

ART AUTHENTICATION

F O R E N S I C   I M AG I N G

Forensic Art Imaging

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

Modern PICASSO FAKE  

 A modern PICASSO FAKE?                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Freemanart, we can investigate the authenticity of your oil paintings, water colours, sculptures and drawings, as well as investigating provenance, historical documents, autographs and verifying artists signatures.

See Forensic Document Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

Forensic art image

FTIR and MS 

 

 What can science determine in art authentication procedures & what we look for when investigating the authenticity of art?

 

 

 We look for physical evidence that can establish the age and determine an actual date range of execution of the art work we are investigating.

To this end, we look closely at the pigments themselves, analyse and identify them & date the material on which a picture is actually produced, the ground. This may vary and be paper, canvas, wood or even metal.

 

UV image of fake painting

Forensic UV image

 

 Microscopic & macroscopic investigation & evaluation is one place to begin the art authentication process.

 What may also be revealed by using various light source analysis can be incredibly useful to us in investigating art authenticity.

The introduction of ultraviolet, infrared or x ray diagnostics & beyond, takes us into some very sophisticated science in the process of art authentication.

 To this end, Freemanart work at the cutting edge of science and technology in art authentication, beyond utilizing standard processes and micro analysis expected in art authentication procedures.

With art authentication, we also utilise Spontaneous Raman Spectroscopy, Radio Carbon Dating & lead white dating technology.

 Raman Spectroscopy is a non evasive or damaging process and assists specifically in the dating and specification of pigments, inks, materials and also the bindings in paper. Effectively this can indicate age and therefore often defines a work of arts date range and the concept of possible authenticity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Forensics

 

 

         

Scientific Processes and Methods used in Art Authentication:

 

 

  • The scientific and forensic identification and dating of paper and the identification and dating of pigments for art authentication cross referencing.

  • The identification and dating of canvas, board and grounds on which a painting, drawing or print is executed.

  • The forensic analysis and the identification and authentication of signatures, inscriptions and accompanying documentation.

  • Materials and fibre analysis and fake signature identification.

  • Xray - light source, sound and macroscopic examination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ART AUTHENTICATION

 

 

 

 

Revealing   signature   traces.

Forensic examination signature traces

Here, you can just make out the pale outline of a

lost signature unwittingly removed by over cleaning

a work of art. [Computer enhancement].

FINE  ART  AUTHENTICATION  INVESTIGATIONS  AND  AUTHENTICITY  PROJECTS

 

 

 

 

Freemanart conduct all client art authentication investigation projects and processes in considered and firmly balanced stages:

Step one in authentication process;


THE 'PRELIMINARY VIABILITY ASSESSMENT' FOR ALL ART AUTHENTICATION PROJECTS.


 With any investigation into art authentication or in balancing questions of a work of art's authenticity, we always make an initial, preliminary professional, academic assessment for clients, to establish the actual realities and balance the viability of the project which lies ahead.

 

This is called the Pre Authentication Assessment and is Fee Payable. See FAQ's)

 

 

From the outset, clients need to know:


1- The possible value of a work of art if it were legitimate and proven authentic. And is it actually worth the time and expense?

2- The viability and risks that such an art authentication investigation be pursued?

3- The processes required and necessary towards achieving a result. As any investigation of art authenticity naturally can go either way.

 

That's irrespective of your own confidence in associated family stories, various claims, supportive paperwork  or certificates of authenticity.

 

 

 

Stage Two:

 

 Having conducted the initial artworks pre authentication processes and by the nature of a pre authentication assessment, having established there is reasonable viability for the client, we are now at stage two.

This concerns dedicated professional, in depth academic studies of the work of art. Consisting of detailed and highly specific research, provenance investigation, archival study and possibly scientific and forensic procedures, to support an art authentication case.

Such services, naturally, are fee payable as they are time, expenses & materials based. (See FAQ's)

All our art authentication investigation work is set and funded against advanced retainers, in much the same way as an attorney or lawyer  functions.

 Alongside our academic procedures, Freemanart work with up to the minute FORENSIC techniques which may include spectral, optical & chemical analysis, computer diagnostics, forensic handwriting investigation & other practical and comparative analysis in order to establish an art works credibility and eventual authenticity.

 Each and every case is obviously utterly different. Every one requiring entirely different lengths of time to conduct and each art work investigation taking hugely contrasting and varied routes. Ones which may prove or disprove an art authentication issue.

Frankly, we have as many clients trying to prove that a work of art is illegitimate, as those who are wanting to prove art is actually authentic!  Particularly those litigating, such as our clients in the legal profession or the insurance industry.

 

 Similarly, we have clients wanting to pursue a full art authentication investigation with a view to selling their property, or to safeguard any future family distribution issue, through the credibility of unquestionable attribution and finite authentication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Researching art authentication issues highly effectively & multilingually from our offices in ; the Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain.

We source, archive and research from many different bases.

This massively broadens the spectrum of our Research capability.

ART AUTHENTICATION

 

ART AUTHENTICATION
 

 When you put together, the multi - lingual academic research & investigative capabilities of the Freemanart team, set alongside Forensics and Science, the result is a combination designed to get you the answers.

George Armfield authentication

British School authentication investigations.

Armfield ?

 

In this respect, Freemanart bring new perspectives into the identification and validation of fine art and antiques for the general public.

Piranessi authentication

Piranessi

Authentication

 

 

Bouvard authentication

Bouvard authentication investigation

The Kiss Cassioli

 

 

Gainsborough Authentication
Authentication of a Gainsborough oil

See Gainsborogh Fake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"As soon as any new form of collecting begins, then along come the fakers!"

 

 

 

 ^ CASE STUDY: Purportedly, the oil painting shown above was a fully authenticated oil painting painted by Professor. Amos Cassioli. Titled: 'Paolo and Francesca'  better known as: 'The Kiss' surfacing in Canada.

  For us, it was either the Italian Cassioli's second version of a similar work of art or a very serious art fake and fraud.

It's in fact is the latter. Probably a fake painting and illicitly signed copy, suggesting a major art fraud was committed at a very high level, sometime before 1920!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Contrary to other forms of fraud, art fraud has its own peculiar feature.

The victim is a victim but may not know it!"

R E Kendall: Secretary General of

Interpol International

Rare book authentication

Geneva Bible: Rare Book authentication and research

Freemanart specialise in the identification of counterfeit works of art & advise clients - BEFORE and AFTER purchase

George III Peace Medal Authentication

George III Peace Medal

 

 

 

 

Authentication of Violins:

 We see hundreds of Antonius Stradivarius, Guarneri and Amati  type violins annually. We also examine many high quality Small-Shop instruments & some exceptional Luthier built violins and cellos such as.

ANNIBALE FAGNOLA - MONTIGLIO MONFERRATO  - Camillo Camilli Vincenzo Ruggieri  - Giuseppe Rocca - Giuseppe Testore  - SANTO SERAPHIN Giovanni Francesco  Pressenda PIETRO GUARNERI OF MANTUA - GUADAGNINI GIOVANNI BATTISTA - Richard Duke CARLO TANEGIA - GIOVANNI GRANCINI, Tononi, Landolphi, Farotti - Degani - Taurini - Figarini - Micelli, et al

Stradivarius Violin Authentication

 

 

 

 

 

  

 With many, many art authentication project successes to our credit over the years, Freemanart recommends that 'preventative investigation' is the best way forward with any fine art investment or acquisition.

Preferably well before any purchase is made.

  Considering the general consensus of expert opinion is that between 25% and 40% of all works of art are either FAKES or altered in some way to increase their value, there is little else to say.

 

Obviously, we can not guarantee the outcome of any art authentication investigation for clients. As the results below will show, many works of art in fact turn out to be illegitimate - counterfeit or are wrongly attributed. Others legitimate. Either way, we get to the truth.

 

Frankly, no matter how you say the phrase art authentication to us and wherever you are in the world, be it;

 "Art authentification, Autenticación de arte, Authentification d'art, Kunstbeglaubigung, Autenticazione di arte, Kunst Echtverklaring, Autenticação de arte, Kunst Bekreftelse, Художественное Установление подлинности, 芸術証明, فن بيكاسو التوثيق, Umjetnost sigurnost, Πικάσο τέχνης γνησιότητας, Sztuki uwierzytelniania, Pikado art pristnosti, Sanat doğrulama, Пікассо мистецтво аутентифікації , Konst autentisering, Kuns geldigheidsvasstelling or Hunar authentication. "

 

We can help you.

 

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Completed  Investigations:

 

Regretably, due to the prohibitively large number of antiques we also research and evaluate, we cannot list them all.

A full list of completed Art Authentication investigations may be viewed HERE

 

 

 

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