Art Authentication Investigation and research Services: Authentication and identification of art and painting forgery, art fraud and fake art. Watercolours and oil paintings

EXPERT IN THE FINE ART OF AUTHENTICATION

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL  FINE  ART  CONSULTANTS  -  ART  AUTHENTICATION INVESTIGATIONS   -   FINE  ART  RESEARCH   EXPERTS 

ARTIST  ATTRIBUTION INVESTIGATION   -   HISTORY & PROVENANCE  VERIFICATION   -  FAKE  &  FORGERY  DETECTION  -

ART  FRAUD  INVESTIGATORS -  DUE DILIGENCE  SCRUTINY  -  ACQUISITION AND  FINE ART ASSET MANAGEMENT 

 

 

 

 

 

 We have been confidentially serving and advising both private and corporate clients around the world for over forty four years.

 Engaged in this specialised field, our focus is the investigation of all matters concerning the authenticity and legitimacy of works of art. This includes conducting and directing complex investigations into legitimacy and authenticity and fully qualifying the provenance, backgrounds and historiesof the work.


  Over those four decades, it has been a privilege to serve and have served both corporate and private individuals
from all walks of life. Those we are proud to say, choose to turn to us for expert help and advise.
For those we help and advise, we undertake fully
international, academic and forensic investigations, embarking on in depth studies, detailed examination and confidential and often delicate art authentication enquiries, alongside international archival research.

Undertaking all of the complicated procedures required in the art authentication process.
 
  The specific demands of every work of art obviously vary
from project to project, but these are activities which fall into well defined and professional responsibilities, specialist services, dedicated roles, formalities and demands:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

EXPERT IN THE FINE ART OF AUTHENTICATION

 Authentication:  Investigation and Research is undertaken with a view to establishing a complete and internationally accepted, well proven and correctly underpinned certification of a work of art. One upheld and certified by the appropriate and legally appointed, recognised authority. These may be works of art which have a specific signatorial claim, those with a former expert qualification of authenticity and also those that currently have none.  This requires dedicated, expert, academic and archival research, conducted internationally and multilingually, set alongside a wide variety of forensic applications and analysis.

 Attribution:  Identifying and confirming the identity of a previously anonymous artist, studio or workshop from which a work of art most probably came. This may be an artist which may not have been previously been considered, or previously formerly identified.

 Revision:  Re-examining and investigating a hitherto or previously assigned attribution which may be incorrect, or one that has been formally challenged or questioned, be that r academically or legally.

 Confirmation:  Conducting the multilingual research & tasks required in an investigation and confirmation of the provenance, history, lineage and prior ownership of a work of art.

 Scrutiny:  Identifying fakes and forgeries and determining those works of art which may be studio or simply later copies, or previously misrepresented and wrongful attributions.

 Prosecution:  Investigating alleged art fraud or forgery issues and assisting and advising those who may be litigating or prosecuting the fact.

 Attention:  Conducting all fine art related due diligence and duty of care enquiries and investigations, including pre purchase or sale related studies and advising clients in matters of consolidating safe and secure future family distribution.

 

 



 

We are here to help you with all fine art authenticity related matters

 


 With a view to establishing a flawless case for clients, we investigate works of art from all genres, eras and most geographical origins. Our aim is to establish and build an irrefutable case for our clients and one that can lead to an absolute, accurate and certain confirmation of a work of arts authenticity. Or one resulting in a firm and decisive artist attribution. An attribution that is both recognised and fully accepted unilaterally and internationally.

 

 

"We should all realise that we can only talk about the bad forgeries, the ones that have been detected;

the good ones are still hanging on walls."

Theodore Rousseau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Our distinguished international clients include;

 Law firms from all over the world as well as Principal, National, Regional, Municipal and Corporate Art Galleries and Collections. Museums, Auctioneers and Law Enforcement Agencies. Insurance companies, Loss adjusters, Fine Art Dealers and Collectors, as well as private investors and individuals from all walks of life.  

 Offering vast experience in this specialist field of the authentication and attribution of fine art, we strive to assist those requiring the security and clarity that defines the true identity, authenticity and legitimacy of a work of art. With the sustained excellence of investigative quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY IS THE  AUTHENTICATION  OF  FINE   ART -   PAINTINGS,  DRAWINGS   &   SCULPTURE  IMPORTANT ?

 

 

  • The investigation of a work of art's authenticity can identify any physical contravention of international law and attempts to deny the process of art fraud. Therefore limiting the eventual success of criminality.

 

  • Art authentication is a critical measure in maintaining the integrity of art history and protecting its historical artists rights.
    Included in this complex task are some of the most respected artists in the world. Old and Modern Masters of European origin and those who are amongst the most revered artists in our history, plus their followers and contemporaries. All are artists whose respective legal, intellectual, aesthetic and copyrights remain rightly protected under global legal statutes.

 

  • The complexity and variety of practical applications involved with the investigations of authenticity we conduct, are vital measures in the detection and prosecution of art fraud and forgery. This helps to enable society to sustain the ethic of honesty in our culture.

  • Art authentication therefore both upholds both the social and financial value of art as well as preserving the quality of aesthetics.

 

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Picasso authentication

STEP ONE in the Authentication Process

The pre-authentication or viability study

 

 

Old master

 

 When presenting any case for final consideration for the underpinning of authenticity, there is no room for unsupported conjecture, creative hypothesis, guesswork and opinion alone. Inevitably, at sometime, it will be challenged. 
Authentication is however
all about reality, presenting the true facts and securing solid supportive evidence based on substantial proof.

 

 

 So before you get into a difficult and sometimes protracted art investigation, it is more than wise to have an independent and unbiased preliminary assessment of the viability conducted first. If not only to simply balance the reality of negative issues against the positive.

 Frankly, If there are just too many obstacles to overcome, or problems that we are likely to face which are are obvious from the start, it would be foolish to even consider proceeding as an option.

 This is a professional, well tried and tested exercise and an expert study based on our long experience. One made by rationally considering all the known and given factors.

It makes a great deal of sense.

 

 

 See our FAQ's for details of the process, or CONTACT US us privately for our help and advice.

   

 

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Catching out a faker.

 

 

 On the left is an photo we took recently of two paintbrush hairs that we found embedded in the paint of a painting purportedly made by the French artist Paul Gauguin a hundred years ago.

 You'll notice that they are tubular in shape. In other words, they are 'extruded' filaments. Acrylic paint brush hairs are a man made invention of the nineteen sixties and not from the century before.

 A pretty basic error made by our would be forger, yet entirely missed by the new owner of the Gauguin fake. An unfortunate man who parted innocently with tens of thousands of dollars in the fraud.

   

 

 

 

 

Forensics label

 

 

  Freemanart employ nondestructive forensic methodology to support of the authentication of art and operate from bases in North America, , Spain, France, Italy, the UK and Germany.  

                              

 


 Forensic art authentication

   

 

 

 

 

 

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Professional Art Authentication Services

 

 

 

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AUTHENTICATION  
 
OLD  MASTER  ART
EUROPEAN  ART   AUTHENTICATION
GERMAN  ART   AUTHENTICATION
ALTARPIECE &  PANEL  PAINTINGS IMPRESSIONIST   &  MODERN  ART PONT- AVEN  ECOLE D'ARTE
BRITISH  ART   AUTHENTICATION FRENCH  ART   AUTHENTICATION SCOTTISH  ART
WEST  COUNTRY &  DEVON  ART CORNISH ART AMERICAN ART AUTHENTICATION
RUSSIAN ART AUTHENTICATION SPANISH ART CUBAN ART
CANADIAN ART AUTHENTICATION
HUNGARIAN ART NORDIC - SCANDINAVIAN ART IRISH ART AUTHENTICATION
EXPERTISE BY ARTIST      
       
APPEL KAREL - AUTHENTICATION AIVAZOVSKY  IVAN BRANCUSI   CONSTANTIN
BOUDIN EUGENE AUTHENTICATION
BOUVARD  - Famile. CEZANNE PAUL CHAGALL MARC - AUTHENTICATION
CORNEILLE  Guillaume Beverloo COROT CAMILE CORTES EDOUARD
CROME JOHN DE KOONING WILLEM DEGAS EDGAR
DOU GERRIT - AUTHENTICATION DUFY RAOUL GAINSBOROUGH Thomas
GRIS JUAN KHALO FRIDA KIRCHNER  ERNST LUDWIG
LAM  WILFREDO LEGER FERNAND LIEBERMAN  MAX
LOWRY L S
MATISSE HENRI MALEVICH  KAZIMIR MIRO JOAN
MONDRIAN   PIET MONET CLAUDE MORISOT BERTHE
PISSARRO CAMILLE POPPELMAN PETER REMBRANDT VAN  RIJN
RENOIR PIERRE REYNOLDS JOSHUA ROUSSEAU THEODORE
SPENLOVE-SPENLOVE FRANK TITIAN / TIZIANO TURNER J. M. W.
VAN GOGH VINCENT  VLAMINCK  MAURICE de VOUILLARD EDOUARD
CONYERS BARKER HUGHES Derrick GAUGUIN INDEXES
KLINE FRANZ ROBERT MOTHERWELL
PECHSTEIN MAX ROUALT GEORGE BUFFET BERNARD
MUNNINGS Sir Alfred James FRAGONARD Jean Honore GREUZE  Jean Baptiste
DAUMIER HONORE KREGTEN FEDOR van CSALLOKOZI Farkas Lőrinc
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Detailed Services Summary:


 A detailed summary of the services offered by the Freemanart Consultancy and its wide variety of art and antiques authentication procedures follows.

Please navigate the buttons on the left of your screen (above) to learn more on each topic.

 The clients relying on Freemanart, often specifically require the authentication and appraisal of British,  American, Canadian and European Art and Antiques. This level of workload would normally include the investigation, attribution and authentication of oil paintings, the authentication and attribution of water colours, the authentication of acrylic paintings, pictures and prints. We also concentrate on authenticating many different artist’s graphic works and which  includes; etchings, engravings, lithographs, mono prints, serigraphs, silk screen, wood block and limited edition prints.

 

 Freemanart also employ experts whose area of expertise is in the authentication, valuation and appraisal of ceramics, pottery, figurines and furniture and collectibles.

In relation to three dimensional works and pottery particularly Picasso ceramics, there are a wide variety of authentication issues which currently surround the levels of fake and faux Picasso ceramic works which are available for sale on the market.

At Freemanart, our experts also value and investigate the authenticity of and appraise rare and antique books, bibles and first editions, maps, photographs, authenticate autographs and  drawings in pencil, silver point, pen and ink and charcoal. Coins, medals, stamps, postcards and private collections of all kinds.

Art Fakes and Forgery:

As Art and Antiques appraisers specifically specialising in the field of the authentication of paintings, pictures and antiques, we also aim to identify and investigate both art and document forgery, including fakes and art forgeries of all kinds.

To this end, Freemanart have specialists who specialise in the identification of fake and illegitimate works of art of all kinds and also forged, copied and illegitimate signatures.

 

Naturally, much of our work load is taken up with the authentication of paintings, but we also authenticate drawings, ceramics, sculpture and limited edition prints too, particularly those attributed to, claiming to be by or after Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

However, Joan Miro and Marc Chagall also account for a large proportion of our authentication schedule and the business of authenticating artwork. Particularly the authentication of artist’s signatures.

Our About Fakes section and archive specifically covers this subject with good examples of fake works by artists such as Picasso  http://wastefulness is also an excellent resource on art fraud, forgery, fakes and illegitimate art for interested parties.