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

David Roberts RA

(24 October 1796 – 25 November 1864)

Scottish

 

 

 The Scottish artist David Roberts is probably best known for the series of commercial lithographs he produced after his journeys to Egypt and the Near East. These images he painted as watercolour sketches during long tours of the region between 1838 and 1840. These, along with his large format oil paintings of similar subjects, made him a prominent and sought after Orientalist artist. He became a Royal Academician in 1841 continuing to produce classical and historical paintings of great quality.

 These types of exquisite paintings are often poorly imitated today, with the attemped imitation or an attempt at deception undoubtedly due to the vastly increasing values of his works of art in recent years.

With so many variations of paintings claiming to be his, either deliberately faked or more commonly misrepresented or misattributed to his hand, be that mistakenly or deliberately, appearing on the art market.

 It may indeed be true that there are some works of his that were either lost, mislaid, or have been with families for eons that have never surfaced to date and are yet to be documented. But it must be said, some of the Roberts' works that do appear on the open market will need investigating to be certain of their legitimacy.

 Falsified works however, simply effected by the inclusion of a copied signature or monogram placed on a work of art that is just a similar or early type, style, or the subject matter of David Roberts' paintings, or 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, specializing 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 David Roberts, his circle and followers, or any paintings or works of art that you are unsure about.

 Some examples of David Roberts works and those signed with that name, appear below. No inferrence 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 which need to be understood and sometimes qualified.

 

 

 

David Roberts, R.A. Jerusalem, from the South signed and dated 'David. Roberts. R.A. 1860.'

oil on canvas

£962,500  US$1,368,383

ROBERTS, DAVIDS. PRELIMINARY DRAWINGS FOR HIS VIEWS OF THE HOLY LAND AND EGYPT. 1838-1840 $482,500.00

DAVID ROBERTS, R.A. One of the Tombs of the Khalifs, Cairo [Tomb of Sultan Barquq] watercolour over pencil, heightened with touches of bodycolour

Sold 37,500.00

     
David Roberts, R.A. SITE OF THE TEMPLE, JERUSALEM indistinctly signed David Roberts R. A. lower left, inscribed as titled lower right
watercolour over pencil, heightened bodycolour SOLD. £37,500 GBP
DAVID ROBERTS (1796-1864): VENICE CANAL
Watercolor and gouache on paper laid down on card, 1847, signed 'David Roberts' and dated Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000

David Roberts (1796-1864) English
Temple of Vesta, Rome March 1831
Pen, ink & wash Signed centre right

Est £300.00 - £500.00 GBP

     

Roberts (David, 1796-1864). Town square with ancient buildings, Rouen, 1836, pencil and white bodycolour on light brown paper, partly unfinished to right hand side, inscribed in pencil 'At Rouen Sep 36', laid down on card, inscribed in a later hand in pencil to verso 'Rouen/ David Roberts

Estimate: £300 - £500

DAVID ROBERTS, attributed to oil on panel

Est £500.00

David Roberts, R.A. BRITISH
FRONT ELEVATION OF THE GREAT TEMPLE

OF ABOO-SIMBEL [ABU SIMBEL], NUBIA
SOLD. £87,500 GBP

     


 

  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.

David Roberts

The Pre-Authentication Assessment.

 

    Sensibly, 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 quaity 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.

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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

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  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 David Roberts.

 

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

 When Attributed to David Roberts, 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 David Roberts; “Studio of ….” or “Workshop of David Roberts" or attelier" 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 David Roberts, or “Circle of David Roberts” 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 David Roberts is given; or Painted in the “Style of David Roberts” or “Follower of David Roberts 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 David Roberts, is used it 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….David Roberts"; 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..

 David Roberts; “Signed…”, “Dated….” or “Inscribed David Roberts” 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 David Roberts is used followed by the words; "With signature ….”, or “With date ….” or “With inscription….” or “Bears signature David Roberts/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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