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AUTHENTICATING THE SCULPTURES OF CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI
Freemanart are proud to specialise in the identification and authentication investigations into Constantin Brancusi fakes, Brancusi fake sculptures and the confidential pursuit and prosecution of Constantin Brancusi art fraud internationally.
RECENT BRANCUSI FAKES WARNING
*Many small fake stone sculptures have emanated in recent years from Romania itself, supported by copious amounts of professional looking authenticity documentation, believable academic theoretics and highly inventive provenance put together by a hitherto self proclaimed expert, to support the purported authenticity of the piece. *Both the documents and the stories are fabricated poppycock. Beware!
A highly successful Italian based attempt at selling Brancusi forgeries in North America is underway at the moment with seven fake sculptures recently bought by a Canadian consortium of investors who wrongly believed them to be authentic.
A second Italian based Brancusi art fraud attempt has been brought to our attention within the last few weeks, supported by the same type of fake authenticity documentation and credible but completely false stories and provenance.
Historically, Constantin Brancusi was a Romanian abstract sculptor and one of the most dynamic and revolutionary sculptors to emerge in the 20th century, with some fine art commentators and art critics proclaiming that Constantin Brancusi was frankly the best ever.
But note well: Alongside Auguste Rodin, Constantin Brancusi also happens to be one of the most faked sculptors in the world.
In just over a year, Freemanart have been instructed to investigate no less than eight separate incidents where fake or forged sculptures believed to be by Constantin Brancusi have been passed off as original Brancusi works in major art fraud attempts in North America, Canada particularly... and in Europe.
All of the Brancusi sculptures we have investigated to date have proved to be illicit forgeries and fakes yet were supported by copious amounts of what was believed to be positive authentication documentation from the once powerful and believed to be spotless Brancusi scholar. A Romanian who was the all knowing and determining expert on Brancusi's works. Now discredited and exposed as a charlatan and believed to be behind the whole re emergence of what are proving to be fakes, the true extent of the international Brancusi fake scam may never be known.
Interestingly, apart form obvious Romanian connections, Germany and now Italy recently come into play with the supply of fake Constantin Brancusi sculptures.
WARNING: Beware of small, crudely produced river stone carvings with similarities to Brancusi's style, always passed off and usually with remarkably believable stories of how trustworthily they were obtained back in the 'homeland' by someone from the family who knoew Brancusi personally!
Remember too that Brancusi was exquisite in his creation of sculptural line, form and rhythm. Technically, his work is remarkable. So if the Brancusi sculpture you are looking at is in any way crude.....leave it and walk away or come to us for advice.
The many Romanian and Italian led Brancusi art frauds:
The modus operandi of the great Constantin Brancusi fraud is remarkably similar in most cases:
First: Approach a respectable company or business man with the notion to front a loan against the collateral of a Constantin Brancusi work, usually small pieces, fully authenticated on paper by 'the' so called expert, with the promise of buying it back or settling a purchase deal, and it seems pretty sound.
Brancusi river stone works are a favourite ploy, the accompanying story being that they are part of a group of very early works by Brancusi only recently discovered in a village where he worked as a young man.
End of story:
Danaide Brancusi 1913
This beautiful sculpture by Brancusi broke the world
record at auction for a sculpture, going
for $18,159,500 (£12,374,446) at Christie's
in New York.
The Great all to common Constantin Brancusi sculpture investment scam:
Beware when the opportunity of a lifetime comes along when you are offered by a broker a share or the option to buy outright, any small Constantin Brancusi sculpture work which is fully authenticated by the ultimate expert on Brancusi and supported and yes you guessed it, recently magically found in Brancusi's village where he worked as a young man deep in Romania.
There are lots of reasons to keep the deal hush - hush. Including avoiding the export duty of the sculpture from Romania, or the import duty into North America or Canada, or simply avoiding the death duties which may be payable by the widow of it's previous owner who the art dealer is trying to help out!
What a nice guy!
It's always the same modus though, its complete rubbish and a filthy scam!
We know of two investors who were caught in this way, one a very elderly lady in Canada who put all she had into the deal and waved goodbye to all her savings.
FAKE BRANCUSI SIGNATURES
Another fake Brancusi case goes back much much further and implicates people 'close to' the sculptor himself and exactly the same Brancusi expert again, this time in Bucharest.
Back in Romania, a suggestion of a good long term Brancusi 'safe investment' was made to the purchaser of a small marble sculpture believed to be by Brancusi and supported with firm, absolutely watertight documentation from our nameless but shameless expert.
We are talking of hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial investment here and the work following the deal then transits to North America where years and years later the problem of Brancusi authenticity rears its ugly head.
I am afraid the advise is obvious.
If it seems too good to be true and you are offered a cheap Brancusi it probably is too good to be true. There are no cheap Brancusi's!
Constantin Brancusi's works fetch prices up in the millions today, so if it's too cheap then its either wrong and a fake or stolen!
^ Constantin Brancusi, Portrait de Mme L.R. (1914-17) sculpture in wood, sold at Christie's, Paris - $37.1 million.
*Sadly Freemanart are unable and somewhat reluctant rather than unwilling to show you images of the Constantin Brancusi forgeries and fakes we have discovered, neither can we divulge the name the names of the people involved with the scams and deceit. This is because of the international laws of liable and confidentiality protecting them!
Is this not somehow the wrong way around!
Massive scale faking of reproduction Brancusi Bronzes
On top of the works of art purportedly by Brancusi which have been fabricated and faked back in Romania, other fakers of greater international standing and notoriety have surfaced in recent years..
Most recently in Britain, Shaun Greenhaigh was charged and convicted of fabricating a Brancusi sculpture which was sold to a very dignified source >
Guy Hain on the other hand, a Frenchman who went inside for his massive fraud worth $60 million was up to his eyeballs in dodgy - doings when 2,500 molds and models for bronzes were seized from his studio and confiscated by police.
It is believed that up to 4,000 works of art found their way onto the art market via art dealers and auction houses. Granted, they were not all Brancusi's.
A good spread of other bronze forgeries however were evident from other artists such as Jean Arp, Carpeaux, Barye and Alberto Giacometti whose works, like Brancusi's fetch millions today.
Remember that Brancusi sculptures similar to this are commercial replicas and not the real Mc Coy!
Available on line with a starting bid of $2,500 and an auction estimate of $6,500 - $7,500, it's missing a couple of zero's to be real!
BRANCUSI HELP AND ADVICE
Freemanart are Brancusi authentication specialists who have have bases and Forensic Laboratories in Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain .With expert art fraud, authentication investigators and associates on the ground in North America, Europe and Romania ready to undertake investigations and enquiries into any work of art purportedly by Constantin Brancusi, Or those alleged Brancusi works possibly bearing forged documentation in support of their authentication and authenticity - or works by Brancusi bearing Brancusi's signature or monogram which may be concerning to clients.
We also work very closely with scholars and academics and the internationally recognized expert on the work of Brancusi for authentication corroboration, alongside criminal investigation agencies, police authorites and prosecutors devoted to the eradication of art fraud and forgery
*You are most welcome to contact us in the strictest of confidence at any time
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