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

Benjamin Lauder Nicholson OM

Ben Nicholson

(10 April 1894 – 6 February 1982)

English painter of abstract and landscape compositions.

 

 

 With both his parents as artists, Nicholson attended the Slade School of Art in London in 1910–11 and between 1911 and 1914 he travelled in France, Italy and Spain and lived briefly for a time in Pasadena, California.

Mixing with influential artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, Jean Hélion and Auguste Herbin, he was  heavily influenced by new and refreshing European trends such as Cubism.

 In 1939 he moved to Cornwall and resumed painting landscapes adding colour to his abstract reliefs and become one of the best-known artists of the St Ives School.

 However, Ben Nicholson is poorly imitated today, with any attempted imitation clearly an attempt at deception. This is undoubtedly due to the vastly increasing values of his works of art in recent years. But his style, like that of so many artists evolved and developed. Today, all manner of paintings claiming to be his, either deliberately faked or more commonly misrepresented and misattributed to his hand, be that mistakenly or deliberately, do appear on the open art market.

 It might be true that there are some works of his that were either lost, mislaid, or have been with families for aeons and have never surfaced, yet to be documented. But it must be said, some of the Ben Nicholson works that do appear on the open market will need investigating to be absolutely certain of their legitimacy or attribution.

 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 Ben Nicholson' paintings, or that are 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, specialising 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 Ben Nicholson, his circle and followers, or any paintings or works of art that you are unsure about.

 Some examples of Ben Nicholson works and those signed with that name, appear below. No inference 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.

 

 

 

     
Ben Nicholson, O.M. (1894-1982) April 57 (Arbia 2) signed, inscribed and dated 'Ben Nicholson/April 57/(ARBIA)2' (on the reverse), inscribed again 'Gimpel/exh./but if/sold, on/Condition/that it can/be exhibited/USA exh/in/autumn' (on the stretcher) pencil and oil on board SOLD £3,749,000.00 $4,659,400.00

Ben Nicholson, O.M. 1894-1982 SEPTEMBER 1955

(ALCINO) Signed, titled and dated Ben Nicholson Alcino

Sept 1955 on the reverse (partially obscured by the

stretcher) Oil and pencil on pavatex

SOLDUS $1,137,600.00

Ben Nicholson, O.M. (1894-1982) 1945 (still life) signed, inscribed and dated twice 'Ben Nicholson/1945/title for exh./'still life 1945'/Nicholson/Chy an Kerris/Carbis Bay/Cornwall' (on the reverse) oil and pencil on board  SOLD £509,000.00  US $650,575.00

 
     
St Ives (full moon behind cloud) signed, titled and dated Oct 15-51 (on backboard), pencil SOLD b£38,240.00  US $69,856.00

BEN NICHOLSON, O.M. Still Life with Mug Decorated

with Stag pencil and oil on canvas
Estimate £80,000 — 120,000 Lot Sold £206,250.00

Ben NICHOLSON gouache on paper signed painting, 11 x 14 in. Signed on bottom right.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

 
     
BEN NICHOLSON ABSTRACT (GOACH) ON PAPER...The piece is 31 inches high and 35 inches wide. SIGNED: Ben Nicholson. TYPE OF SIGNATURE: Acrylic in the bottom right corner Estimate: $8,500 - $12,000

BEN NICHOLSON, O.M. | Gouache  pencil and gouache on paper.  SOLD £56,250.00

Ben OM Nicholson (British 1894-1982) Oil on Board cubist still life painting, featuring vase, cup, and mug. Signed and attr. Ben Nicholson (British, 1894-1982) on bottom right corner.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

 
     
BEN NICHOLSON, O.M. | Mch 13 78. (sculptured forms one) Sold £ 15,000.00

GREAT BEN NICHOLSON DRAWING...

BEN NICHOLSON PENCIL ON PAPER 1962

 Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000

Ben Nicholson (1894 - 1982) Impressionism. Oil on Board Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

 

 


 

 

  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.

Ben Nicholson

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 quality 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.

See our FAQ's for details of the process

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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

Benjamin Lauder Nicholson

 

 

  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 Benjamin Lauder Nicholson.

 

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

 When Attributed to Ben Nicholson, 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 Ben Nicholson; “Studio of ….” or “Workshop of Ben Nicholson" 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 Ben Nicholson, or “Circle of Ben Nicholson” 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 Ben Nicholson is given; or Painted in the “Style of Ben Nicholson” or “Follower of Ben Nicholson 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 Ben Nicholson, 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….Ben Nicholson"; 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..

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