Fakes and forgeries will be discussed at Foundation for Appraisal Education Seminar, Sept. 23rd-24th Fakes and forgeries will be the topic of discussion at many of the talks planned for the 5th annual Foundation for Appraisal Education Seminar, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, in Philadelphia, Pa
News-Antique.com - Jul 25,2016 - PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Fakes and forgeries will be the topic of discussion at many of the talks planned for the 5th annual Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE) Seminar, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, in the galleries of Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers, located at 1808 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Eighteen top experts will speak over the course of the two days.
“Fakes and forgeries have been around since antiquity,” said Matthew S. Wilcox, Freeman’s Vice President of Trusts and Estates, an FAE board member and host of this year’s conference. But, Mr. Wilcox added, the problem really has gotten quite severe in recent years, as the art market has hit record prices and knock-offs have found their way into every market. Even a major international auction house illustrated what proved to be a fake Fernando Botero painting on the cover of a 1993 catalog. Evidently it fooled their specialists, as well as other experts, too.”
Appraisers attending this year’s conference will receive continuing education class credits, to remain in good standing with the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), based in Chicago, and with sister organizations like the Appraisers Association of America (AAA). As a fundraiser, the event's fees will benefit the ISA. “These organizations are critical to our field,” Wilcox said.
Books written by some of the weekend’s guest speakers have been generously donated by the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware for conference attendees. Antique Week magazine has also generously offered to send its collection of fakes – a traveling exhibition, with real objects juxtaposed their phony counterparts – as a visual complement to the conference. On Friday evening, Sept. 23, a curated trip to Independence Hall in downtown Philadelphia is planned, led by Katie Diethorn, the Chief Curator of Independence National Historical Park.
Registration and continental breakfast will signal the start of both seminar days, at 8 am Eastern time. The lectures will begin promptly at 9 am, lasting 45 minutes each. Friday’s first speaker will be Philip Zimmerman, Ph.D., an independent furniture historian (Why Fakes Matter – Authenticating American Furniture). He’ll be followed at 9:45 by Eileen Kinsella, Senior Market Reporter for www.news.artnet.com in New York (Online Auctions, Tall Tales and Fake Art).
Next up will be Christopher Storb, the Dietrich American Foundation Project Conservator for the Philadelphia Museum of Art (The Gentle Art: Faking Furniture in the 20th Century and Beyond); followed by Elle Shushan, a Philadelphia-based specialist and dealer in the field of portrait miniatures (Imposters: Faking Faces on Portrait Miniatures). That concludes the morning talks.
At 12:30 pm a Lunch & Learn will feature Alasdair Nichol, a Vice Chairman of Freeman’s and a guest on TV’s Antiques Roadshow (Fake or Fortune). Then, at 1:45 pm, art law expert Joshua Kaufman, Esq., of Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., will discuss Case Law For Art Fakes.
At 2:30 pm, David Lindquist, owner of Whitehall at the Villa Antiques in Chapel Hill, N.C., will give a talk titled Catching Fakes, Frauds and Alterations by Samson. That will be