How To Tell If An Artwork Is Real Or Fake

Forgery, or the creation of rip-offs, is very prevalent in many facets of modern living: from clothes and shoes to high-fashion bags and even art. Paintings are some of the most replicated, and you don’t want to waste that precious money. Here are some tips to ensure that you don’t become the next fraud victim.

First is to study closely the back of paintings or, for sculptures, the bottom. Auction labels and/or auction stamps are often placed in the area. Forgers tend to take these areas for granted and just focus on making the front part look authentic.

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Provenance documentation is something you should insist on. This is very important, especially to avoid legal trouble if, say, the artwork turns out to be authentic but actually stolen. In line with this, make sure that the said provenance is exactly for the artwork you’re buying and not just borrowed from some other work. Of course, you’ve to look closely at the document and ensure that it isn’t fake.

It goes without saying that you should only buy from a dealer with a great track record. Buying online can be tempting and is definitely more convenient but being physically present in a reputable gallery is the best way to buy. Finally, requesting for forensic tests is now becoming the norm when buying artifacts and art, so ask for this from your dealer.

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Sadigh Gallery is a family-owned ancient art gallery in New York that specializes in the handling and selling of ancient art, artifacts, and coins from all over the world. For related reads, visit this blog.


About Sadigh Gallery

Sadigh Gallery is a family-owned art gallery specializing in ancient artifacts and coins from around the world. The gallery was established in 1978 as a small mail order company which was operated by one man, Michael Sadigh. After achieving much success, he then moved to the current location on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in 1982. Our focus is on providing affordable ancient antiquities and friendly, down-to-earth service. As a family-owned business, we greatly treasure the interaction with our customers. A large portion of our customers have been with us for 10 to 20 years, and we are grateful that they have become good friends, rather than simple business partners. We pride in providing quality service to each and every one of our customers, and their satisfaction matters most to us. If you have any questions, concerns, or any other comments regarding our merchandises or services, feel free to call us at your convenience. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority! All of our antiquities are guaranteed authentic, and all items are sent with a Lifetime Certificate of Authenticity. We provide secure packing to ensure safe delivery. Contact us for more information, or to receive one of our FREE CATALOG today. Contact Information: 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Toll Free (800)426-2007 Tel (212)725-7537 E-mail: Web Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 8:00PM Open on Sundays by appointment only. Closed on Saturdays.
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