Friday Speakers Lunch

31st May 2019 - 12:00 to 15:00

“Trick or Treat? Fakes and Forgeries in the Art Market” with Richard Kay Director Picture Department, Lawrence’s.

The talk looks at 500 years of fakes and forgeries in the field of Fine Art. Some of the examples to be shown are elaborate works by infamous forgers, others are more commonplace attempts produced by inexpert amateurs hoping to fool an unsuspecting collector in a saleroom or an antique shop. There will be an assessment of methods used and some warning signs to help avoid anyone making a similar mistake. Fakes imitating artists as varied as Botticelli, Kandinsky, Louis Wain and Turner will be covered.

Richard is a picture specialist and a director of Lawrences Auctioneers, Crewkerne.  After studying History of Art at St Andrews he has worked solely in auction rooms, beginning his career at Sothebys in 1987 before being appointed Regional Director at  Phillips Auctioneers in 1995. He has been a director at Lawrences, one of the country’s largest independent Fine Art auctioneers, since 1999.

Richard has achieved notable successes in the challenging and complex field of Fine Art – highlights have included a significant portrait of Ben Nicholson by Winifred Nicholson (£115,000), two exceptional watercolours of Windsor by Paul Sandby (£230,000), world record prices for Grosvenor School linocuts (£170,000 for a collection of six) and £380,000 for a masterpiece by Edwardian artist John William Godward, rediscovered in Somerset.

Two Courses & Coffee £19.00pp

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