Sunday, 19 June 2011

Fake or Fortune?

Hold the presses! There might actually be an interesting programme on BBC1 today! Fake or Fortune? is a new series in which fine art expert Philip Mould escorts the delectable Fiona Bruce - without her much criticized new spectacles - into the dodgy world of art dealings. (Philip Mould Fine Paintings in Dover Street is currently showing Finding Van Dyck until 13 July, entry free, CLICK). Their first mission is to establish the worth of a mediocre painting bearing Claude Monet's signature: Bords de la Seine a Argenteuil. If it's genuine, it's worth a fortune. My feeling is that the painting is so boring, it must be genuine; but then I'm more interested in its worth as art than in its value to the art market. The programme starts today at 19:00 hours ... er ... 7pm. Click the title link for a video trailer.
I seem to have scooped the BBC on its own story: CLICK.


At 19/6/11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was real because of all the evidence they found, I really enjoyed the program a d I think those French people should have allowed it into their catalogue

At 19/6/11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a great program. I couldnt beleive the outcome of this, but guess I should.Its happened to me in a different field. You dont have a chance, even if the facts are all there, with a higher body of people who really do what suits them.
The program was awesome and I feel so sorry for the people who actually hold a Monet and cant do anything except hang it on their wall!!!!

At 20/6/11, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...


I'm glad you enjoyed the programme. So did I. It was one of the most revealing art documentaries I've seen in yonks. And I'm sure it's a genuine Monet too.

At 20/6/11, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Anon 2

Considering how much evidence had been gathered, including hi-tech scans, it was appalling that ignorant prejudice, not facts, ruled the outcome. But that's life.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. The art detectives find at least one fake in a major collection. I wonder where....


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