Catalogue of Forgeries of Works of Painting

Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Mass Communication and the Protection of Cultural Heritage (Rossvyazokhrankultura) certified first experts of cultural valuables. Nowadays this people can realize commercial expert evaluation of works of art which is forbidden to be realized for museums since autumn, 2006. They have acquired the right for personal form and stamp. At the same time they will bear personal responsibility for their making decisions.

Anatoly Vilkov, deputy director of Rossvyazokhrankultura is the head of Certifying Commission. It includes mostly directors and their deputies of Moscow museums of applied specialization. The Commission has examined the documents of 418 candidates being recommended by regional Rossvyazokhrankultura departments and certified them all.

Owing to this and other arrangements Rossvyazokhrankultura hopes to reorganize home market of antiques which is full of forgeries and expert-charlatans.

The unpleasant story concerning the canvas by Ivan Shishkin occurred in 2006 which was hardly put off the sales in time at London auction house was an impulse for Rossvyazokhrankultura to mount an active campaign against forgeries. The picture was a «turned» work by Koekkoe, European artist. However there was a certificate of authenticity of The State Tretyakov Gallery. The number of such pictures was growing and scandals became public. That is why on November, 2006 Roskultura forbade the realization of commercial expert examination by museum organizations. In that way there was frozen the most essential service at art-market, professional expert evaluation of works of art for private persons. A huge gap was formed in the whole infrastructure of home antiques market.

On November of the last year Rossvyazokhrankultura issued «Catalogue of Forgeries of Works of Painting». Two volumes which contain the information concerning forgeries of works of Russian painting including often expert evaluations of Moscow and St. Petersburg museums are published. Notably, these volumes are on sale at the online store of the «Antiq.Info» magazine.

Now one more step is made which opens new opportunities for antiques market theoretically. New specialists will be able to give official expert opinions for commercial purposes and will bear the responsibility for possible mistakes.

Indeed, 90 % of experts having got the certificate of Rossvyazokhrankultura specialize in applied art, armament, musical instruments and are staff members of regional museums. By the way the name of organization is not indicated in the list (museum in most of the cases) where expert works. In the list there are only two or three names of Moscow and St. Petersburg experts of Russian painting of the 19th–20th centuries the opinion of whom is valuable for serious customers and sellers. However some more specialists will get certificates in the nearest future.

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