These two books are INVALUABLE for learning about all the current technology employed in faking art and antiquities. No collector or museum curator could ever have enough books on this subject! There is just not many publications out there that effectively cover this critical subject in this field. Each of the books is listed below with further explanation. The price is for BOTH books.
"Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes and Forgeries" by Paul Craddock. Hardcover. New.
The faking and forgery of works of art and antiquities is probably now more extensive than ever before. The frauds are aided by new technologies, from ink jet printers to epoxy resins, and driven by the astronomic prices realized on the global market. This book aims to provide a comprehensive survey of the subject over a wide range of materials, emphasizing how the fakes and forgeries are produced and how they may be detected by technical and scientific examination. The subject is exemplified by numerous case studies, some turning out not to be as conclusive as is sometimes believed. The book is aimed at those likely to have a serious interest in these investigations, be they curator, collector, conservator or scientist.
Paul Craddock has recently retired from the Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science at the British Museum, where he was a materials scientist.
"Fake, The Art of Deception" by Mark Jones. Softcover. Like New inside with minor cover wear only.
What is a fake and why are fakes made? Did the forgers of the Turin Shroud and Piltdown Man have the same motives? Does a famous Vermeer cease to be beautiful when it turns out to be a Van Meegeren? Is the Piranesi Vase an eighteenth-century masterpiece or a faked-up antique? Fakes, argue the contributors to this volume, have always been unjustly neglected, especially given the unparalleled evidence they provide of the values and perceptions of both those who make them and those who commission them.
Both the methods of making fakes and the recent scientific advances in their detection are described, but many puzzles remain. The book concludes with a discussion of intriguing cases like the Vinland Map, the "Aztec" rock-crystal skull, and the mysterious discoveries at Glozel, which continue to perplex curator, historian, and scientist alike.