Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes and Forgeries
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 realised on the global market.
This book aims to provide a comprehensive survey of the subject over a wide range of materials, emphasising 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.
* The only scientific treatise on the subject
* Timely with the rise in value of antiquities and the lucrative business of faking
* Written by a specialist from the Department of Scientific Research at the British Museum
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4 Making a threedimensional copy
Thermoluminescence and dendrochronology
Metalwork and coins
13 Paper prints and documents
14 The patination of copper and its alloys
15 Gold and silver
16 Gemstones and jade
Mainly synthetic and cloth
19 Scientific fraud and Charles Dawson
The problems of restoration
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