Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes and Forgeries

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Butterworth-Heinemann, 2009 - Science - 628 pages
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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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About the author (2009)

Paul Craddock is a Senior Scientist in the Metallurgy and Chemistry of Materials Group, Department of Scientific Research, The British Museum.

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