Nicholson painting bought for £165k is ‘fake’:
A painting bought for £165,000 has been deemed to be nearly valueless by the leading authority on the artist.
The still life of a glass jug and pears was thought to be the work of British artist Sir William Nicholson.
It was examined by the BBC’s “Fake Or Fortune? programme”, however expert Patricia Reed said there wasn’t “sufficient evidence”.
Presenter Fiona Bruce said she was “shocked” as the case had been “so strong”.
“It was just loved at first sight,” owner Lyn said of the piece, adding that she “didn’t have any doubt” of its authenticity when she bought it in 2006.
But when a catalogue of Nicholson’s work – the official list of all his known pieces – was published by Reed in 2011, Lyn’s painting was not included.
“I was hurt. I feel it’s a miscarriage of justice,” Lyn said. And so she hoped the Fake Or Fortune? the team could prove otherwise.
Will Darby, whose Mayfair gallery – Browse and Darby – exhibited the painting before selling it to Lyn for £165,000 ($210,456), told Fiona Bruce: “I was shocked. As far as I was concerned this painting couldn’t have been done by anyone else.”
In Sunday night’s episode, new evidence was revealed that scientifically linked the painting to Nicholson’s own paint box which is kept in his grandson’s house.
A handwriting expert told the programme he was “100% convinced” that writing on the back of the painting was by Nicholson.
Pigments also matched those used in a very similar Nicholson painting now in Canada.