The fake Edouarts on ebay never end. Today’s fake is a bust-length. You likely have no reason to recognize Edouart’s bust termination line because he did so few. I will add some real ones for you to compare–but even without that specialized knowledge, look for the problems. First, no eyelash. Since Edouart cut nice delicate eyelashes, you should see one. Second, Edouart cut away a sliver of a gent’s silhouette to depict the white collar. This white collar is chalked in–you have to enlarge and look closely at the edge of the white where you can see how the chalk goes into the black. Third, whether it looks real, don’t trust “granny notes” as if they are proof. I don’t know whether the collection label is legit or not. I found a couple of unrelated pieces of art that are said to have a provenance of Arthur De La Poer Rowbothem but haven’t seen the labels. I know that collection labels were faked in the early decades of the 20th century. I have seen multiples of a collection label for a collection that never existed…I can’t tell you anything about this one. The written inscription is in brown ink…when there is no reason for the ink not to be black since Arthur De La Poer Rowbothem was still alive in 1954–to late for iron gall ink to be necessary. I can’t read all of the inscription but I can “original inscription on Back of card.” I have no reason to know that the inscription naming the sitter and artist exist at all or can be authenticated. What I have reason to know is that this silhouette is not by Edouart. If you want to see this item, ebay search 401726160104.
I got a few comments which show that my readers have learned well about spotting fakes. Someone drew us to the heavy eyelashes, crude & jagged cutting, black lettering and a bit more. All good catches but I want to delve further with you. First, another look at the whole then we will get to the details.
I am totally shocked at those horrid thick eyelashes! Especially the two at the top. View the fake and a real Edouart that has really been through Hell (went down with the ship) but still exhibits Edouart’s delicate eyelash.
Hands meant so much to Edouart and he cut them well. Side by side fake vs real. No contest.
The poor lady above left has one claw and one club. I can’t even imagine what happened to the above right gent’s hand!
Above is a real Edouart showing the delicate and graceful hands he cut.
I don’t know how to classify this issue but the harpist’s arm rolls over the harp like a snake!!!! My goodness–Run Girl Run before that snake bites you! His mouth is already opened!
I have only seen one of Edouart’s harps but compare the fake (below left) to real (below right).
When looking at the quality of cutting, compare the fake below left which shows ladies’ hair and dresses with the real one below right.
The last point I want to make is the writing. Some people got the fact that the writing is black whereas Edouart always used iron gall ink which has all turned brown by now. But I hope you will look at the writing itself to compare to Edouart’s real writing so you can see the fakeness. Beyond the color, look at all of the handwriting and the differences between each entry which we are led to believe is an original grouping in original frame. First, assume he cut and wrote each of these on the same day. Find all of the capital letters “A”. Edouart’s signature sometimes had a capital “A” to begin Augustin and sometimes had a small “a” made larger to show the capitalization. One thing that never varied is that he used his signed his first name as Aug with a superscript n with two vertical lines below. Please look at the fake signatures/dates/places directly below and compare them to the real signatures I have included below that. There are so many discrepancies in the fake that I don’t have the time to discuss them right now. If someone really wants more discussion about the writing, please let me know by comment and I’ll write more another day.
Real signatures above.
This is all I can manage today. The reason for this post is to make sure you don’t get screwed buying a fake, at least not a bad fake like the one on ebay now. And educated buyer is a safer buyer.
UPDATE: It’s back up for bid on ebay. Please don’t be fooled. It is such a horrible fake. If you want to see it for your self, search ebay for item number 313055466032.
I haven’t posted in way too long. So much water under the bridge…too much to go into. But, looks like I might be baaaccckkk! At least, here is a push start. I saw this on ebay and just can’t let it go. If you bid on this I may have to spank your hand and suspend your buying privileges! This is one of the worst fake Edouart silhouettes that I have ever seen–and believe me, I have seen a lot! So, I’m going to play teacher and, students, before you read further, tell me what are some elements that tell you this is fake.
I am not sure I can leave this without more comment but I’m going to try to leave it and come back tomorrow….today, give me your thoughts.