IFAR Journal

Volume 4, No. 1


De Chirico Forgeries: The Treachery of the Surrealists
— William H. Robinson
Discusses the complexity of authenticity issues in de Chirico works, since he himself falsified the dates of his paintings

The FBI's Role in Art Fraud and Theft: An IFAR Evening
— Lynn Chaffinch, Catherine Begley, W. Thomas Cassano, Neil Cronin
Edited transcript of talks and panel discussion by members of the FBI on the tenth anniversary of the theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

A Puzzle Resolved: Duke's Portrait Identified
— Gertrude Wilmers
An IFAR authentication of a portrait identified as Duke Ferdinand of Braunschweig by Georg Ziesenis.

The Laches Defense in Art Theft Litigation
— Jeremy G. Epstein
An attorney discusses the Laches defense and the balance between the rights of good faith purchasers and claimants.

Updates & Newsbriefs: New York State Settles Internet Art Fraud Suit
— Sharon Flescher
The suit by attorney general of NY state, Eliot Spitzer, against Jerry Schuster’s Antique and Design Center for selling fake art on the internet is settled.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Consignor of Fakes to Florida Auction Fined and Sentenced
— Sharon Flescher
FBI wins four-year case concerning fakes consigned to C.B. Charles Gallery.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Art Scholar and Dealer Confront New Twists to an Old Scam
— Sharon Flescher
Negative becomes positive. Discusses falsified authenticity documents concerning drawings by Winslow Homer, Picasso, and Kahlo.

Updates & Newsbriefs: U.S. and Italy Sign Agreement to Limit Import of Antiquities
— Sharon Flescher
Covers Objects from 9th Century BC to 5th Century AD. Bilateral agreement under the Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA).

Updates & Newsbriefs: Breaking News: Cultural Property Advisory Committee
— Sharon Flescher
President Clinton appoints Kate Fitz Gibbon to Cultural Property Advisory Committee.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Denver Museum Brings Mile-High Joy to Oregon Woman
— Sharon Flescher
A painting by a follower of Gerard Terborch is returned by the Denver Museum to daughter of Holocaust victims. She had not seen the work since 1933.

Book Review: More on Looted Art
— Lucille A. Roussin
Review of The Lost Masters: World War II and the Looting of Europe's Treasure Houses, by Peter Harclerode and Brendan Pittaway

Stolen Art Alert
Listed thefts include Gérôme’s Pool in a Harem, a Hans Hofmann drawing and Picasso Lysistrata drawings.