Lot 561: Unusual glossy 7 x 4 photo showing a painting of two figures seated at a table, signed on the reverse in fountain pen (translated): "I certify that this painting is not by me. According to my rights, I have scratched out the signature." Photo bears the stamp of Studio Yves Hervochon in Paris, as well as a pencil notation identifying either the owner or supposed title of the work. Includes the spurious painting in question, oil on stretched canvas, 13 x 9.5, with traces of the illegitimate, scratched-out signature in the lower right corner. In very good condition, with scattered soiling to the reverse of the photo and rubbing to the image; chipping to edges of the painting. Accompanied by an export certificate from the French Ministry of Culture. Matisse was a common target of forgers, including the notorious Elmyr de Hory. An intriguing pair of items revealing the artistic underworld.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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