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#561 - Henri Matisse

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Matisse identifies a forgery

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. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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