Fakes & Forgeries

Listen as former curator David Whitehouse describes glass fakes and forgeries. A fake is a genuine object that has been altered or "improved," usually to enhance its value. A forgery is a copy or imitation of an object, made to deceive people (usually prospective owners) into believing that it is genuine. Fakes and forgeries of ancient glass have been produced since the 18th century. Poor examples are easy to detect because they fail to reproduce the characteristic features of genuine pieces. However, skillful forgeries can fool experts for years before some inconsistency of style or technique reveals that they are modern.