Every picture tells a story but none quite like these
Fake or Fortune? returns for an eighth series as art detectives Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce investigate more thrilling cases of art world mystery, intrigue and deception.
Could a landscape inherited by paper mill owner Mark Cropper could be a lost work by the great 18th century painter Thomas Gainsborough? A chance sighting by Philip sets us off a second investigation: for generations a family portrait has been attributed to the pioneering woman artist Maria Cosway but Philip believes it’s an undiscovered work by the giant of Regency portraiture Sir Thomas Lawrence.
In what could be the biggest bargain ever seen on Fake or Fortune, could a still life of fruit bought for a £1 from a junk shop in fact be the work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Georgio de Chirico? Finally, the series travels to Italy on the trail of an 18th century Venetian view. It’s a painting that’s been attributed to both Guardi and Marieschi. But digging deeper into the story of Venetian views, a murky world of copies and fakes is uncovered.
For all the owners it’s a bumpy ride with twists and turns along the way but in the end which way will the evidence stack up – are they worth a fortune or are they fakes?
Title: Fake of Fortune
Episodes & Duration: 5×60’ (6 other series available)
Year of Production: 2018
Distributor: all3media international