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9th October 07
A type of fake seen on the market from time to time is The Fayum glasses.
They can easily bluff even the best of collectors and dealers.
Here are two examples.
This infamous group of reproductions were made in the early 1900's in Egypt . There is a group of them in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Michigan.
They were sold by a Doctor attending the archaeological team excavating in Fayum in the early 1900's.
They didn't actually come from the excavation but somehow got included in the results of that expedition led by Donald Harden.
Roman Glass from Karanis Found by the University of Michigan Archaeological Expedition in Egypt, 1924-1929 by Donald B. Harden
These pieces were published in a book by Carl Johan Lamm on Medieval Glass from the Middle East ( he assumed they were genuine at that time -1920's).
Mittelalterliche Glaeser und Steinschnittarbeiten aus dem Nahen Osten by Carl Johan Lamm
A number of such examples have appeared over the years and they are very deceiving in their appearance.
There was one of the same group in Bonhams last year which was withdrawn when they were told the story and facts about this group.
It was bought by a London dealer (not me!) after the sale.
They are usually very "bubbly" as indeed the auction catalogue noted:
Bonhams New Bond Street, 26 Apr 2007
21st February 08
This website does have some effect.
See the piece at the top right?
Initially offered online a few moths ago as ancient.
Withdrawn when this error was pointed out.(as indeed one would expect from this reliable dealer)
A few months later ......
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