The faking and forgery of works of art and antiquities is probably now more extensive than ever before. The frauds are aided by new technologies, from ink jet printers to epoxy resins, and driven by the astronomic prices realised on the global market.

This book aims to provide a comprehensive survey of the subject over a wide range of materials, emphasising how the fakes and forgeries are produced and how they may be detected by technical and scientific examination. The subject is exemplified by numerous case studies, some turning out not to be as conclusive as is sometimes believed.

The book is aimed at those likely to have a serious interest in these investigations, be they curator, collector, conservator or scientist.

Paul Craddock has recently retired from the Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science at the British Museum, where he was a materials scientist.

chapter |20 pages

Metals I: Composition

chapter |24 pages


chapter |32 pages

Glass and enamels

chapter |29 pages

Stone and sculpture

chapter |42 pages


chapter |36 pages

Paper, prints and documents

chapter |25 pages

Gold and silver

chapter |28 pages

Gemstones and jade