deRivaz & Ives to adopt Scientific Examination Processes to strengthen market confidence against fake art

deRivaz & Ives to adopt Scientific Examination Processes to strengthen market confidence against fake art

Guwahati: After the Artists Resale Royalty (ARR) Framework which was introduced in the deRivaz & Ives Auction House’s inaugural online sale, now top quality scientific examinations, such as Technical Photographic Analysis, is to become the norm in the deRivaz & Ives Auction House’s due diligence and cataloguing processes from the second auction on 25th February 2022.

The scientific examination is based on studying the physical characteristics of the painting under different spectra of light. The range is from the visible to the non-visible part (e.g. Infra-red and ultra violet).

Each light source enhances or allows different features to be highlighted, the outcome is then interpreted based on an understanding of the medium and technique. Micro and macro images help in highlighting other aspects of material and technique.

Neville Tuli, Chief Mentor, said, “deRivaz & Ives’ effort to publicly share in-depth scientific examinations of artworks is a paradigm shift in the learning curve for the Indian art market. For over a decade the market has refused or been unable to introduce credible scientific analysis so as to bolster market confidence in the authenticity of important artworks by the modern masters.”

He said, “Many uninformed opinions which gained media traction would have been avoided if even technical photographic analysis had been introduced as part of the due diligence methodology and cataloguing processes. Let us now hope that a new understanding emerges and other institutions also follow this lead. It is expensive, time consuming, requiring top quality expertise but well worth it especially given many collectors now never get to physically examine the artworks in detail for most online sales.”

deRivaz and Ives recently held its maiden Online Auction of Modern Indian Art which auctioned a respectful INR 11.86 crores of modern Indian fine arts, with Jehangir Sabavala, Prabhakar Barwe and F.N. Souza leading the way.

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