With any high value item, there is always going to be someone that says it could be a fake. In recent years John Davies Framing has been honoured to be involved in some very high profile projects which are now causing some controversy in the art world.

The Salvator Mundi, framed by John Davies Framing in 2013 and subsequently exhibited and sold as a Da Vinci, has been called into question in a recent book, whereby experts have suggested that only limited parts of the painting were actually created by Da Vinci.

A portrait sold as being by Frans Hals, framed by John Davies Framing in 2010, has been the subject of a huge court case which has included an out of court settlement running to $4.2 million after experts questioned its provenance and scientific tests suggested modern materials in and under the paint layers.

Sometimes the research goes the other way. A painting housed in a 30 year old frame traced back to John Davies Framing through the order number inscribed on the back was proved by the television programme Fake or Fortune to be a genuine Delaroche worth upwards of $100,000.

Even if not attributable to the artist in question, “fakes” often exhibit incredible talent by the artist and the John Davies Framing workshop, based in Fakenham, Norfolk, will always endeavour to produce a magnificent frame, regardless of  whether it’s by Da Vinci, his students, or a talented artist hiding behind the name of another.

Da Vinci
Reference: 43434
Sight Size: 67.6 x 48.3cm
Model: Angel Cassetta

Hals
Reference: 40540
Sight size: 34.0 x 26.1cm
Model: Cabinet 0586