ART EXPLORATIONS TEN OF FAKE INDUSTRY OF CHUGHTAI ART, DELHI SCHOOL:
THE INTERNET IS FULL OF CHUGHTAI FAKES, AND IT IS NOT LIKELY THAT TRUTH;
IS NOT KNOWN. IT IS INTEREST OF ART BUSINESS TO CLOSE EYES AS REQUIRED.
The fake industry has many issues. Faking Chughtai is not even possible, but starting from a scratch, people do keep on trying. I receive all sort of enquiries from Delhi School, making a fake, and asking me its pro and cons. I really realize offering to much information to such sources is nothing short of a sin. So, my best advice is to bring the original to me. Without same I am not in a position to make hundred percent sure remote judgement. Stories are spun that it is too far away, binging same not possible at all. But asking ques from me to better their product.
Few things must be kept in mind. Hardly anyone has the capacity to make a new Chughtai drawing and composition. The creativity is really lacking in these people. Now what happens. They get their hands on copies of Murraqqa e Chughtai or Naqash e Chughtai. Many times, Amal e Chughtai is out of their reach. But some has that too. Next problems for them are that they have the image at times in colour but many times in black and white. Then they have no idea of its colour. They have no idea of its size. No idea of how the work is cut. Deliberately at times a torn or mutilated paper is used. They have no idea of the process with which the work is made or processed by the artist. No idea of the handmade paper used by the artist, or the pigment colours. Not familiar with Whatmann or even Winsor and Newton or Japanese Kyoto brushes. I can see all that in seconds myself. That is why I insist on seeing the back side of the work and some have got it pasted it on board to hide their nefarious work.
However, much people try, the feeling of the work cannot be duplicated by them or the luminosity of the work. Faded colours are hallmarks of fake makers. Obviously so much can be said, but the few renarks I have made should open the eyes of both fake makers as well as fake buyers. Get authentication from those who know authentication! Ready to help people from my decades of experience and knowledge.