Tom Toppin

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Vuillard

FAKE OR FORTUNE: Vuillard

 

Every picture tells a story, but in this series, valuable paintings are treated as crime scenes! Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a dimension rarely seen – a darker side of incalculable wealth, social ambition and sometimes subterfuge. In the third season of this audience pleasing mini-series, a recognized art sleuth, a doctor of history and cutting-edge scientists again join forces to discover the truth behind controversial works of art.

 

Vuillard
Scriptwriter Keith Tutt fell in love with the work of French post-impressionist painter Edouard Vuillard in his school art class. When a large oval picture by the artist appeared in a provincial auction house he gambled his savings on it – even though it doesn’t appear in the official record of Vuillard’s works. To prove this is a Vuillard, the team will need to convince some of the most demanding art experts in France.

 

This program will encore Tues., Feb. 2, 11:00 pm

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE
Gainsborough

Fake or Fortune: Gainsborough

 

Every picture tells a story, but in this series, valuable paintings are treated as crime scenes! Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a dimension rarely seen – a darker side of incalculable wealth, social ambition and sometimes subterfuge. In the third season of this audience pleasing mini-series, a recognized art sleuth, a doctor of history and cutting-edge scientists again join forces to discover the truth behind controversial works of art.

 

Gainsborough
The team faces a daunting challenge as they search for lost masterpieces in Britain’s public art collections. More than 100,000 oil paintings have been photographed and posted online as part of the Your Paintings initiative – 17,000 of them listed as “artist unknown.” Philip and his colleague Bendor Grosvenor believe they’ve identified several missing works by artist Thomas Gainsborough. Can they prove it?

 

This program will encore Tues., Jan. 26, 11:00 pm

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE
Constable

FAKE OR FORTUNE: Constable

 

Every picture tells a story, but in this series, valuable paintings are treated as crime scenes! Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a dimension rarely seen – a darker side of incalculable wealth, social ambition and sometimes subterfuge. In the third season of this audience pleasing mini-series, a recognized art sleuth, a doctor of history and cutting-edge scientists again join forces to discover the truth behind controversial works of art.

 

Constable
The experts take on a doubly challenging investigation as they try and prove that not one, but two paintings are missing works by John Constable, one of Britain’s best loved but most widely faked artists. Gillie Dance used to keep her painting Yarmouth Jetty under the bed in her London home, never quite believing it was by John Constable – but the team starts to get excited when a previous owner turns out to have a close connection to the Constable family. Another painting, A Sea Beach Brighton, used to hang in Boston’s prestigious Museum of Fine Arts, until they sold it off at a fraction of its possible value in the early ‘90s. Attorney Tom Toppin and his wife Bernie snapped it up and they’ve been struggling to prove its authenticity ever since. Philip has a hunch that the proof they seek lies in other Constable paintings in U.S. galleries. Will the experts agree?

 

This program will encore Tues., Jan. 19, 11:00 pm