Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva
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Real or fake? French Club Caryatides on the columns (1926 vs. 2019)



Image © 2019 by Richard C. Edwards. Blog link.

I'm inclined to think the Caryatides (Atlandidae) we find in the former French Club are original, but the thick coat of paint makes the relief less defined. They don't make such exact replicas in Shanghai: even the specially matched floor tiles in the foyer look visibly different from the original ones.

What intrigues me even more is whether these the work of Valentin Shabaeff-Firsoff.
Tags: artists, fake, french club, investigation, then and now
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