|Manchester Valley, Joseph Pickett|
|Coryell’s Ferry, 1776, (painted after 1913), Joseph Pickett|
|Lehigh Canal, Sunset New Hope, PA, Joseph Pickett|
|New Hope, (attributed to Joseph Pickett)|
|The signature is simply too good to be true.|
However, two different sources list New Hope as having been by the hand of Joseph Pickett. One is an online art auction house (Clars Auction Gallery Catalog - April 14th, 2014, Fine Art & Antique Auction). The other, (AskArt) is an online art auction reference site where paying members can look up the sales history of a given work. I'm not a paying member. All of which serves to underline the fact that investing in Folk Art is a risky endeavor. Probably no other area of the art market is more rife with counterfeiting. Some of this forgery is quite expert. This example, obviously, is not. Otherwise I wouldn't have noticed it in passing. There is, of course, good reason for this problem. Such fraud is too easy. With very little effort, virtually anyone who can afford the cost of art supplies is a self-taught folk artist. Some, however, can't wait until after they've been dead fifteen or twenty years to be discovered.
|Houses by a Stream, Joseph Pickett|