This work was given a grant after the Art Fund received expert advice on the provenance of the object.

The statue was subsequently exposed as a forgery and the forgers were taken to court by the Metropolitan Police Art and Antiques Unit in 2007. The forgers were found guilty and the Art Fund recouped a large proportion of its grant in 2008. The judge stressed that no one should be blamed for wrongful attribution as they were very skillful forgers and the provenance was a critical part of the forgeries.


The provenance has been exposed as a forgery.

Bolton Museum, Aquarium & Archive

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