March 9, 2014
Presentation by Stefano Ionesco
Tuduc fakes in European and American collections

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Tuduc fakes are featured in some of the best collections in Europe and America, including the Museum for Islamic Art of Berlin, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Textile Museum of Canada of Toronto, The Nickle Arts Museum of Calgary and of course several museums in Romania…. but many others have yet to emerge. They have become highly collectable in their own right with many examples appearing at auction and commanding some considerable prices.

In an attempt to unmask fakes and reveal clues that help to assign them to the workshop of Tuduc, we will discuss about 40 Tuducs, showing the prototype, the published examples and copies found in collections or on the market. This will be followed by a presentation of pictures of authentic rugs and fakes intermixed, where attendees can guess which are fakes.

The material, based on a ten year survey covering the main carpet museums, collections and auction houses in Europe and America, was assembled in a 160 p. publication, now in its 4th edition: "Handbook of Fakes by Tuduc."

The program also included a short audio-video presentation about Transylvania and about the recent exhibition in Gdansk, as cataloged in "Anatolian Carpets from the Brukenthal Museum." Some of the rugs in that exhibition were shown in the 1914 Budapest exhibition and may have been used by Tuduc as models for his creations.

Stefano Ionescu was born in 1951 in Timisoara, at the border of Transylvania, graduated in Bucharest and has lived in Rome since 1975. As an independent scholar on Oriental carpets, he has dedicated more than fifteen years to the study of the Anatolian carpets in Transylvania. He has published widely on the subject

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