An Indian dealer was offered 1o sculptures by Satish Gujral recently for $3500 each. The bronze figures of “a two-headed ram with horns” and “abstract human figures” were familiar to the dealer. “I was suspicious,” he said, “because I had the original sculpture of the two-headed horned ram in my gallery.”
Till a few years ago, Bengal master Jamini Roy was a popular muse of the copy artists in the metropolis who pushed his fakes across the country. “It was easy to fake Jamini Roy because the painter had taught his son to copy his art and make natural pigments. Roy’s son in turn instructed several young artists in the Jamini Roy school of art.
It later led to several Jamini Roy fakes in the international market,” the gallerist explained.