On 6 September, the Art Newspaper carried an article saying that regulation of the conservation profession may be a start, but can it quash the “ego” that often motivates restorers-turned-forgers? This follows the arrest of the British antiques restorer Neil Perry Smith in July, extradited to the US and charged on 29 counts for his alleged cleaning and repairing of antiquities for Subhash Kapoor, who is accused of leading a conspiracy in connection with the sale of antiquities from Asia onto the New York art market. It notes that another British restorer, Richard Salmon, was similarly accused of helping to cover the artefacts’ true origins.
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