JEAN DE SPERATI: MASTER FORGER. Jean de Sperati relaxing in his study. The name “Jean de Sperati” is one of the most famous and infamous in the history. Media in category “Jean de Sperati”. The following 6 files are in this category, out of 6 total. A signed work of Jean de × ;. , English, Book, Illustrated edition: The work of Jean De Sperati II: including previously unlisted forgeries / Robson Lowe and Carl Walske. Lowe, Robson.

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Relatives owned a postcard factory as well as a paper mill. Sperayi, he declared to the court that he had merely forgotten to clearly mark the stamps as forgeries and he promised to be more diligent about such marking in the future.

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Exporting forgeries was at the time legal if sold and identified as spersti, and free of duty or taxes. Therefore, postmarks found on his forgeries are limited to those of larger cities.

Robson Lowe considered him an artist [ citation needed ] and even professional stamp authenticators of his time attested to the genuineness of his work. The “Livre D’Or” would eventually contain different expertised stamps. He loved his work and his knowledge of chemistry, paper and printing helped him to avoid mistakes made by other philatelic forgers.

Jean de Sperati – Forger Extraordinaire

Full Time Stamp Dealer in Australia for over 35 years. Some stamps in his famous album contained as many as six different signatures or Guarantees of authenticity. It is a Sperati forgery, and is quite possibly the only one now existing. Views Read Edit View history.


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The replacement VERY large sized bright high values were a different story. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Jean de Sperati paid great attention to the accuracy of the postmark when falsifying the stamps. This ensured the stamp had a genuine watermark and cancellation and perfs.

Jean de Sperati falsified only zperati most valuable rarities of the stamp world. As an impoverished collector of stamps, he once discovered that a particular item he had bought was a fake.

After that sale Sperati is RED hot. Some items in his collection had as many as six different signatures of authenticity. This article needs additional citations for verification.

This page was last edited on 22 Juneat Nevertheless, the Parisian judiciary convicted Jean de Sperati and sentenced him to a year in prison, 10, francs fine and an additionalfrancs for criminal intentions. This stamp shows perfectly the main characteristic of the forgery Through this, Jean de Sperati was able to obtain copious knowledge of photographic processes, print technology and chemicals. A de Sperati approval sheet offered to a collector at discount price. He was born in Italy in and died inliving most of his life in France.

Sperati retained his Italian passport throughout his life and always considered himself an Italian. His skills were so advanced that even after knowing a Sperati stamp was a forgery, experts were baffled by his methods of reproduction.

The rare Jean de Sperati postage stamp forgeries

In this second, and final, instalment we move forward to the third decade of the 20th Century. Follow me on Twitter My Tweets. He was arrested on a charge of ‘exporting capital’ estimated at being worthFrancs without a permit, and was summonsed to appear in court.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. New York Also Member of: Sperati’s forgeries are currently very valuable in the philatelic market. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. He married in and had various jobs in other parts of France. To explain, Jean de Sperati tried to convince the court that he had no deceitful intentions in the sale of the stamps.

So the fake is worth far more than a rare genuine stamp. ForgeriesJean de SperatiUnited States.

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Jean de Sperati

Despite the findings of the experts Sperati managed to convince the police that they were fakes, and he was then charged with fraud. E-mail me at glen glenstephens.

Let no-one ever complain about MY mailing costs! And prices have continued to rise ever since. The stamp forgeries of Jean de Sperati are some of the best of the world. A trivial re-inforced corner perf not mentioned in Shreves description. He protested his innocence, explaining that it contained only copies of valuable stamps, which he himself had made.

Many of them slumber undetected in various collections.