How important is authenticity in respect of an artwork? One of the most perilous issues plaguing the Indian art world is rampant circulation of forged and counterfeit pieces. Several Indian artists have fallen prey to this practice.
The creation, ownership and transfer of art and antiquities conceive myriad legal concerns, including valuation, sale and transfer of property, and civil and criminal liability. Theft, counterfeiting and damage, in particular, are pervasive themes in the art world; and legal resolution is beset by conflicting claims, inconclusive documentation and application of archaic law.
Additionally, housing art collections privately or with museums and galleries, and repatriation of national treasures lost during India’s colonial dominion under the British present their own legal intricacies.