Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc. Refutes Lawsuit’s Defamatory Allegations by 624 Art Holdings

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Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc. refutes allegations made in lawsuit brought by 624 Art Holdings LLC that Berry-Hill knowingly sold a counterfeit painting. The painting in question has been authenticated as genuine by a range of experts, including the author of the Catalogue Raisonné for the artist.

Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc. issued the following statement today in response to egregious and defamatory allegations in a lawsuit by 624 Art Holdings LLC. that Berry-Hill knowingly sold a counterfeit painting.

“The lawsuit alleges that Berry-Hill has knowingly sold a counterfeit painting; that charge is patently false. 624’s complaint wrongly accuses Berry-Hill of selling a counterfeit George Inness painting entitled Approaching Storm (1887). Contrary to 624’s allegations, Approaching Storm was authenticated as a genuine George Inness painting by none other than Michael Quick, the author of George Inness: A Catalogue Raisonné. Indeed, prior to purchasing the painting for 624 in 2004, Berry-Hill consulted Mr. Quick as part of its due diligence process. Mr. Quick advised the gallery that it was a fine example of Inness’ work. Subsequently, when Mr. Quick inexplicably failed to include the painting in his Catalogue Raisonné, leading American Art Historian, Dr. William Gerdts, examined the painting and declared his unequivocal opinion that the work is authentic. Other art professionals and important scholars have viewed the work and deemed it to be an authentic George Inness painting as well. For 624 to falsely accuse Berry-Hill of knowingly selling a counterfeit painting is highly irresponsible and wholly without basis.”

“Berry-Hill has always adhered to the highest standards of due diligence, and to be accused of intentionally passing on a counterfeit is both devastating and irreparably harmful to the Gallery’s reputation for superb scholarship and integrity. One can only speculate as to why 624 would make this libelous allegation, but we are certain to be vindicated.”

Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., located at 11 East 70th Street, New York, New York, is a century-old art gallery specializing in 18th, 19th, and early 20th Century American Art, as well as Contemporary American Art, Modern European paintings, and Old Master paintings. Questions or comments concerning this press release should be directed to Paul Niehaus at (212) 631-0223 or pniehaus(at)niehausllp(dot)com.

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