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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The most interesting thing about Sperati is perhaps the care he nean towards his forgery. Continuing the story of Giovanni Jean de Sperati, Italy-born master forger of postage stamps.

A cache of his stamps, marked as valuable and intended for a Lisbon stamp dealer, was discovered by customs officials. Relatives owned a postcard factory as well as a paper mill. The collection contained in total different stamps guaranteed as genuine by experts.

The “Livre D’Or” would eventually contain different expertised stamps. But, most importantly, he agreed that he would never again produce a counterfeit stamp.

His trial took place in April His favourite printing method was collotype collotypyalso known as photogelatin in America, which simulated intaglio and lithographic printing.

Sperati retained his Italian passport throughout his life and always considered himself an Italian. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Freestampmagazine — Stamp Collecting Blog.

He then withdrew from the forgery business and promised never again to falsify a stamp. The forgery is just sperat good it would be accepted by He sperato his innocence, and explained to the police that it contained only copies of valuable stamps, which he himself had prepared, whereupon the police called in the country’s best stamp experts to clear up the facts of the case.


The scan is not too good re colour accuracy, sorry, but used an alternate program to the one I usually scan with. It is an accepted fact that the more desirable and valuable collectible items become, the temptation for counterfeiting increases. The stamp forgeries of Jean de Sperati are some of the best of the world.

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I understand the BNG Lakatoi above was among them. New York Also Member of: This blog is made available by PostBeeld. Jean de Sperati did not have to serve his prison sentence on the grounds of his age – he was already over 64 years old. Sperati Kangaroo forgeries get high prices globally, not just locally. Sperati still managed to convince the police that they were fakes, and was therefore charged with fraud. It is a Sperati forgery, and is quite possibly the only one now existing.

A Sperati forgery is today in no way worthless. He was born in Italy in and died inliving most of his life in France. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Search is NOT case sensitive. Stamp now SOLD – to a leading dealer! This is the ‘Holy Grail’ to all serious Papua collectors.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jean de Sperati. After fleeing his homeland, the young Giovanni sought refuge in Paris and changed his christian name to Jean. This blog is made available by PostBeeld.

jeab Sperati was a master craftsman, and produced very small numbers of meticulous masterpieces, rather than the masses of low quality JUNK quality material manufactured by Panelli, Spiro Brothers and Fournier etc. Jean de Sperati is universally regarded as the finest and most dangerous stamp forger ever to have lived.


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Sperati was born in Pistoia[5] Italy, though he spent a large part of his life in France where he adopted the name Jean. And in the world of philately, the master forger was surely Jean de Sperati.

This stamp shows perfectly the main characteristic of the forgery His skills were so advanced that even after knowing a Sperati stamp was a forgery, experts were baffled by his methods of reproduction.

He was, indeed, a Forger Extraordinaire. It is believed that he might have produced over 5, forgeries.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Jean de Sperati falsified only the most valuable rarities of the stamp world.

Sperati was so good, a mailing of 18 forgeries addressed to Spain was seized in by French Customs who has them assessed as being all genuine. Comes complete with the original Bynoff-Smith album page, and photocopy of the BPA London Sperati handbook pages on this stamp, showing this is the exact example illustrated there.

November Learn how and when jea remove this template message. He considered himself to be an artist and not a counterfeiter. As an impoverished collector of stamps, he once discovered that a particular item he had bought was a fake.