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Nathan Isen wrote at 2006-11-13 21:06:48
Dear Mr. Laskowski:

We are responding to the question about the Erte print purchased with a certificate from Nathan D. Isen, I. Brewster Gallery. Please accept our apologies. The print was issued both in an edition of 300, and also as an artist proof (AP). From the question, it appears that we sent a certificate for the Artist Proof, rather than the numbered edition. Our fax number is 215-731-9660. We would be happy to issue the correct certificate if the writer could fax us the certificate received. I. Brewster Gallery has been in business for almost 30 years and we have never offered frauds, and would be out of business if we did. Mr. Isen is an expert in prints, and has written the foremost guide to Louis Icart, who was, like Erte, a well-known artist in the 1920s. Please accept our apology for the confusion.

I. Brewster Gallery


Good Bid wrote at 2006-12-29 16:09:15
Not all Icart etchings have the windmill stamp. Icart did numerous etchings for books that never had the windmill stamp on them. I work for the on air auction that this person is talking about, and I can tell you that her situation was our fault and had nothing to do with the certificate from Nathan Isen. We sold two Erte Writer pieces in September, one was a AP and one was number 255 of 300. On our end the two had the item numbers reversed and the wrong description was placed on the wrong item. We explained the situation, fully refunded the customers money with our apologies. This customer had this knowledge prior to writing this inquiry. Lastly, to answer the question of why we have so many Icart pieces certified by Mr. Isen, that's pretty simple, to make sure that every Icart we sell is authentic. It's funny and a little crazy, but people do make mistakes.


robert c wrote at 2008-03-30 13:19:40
nathan d isen authenticated two ertes by the same title unfortunately a clerk mailed this man the wrong certificate and im sure sent him the correct one when notified. mr. isen co-authored the book on louis icart and im sure if his cert is on the icart then it is genuine and authentic


David Gellman wrote at 2010-12-18 19:47:19
Nicky Isen is a fraud. He has a Louis Icart Stamp. He makes an impression on the piece of art with his Icart Stamp and then numbers the piece in pencil with his own hands. This is misrepresentation and fraud.


NATHAN D. ISEN wrote at 2011-01-09 14:31:41
YES, WE CREATED A LOUIS ICART STAMP THAT WE USE FOR AUTHENTICITY PURPOSES ONLY.  MY STAMP AND ACCOMPANYING LETTER ARE INCLUDED WITH EACH ORIGINAL ICART ETCHING TO GUARANTEE ITS AUTHENTICITY AND CONDITION AS THESE ETCHINGS ARE OVER 62 YEARS OLD AND SOME HAVE DETERIORATED OVER THE YEARS. THIS STAMP WAS CREATED SO THERE IS NO CONFUSION OVER THE AUTHENTICITY  OF ETCHINGS THAT I HAVE CHECKED AS  I WROTE THE BOOK ON LOUIS ICART, THE COMPLETE ETCHINGS AND AM THE FOREMOST EXPERT IN THE WORLD.


ryan formann wrote at 2011-12-12 19:48:39
I am thrilled with the louis icart etchings that i have purchased at auction with n. isen certificates on the reverse..it is about time someone created a stamp to assure that the authenticity of the Icart etchings i have spoken with mr. isen several times and he was very helpful and courteous in answering all my questions i have his book which he autographed for me.  


pissed off at Nathan wrote at 2012-04-14 19:15:16
Nathan Daniel Isen is a fraud.  I have a Louis Icart copper etching of "tip the hat".  Its is signed by the artist and Authenticated by Mr. Isen.  Only problem is that Louis Icart never signed these copper plate engravings.  Mr. Isen I'm sure will be happy to explain why the FBI has a huge case pending on him.


J wrote at 2014-06-18 18:48:44
Caveat Emptor. All art buyers of any art should understand the market. This includes the obvious question. Why would any original art at all need a certificate of authenticity? The answer, it is not needed. Certain types created these certificates to fool people who are not knowledgeable. They buy the certificate rather than the art or they use the certificate to prove that what they have is genuine. If someone tried to sell me an artwork with a certificate I would run. These are mass produced and have a lot of details which are technically true but have no basis on value at all. A decent gallery will tell you this. Also, check any gallery before you buy by googling the name and reviews. Any negative reviews should warn you. This is not specifically about this dealer but about the art world in general. Also beware of fake auctions where there are people in the audience working for the seller.  


Aaron wrote at 2015-01-21 21:44:03
I know someone who worked for Nick Isen for yrs & he was always asked to sign various pieces of art that Nick got God-knows-where.  When he refused, Nick just asked someone else.  That was how business was done there.  Let's just hope that people who bought from him enjoyed viewing their purchases & didn't expect that they were investments.  


MNL wrote at 2015-05-19 22:30:20
I bought a Picasso origonal color lithograph  with a certificate of athenticity from N.Isen  .... guess what  ... it is a fake . I had it examined in Paris by the Picasso family and not even the signiture is real . He should go to jail !


Robert Kimmel wrote at 2016-05-12 22:22:32
Nicky Isen is a fraud and forger. Nicky takes pages from a Joan Miro book and then frames up on a matte to sell it as an original lithograph. The reverse side not showing the text from page in the book!



Nicky does the same thing by ripping pages from a Louis Icart book, makes an impression with his Louis Icart signature stamp on the Louis Icart page (lithograph) and sells it as an Original Louis Icart Lithograph that is plate signed by the artist with forged stamp signature.



This is fraud, forgery and misrepresentation.  


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I have been researching,buying, collecting, dealing, and appraising 19th and 20th Century American Art (1850-1950) for the past 15 years. Ask me anything about this topic. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers Association.

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Experienced in American Art from the period 1850-1950. This Includes Impressionism, Regionalism, Early American Modernism, Hudson River School, WPA. I have 15 years researching, collecting, dealing, and appraising in this field. Ran a Fine Art gallery for 3 years in Phoenixville, Pa. that focused on American and European art from the 1800's to contemporary works. Rare books focused on fine art monographs and catalogue raisonne.

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Pennsylvania Antique Appraisers Association
American Society of Appraisers (Candidate)

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Brimfield Rush, a book written by Bob Wyss of the University of Connecticut. It details the escapades, trials and travails of myself, my ex, and other individuals who have been to Brimfield , Mass. to tame the largest flea market in North America. Maybe even the world.

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BA from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina
Appraisal Studies at George Washington University

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