Forgery

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Blathers commenting on the forgery in New Leaf

A forgery is an article of Art that is fake, that may be obtained from Crazy Redd's or, starting in New Leaf, from a villager. Compared to authentic pieces of art, forgeries are close to worthless: they may not be donated to Blathers at the Museum and are worth zero Happy Room Academy (Happy Home Academy in New Leaf) points. Prior to New Leaf, there is no way to determine whether a piece of art is fake or not prior to purchasing it.[1][2][3]

Prior to Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

In Animal Crossing and related titles, all paintings sold in Tom Nook's store, the catalog, or at Crazy Redd's are authentic, although Redd charges the player four times than how much they would actually cost when purchased from the catalog.[4]

In Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

Blathers commenting that the painting given is fake in Wild World.

Tom Nook still sells paintings, although they are spotlight items and only the Famous Painting and Fine Painting are available for purchase. Outside the catalog, the primary method of acquiring new paintings is from Crazy Redd's, for double the regular price. Contrary to popular belief, there is no way to determine whether a painting is authentic or not prior to purchasing it, and Redd does not give any hints either.[1]

The painting may be identified as fake by donating it to Blathers or selling it to either Tom Nook or Timmy and Tommy, where they will comment on it. Upon doing so, the item's name changes to "forged painting". The item's name also changes after one day from purchase, even if it was not inspected. Forgeries may be sold to Tom Nook for 10 Bells.

If damage insurance is bought from Lyle, and a forged painting is given to him, the player will be mailed 100 Bells.[1]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

Blathers commenting on the forgery in City Folk

Out of all paintings, only the Basic Painting and the Common Painting are spotlight items, leaving the rest of the paintings obtainable only from Crazy Redd's. In addition, artwork can no longer be purchased from the catalog, which means paintings that were obtained before can only be bought again from Redd.[5]

Similar to Wild World, it is not possible to determine whether a painting is authentic or not prior to purchasing from Redd; however, Feng shui plays a role in increasing the probability of a painting bought being authentic.[3]

Similar to Wild World, forgeries may be sold to Tom Nook or Timmy and Tommy for 10 Bells.[5]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

Inside Crazy Redd's in New Leaf. Notice the forged Wistful Painting (left) and Famous Painting (right)

Paintings and statues are no longer sold at Timmy and Tommy's store, leaving the player with Crazy Redd's as the primary means of acquiring art. Compared to older versions, however, Redd offers four articles of art every time he sets up his tent, and determining an artwork's authenticity just by looking at it (that is, before purchasing) is now possible. In addition, some paintings, such as the Calm Painting, are guaranteed to be authentic.

It is possible that Redd offers two authentic pieces of art[6] (although only one may be purchased). It is also possible that he will offer none.[7] Feng shui appears to affect the probability of more (or less) genuine pieces of art appearing.[8]

Villagers may also offer the player to buy paintings (but not sculptures) from them. They will offer a slightly lower price, although they do not know whether their painting is authentic or not, thus making the purchase a gamble. Feng shui also appears to affect the probability of paintings sold by villagers being genuine.[8] Obviously, some paintings sold by villagers are guaranteed to be authentic (such as the aforementioned Calm Painting).

Blathers, Timmy and Tommy, and Reese will identify that an artwork is fake—the former will refuse to accept the forgery, whereas the latter two will charge the player a disposal fee of 100 Bells.

Spotting a Fake[edit]

Name Genuine Forgery Description
Paintings
Amazing Painting
Amazing Painting (New Leaf).png
Amazing Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If the man in white is on the left and the man in black is on the right, it is fake. If the man in white is on the right and the man in black is on the left, it is genuine.
Basic Painting
Basic Painting (New Leaf).png
Basic Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If both of his arms are bent at his sides, it is fake. If only one of his arms is bent, it is genuine.
Calm Painting
Calm Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Common Painting
Common Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Dynamic Painting
Dynamic Painting (New Leaf).png
Dynamic Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
In the fake, Mt. Fuji is very large and takes up most of the space under the wave. If Mt. Fuji is small, it is genuine.
Famous Painting
Famous Painting (New Leaf).png
Famous Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If her left hand is on top of her right hand (fingers pointing to the bottom left), it is fake. If her right hand is on top of her left hand (fingers pointing to the bottom right), it is genuine.
Fine Painting
Fine Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Flowery Painting
Flowery Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Graceful Painting
Graceful Painting (New Leaf).png
Graceful Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If she is looking to the left, it is fake. If she is looking to the right, it is genuine.
Jolly Painting
Jolly Painting (New Leaf).png
Fake Jolly Painting (New Leaf).png
If the nose is made of a carrot and has green leaves hanging down, it is fake. If the nose is made of a green vegetable, it's genuine.
Moody Painting
Moody Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Moving Painting
Moving Painting (New Leaf).png
Moving Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
The fake has an upside-down shell.
Neutral Painting
Neutral Painting (New Leaf).png
Neutral Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If the big green leaf on the top left has a hole in it from being eaten by insects, it is fake. If there is no hole made by insects in the big green leaf, it is genuine.
Nice Painting
Nice Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Perfect Painting
Perfect Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Proper Painting
Proper Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Quaint Painting
Quaint Painting (New Leaf).png
Quaint Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If she is not wearing a hat, it is fake. If she is wearing a white hat, it is genuine.
Scary Painting
Scary Painting (New Leaf).png
Scary Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If he is only pointing one finger of each hand, it is fake. If he has all fingers sticking out, it is genuine.
Scenic Painting
Scenic Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Serene Painting
Serene Painting (New Leaf).png
Serene Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If she is holding a fluffy white cat, it is fake. If she is holding a skinny white ermine, it is genuine.
Solemn Painting
Solemn Painting (New Leaf).png
Solemn Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If the blonde girl is twice as tall as the girl to the left, it is fake. If the blonde girl is close to the same height as the girl to the left, it is genuine.
Warm Painting
Warm Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Wild Painting
Wild Painting (New Leaf).png
Wild Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If the dark one is on the left and the light one is on the right, it is fake. If the light one is on the left and the dark one is on the right, it is genuine.
Wistful Painting
Wistful Painting (New Leaf).png
Wistful Painting (New Leaf) fake.png
If her hat is red, it is fake. If her hat is blue, it is genuine.
Worthy Painting
Worthy Painting (New Leaf).png
This painting is always genuine.
Statues
Ancient Statue
Ancient Statue (New Leaf).png
Fake Ancient Statue (New Leaf).png
If its eyes are open, it is fake. If its eyes are closed, it is genuine.
Beautiful Statue
Beautiful Statue (New Leaf).png
Fake Beautiful Statue (New Leaf).png
If she has long hair down to her shoulders, it is fake. If her hair goes down to cover only her ears, it is genuine.
Gallant Statue
David statue.png
Fake Gallant Statue (New Leaf).png
If there is cloth hanging down his right shoulder, it is fake. If his right shoulder is bare, it is genuine.
Great Statue
Great Statue (New Leaf).png
Fake Great Statue (New Leaf).png
If his hand is level with his shoulder, it is fake. If it is higher, it is genuine.
Motherly Statue
Motherly Statue (New Leaf).png
Fake Motherly Statue (New Leaf).png
If there is only one child below the wolf, it is fake. If there are two children, it is genuine.
Mystic Statue
Mystic Statue (New Leaf).png
Fake Mystic Statue (New Leaf).png
If her hat is spherical, it is fake. If her hat is cylindrical, it is genuine.
Robust Statue
Robust Statue (New Leaf).png
Fake Robust Statue (New Leaf).png
If he is holding a UFO, it is fake. If he is holding a smooth disc, it is genuine.
Valiant Statue
Valiant Statue (New Leaf).png
Fake Valiant Statue (New Leaf).png
If it has bat wings, it is fake. If it has feathery angel wings, it is genuine.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

Paintings and sculptures are sold at Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler following the 1.2.0 update. Like in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, forgeries have visible differences once again. However, the differences are not the same as in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Like before, Redd may have more than one genuine artwork in stock (although the player can only buy one), or he may have none at all. When buying an artwork, the player will have the option of looking closely at it, which may make it easier to spot a fake.

Blathers or Timmy & Tommy will identify if an artwork is a forgery; should that be the case, Blathers will refuse to donate it to the museum and Timmy & Tommy will refuse to buy the artwork. The only way to dispose the fake artwork is to use a waste bin furniture.

Spotting a Fake[edit]

Name Genuine Forgery Description
Paintings
Academic Painting
NHAcademicPaintingGenuine.jpg
NHAcademicPaintingFake.jpg
If there is a coffee stain in the top right corner, it is fake. If there is no stain, it is genuine.
Amazing Painting
The Night Watch.jpg
NHAmazingPaintingFake.jpg
If the man in black does not have a hat, it is fake. If the man does have a hat, it is genuine.
Basic Painting
The Blue Boy.jpg
Basic Painting (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If the boy has a bowl haircut with long bangs, it is fake. If he has shorter and wavier hair, it is genuine.
Calm Painting
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Common Painting
The Gleaners.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Detailed Painting
Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas.jpg
Detailed Painting (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If the flowers are purple, there are two roosters, and the left edge is unmarked, it is fake. If there is only one rooster, blue flowers, and a stamp and signature on the left edge, it is genuine.
Dynamic Painting
The Great Wave off Kanagawa.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Famous Painting
Mona Lisa.jpg
Famous Painting (NH) Fake.png
If her eyebrows are slanted upwards as if she is smirking, it is fake. If her eyebrows are relaxed, it is genuine.
Flowery Painting
NH Flowery Painting Genuine.jpeg
This painting is always genuine.
Glowing Painting
The Fighting Temeraire.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Graceful Painting
Beauty Looking Back.jpg
NH Graceful Painting fake.jpg
If the white collar around her neck is missing and she fills up the whole frame, it is fake. The forgery changes directions - she might face to the left. If she has a white collar and is facing to the right, it is genuine.
Jolly Painting
NHJollyPaintingGenuine.jpg
NHJollyPaintingFake.jpg
If the flower in its torso is missing, it is fake. If there is a yellow flower in its torso, it is genuine.
Moody Painting
The Sower.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Moving Painting
The Birth of Venus.jpg
NHMovingPaintingFake.jpg
If the sky behind the right-hand woman is clearly visible and there are flowers floating about, it is fake. If there are trees behind her, it is genuine.
Mysterious Painting
Isle of the Dead.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Nice Painting
The Fifer.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Perfect Painting
Still Life with Apples and Oranges.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Proper Painting
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Quaint Painting
The Milkmaid.jpg
NH Quaint Painting Fake.jpeg
If the milk stream pouring from the pitcher is about as wide as the woman's arm, it is fake. The genuine painting's milk stream is about a third as wide as that of the fake.
Scary Painting
Otani Oniji III.jpg
Scary painting fake.png
If his eyebrows slant upwards and inwards and make him look sad, it is fake. If they slant downwards and inwards and make him look angry, it is genuine.
Scenic Painting
The Hunters in the Snow.jpg
Scenic Painting (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If there is only one hunter in the bottom left, it is fake. If there are two hunters, it is genuine.
Serene Painting
Lady with an Ermine.jpg
NH Serene Painting fake.jpg
If she is holding a black and white patterned ermine, it is fake. If she is holding a pure white ermine, it is genuine.
Sinking Painting
Ophelia.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Solemn Painting
Las Meninas.jpg
NHSolemnPaintingFake.jpg
If the man in the background has his right arm raised as if waving, it is fake. If the arm goes behind the curtain, it is genuine.
Twinkling Painting
The Starry Night.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Warm Painting
La Maja Vestida.jpg
This painting is always genuine.
Wild Painting Left Half
Fujin-raijin-zu.jpg
Wild Painting Left Half (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If Fujin (green figure) is on the left half, it is fake. If Raijin (white figure) is on the left half, it is genuine.
Wild Painting Right Half
Fujin-raijin-zu.jpg
NH Wild Painting Right Half (Forgery).jpg
If Raijin (white figure) is on the right half, it is fake. If Fujin (green figure) is on the right half, it is genuine.
Wistful Painting
Girl with a Pearl Earring.jpg
NHWistfulPaintingFake.png
If the earring is star-shaped, it is fake. If the earring is rounded, it is genuine. The forged painting will periodically open and close its eyes.
Worthy Painting
NH Worthy Painting Genuine.jpeg
This painting is always genuine.
Statues
Ancient Statue
Ancient Statue NH Icon.png
Ancient Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
The fake Ancient Statue has a pair of antennae on its head, while the real Ancient Statue does not. The forged statue's eyes will occasionally glow, and it will float if interacted with as an ordinary piece of furniture.
Beautiful Statue
Beautiful Statue NH Icon.png
Beautiful Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If there are three necklaces around her neck, it is fake. If there are no necklaces, it is genuine.
Familiar Statue
Familiar Statue NH Icon.png
This statue is always genuine.
Gallant Statue
Gallant Statue NH Icon.png
Gallant Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
The fake Gallant Statue holds a book between his arm and waist, while the genuine statue does not.
Great Statue
Great Statue NH Icon.png
This statue is always genuine.
Informative Statue
Informative Statue NH Icon.png
Informative Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
The fake Informative Statue is a neon blue color, while the genuine statue is dull gray.
Motherly Statue
Motherly Statue NH Icon.png
Motherly Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If there is a tongue hanging out of the she-wolf's mouth, it is fake. If there is no tongue, it is genuine.
Mystic Statue
Mystic Statue NH Icon.png
Mystic Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If there is an earring on Nefertiti's right ear, it is fake. If there is no earring, it is genuine.
Robust Statue
Robust Statue NH Icon.png
Robust Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If there is a wrist watch on his right wrist, it is fake. If there is no watch, it is genuine.
Rock-Head Statue
Rock-Head Statue NH Icon.png
Rock-Head Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If the statue's lips are slightly curled into a smile, it is fake. If the lips are more neutral, it is genuine.
Tremendous Statue
Tremendous Statue NH Icon.png
Tremendous Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If there is a lid on the statue, it is fake. If the top is open, it is genuine.
Valiant Statue
Valiant Statue NH Icon.png
Valiant Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
The fake valiant statue has an imperfect appearance, as if it were a cheap plaster duplicate. If its wings are uneven in size, and its left leg is in front, it is fake. If it has parallel wings and its right leg in front, it is genuine.
Warrior Statue
Warrior Statue NH Icon.png
Warrior Statue (Forgery) NH Icon.png
If the man is holding a shovel, it is fake. If there is no shovel, it is genuine.


References[edit]

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  6. "Crazy Redd is offering both the Flowery Painting (which is always authentic) and the Wistful Painting (which has a blue hat, hence it is authentic)." — Sillysnakesstudios - SSS, ACNL: Crazy Redd has something "crazy" and a new look at my newest resident!, YouTube , Published: Oct. 1, 2013
  7. "I've had Redd come in and all his paintings/statues were fake before so it can't be impossible. It's only ever happened once though. I looked over all the real/fake pictures online dozens of times to make sure that I wasn't just missing something. But I wasn't. Every single piece of art he had that day was fake." — Officer Berri, Thread: Redd's Art All Fakes?, The Bell Tree Forums , Published: Oct. 30, 2013
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