Redd’s Art guide – how to tell which paintings and statues are real or fake
Keep an eye out, cousin.
Jolly Redd is a sneaky fox who’ll sell you paintings and statues which can be donated to Blathers in the museum, or kept in your own personal art collection. They’re sometimes not the real deal though. Here’s how to tell whether they are genuine or fake.
Here’s our list of paintings, statues, and the forged versions you’ll have to watch out for. Thanks to the community over at the Animal Crossing Wiki for compiling the information.
Jolly Redd forgery guide – how to discover fake paintings and statues
Redd is a strange character. We trust him because he calls us cousin, and his used-car-salesman huckster attitude is honestly quite endearing. You still need to keep an eye out though – here’s how to tell when Jolly Redd is taking you for a ride.
Paintings – Real vs Fake
First up, here’s a list of all the paintings you can get in the game with descriptions to help you discern whether Redd’s selling you a fake or not. It’s also worth noting some paintings can’t be forged, we presume the shady characters working for him have some limits too.
|The fake Academic Painting has a coffee cup stain in the top right corner.
|The genuine painting has the man in black and red wearing a hat. In the fake, he’s not wearing a hat.
|In the real image, the man pictured has a fringe covering his entire forehead like it’s 2005. In the real painting, he has some forehead visible.
|The fake version has purple flowers, whereas the real painting has blue.
|In the fake version, the Mona Lisa has a terrifying, angular, angry look on her face, whereas the real painting has the classic ambiguous expression we all know.
|In the fake painting, the woman pictured fills up almost all of the canvas. In the real painting, the top of her head is just above the halfway mark.
|Look at the chest of the terrifying vegetable man. The real painting should have a vegetable sprouting out of the chest, whilst the fake one does not.
|In the real version, you should see some trees on the right hand side, covering some of the top-right corner. The fake painting just has blue skies in the top-right.
|The real version of the painting has only a small trickle of water being poured from the jug, whilst the fake one has what looks like a far wider stream.
|The facial expressions are different. In the real version, the guy’s eyebrows are pointing inwards, to make him look angry. In the fake one, they’re raised to make him look more worried and earnest.
|The real version of the painting has two people walking by the trees in the lower right, but the fake only has one.
|The animal being held in the real painting is white all over, but the fake version has a grey face.
|This one is quite tough to spot. There’s a man dressed in black at the very back of the painting who is touching a wall in the real version of the painting. In the fake one, his arm is bent and he is not quite touching the wall. Honestly, this one is pretty brutal.
|Wild Painting (left)
|In the real version, the goblin-looking thing is white. In the fake, it’s a dark green colour.
|Wild Painting (right)
|In the real version, the character on the right hand side is green, whereas in the fake it’s white.
|Look at the woman’s earring. If she’s wearing a spherical earring, it’s the real thing. If she’s wearing a star-shaped earring, it’s fake.
Mayor Mori’s video above is a great visual aid if you’re still unsure whether a painting is fake or not.
Statues – Real vs Fake
Redd doesn’t just flog paintings, he also sells statues, busts, and the like. Again, plenty of these forgeries can be difficult to identify, so be sure to lean closer to your screen to measure them up before you click purchase.
|Look at the head. If it has antenna-like ‘ears’, then it’s a fake.
|The forged version has a necklace on, whereas the real one does not.
|If he’s carrying a book under his right arm, it’s a fake.
|The statue’s palm should be facing upwards. If it’s pointed down, it’s fake.
|Check the lighting in Redd’s ship carefully. The fake is sky blue coloured and its haunted counterpart glows in the dark.
|In the fake, the wolf’s tongue is hanging out.
|She’ll be wearing an earring if it’s a fake.
|Check his right wrist. If he’s wearing a wrist watch it’s a fake.
|If the head is smiling, it’s fake.
|The real one doesn’t have a lid and is completely open. The fake has a lid with a handle in the centre.
|This one is tough to identify. Her right foot is partially exposed and her knee bent forwards in the real version. The fake is a mirror image, so the giveaway will be her left foot and bent knee.
|The fake rests his hands on a shovel, the real one doesn’t hold onto anything.
If you’re after a quick look at all of the statues above – just to double check before committing to a purchase – the video we’ve linked by Chickenz should do the trick.
That’s all for our paintings and statues guide for Jolly Redd’s treasure trawler. Be careful and look closely for the differences described. Blathers will always spot a fake with his discerning eye.
If you plan on spending top dollar on Redd’s paintings, you might want to check out our guide on making money from Daisy Mae’s Stalk Market. We’ve also got other tips on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including how to kick out villagers you don’t like, as well as advice on trading villagers with your friends.