Spot the evil genius who makes “antique” chairs

Spot the evil genius who makes "antique" chairs
Is it a $5,000 antique or a modern reproduction?
(Well, have you gotten it X-rayed?)

In a book about the secrets behind the antiques-dealer world, Maureen Stanton quotes a master carpenter who builds modern-day "antiques":

"Well, it’s buyer beware. I don’t have to reveal this. I don’t have to label it as such because that’s the buyer’s business to know that."

This is the carpenter’s justification:

"Well, if I’m restoring it to such a level that nobody can tell, not even a top expert, it’s like that philosophical question about a tree falling in the forest. If no one can tell and people are enjoying these as if they were real, what’s the difference?"

As Ms. Stanton says, buying a fake may not matter if you’re spending just a little, but it does matter if you’re buying an antique as an investment.

So how can you protect yourself? Two rules, and neither are perfect: You should know the reputation of the seller, and you should either be an expert (or hire one) to check out your potential purchase.

(And X-rays and paint analysis can tell a lot about a chair.)

– In the Hot Seat: Is Your Antique Windsor a Fake?, Collectors Weekly>>
– Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider’s Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting, Maureen Stanton>>
– Via Boing Boing: The man who makes fake antique Windsor chairs>>

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