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#1 posted 10-13-2010 02:08 AM

Awright, okay….There is of course room to differ,....BUT….being involved in the antiques trade for decades…I’ve seen all manner of hand-carved asian rarity wannabees, and this one smacks of repro, what with those very incongruous dovetails. It looks like one of those ‘antiques made while you wait’ deals from decades ago. Nowadays, the major player on the field is China, but as in ages past, whatever the public is buying, Asia comes forward to fill the market. Check this out, as an example: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/290744055/Tibetan_furniture_carving_table_/showimage.html Nowadays, you can look to China and Asia in general and find ‘genuine French Provincial’, Italian Rennaissance, or even American Federal Period knockoffs, painstakingly distressed and showing appropriate wear, fresh out of those far-east factories. These pieces pass the test to the casual observer, and are often passed off as real by dishonest or naive antique dealers. It’s not just furniture either; I was a rabid collector of Roseville Pottery of the 1920’s-1950’s and luckily quit buying before the counterfeits, in the Pine cone or Freesia patterns, flooded the market. I’ve nearly been fooled myself, except for the handpainters’ signatures that did not look right to me. So, there you go. Cozmo, I write all this just to say ‘be careful’, if you can show your item to an expert who can scrutinize it in person, you would be strongly advised to do so. What Asia makes for it’s own home use, and what it makes for the multi-billion dollar export market are two different things.

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