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Each time the item is being sold-up each dealer or auction is proudly referring to the last’s provenance.Antique dealers, like everyone else, are less wary of cheap finds and can be encouraged by very low prices to delude themselves into thinking the “Antique” is a steal.The next step is to remove the smell of smoke from the chair, bathing in concentrated salt water and then in bleach baths.This could be repeated as many times as desired to add-libb more damage.The most common way to enhance old furniture has been to add carving, and the most commonly added carving had been the shell or fan.A newly carved fan on a plain case can quickly move it out of the antique shop in which it had become a fixture.I will use the terms: “fake” referring to a completely made phony; fraud: designates an antique that has been altered, misattributed, or otherwise discussed or misrepresented as what it is not.

The more variations of chairs in a set, the less value the assemblage. Often a set of chairs was enlarged with new reproductions, copied directly from one of the old chairs. The additions may have been made not to deceive but to accommodate more dinner guests, but don’t let that deceive you today.Floor and wall boards and other architectural elements are irresistible to furniture fakers.