The George R. Shoemaker heritage – identifying his designs

George did not mastermind a large quantity of furniture pieces during the time he directed the destiny of  ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER, but his designs were very appreciated by the Shoemakeristis. Many George R. Shoemaker furniture pieces are copied and sold as “Don S. Shoemaker originals” not recognizing George´s talent and contribution …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 7

I received pictures from one of my readers on this Don S. Shoemaker attributed round table in an auction: I had to take the time to pay a visit to this auction house to verify (my apologies to my reader) that this primitive and ugly round table was listed as a …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 6

Is this a joke or what? I received this picture on a deckchair listed for auction which you can tell immediately it is not part of the Don S. Shoemaker catalog. An attributed Don S. Shoemaker “deckchair”. This particular chair is made in a tropical wood called “katalox”, sometimes also …

The George R. Shoemaker heritage – ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER

Special credit should be awarded to Don´s beloved son George, who, after Don passed away in 1990, took over and directed with great dedication the company under the label “ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER“, producing many of his own designs and furniture pieces under this brand name until his early death in 2005. …

New Don S. Shoemaker Copies – the diamond desk

During the decade of the 1970´s Don experimented with linear designs and created the “Diamond Line” or sometimes referred as to “Z Line”, built in laminated tropical woods. There is a very well-known example, the diamond desk of Jacobo Zabludovsky, one of Mexico´s most famous newscasters. Street tales say that …

Most underwhelming attribution Don S. Shoemaker – part 5

Today I will address another Don S. Shoemaker attribution seen for auction and also in some galleries: This product of a lesser mind living room set imitates the legendary “Elephant Lounge Set”, created by Don S. Shoemaker in a limited edition of 5 back in the 1960´s. The original set …

Are counterfeiters running out of tropical wood?

Brand new Don S. Shoemaker copies have been around for some time. Unfortunately they are being sold as “genuine” Don S. Shoemaker furniture pieces. Here we have a selection of them and the differences between the Don S. Shoemaker original pieces vs. the newly produced copies that have come my …