Amazing similarity – QUIZ #2

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This time we are going to play the opposite game of the 7 differences. We are going to play the amazing similarities.

The rules are very simple:

  • Pay attention to the desk pictures and find as many mistakes made by the forger on the stripes which are identical on the pictures
  • Tip #1 : one mistake is when the wood stripe of the drawer is of a different color and wood than the frame wood and color
  • Another tip: the streak in wood is like a fingerprint, look for stripes of the same vein

Do not think these pictures come from the same place…..

  • One “After Don Shoemaker” desk picture comes from an auction announced for this December 14th
  • One picture comes from an attributed Don S. Shoemaker desk in a gallery
  • Two pictures come from a fake brand new 2009 production “Don Shoemaker desk” offered for sale in EBAY Mexico (MercadoLibre) some time ago. (read my post)

To give you a hint: 2 of the mistakes are on the drawers

So please let me know: how many mistakes did you find?

And your verdict based on the amazing similarities is:

  • guilty as charged – it is exactly the same desk
  • or it is an amazing coincidence that 3 desks have the same marks

By the way, this desk was also portrayed in an article published in “Interior Design” magazine

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New Don S. Shoemaker Copies – the diamond desk

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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 a total of 25 diamond desks were produced, but the unlabeled desks currently on sale might be easily 10 times that number…

To compare, let’s review two samples of the original Don S. Shoemaker diamond desk versions available during the 1970’s and 1980’s, showing some completely normal wear on the surface and on the desk legs, great looking laminated tropical woods, both carrying the Don S. Shoemaker original label:

Below are samples of brand new diamond desk copies as I have already seen several of them around, based on both original versions shown above. As you are able to judge by yourself, the laminated woods look brand new, evident is the total absence of patina, no scratches, no dents. The wood has still the greenish color of fresh cut wood, the surface shows no wear at all, and no Don S. Shoemaker label is present.

Again, I will withhold information about the original design to prevent better copies!

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