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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Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 2

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Trying to find answers to my question about the lack of better research, I remembered that in 2007  Banamex published a book in Mexico titled “Vida y Diseño en México Siglo XX” (Life & Design in Mexico XX Century), some pages were dedicated to Don S. Shoemaker´s furniture designs. Pitiful I found it totally misleading. Unfortunately the research work done for this chapter was extremely poor: Don´s furniture pieces depicted are dated to have been produced in his childhood during the 30´s and 40’s! Don did not establish himself in Mexico until 1947, so, how could he have produced furniture pieces in tropical woods before this date? On top of that, in 2009 the exhibition “125 years of Design in Mexico” took place at the Palacio de Cultura Banamex in Mexico City, some Don S. Shoemaker furniture pieces were shown including the ones published in the book, and again, the curator dated the pieces to be from the 1930´s and 1940´s. I contacted the curator at that time and she did not correct the dates, she knew better. I wonder.

  • This supposedly Don Shoemaker desk was offered on Ebay Mexico (Mercado Libre) for an equivalent of around $ 3,500 USD. This recently produced laminated desk shows wood types that are currently available in the market. Don´s desk designs (which I will be posting separately) were produced in tropical woods (rosewood, rosewood variants as well as cocobolo). I had the opportunity to see two of these on a sidewalk of a flea market in Mexico City.


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