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 …

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 …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 4

This attributed piece was found in a gallery: Daybed attributed to Don Shoemaker. Another Art Deco inspiration. This brand new furniture piece is made in rosewood (“cueramo”) and black leather. A very attractive piece, and again, credit should be awarded to the lady who designed it a year ago. So …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 3

These attributed pieces were found in a gallery: The X-Chair, attributed to Don Shoemaker. This model never existed during the SEÑAL, S.A. production days. As long as I know who designed these chairs… He used as a model the original Don S. Shoemaker design of a small folding stool in …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 2

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 …

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker – part 1

I have seen a wide range of fakes or attributed furniture pieces on sale on the web, magazines, flea markets and even on renowned galleries. I have questioned myself many times: what motivates curators, gallery owners, writers, as well as the public to rely in good faith on certain traders …