Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker #8211; 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 hellip;

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker #8211; 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 #8220;deckchair#8221;. This particular chair is made in a tropical wood called #8220;katalox#8221;, sometimes also hellip;

New Don S. Shoemaker Copies #8211; 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#8221;, 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 hellip;

Anatomy of a fake Don S. Shoemaker

To be able to better understand the differences between an original Don S. Shoemaker piece of furniture and a fake, I have taken some close up pictures on the most relevant discrepancies. Please visit each picture for a detailed explanation on the discrepancy. Beware of the loose elephant herd recently hellip;

Most underwhelming attribution Don S. Shoemaker #8211; 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 #8220;Elephant Lounge Set#8221;, created by Don S. Shoemaker in a limited edition of 5 back in the 1960´s. The original set hellip;

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 #8220;genuine#8221; 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 hellip;

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker #8211; 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 (#8220;cueramo#8221;) and black leather. A very attractive piece, and again, credit should be awarded to the lady who designed it a year ago. So hellip;

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker #8211; 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#8230; He used as a model the original Don S. Shoemaker design of a small folding stool in hellip;

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker #8211; 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 #8220;Vida y Diseño en México Siglo XX#8221; (Life Design in Mexico XX Century), some pages were dedicated to Don S. Shoemaker´s furniture designs. Pitiful hellip;

Most underwhelming attribution to Don S. Shoemaker #8211; 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 hellip;