AAD Appearances Are Deceptive…

Are you prepared to buy Don S. Shoemaker originals? Let´s make a quiz…

Appearances are deceptive. That´s why you must train your eye to find the differences between the originals, the copies and forgeries. It is like playing the cartoon of the 7 differences, but this time with the added value that you can save a lot of money with an accurate perception. This is the only weapon that we collectors have to fight forgers that are flooding the market taking advantage of our good faith.

Do not forget the MANTRA: if the piece seems odd,  if the leather is new, the wood looks new and smells like new, and carries no label or stamp or is taped, then it is a forgery or a brand new copy !

  • The Sling side table is part of the original “Sling Casuals Line” designed by Don S. Shoemaker in the 1960´s. I have included a picture of an original Sling side table from my personal collection and a picture of a brand new copy, as seen at an auction. The Sling side table was available either with a wooden top or a leather top.

Now, are you ready to identify which one is the original Sling side table and which one is the copy?

  • Another example for you to analyze. Which one is the original Don S. Shoemaker diamond desk and which one is the copy?

  • The Elephant Lounge chair: which one is the original Don S. Shoemaker Elephant Lounge chair and which one is the forgery?

  • This Game table is the last one in our quiz. Have you decided which one is the original and which one is the fake? One of them was found in a Mexican auction house and the other one in a Chicago based auction house.

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  1. Karin,

    I am Mexican and I live in Mexico City. I have some pieces of D.S, and I have been reading your blog.
    I would like to ask you where do you get all this information. It seems that you are pretty sure of your statements and qualifications about which piece is original and which is a copy. Do you have any prove about it?, Where do you get all this information? .
    If you know so much about D.S designs and pieces, maybe you should know where does the copies that you show us where made and who made them.

    Based on your knowledge, can you recomend me someone to certify my pieces?

    Hope to hear from you soon.


    Cecilia Tena


    • Cecilia,
      As a second generation of Don S. Shoemaker collectors you can imagine that many of our properties (houses, office, etc.) were furnished with Don S. Shoemaker pieces. The relationship started around 1950 til Don passed away, George was a friend since childhood and his early departure is still grieved. Have you paid attention to my posts? I normally compare 1 to 1 and give detailed information between an original and a copy or forgery. Unfortunately as I have stated in my welcome page there are forgers and the core business of my blog is to keep collectors informed about how to identify the originals and not to be swindled. The provenance of the copies or forgeries is always uncertain and I do not see the logic of why should I know something like that. The thousands of hours spent with Don and George, more than 50 years of relationship and more than 300 pieces in my collection (most of them with decal studio label), and the invoices of the pieces that date from the 50´s to the early 2000´s, the kind contribution of Dick Shoemaker (have you seen the SEÑAL S.A. video and the catalog pages that I have been posting?), I think that gives me certain authority and expertise on this subject and that is why I have focused my effort on sharing information about the original Don S. Shoemaker work and George´s, of course.
      Although I have received dozens of emails to denounce obscure stories about dealers, warehouses, auction houses, curators, gallery owner relationships not only in Mexico but also in the US worth of a novel, the fact is that the copies, attributions and forgeries are there! Knowledge and sharing information is the only way for amateurs and professionals to be sure that you own or you are buying or selling an original piece. Keep learning and judge by yourself.


  2. Foto 1 (mesa lateral) original
    Foto 2 (mesa lateral) copia, la vi en la liga de Trouvé de su subasta
    Foto 1 (escritorio) copia, madera verde, la vi en la Casa de Subasta
    Foto 2 (escritorio) original
    Foto 1 (silla elefante) copia, no tiene ojo y el respaldo es recto, en la subasta había muchas…
    Foto 2 (silla elefante) original
    Foto 1 (mesa cuadrada) original
    Foto 2 (mesa cuadrada) copia, tambien es de la subasta, no se parece


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