When attributing a piece of furniture to Don S. Shoemaker becomes grotesque:

-Who is to blame?

  • The consignor (particular? dealer?) that attributes a piece to a well-known designer, obviously with the hope of a good (profit? scamp?)
  • Furniture designs belonging to someone else, whose fine work in cueramo, cocobolo, granadilla, etc. are now being unscrupulously used with the purpose to deceive and shown in an auction catalog under Don S. Shoemaker´s name.
  • The auction house that clearly showed their ignorance or maybe it was greed? Or maybe they were acting in good faith? Finally it looks like a pretty grotesque scamp.
  • I saved this attributed dining room set including a rectangular table with 8 chairs and a matching cabinet (found at an auction) for a moment in which I think I am starting to solve the riddle involving attributions…
  • This set was produced using quality tropical woods, however, this model never existed during the SEÑAL, S.A. production days.
  • This dining room model was called “Silhouette”,  and it belonged to George R. Shoemaker design lines! The original ARRENDADORA SHOEMAKER studio label was removed to deceive.

Silhouette Cabinet designed by George R. Shoemaker by

The Silhoutte Dining Set designed by George R. Shoemaker

  • Always remember: if a furniture piece is produced in rosewood, granadilla or cocobolo make yourself a favor: do not think it is attributable to Don S. Shoemaker only for this reason!!!

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