Knowing how to distinguish a genuine antique furniture from a copy is a rare gift that requires years of study and a certain intuition. The moment you wish to purchase a piece of furniture antiques upward to the dealer precise questions about the age of the construction of the cabinet, also ask them what types of restorations has suffered and the percentage of the interventions: remember that a good piece must not have more than 33% of parts replaced. In this guide, I’ll explain how to recognize fake.

First, it is important to recognize and distinguish the different types of wood: each has a particular color, weight, texture, grain, and if you are having the characteristics of an essence is doubtful authenticity of a piece of furniture. Pay careful attention to the patina, the particular coloration that mobile assumes in time for the combination of waxes and oiling: generally an antique furniture does not have a uniform coating but has lighter areas, because it is more exposed to wear, and other more dark, because most hidden and internal.

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For example, you should always check the drawers of a cabinet you intend to buy, and also observe the lock and door handles as well as the presence or absence of screws. Nails and screws are often synonymous with authenticity because until the end of 1700 their manufacture was done by hand, and then you have asymmetrical and different from each other. Remains on guard when they observe a surface excessively ruined: counterfeiters often exaggerate intentionally damaging the furniture with stones and chains just to make them look old and worn. One thing to pay attention is the presence or absence of holes caused by termites: a piece of antique furniture is scattered with small holes, especially in parts hidden (legs, moldings, inlaid side panels and drawer bottoms). Often the holes are plastered being restored but the direction of the network of tunnels you can tell if the holes were caused naturally by termites or mechanically by a forger.

Even the proportions of a piece of furniture are important to evaluate the authenticity of an antique: often a false is the fact that its size does not correspond to the real characteristics of its functions. Observes with great care the feet of furniture: their style is a fundamental trace for dating a cabinet such as the foot awning, typical of the 600, is stocky and big and differs from the 800 which is smaller and polished or that 700, which is more ovoid.