A Pro's Take on How to Avoid Buying Fake Antiques

April 11, 2018

It's finally springtime, and if you're an antiques lover like me, that means it's antique market season. What a glorious feeling to be weeding your way through Brimfield Market or Les Puces de Saint-Ouen and coming across an alluring oil painting of someone 300 years older than you, or pair of Marcel Breuer Wassily Chairs that are just worn-in enough? It's love at first sight and you have already begun mentally refinancing your mortgage to bring those babies home. But, buyers beware, everything is not always as it seems. Which raises the question: how can you tell a real from a fake when it comes to shopping vintage? We consulted with a friend and expert Toma Clark Haines, CEO of the world's largest touring company, The Antiques Diva (and an impossibly nice person), who shares her tips on how to know if something is indeed, the real deal.

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