No markings may mean Eames chair is a fake
Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:48 p.m.
Q: We purchased the chair pictured in the attachment new at a department store in New Jersey more than 30 years ago as an Eames chair. It has no identification of brand or manufacturer anywhere on it that we can find. We know that there are genuine Eames chairs and that there are copies of Eames chairs. Is there a way to tell the difference? Or to whom can we take it who can tell the difference? Since this no longer fits in our Florida home, we would like to sell it. How do we price it and to whom do we sell it? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
A: You are correct that there are lots of copycat makers as well as fakes of the lounge chair by the famous 20th century modern designer. Charles Eames furniture, without the maker's mark, is automatically suspect. For research purposes, Google "genuine Eames chair" and several good in-depth descriptions of the difference between a genuine Eames chair and the copycats are available. However, since you are going to sell the chair, it would be simpler to contact a specialist. David Rago Auctions specializes in 20th century modern furniture. The website is www.ragoarts.com. Good luck, and let us know how things work out.
Q: I came across this patch sewn onto a fragment of fabric while sorting through family stuff. Do you have any idea what, where and when this is from?
B.B., Oak Hammock
A: I do not recognize the patch in your photograph. Perhaps one of our enlightened readers can help out with what, where and when.
Q: I have a tapestry that belonged to my great-grandmother, so it is about 100-plus years old. It has a silky feel, and is 50 inches by 70 inches. On the back in one corner is a stamp, "Made in Belgium."
Can you tell me anything about this piece, like what the symbols and lettering mean? What is its value? How do I clean it? Any information would be appreciated. I have included pictures of both the front and back of it.
A: The stamp in the corner indicates the tapestry was made in Belgium for the Middle Eastern market sometime in the 20th century. I am not aware of any specific collector interest. The folks at Cyrus Rug Gallery in Ocala might be able to translate the words. The phone number is 629-3200. If not, take it to the University of Florida language department.
Q: I just inherited dishes, cups and saucers dated early 1940s. The data on the back of the dishes says "Stetson Chicago." Are these of value to anyone?
A: The Stetson China Company is not a name collectors look for. The potential dollar value is based on interest in the china pattern replacement marketplace. Replacements Ltd. in Greensboro, N.C., handles Stetson China. The phone number is 800-REPLACE.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.