De Wolfe, Elsie, 1865-1950 / The house in good taste
XVII: reproductions of antique furniture and objects of art, pp. 254-268 ff.
XVII REPRODUCTIONS OF ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND OBJECTS OF ART O NE must have preserved many naive illusions if one may believe in all the "antiques" that are offered in the marketplaces of the world to-day. Even the greatest connoisseurs are caught napping sometimes, as in the case of the famous crown supposedly dating to the Fifth Century, B. C., which was for a brief period one of the treasures of the Louvre. Its origin was finally discovered, and great was the outcry! It had been traced to a Viennese artisan, a worker in the arts and crafts. Surely, if the great men of the Louvre could be so deceived it is obvious that the amateur collector has little chance at the hands of the dealers in old furniture and other objects of art. Fortunately, the greatest dealers are quiet honest. They tell you frankly if the old chair you covet is really old, if it has been partially restored, or if it is a copy, and they charge you accord- ingly. At these dealers a small table of the Louis XVI period, or a single chair covered in the original tap- estry, may cost as much as a man in modest circum- stances would spend on his whole house. Almost everything outside these princely shops (salons is a 2-54
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