Pictured to the left is a solid mahogany wood mirror with an ebonized finish and silver leaf detail. The mirror to the right is a solid mahogany mirror with French hand polish finish and a gold leaf detail on top.
This is a pair of custom bathroom vanities we recently completed and are ready to have the finish applied. For this project the client is considering a white distressed natural finish or possibly a white lacquer finish with a white onyx marble top. The custom vanity top will be installed on site once the finish has been applied.
This is a handcarved, ribbed custom vanity we designed for a bathroom. We used poplar solid wood and finished the exterior with white lacquer. Often client request other types of solid wood or walnut which tend to be more expensive than going with white lacquer.
In part I and part II of steps to identify if the furniture you are looking at is truly an antique we outline some basic visual cues that can help you in determining the age. It’s essential to find out as much history as you can about the piece of furniture especially who the manufacturer was and the date of its construction. A reputable dealer should be able to provide these free of charge. If it’s origin seems to be a “mystery” and you are not yet ready to pay for an appraisal take a digital photo and head to the library. Many of the top manufacturers kept detailed product information in antique catalogs and if you can find out the date and model you might be able to compare it with similar pieces for sale on the web.
Here are another three ways you may be able to verify authenticity:
1) If there are inlaid designs on the wood the shapes tend to be less exact and often there are gaps in the wood (machine made inlay often has very smooth edges which fit together perfectly and no gaps in the wood)
2) If the chair has armrests or feet check to see if there is natural looking wear. Often repeated hand or arm touching of the armrests will leave an irregular looking wear to the stain. Examine these closely as it’s possible to mimick this wear with a machine
3) Check the feet and see how their worn, often an old piece will have dents and the wood will be severely receded in the foot area. If the feet seem to be in tip top shape that’s a very telling sign that it’s a reproduction or was restored in a way which may reduce it’s value.