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QUESTION: Hello i am considering purchasing this piece but Id like to know about this piece also if you know anything about the value.  This is the only photo I currently have.

ANSWER: This does not look like an antique, I need to see a photo of the back of vanity to tell you more.

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QUESTION: Can u tell me what to look for on the back.  Can u tell me anything about this piece.  Do u think I'm getting ripped off if I pay $150 for it?

ANSWER: Consider what it would cost to purchase a piece a IKEA, for $150 dollars you would get junk that you would have to throw away in a few years. Getting ripped off is when you purchase an item for thousands of dollars and it is worth only one hundred. This is not the case, go to a few antique stores or used furniture stores and compare the prices, you will see what you get for $150 dollars. I need to see a photo of the back of the vanity to tell you the age, and see the construction technique used, this is not something I can tell you to look for, you would have to know how to date a piece of furniture and know what techniques were used in the manufacturing process.  Without a photo I can not tell you more.

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QUESTION: Well thank you for making me feel better about the purchase, I am picking it up today and I will inspect it and take a lot better photos so you can tell me more hopefully.  My only question is now is there anything I should look out for before buying something (my dad says termites).  Can you think of anything else?  Thank you for answering all my questions

In general, first you must love what you purchase, second you must be sure of that is being described to you is really what they say it is and it is worth the value they have given it.  If you are purchasing something over $1000 dollars it is probably worth hiring an expert .

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I will attempt to answer questions about European Antique Furniture and 20th Century Decorative arts and Design furniture, including 18th century & 19th century construction details, style, period and the craftsmen and manufactures that created them, I will also attempt to answer questions about buying European Antiques and how to become a expert collector, my speciality is French, Italian, English, Irish, Spanish, Belgium, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German, and Swiss.


Since 1995, I have been, a professional art, antiques and design advisor and earned an unparalleled reputation for providing select clients: expertise in making informed purchase decisions for antiques and art acquisition from a wide range of categories and eras. Architects, interior designers, decorators, dealers, museums, collectors and private clients rely on me for a wide variety of services. I specialize in finding and facilitating the purchase of some of the most notable pieces in the market today. And because I know the market so well –including the secret locations where the world's best dealers purchase their stock – I are generally able to do this at a significant saving of both time and money. My service includes: creating collecting and acquisition strategy including organizing personally guided buying trips throughout the International art and antiques markets, pre-shopping research, sourcing, analysis of markets, documentation and expert appraisals, handling, shipping and delivery coordination. In short, everything my clients need to be assured of the most knowledgeable, reliable, and pleasurable sourcing, acquisition and collecting experience. My approach is to offer maximum transparency. You can visit my website at:

Moving to Paris in 1989, I worked, for five years as an Interior Design Project Manager for Polo Ralph Lauren where I helped to plan and open more than 60 Polo stores and showrooms across Europe and purchased antiques for one of Mr. Lauren's homes and as a result I oversaw the purchase of millions of dollars of Art & Antiques, this experience gave a unique qualifications to understand the complexities of this market and gives me a rare insight into the professional antique & art market. I also have taught “Furniture Design and Style” at the IESA (Institute Arts Superior) in Paris. and have a personal archive of over 170,000 photos of Furniture and 160 hours of video of the major European art and antiques fairs including: Paris’s Biennale des Antiquaires , Maastricht’s TAAF , and London’s Grosvenor House. Some of these videos can be see at:

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