Figure 1 Detail of the Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition,
Furniture Fakes from the Chipstone
Collection, February 15, 2002June 9, 2002. (Photo, Gavin Ashworth).
The objects in this vignette are from left to right: Tea table, American,
ca. 1958. Mahogany. H. 26 1/2", W. 32 3/4", D. 22 3/4";
Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 17651785. Mahogany. H. 27",
W. 23", D. 32" (private collection); Bureau table, Newport,
Rhode Island, 17651780. Mahogany with white pine, chestnut, and
tulip poplar. H. 32 1/2", W. 37", D. 20 3/4". The tea table
on the left is a complete fake inspired by authentic examples like the
one in the center. The bureau table is a period example with replaced
feet and foot blocks that have been distressed and colored to make them
appear original. Both of the fakes were sold as authentic with no major
repairs or replacements.