January 25, 2011
Don S. Shoemaker Design Lines - SEÑAL, S.A.
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Very few furniture designers achieved that magical combination of style, strength and practicality. The distinctive Shoemaker style has its very own trademark: timeless, clean and simple and yet with a strong sense of solidity; Don´s sculptural furniture designs made with the finest tropical woods combined with thick black leather still proudly furnish selected wealthy Mexican villas, haciendas as well as elegant weekend homes after more than 40 years. It is very unlikely that you will get bored or tired of Don´s furniture pieces, most of the Shoemaker collectors that I know around the world have kept their pieces for over 2 generations and would not consider selling them!
Today let´s review the “Sling” round dining table with its combining “Sling” dining chairs in solid rosewood and black leather upholstery, a set that Don designed in the 1960’s. This Sling dining table was produced in tropical woods (“cueramo” and other local rosewood species) with a marquetry top in 2 different sizes to choose from for either 4 or 6 Sling dining chairs. The design was also meant to be multipurpose and the set was offered within the “Executive Line” with the tag: Club conference table with chairs for smaller office meetings.
The Sling dining chair design is very unique. Pay special attention to the underside finish.
The table was available not only as shown in the vintage catalog above, for an extra cost you could buy it with solid tropical wood panels as the one pictured below from my private collection. This Sling dining table has a perfectly polished parquetry top made in a rosewood species extinct over 30 years ago.
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September 28, 2010
Don S. Shoemaker Forgeries, Copies & Attributions
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I received pictures from one of my readers on this Don S. Shoemaker attributed round table in an auction:
- I had to take the time to pay a visit to this auction house to verify (my apologies to my reader) that this primitive and ugly round table was listed as a Don S. Shoemaker original. I was flabbergasted! I am trying really hard to find just one possible argument on how this rustic round table with such an uncouth finish could have been attributed to Don S. Shoemaker and accepted as such. I was absolutely horrified when I took a look at the table´s underside. The table top consists on many cueramo planks which underneath are joined by screwed pine planks, this is the evidence that the forger or the owner and the specialist or curator of the auction house (if any), do not know something about Don S. Shoemaker designs. We all know that he excelled in developing systems for link and joint and that he tried to avoid no matter what the use of screws and nails in his work.
I just read the catalog that I bought while I was leaving the auction house and I found these pearls of humour that I want to share with you:
- I will quote the introduction for the “Don Shoemaker pieces” in the catalog for this auction: ” He did not use nuts, screws or nails, each one of his pieces were produced on the base of joints, links, etc.” So they did not read what they wrote? Or maybe they do not know that those shiny things on the underside of the table top are called screws…
- Description of the Lot: Round dining table, ca. 1970. Are they talking about the year in which the forger was born?
- Would you believe them that the table is made in cocobolo wood?
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