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I am thinking of purchasing an antique that is outside my ability to appraise. It's a (supposedly) early 20th century tapestry/textile. I've researched the piece sufficiently in terms of things like its subject matter, looking for inconsistencies in everything from color choices to iconography. So far, everything looks good. Ordinarily, I'd just buy it because it's beautiful even if it were not antique, but the seller is asking for a price that would only be reasonable if the piece were authentic.
I'm not aware of widespread tapestry forgeries but it would seem quite easy to do it. It's hard to fake silvering on photographs but I imagine quite easy to artificially age textiles through accelerated heat/water/light exposure. I know Chinese forgery artists have flooded the market with fake porcelain. Has anyone tried ValueMyStuff? Seems like a cheap way to get experts for a second opinion (they claim they've worked for auction houses)
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If the item is located in a major city there may be local antique auction house with experts that could do an evaluation for you. I would expect that if someone has to go to view the item locally the likely cost is gong to be at least $500 - $1,000+.
Just because a seller thinks it's authentic doesn't mean it is. If he/she was fooled you might be fooled as well.
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If you can't have it verified, assume it's fake and go from there.
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