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May 25, 2011

Antique fakes are almost as old as the antiques themselves. Christopher Owen, who helped expose one of the greatest frauds in the history of the market, tells the tale – and the lessons that buyers should draw from it.

Michael Smith, one of America’s top interior designers who was commissioned by the Obamas to redo the interiors of the White House, was taken aback when a friend called from London in early 2008 with some disturbing news.

According to a prominent London newspaper, John Hobbs, one of London’s premier antiques dealers, specialising in the most expensive English and Continental furniture, had been publicly accused by his restorer of selling fakes.

January 1, 2005

Nick Fulford ambles through Europe’s largest indoor antiques market in search of his lifelong calling

Nick Fulford is managing director of Cancan Communications

Nick Fulford ambles through Europe's largest indoor antiques market in search of his lifelong calling

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