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Michael Andrew Wilson

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returns 12/31/2017

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.

Experience in the area

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:

Past/Present Clients

I have a prestigious international clientele of noted business and entertainment figures as well as some of the word’s most important collectors, References are provided for serious enquires.

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What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to bring clarity to this field, and I hope to learn new things everyday.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

I would need to write a book to answer this question.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There are lots of fakes, and furniture that was made to fool you, you will need to be careful, look closely at the details, if it is an antique than you should be able to see 100 years of age.

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Recent Answers from Michael Andrew Wilson

2016-05-17 Rocco Style Bedroom set?:

This is a reproduction because 1. an original would never be a set, a pair maybe, but never a bedroom set.  2. If this was an original the style of the what would be called a transition period, it would

2016-05-12 Rocco Style Bedroom set?:

Please send me a photo of the back of the dresser and I close up photo of the back corner of one of the drawers. Are the legs in Bronze or sculpted wood?     At first glance this looks like it maybe Italian

2016-05-12 Add'l ? on Scholle's Chicago vanity:

Please continue to send me more photos if you want, everything I have seen so far does not prove to me that this was made in the 1930, It really looks like this vanity is from the  1950s at the earliest

2016-04-27 chest / trunk:

At first glance this looks like a Asian shipping crate, this would have been made to hold a dinner service or  large vases. I would like to see a close up of one of the three metal lock covers and a close

2016-04-24 Landstrom Furniture Vanity:

At first glance this looks like a reproduction of an Antique piece. this shape never existed in an antique piece of furniture. Antiques are considered Antique when they are 100 years of age, this look


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