Detecting faux from authentic French antiques can be quite challenging, as there are many beautiful reproductions on the marketplace.
Antiques frequently have been repaired or have parts replaced, and so will not have the perfection found in new factory furniture. When you find an authentic piece that you j’adore, you can overlook the defects — provided that the antique is authentic to the period and an outstanding example. Here's advice to help you in your search:
The presence of nails and screws in antique French furniture should arouse suspicion, as none were used in the construction of the period. Furniture at that time was doweled and edges dovetailed. Nails or screws might indicate that a piece has been repaired.
Examine pieces from every angle as well as the insides, backs, and upside down. Antiques have a sense of smoothness that cannot be reproduced.