Two Renowned Antiques Dealers Deny Selling 'Fake' Chairs to Versailles

Versailles, interior view.
Versailles, interior view.

French police have arrested two respected antiques dealers on suspicion of selling fake Louis XV chairs to the famed royal chateau of Versailles, reports the Telegraph:

Art fraud officers detained the two dealers for questioning...both Paris-based experts in 18th century furniture. They are suspected of selling two fake chairs out of a batch of four to the Chateau at Versailles, home of Louis XIV, for €1.7m (£1.3m).

The French art fraud office, OCBC, began investigating the two antiques dealers, Bill Pallot, a chair specialist, and Laurent Kraemer, owner of the Kraemer gallery – one of Paris’ oldest – in 2012.

They started the probe after receiving letters of denunciation from another French antiques dealer, Charles Hooreman...

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