At the beginning of the show, the seller is still in good spirits: "In our opinion, the chest that we brought with us today is really something special because it simply dates from the 18th century and has therefore survived for so many centuries," says Catharina Kellerer before entering the expert room. She traveled to "Bares for Rares" with her brother Christian Lobsien from Schleswig-Holstein.
"Wow. It looks mighty, and it seems to be very old," believes Horst Lichter when he sees the tower. Detlev Kümmel initially confirms the suspicion as to the age of the piece: "We are thinking here in the 18th century," says the expert. It is a stollen chest made of oak and built in the typical North German style.
But then Kümmel expresses serious doubts about the true age of the piece of furniture: the chests from the 18th century are all incredibly heavy. The example presented here, on the other hand, can be raised slightly – which makes the experts suspicious. In addition, the wood is much too light for an old chest. The profiles are also said to be too smooth and clean. They were milled, but in the 18th century a hand planer was used.
His conclusion: "Unfortunately I have to say: This chest was built in a modern way with the fraudulent intention that it is a baroque chest." The sellers are shocked: "It comes as a surprise," says Catharina Kellerer. "For the three of us," adds Horst Lichter. "I would have sworn it was ancient."
The moderator now brings the sad news to the siblings that he has to deny them the dealer card. "I'm not allowed to send anything that's counterfeit to the dealers." The sellers react with understanding and thank you for the expertise. Christian Lobsien summarizes the visit to the ZD junk show afterwards: "It's a shame, but that's how it is."
Source: "Bares for Rares" in the ZDF media library