Provenance Certification

To Collectors and Dealers of Mid-Century Modern Design

Not all furniture offered as “Vladimir Kagan furniture” is original or genuine Kagan furniture. There is considerable confusion caused by furniture offered as “in the style of Vladimir Kagan” or outright forgeries.

There are only two certifiable categories of Vladimir Kagan design:
- Furniture built in the Kagan factory are identified as Original Kagan Classic Designs.
- Furniture built under license by authorized manufacturers are identified as Authorized Licensed Designs.

This second group is produced with an engineered construction that is not comparable to the Kagan Classic construction. Finding an original “Kagan Classic” is rare and therefore substantially more valuable; even auction houses are often deceived.

A Kagan Certified Provenance will differentiate an original Kagan Classic Design from the licensed products.
Early Kagan furniture was seldom signed or labeled. In identifying these pieces Vladimir Kagan Design Group recognizes the joinery, woods, curves, and the overall "handwriting" of these early designs. The extensive archival collection of Kagan furniture, photographs, sketches, and shop drawings contribute to our reading of these original works.

Authenticated Kagan Classic furniture will receive a registered Provenance Certificate, identifying the furniture by model number and the date it was designed. The Kagan Company will maintain this registration in a secure computerized program. In addition, the client will receive a “save the elephants" ivory plaque with the registration number (to be attached to the item of furniture).

For those designs manufactured under license, Vladimir Kagan Design Group will provide a certificate of authenticity. This will bear the name of the manufacturer, the style number and the date of design. (There is no plaque for this category).

The fee for certification is $500 per item, (when there are multiples of the same designs, such as dining chairs, each additional plaque costs $50). All submissions must include photographs taken from several angles and any available documentation such as upholstery labels and invoices. We must receive a check made payable to Vladimir Kagan Design Group before authentication services will be rendered.

When a submission is deemed to be an unauthorized reproduction, an explanation of the rejection will be provided and 50% of the service fee will be refunded.


We look forward to helping you increase the value of your Kagan designed furniture.

 
Please use the below form for any questions you have regarding the certification process, or describe the piece you are interested in having certified.
We will get back to you shortly, at which point we will request photographs and begin the authentication process.