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I'm always trying to imagine how it must have felt to sail into an Oriental port with a completely different culture, language, smells, colours and customs.
Steeped in history and nostalgia, Authentic Models is renowned for evoking a feeling of the past with its collection of furnishings and home accessories.
Authentic Models founder Haring Piebenga started his company in the mid 1960s, almost by accident - the freelance product consultant was living in Amsterdam with his family and began displaying model ships in his 19th century home on the edge of one of the city's famous canals.
The gallery inspired him to found Authentic Models, and more than 47 years later the company remains dedicated to creating furnishings and accessories that evoke a sense of history.
The eclectic and fun collections represent four centuries of science, discovery and adventure - Authentic Models pieces are just as at home in stylish restaurants and boutiques as they are on a Hollywood set.
So painstaking is the attention to detail that pieces from the collection often mistakenly end up in antique auctions - the mysterious mermaid logo embossed discreetly on every item one of the few telling signs.