Each week it is so hard to decide what to write about. I absolutely love every piece we listed this week so, again, rather than pick just one subject I’m going to talk about each piece. I may highlight the Drexel Plus One Peter Max style bedroom set a little more because….because…well look at it!!! As always, click on the photo and it will take you to the full listing where you can see lots more photos.
First up is a striking pair of mid-century modern side chairs. These are such a pair of sassy little chairs! American made Mid-Century Modern chairs that were inspired by the Danish Modern designs of the era. Circa 1960s and from the Birchcraft Collection by Baumritter Corporation. Comprised of solid wood construction and featuring a curvaceous winged back with tapered round legs. Very simple and very stunning. This pair still has its original red orange and rust striped velvet fabric which is in fabulous condition. Baumritter was founded by Theodore Baumritter and his brother-in-law, Nathan C. Ancell, in New York in 1932 as Baumritter and Co. In 1939 they introduced an “Early American” furniture line, Ethan Allen, which subsequently, in 1972, became the company name, which we know them by now. During the 1950s and 1960s Baumritter produced at least two lines of modern furnishings. One being Birchcraft and the other Viko. These chairs are an imposing example of the Mid-Century Modern movement from a company we all relate to for their Early American stylings. Click on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
Next up and you are going to go ape over is this groovy ice bucket that just looks like a fun in the sun mod flower child summer party! Bright green, orange, white and sunshine yellow daisies cover the exterior of this fab little guy and are set off with a bright white bail and lid with ball handle. The interior is nice and clean black plastic and it retains its original Jack Frost Ice Buckets label on the bottom. This hip party is ready to start on your deck, porch, or patio. Just add ice and your favorite beverage or cocktail and get ready to have a blast! Can you tell this was my era!!? Ha! Click on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
Third and wow! Just wow! This is an early set of Eclipse old fashioned cocktail glasses that Russel Wright designed for Bartlett Collins Glass Co. in 1957. Each glass has gold and colored polka dots in varying sizes on the Oklahoma shape of Bartlett Collins. The gold has mottled effect not solid and the colored polka dots are not the same colors as I was seeing the most of while researching. I thought possibly these were new as they are in such good condition; however, I found that they are in fact early production of this line and can be seen in one of the original ads for these glasses in these exact colors with the mottled gold. These also can be seen on page 234 of Ann Kerr’s book on Russel Wright titled Collector’s Encyclopedia of Russel Wright Third Edition. I have never seen such a perfect set and in such wonderful condition. By the way, Bartlett Collins Glass Co. started their company in my home state of Kansas!! Click on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
And now, here is the bedroom set!!! Every flower child needs a bedroom set like this! I know I would have loved it. As, apparently, would have every Seventeen Magazine reading teenage girl in 1970. When designing this collection Drexel polled young girls via Seventeen Magazine. Then used their ideas to create this awesome line of bedroom furniture which is built to their exacting standards of quality. The set is comprised of four pieces including a full-size headboard, bookcase/desk, make-up vanity/bulletin board, and night stand. The headboard made in a funky four poster style and labeled Bed in Peter Max style writing is in sunshine yellow with the writing in white, hot pink, and chartreuse green. The bookcase/desk is also in sunshine yellow and proudly proclaims on its face, again in Peter Max style, Storage, Desk, and Drawer. Again, in sunshine yellow, the most amazing nightstand imaginable, is made of a little box stating GoodNight on its drawer face and is perched atop a petal-shaped base. The final piece is in the color Drexel called Green with Envy and is it ever enviable! Is it a make-up vanity? Or is it a bulletin board? It is both! In an A-fame shape featuring a Hollywood style make-up vanity complete with lights on one side; and, a corkboard bulletin board on the other, with storage in between. One of the fun and interesting things about this vintage furniture business I’m in and passion I have for it, is treasures come into my life and go out. And, as with this set, come back again. Some years ago, we sold this fabulous set to a mom for her little girl who adored and love it! Now that little girl is ready for a change and we have it back again to, hopefully, make another little girl happy. Or a big girl. As I said at the start, every flower child needs this in their life. Click on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
The last two items this week are Hollywood Regency treasures. A gorgeous octagon table that will make a bold and beautiful statement wherever you decide to use it. And, the handsome set of four wrought iron and upholstered dining chairs that went with it. We are selling them separately since the use of sets in design anymore is a big no-no! At least in my design world. Hmmmmmm? Maybe, that should be a future blog post subject? Anyway, these pieces have scrolls and swirls and spirals……oh my! They were produced by Swirl Craft of Sun Valley sometime after 1973 and before 1980. I went deep diving on the internet but, I haven’t yet found out much about Swirl Craft other than they were incorporated in California in 1973 and are now closed. But, no matter their maker or pedigree, they are awesome and intriguing and beautiful! Click on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
That’s it folks! Thanks for reading. Join me next week. Until then……enjoy your life and your home!! Chris