Another week another blog. This week is really a mixed bag of treasures. In trying to think about a topic to write about I realized there was no cohesiveness to our offering this week and I needed to just make this one short and sweet and tell you about the just the items themselves. So here goes………
First up is this awesome little side table that John and I found at a local flea market. It is touted all over the internet as being designed by the famed Adrian Pearsall but………..I don’t find it on any of the printed brochures, so we are calling it attributed to. None-the-less it is a fabulous little table with its sculpted oak triangular base and rounded triangular glass top. It is also described as being a planter table and many photos show similar tables with a triangle shaped pottery planter in the middle of the triangle formed by the way the crossbar supports of the base intersect. Wish I had that planter. If ever you see one. Get in touch with me. OK? OK. So, we can’t confirm definitely that it is by Adrian Pearsall and we can’t confirm definitely that it is a planter table; but, what we can confirm is it is visually a knockout! And in fabulous condition. And Adrian Pearsall stuff is really sought after right now. So………there you go. I’m still going to write a whole blog about Adrian Pearsall one of these days.
Second in line is a boot scraper of all things! This guy is very proud and handsome whether used for his intended purpose as a boot scraper or as a sculpture. My favorite place to view him is proudly strutting across an outdoor view on a windowsill waving his jaunty tail. He is made of cast iron with a black painted finish and great patina. A similar feline boot scraper is in the permanent collection of The Museum of American Folk Art in New York. That one has a slightly different base and his eyes are pierced all the way through and not just an indentation. But I guess that is what makes them folk art being slightly different. Whatever. He/She makes me smile.
Third, and this really will let you see what I mean about a mixed bag, is a Louis XV style china cabinet or vitrine. What a wonderful and gorgeous piece this is with its luscious veneers, curvaceous cabriole legs, ornate hardware and carvings, mirrored interior back, beveled glass doors, and dovetailed drawers. It has me/us puzzled as to its age. John thinks it is mid-20th century. I’m inclined to think it is older more mid-19th century. John thinks newer because of the luan type material that is used in its construction, but I read that they began using that type of material in the mid-19th century and possibly even earlier so……..we are compromising and dating it between mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. It has a lot of age patina and John has repaired a couple of the pieces of hardware and one of the bails on a handle is totally different than the rest but that is what I love about this piece. All its details, idiosyncrasies, and age-related distinctions combine to make this cabinet so very unique and one-of-a-kind with loads of character.
Next is a lovely petite pair of Mid-Century Modern all upholstered chairs with great bones. With the accent on great bones because not only is the fabric shot but the seat cushions are missing. However, it is so hard to come by these more petit club chairs and with all the style and sass these have. They remind me of chairs done by Harvey Probber or Edward Wormley for Dunbar or even Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. Anyway, they have lots of nice details and they came from an upscale out-of-business furniture store from my home town of Topeka, Vargas Fine Furnishings. They were THE place to shop and carried only the best. I can just see these redone. Maybe in a period correct bold and bright patterned fabric. Or in a beautiful neutral men’s suiting fabric. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm? Maybe I should have them done……..
Last, but most definitely not least, is this Mid-Century walnut and black marble side table. John and I found it at local flea market too. It is so sophisticated and timeless and, just like that little black dress and pearls, could go anywhere. It’s simple but of superior quality and able to hold its own next to any chair or sofa. And, although its mid-century, I think it’s very timeless.
So, one more week in the books. And though it started out not being a fun week to write about, it actually ended up making me proud that we have such a diverse array of beautiful items to offer. Until next week……..enjoy your life and your home!!! Chris