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Antiques, antiques auctions, recent purchases and discussion

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by idfnl, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. idfnl

    idfnl Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Yes, I do get them locally. I can't for the life of me remember what type that is. Its Persian, but not that valuable. I mainly buy from auctions, but even craigslist can produce a nice find every so often. Since my area is pretty international, there are many available around here.

    The one in front of the blue chair is a Moroccan tapestry I purchased at an estate sale.
     
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    Medwed Well-Known Member

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    How do you find estate sales that are worth your time? They are rarely post pics of what they are selling online. Do you just shop the more affluent area for such sales? I have tried to find estate sales online but after finding nothing good I gave up and now only buy at auctions.
     
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    Just collected these, won at an auction last week-

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    Really pleased with them, have been looking for a nice pair of hall chairs for a while. These are oak, c.1835, not perfect (I like old furniture to look like it has seen a bit of life), but quality things when they were new, in the manner of Gillows. To top it off the family crest features an escallop, so when I saw these I had to have them.
     
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    Very unique looking chairs. Definitely an attention grabbing pieces. Love them.
     
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    Thanks.
    I'm hoping they won't look too wacky in situ, arranged amongst other pieces. Something like this -

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    or this -

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    idfnl Well-Known Member

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    Pfff. Take your pick, they look fantastic, especially 2nd pic. Nice house man. Would love to see more.
     
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    The area I live in, yes. There are 3 or 4 towns around DC that I would attend an estate sale (Kalorama/Foxhall, McLean, Chevy Chase, Great Falls) and yes they are affluent, the rest, mostly forget it. Its nuveau riche pottery barn or Ikea city.

    You can usually tell if its a *real* estate versus clever wording. I am friends with a few real estate agents which help. The best part of my area is the fact that military folks bring stuff from all over the world and they often have no clue as to its aesthetics or value.
     
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    Not my house alas! Just grabbed those pics off some guy's blog as examples of hall chairs in situ. Mine is not quite so grand but we do have a large hallway and staircase that needs filling up, once we've finished restoring the floors and decorating.
     
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    GB & Europe are so great for antiques and collecting, I can't wait to go back. Every time i find something I want it is over there...:drool:
     
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    I know. I watch those BBC antiques shows and just salivate. Its an embarressment of riches.
     
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    Talking about shitty pictures in desirable frames. I have a soft spot for antique birds-eye maple frames and crackled walnut.
    Even before selling these god-awful pictures to weirdos on Ebay, these 3 frames are already a bargain.
     
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    Ha, as I scrolled down through your post before I read the text I was thinking to myself "nice frames".
     
  13. idfnl

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    Ha ha, I did the exact same thing.
     
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    Since we don't have a houseplant thread, I'll leave this here.

    I trained a Bonsai yesterday, here are some pics of the process.


    I started with a Blue Star Juniper in a 5 gallon pot. Here is the before an after:


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    Here is the plant after I cleaned up the underside to survey its structure:

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    I did a first pass on pruning inner foliage that wasn't wanted and started to train the trunk with some wire:

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    Here is is after another pass of pruning and defining the final shape with more wire:


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    Here it is after repotting in a Bonsai pot:

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    And in its new home. It needs a fair bit of further pruning, but I did not want to shock the plant too much in the first pass. Its pretty traumatic to chop off 3/4 of its roots and most of its foliage. I may post another pic once its ready for another pruning and I remove some of the wire and start the 2nd pass on training. My goal is to let it extend during the summer where I can leave it outside and then trim and train the inside so the effect of pads take hold. It will take 2 or 3 years before it has its final shape, but I think it turned out ok for a first pass.


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    That's cool, you're house seems to be filled with curiosities.
     
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    Its one of the perks of being a weird-o.
     
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    This = Georgian symmetry IMO.
     

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