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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. Stewie

    Stewie Senior member

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    Picked this up at a thrift...magazine rack?

    Dovetailed drawers, hand planed...this is not my forte, but knew it was worth the $70.


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    What kind of wood is this? Style and is it US or European? And how old do we think it is?
     
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  2. E TF

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    The posh name for this is a canterbury. They were made for holding sheet music next to your piano, but yes, most of the survivors now see duty as magazine racks (I have one for that purpose).

    I'm no expert but my guess be early 20th century, edwardian maybe. All that scrolling foliate detail has an air of art nouveau about it, but it also has a sort of solidity that I associate with that period. Even less of an expert on wood, some sort of tropical hardwood perhaps? And I don't know the first thing about American furniture: if you were in Europe I would guess it came from central Europe, but could just as well be American for all I know.

    But yes, $70 for a nice hand made thing of solid hardwood is a bargain when you start to think about the work that must have gone into it.
     
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  3. Medwed

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    I just bought this because I wanted to see if it fits with Saarinen marble-top table as a kitchen light.
    Please tell me it was a big mistake:)
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  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    I know your eclectic but.....
     
  5. lefty

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    I was just going through some old lights deciding what to sell.

    Crisscross Nelson Bubble is out.

    This I love but don't have a spot for it anymore.

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    lefty
     
  6. E TF

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    Well it'll definitely be ... an interesting juxtaposition. Need more context though - pic of it in place?
     
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  8. Medwed

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    Just won.
    Victor Vasarely Optic Silkscreen from 1960s, size 35x35[​IMG]
     
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  9. Stewie

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    Had one of these quite a few years ago...sadly I sold it at the Rose Bowl. :embar:
     
  11. Stewie

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    Looked at the Skinner Auction results from todays, and was quite surprised at some of the prices, definitely some deals were had! Is the market down right now on 20th Century Design?
     
  12. Medwed

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    Only stock market is up right now. Seriously , though it is a game of chance as any auction.
     
  13. SkinnyGoomba

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    Medwed that lathe is awesome!
     
  14. Medwed

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    Yeaaaa, you might think it is a lathe but it is a Victorian Steam-Punk Time-Machine.:) It is so awesome. Engraved wheels and patina , I was floored.
     
  15. SkinnyGoomba

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    Lol, part of me wants to live like that.
     
  16. Medwed

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    Circa 19 C. Mahogany, crotch mahogany, brass, acid etched glass. Opens to fitted interior of 8 graduated, mahogany drawers.
    FOR SALE NOW at 600.00 o.b.o.
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    19C. exquisitely cast chenets. now door stops in my apartment.
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    Highly decorated cavalry officer gold wash and silver saber. FOR SALE NOW at 500.00 o.b.o.-SOLD
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    New Pier mirror , I la-a-aike. Pretty big for that style at 80"x 30"
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  18. SkinnyGoomba

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    My wife would be obsessed with that mirror.
     
  19. Medwed

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    First Empire aesthetics are irresistable. I am obsessed myself with that period.
     
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    Slightly tangential to the OT, but what the heck lets give this a go.

    Here is one of a set of 3 nesting tables that I have just started to refinish. A flea market find. The previous owner painted it with a horrible, horrible opaque brown paint - here it is freshly stripped and very lightly sanded.

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    Top/aprons look like oak, legs like walnut. To achieve a finish with great depth/lustre but not a mirror gloss, what do I use? Wax over shellac? Wax over oil?
     
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