January 24, 2015

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table


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Patterned walnut mid-century coffee table. In good FAIR* condition it measures 54 1/2 inches long, 21 deep and 15 inches tall. Along the longest side are raised strips which are a nice design element with possible functionality.

*UPDATE: Annnnnd just moments after publishing this I noticed that the finish on the top has a major dull spot where the lacquer has been worn away. It is at least a repairable flaw. See the detail photo below the slide show for a close up. My apologies for the oversight.

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January 24, 2015

Stand Up! Tall Desk


 

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Very tall in fact. It is a mere 43 1/2 inches to top of back, 31 wide and 23 1/4 deep. There is a drawer. The good part of being this tall is that it can be shortened for real sized people.

Might have actually been used as a lectern.

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January 24, 2015

Meet Me In Seattle (At The Fair): Brasilia Buffet & Hutch


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Very nice Broyhill Brasilia two piece credenza set. It is the buffet (model 6140-25) with hutch top (6140-10). It is in good condition and combined the pieces measure 54 inches wide, 19 deep and 65 inches tall. We have the original glass doors too. $800

The Brasilia line by Broyhill was originally introduced at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair (a.k.a. the Century 21 Exposition). The swooping lines were designed to celebrate* (imitate) Oscar Niemeyer’s design of the newly built Brazilian capital (for architectural examples see here). The line was made with pecan frames covered in matched walnut and included pieces for all rooms in the house. The Brasilia line was made through the 1960’s. I think this example dates to 1968 and the line was discontinued at the end of the decade.
In case you’re wondering the title of this post is derived from the parody theme song for the fair (which can be heard here). Good thing the fair was a hit . . .

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*As they stated it in a catalog for the line:

On the heights of a plateau, deserted and desolate, there raises its proud head, the new and majestic Capital of Brazil called “the capital of the year 2,000.” Brasilia . . . the city . . . has revolutionized architecture and vast new horizons of design. From this inspired dream, Broyhill Premier drew inspiration for the furniture grouping which bears the fine young name: BRASILIA. In softly shaded Walnut, BRASILIA is infinitely more than a collection of fine furniture. It is the dynamic embodiment of a new way of life.

 

 

January 23, 2015

Presidential Pin Set


 

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Pin set, presentation box and pamphlet which gives an overview of previous presidential elections. It measures 9 1/2 by 11 1/22 inches. The later buttons (i.e. Mondale) a possibly genuine. The earlier ones are undoubtedly reproductions. The set as a whole is in good condition.

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January 23, 2015

Late Baroque Style Bombe Chest


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Very nice Bombe style chest with marble top and imitation ormolu fittings. In good condition it measures 38 1/2 inches wide, 31 inches tall and 18 inches deep.

This is probably a somewhat contemporary piece.

The Bombe style (often misspelled as Bombay) was developed after the death of Louis XIV and during the subsequent regency of Louis XV. There was a general relaxation of design tastes from the Sun King’s preferred conservative, classically derived, styles of furniture which were notable for sharp lines and rectilinear geometry. His death signaled an opportunity for experimentation with the use of curved surfaces and embellishment with motifs derived from Chinese trade goods. The use of curved bow fronts, inlay or drawer paintings and marble tops all offered a sense of exoticism and Orientalism (in other words not classical design).

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January 22, 2015

Vintage Demi-Lune Storage Cabinet


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Great little semi-circular storage cabinet. It has one large door to access the interior. Perfect for high traffic area as there are no corners to impale oneself upon. It is 30 inches tall, 15 3/4 deep and 29 inches wide.

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January 22, 2015

Get Hosed Or Get Fogged; Vintage Fire Nozzle


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Vintage or Antique fire hose nozzle by Bliss-Gamewell of Newton Mass, sold as the Rockwell Waterfog. Fits 1 1/2 inch hose, seems to be in working order. Industrial sculpture possibilities. About 11 inches long overall and weighing almost 9 pounds.

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January 21, 2015

Make Mayo Manually


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Vintage glass and aluminum mayonnaise maker in the spirit of nouveau-Luddite cooking . Follow the handy directions on the side and you can make mayo manually. It is in good condition and stands about 13 inches tall.

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January 21, 2015

Antique Single Letter Monogram Buttons


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Set of six late-19th century buttons by the venerable Firmin button concern of London. They’re still in business, now approaching their 360th year.

These buttons look to have silver plate faces with an ornate letter ‘C’ embossed on them and a single loop on the back.

One inch in diameter.

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January 20, 2015

Antique Harbor Scene Painting; Vienna 1880


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I never knew the old Vienna before the war with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm. Constantinople suited me better. I really got to know it in the classic period of the black market. We’d run anything if people wanted it enough and had the money to pay. Of course a situation like that does tempt amateurs, but, well, you know, they can’t stay the course like a professional.
Carol Reed  – The Third Man

Oil on canvas harbor scene signed by the artist and dated 1880 and marked Wien a.k.a. Vienna. The signature has a less than legible first initial (or two) and then reads Joseffy.

I propose this is P Joseffy based on style characteristics. I’ve tried to find exemplars of this signature but my favorite off shore based reference site is not currently accepting my attempts at payment, which I never expected. So the best example I have is at the second above link and it is a dead ringer, except for the treatment of the first initial.

I’m not currently sure of any biographical information about Joseffy other than who I can be sure it’s not. It is not one of the more famous (relatively speaking) Joseffys such as the pianist or the famed illusionist. The pianist moved to the US a year before this was painted and the illusionist, while Viennese, was born in 1873 so he would have been a precocious little twerp to paint this picture at 7 years old.

On the revere is an ink back stamp which reads A. CHRAMOSTA, Stadt Düsseldorf WIEN, Käernestrasse 20. It’s a bit tough to read but we used some alternate light sources to show it off better. As it turns out Anton Chramosta was one of the leading art suppliers to Viennese artists of the day.

The picture was ‘restored’ in 1979 by a resident of Welches, Oregon. I’m unsure if this was a skilled amateur restoration or a professional one since I have trouble reading the signature (it might be Gregory Deferroheuer?). Regardless they seem to have done an OK job. There are repairs to small canvas tears that are solid and the picture looks pretty clean too.

There is a small paint chip (3/8 inch long) on the lower edge near the center as shown in the slideshow below but it is an unobtrusive flaw.

The stretchers look to be original and are in good condition. The frame is bears the telltale M&F label of Meier and Frank, suggesting it was added at the time of the restoration.

Overall the painting is in good condition and measures 25 1/2 by 30 1/2 inches in frame (canvas size is 22 by 27 inches). It’s a quality work and needs a good home!

We’re asking $1750.

 

 

 

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