September 18, 2014

Tualatin Fab Finds: Eastlake Dressing Chest

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We get a lot of great stuff at the Tualatin location (8380 SW Nyberg St. Open 7 Days, 10 am to 4 pm, 503 612 0020) and I’ve been negligent in promoting them.

Here’s the beginning of an effort to rectify that problem.

Late 19th century dressing chest with marble tops, glove boxes, a big mirror and candle/lamp shelves. It’s a bit Victorian Gothic with classic elegance and rugged anachronism. It is 21 inches deep, 47 wide and 82 tall. In very good condition.

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September 18, 2014

Hand-Turned Hawaiian Bowl

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Handcrafted By Dan Deluz of Hawaii (1934- 2004). Deluz was a roofing contractor who turned to wood-turning after his business failed and made a name for himself as a 3D artist.

This is a smallish bowl, about 4 1/2 inches in diameter but is an excellent example of his craftsmanship.

It is in perfect condition and is signed on the bottom.

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September 18, 2014

Overstock Sale! This Saturday! And More!

Saturday sales!

We’ve got to move these little things, and free up some shelf space.

This Saturday, next Saturday and the two after that we’re running an inventory clearance sale.

Everything under $20 is half price.


Both Locations.

Four Saturdays.

What have we wrought?


September 17, 2014

Sweet American Of Martinsville Coffee Table

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The four pointed aluminum ‘star’ inserts make this instantly identifiable as a product of American of Martinsville. As is typical for large and medium sized furniture manufacturers during the 1960’s they produced numerous pieces in the line, so that one could outfit an entire household in matching pieces.

This is a low coffee or cocktail table, 60 inches long, 17 wide and about 15 tall. It is in good condition and is available at our Tualatin location, 8380 SW Nyberg St, open seven days from 10 am to 4 pm (503 612 0020).

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September 16, 2014

Gaze In Wonder At Reflected ‘Beauty’

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Ohhh, ahhhh, isn’t that purty?

Imagine how nice it’d be with your reflection in it . . . or you could hide behind it and then the mirrors would just reflect an empty room and that might be OK too.

A nice, heavy 3 panel folding screen with beveled edge mirrors. It measures 70 1/2 inches tall and each panel is about 18 1/2 inches wide.


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September 16, 2014

Japanese Map Plate

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This was a new piece of material culture to me and I’ve seen a lot of maps over the years and yes, I even have a favorite map (or maybe three).

It not only interesting as a piece of functional art but as a culture statement. The plate dates to the early 19th century, ca., 1830. The form of map is a tad bit older, roughly 1000 years and is often attributed to a monk named Gyōki (668–749). It was an early attempt to show in graphic form the entire country of Japan and the basic form has remained in use ever since.

There are interesting variant maps. Some show a Land of Women along an edge. Others have a Land of Pygmies. Both are unfortunately missing on our version.

The plate is in excellent condition and serves as a reminder of how much there is to learn in the world and how much we grow accustomed to a particular version of what we’ve learned, however obsolete it may become. It measures 11 3/4 x 15 inches.

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September 15, 2014

Is Tualatin The Magical Land Of Couches?

A recent trip to our Tualatin location (8380 SW Nyberg St, open seven days from 10 am to 4 pm, call 503 612 0020 for info!) suggests that this is the fabled land where seating can be easily found. In the gallery above you can see the love seats and sofas available and there is plenty of other seating, storage and smaller goods too. Size, price and condition all vary so I recommend stopping in.

September 15, 2014

Haven’t We Met Before? Drexel Declaration Bench, Cocktail / Coffee Table Or ‘Leisure Center’ Base

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I knew this looked familiar. Admittedly it isn’t the exact same piece but instead another in the Drexel Declaration line. The line was introduced in the late 1950’s and this particular item was added in the early 1960’s.

It is a multi-use piece.  It was sold as the “Bench Table” with a cushion covering about 2/3rds the length. It also worked as the leisure center base or as a cocktail or coffee table. It is 75 inches long, 16 wide and 15 1/2 inches tall and is in good condition excepting a red stain as shown in the pictures below. I haven’t tried removing the mark with any of my collection of  sometimes hazardous solvents, but I’ve got a feeling it could be lessened. It is in good condition otherwise.

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September 14, 2014

Antique Chinese Style Cabinet Of Korean Origin?

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This came in as the companion piece to our awesome step chest featured yesterday. This too is a gorgeous piece, probably dating to the late 19th Century. It is 39 1/2 inches wide, 21 1/2 inches deep and 60 1/2 inches tall. In side are two small drawers originally intended for pins, brooches and other clothing incidentals.

This is a Chinese style piece but we strongly suspect it was made in Korea. Unfortunately our favorite Korean antiquities expert hasn’t been by since we got it in to confirm this but when he shows up we’ll update this post (even if the piece is sold).

I’m unsure of what kind of wood was used to make this piece but it is figurative and striking. Below the double doors is a carved lower panel too.


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September 13, 2014

Creepy Chalkware Girl

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Her lips were red, her look were free,
Her locks yellow as gold:
Her skin was as white as leprosy

 -Coleridge, Ancient Mariner

Maybe it’s just me, but I DO NOT want to wake up in the middle of the night and see this looming over my bed . . . especially as she has a sort of watery mark under one eye that looks kind of like a dried tear and an expression that suggests that she’s going to burn your house down with that candle.

Sure, I’m projecting a bit.

Vintage chalkware figure of a girl in a nightgown and carrying a candle. She’s about 10 inches tall and in OK condition.

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