Archive for ‘Things’

March 26, 2013

A Fish Plate For Fine Fish

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The fish of the Salmonidae family are among the royalty of fish. Salmon, trout, steel-head and even char are wonderful creatures and they are deserving of a bit of ritual upon consumption.

With ritual of course comes the accoutrement of ritual and a fine serving plate, befitting the fish, would not be out-of-order.

19 inches long, 8 inches across (from dorsal to pelvic fin). It is signed by the ceramicist, Gaynor Wall, who was a Portland artist and it is in excellent shape.

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March 26, 2013

Big Burmese Kalaga

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Kalaga is the traditional name for a style of embroidered tapestry from Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. Originally these were status items featuring the use of gold and silver thread and glass beads and sometimes gemstones. Typical scenes on these tapestries include episodes from the Jataka (stories of Buddha’s previous incarnations and the journey towards enlightenment) or the Ramayana, one of the two great Hindu epics.

Our Kalaga is a large sized one, measuring 49 inches by 37 1/2 inches in the frame.

We are not certain of the scene depicted or if it is even directly referring the Jataka or Ramayana.  We’re also unsure of the age of the piece but our best, gut-instinct guess is that it is from the 1970’s or 1980’s. It appears to be in excellent condition.

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March 25, 2013

Ed’s House Of Ugly Fruit

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Now that’s what I call a lovely pair of pineapples . . . I wonder what their glide ratio is like?

Like our recently advertised ‘sleeping’ animal cookie jars these too were manufactured by Los Angeles Pottery.  We’ve actually acquired quite a collection of this kind of pottery so if you’re looking for more feel free to come on by. I’m sure we can work out a quantity discount.

The pineapples stand just over 11 inches tall.  They are in good condition.

UPDATE: The gold colored one has been sold!

March 25, 2013

Petite Arts & Crafts Library Table

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Solid oak with built-in book cases. It is in fair condition due to some questionable old repairs (bolts, angle iron, errant nails, that sort of thing). It measures 34 1 /4  inches by 231/4  inches and stands 29 3/4 inches tall.

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March 24, 2013

A Pear Canister Pair

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Two 1970’s plastic storage containers for flour and sugar. They are in good condition and the larger (flour) container stand about 8 inches tall and it is about 7 inches in diameter.

I really wanted to come up with a tripartite word word play with pear, pair and pare but missed the mark in my attempts. Please feel free to offer suggestions in the comments.

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March 24, 2013

What To Get For The Person Who Has Everything . . .


A 17 foot Coleman Canoe, of course. Equipped with 2 vintage life jackets and 3 wooden oars. Available at the Estate Store Tualatin, where you can take it for a spin on our community lake. T. Warebear will be more than happy to join you.

March 23, 2013

Mid-Century Seating Bonanza At Estate Store West


Pair of Overman Pod Chairs, fine Finnish design from the 1960’s. $255 each


3 Johannes Andersen ‘Allegra’ Bar Stools 30.25″ H X 14″ W   GONE!


6 solid teak dining chairs designed by P.E. Jørgensen for Farso Stolefabrik GONE!


3 Mid-century dining chairs of an unknown origin SOLD!

If you’re interested in any of these pieces please call the Tualatin Estate Store at 503-612-0020 or head on down to 8380 SW Nyberg St. Open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a to 4 pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

March 23, 2013

1961 Drexel Declaration Table

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Round with a slightly squared plan view. This is a piece from the famed Drexel Declaration line, designed by Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougall in the 1950’s.

It is 49 1/2 inches in maximum diameter and 26 inches tall with walnut veneer and rosewood inlay decoration at the center. I’m not sure what this was called in the original catalog (probably something poetic like ’round dinette table’).

It is in very good condition.

Underneath it is marked with the Drexel part number and dated December 1961.

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March 22, 2013

Arts & Crafts Four Tier Stand

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Made of solid oak this four tier stand is a great size. It measures 17 inches wide by 11 inches deep and stands 36 inches tall. It could serve as a petite bookcase, a plant stand plus or a catcher of leftover stuff. It is in very good condition too!

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March 21, 2013

Cool Mid-Century Modern Modular Storage

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Fully adjustable and disassemble-able. This consists of three cabinet pieces, three flat shelves, a magazine shelf and six legs. And there are a whole heap of screws too.

One of the cabinet sections has three drawers. Another is a bar style cabinet with fold down front and an inside drawer. The last one is just open storage, with holes for an adjustable (but not present) inside shelf.

It is 66 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 69 1/2 inches high to the top of the legs. One can raise the top of one of the cabinets above the height of the legs a few inches if desired (i.e., as shown it is 71 inches tall).

The back side is suitably finished so that this could be free-standing in the middle of an open space if desired.


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