Monday, October 7, 2013

Estate sale mystery find

This past weekend I attended a few interesting estate sales and picked up a lot of 'treasure'! One pair of items though remains somewhat of a mystery to me and thought maybe someone would have some background. This unusual pair of macabre tree trunk vases appear to be quite old , perhaps Victorian period? Google searches turned up nothing other than a few Belleek vases but they did not have the unusual root 'legs'.  Has anyone seen a vase like this before?
 This extremely faint mark was hard to read and photograph - appears to be a serial number?
I also picked up this rather worn mahogany sidechair with tired damask upholstery. The wood has beautiful detailing but needs some conditioning.
Stay tuned for the reupholstered after in the coming weeks!

18 comments:

pve design said...

Interesting finds! Thanks for sharing those with us.
Can't wait to see how you use those vases and then the re-do on that chair will no doubt give it new life. I could see a lovely black or dark gray horse-hair -
pve

Paisley Curtain said...

Great finds! I have seen tree trunk vases like these at a local antique store but have no clue of the origin.
Eagerly looking forward to see after "the re-upholstering" pictures of this beautiful chair.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

PVE - the vases have many small little holes -i thought it would look great with ferns or other wild flowers!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Paisley - still figuring out what the fabric should be... black would be striking as Patricia suggests! It will live in my bedroom so still thinking about it.

Parnassus said...

I cannot tell you anything about these, but I sure envy you your find. The overall effect reminds me somewhat of certain hand vases--the odd ones where the splayed fingers rest on the table, and the upright wrist hold the flowers.
--Jim

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Parnassus - they are similar! The sort of thing you'd expect to see crawling away from you on the table.

A Perfect Gray said...

extremely jealous of those vases - just my kinda thing. donna

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Donna -yours and mine both! I love finding something unusual.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

I don't know anything about your vases, but I do know that your chair is going to be stunning when it's reupholstered! It's already very handsome.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Thanks Mark! The chair caught my eye on the first day but I wanted until the final hours of the sale to go back and purchase....it wouldn't go out of my mind. My apartment is becoming "stefan's haven for wayward chairs"!

home before dark said...

I hope Brad at DED blog weighs in again on his recipe for reconditioning furniture. I've misplaced his tips.

Love the chair. I agree with PVE: dark and handsome for the upholstery.

Greet Lefèvre said...

What a gorgeous finds! I am in love with the chair! Love the 'sabre' legs and the mahogany looks so beautiful!
xx
Greet
Ps Thank you so much vor your comment on my post about our Ralph.I so appreciat it!

deana sidney said...

I have seen 18th c pieces with many small holes used for tulips...Dutch idea. Also, in ENgland I've seen a pair of multi-hole vases on a mantle piece... I can't remember where and yes, they were full of ferns and airy flowers... had a weedy look. I don't recall seeing the root feature though. There is also something a little Tony Duquette about them. I think they would be fab with japanese maple in them!!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Lovely finds! I love the little leaf dishes and those vases are sooo unique and fabulous!
xo Nancy

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Thanks Nancy - I've had the leaf shaped Meissen butter pats for awhile and they just seemed like the perfect pairing!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Deana - sadly these aren't big enough for tulips but like you say, weedy /airy flowers will be beautiful! Good call on Duquette too; more is more!

Daniel James Shigo said...

Lovely find! You have such a good eye. Bravo!

Karena Albert said...

Dear Stefan, Beautiful finds! The vases are so interesting! They remind me of tulip vases I saw as a child.The chair will be magnificent.

xoxo
Karena
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