Monday, October 21, 2013

My latest finds!

This past weekend was terribly busy with lots of events including the 2 fun neighborhood House Tours I wrote about last week. Was nice to see some of you there! However, I still managed to get in an amazing estate sale in my own neighborhood of Cleveland Park. I hope I'm not boring you with my weekly posts of my found treasures for my still relatively 'new' condo but they're really fun for me!
My apartment is quickly becoming a wayward home for stray chairs and tables. I can't turn a good one down! I found this interesting vintage Baker furniture tea-height side table with Queen Anne styled legs but also some art deco influences that I placed in my dining room window. The floorlamp to the right was another find and one that came together nicely. The John Robshaw lampshade was found at an estate sale LAST week and the lamp finial from a 3rd estate sale last month (for a grand total of $35 in its entirety)!  I love how the floorlamp matches the antique tablelamp I got on Thomas Jaynes OneKingLane's sale seen on the table. The floorlamp will live in my bedroom next to last week's chair find!
These intriguing floral pieces stand about 4" tall each and are carved entirely out of antique ivory which was then stained and painted. They aren't something I would ordinarily be drawn to but the craftsmanship is so amazing!
I love collecting small finds like hotel ashtrays (no I don't smoke!) and they can normally be had for under a dollar. They come in handy for lots of other things after a good scrub.
These miniature brass candlesticks were really a fun find -you can see here where I had already polished the stick on the right. They're sized for birthday candles (give or take).  I debated polishing them but thought it would be a good way to clean them up. This summer I had a conversation with my good friend JCB about antique brass and how originally they were MEANT to shine and be rather 'bling'y on a tabletop to reflect the light.
One can always use another picture frame. This 8x10 wood frame with tiny gilt detailing cleaned up nicely after getting off years of smoke and grime!
This last piece took me awhile to figure out what it was but the lady running the estate sale filled me in - it's a strawberry dessert basket. Made of white porcelain for Tiffany & Co - the basket holds strawberries with cream in the small pitcher and sugar in the bowl. What fun finds; you never know what you'll find at an estate sale!

23 comments:

Divine Theatre said...

I love the table. I don't think I have ever seen one like it!
Good thing you have so many tables! You are starting to amass quite a lovely collection of treasures to display.
Now you need a cat to knock them over! :)

xo

Andie

My Notting Hill said...

I love these posts! Always feel a bit envious but in totally good way :) Do you find them on craigslist or is there a site that lists upcoming estate sales? You know I shouldn't ask this after my "death by accessories" thing but...

David said...

I love seeing the things you find. That table and floor lamp are both super scores.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Andie - no cats! haha No mischief!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Notting Hill - estate sales . net

You sign up for their emails and put in your area code. They'll send you all estate sales found within a certain distance you set.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

David -I should have added 'lamps' to my wayward home line. I have SO MANY LAMPS.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

PS - to those of you who asked -no that is not my car! I actually don't own a car choosing to be carless as I live in the city.

A Perfect Gray said...

please. I adore the things you're finding. (Thomas Jaynes was just in my area for an antique show and a talk but I missed him...)

donna

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Gray -too bad you missed him! I bet he's a great speaker. Love his books!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

This is not boring at all! I love vicarious shopping. Nice finds.

Lord Cowell said...

I really like the table, great little find. The miniature flowers remind me of the collection that The Queen has at Sandringham. She has a case of almost 100 of them, so you are in good company there! I imagine that they are quite collectible.

Anonymous said...

Do I wish I lived nearby, to go to your estate sales! Well done with your acquisitions.

By the way, you probably already know this, but your ashtray appears to be from a wonderful old restaurant in London, now closed. Very good French food, back in the day.

Karena Albert said...

Stefan I always love to see other's great finds and you have scored!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Designer and Artists Series

Reggie Darling said...

Quite the haul! Congratulations. Having grown up on Macomb Street in CP I miss the old neighborhood after all these years. Reggie

Reggie Darling said...

Quite the haul! Congratulations. Having grown up on Macomb Street in CP I miss the old neighborhood after all these years. Reggie

columnist said...

I like the table. I think your choice of Freemasons Hall from Chisel & Mouse is the one I would choose too. In their website the pieces do not show the name of the building on the base, which would be my preference. I wonder if you have that as an option?

tokyojinja.com said...

I love that assembled floor lamp - I would kill to just stumble across a Robshaw lampshade!

The Down East Dilettante said...

You're good---very good. Wonderful finds

Pura Vida said...

not bored at all dear..love your table!

Paisley Curtain said...

Bored not at all, we are thrilled! These varied finds always give an eclectic look (my opinion). Is it not thrilling to find some nice things at incredible prices.

Please keep sharing your finds..
Best wishes.

deana sidney said...

No, don't stop! I am on serious hold for adding anything else to my house so I can live vicariously through you. Downsizing means downsizing.

Lovely things... especially love that strawberry basket.
Adorable and would make a sweet picture. I am always amazed when ceramic handles make it through the decades or centuries... so easy to break.

Looks like things are shaping up in your place... keep on shopping!

Renée Finberg said...

i just love the strawberry desert dish.
who knew?

...the frame and new table are really good looking.
great finds!!

xoxo

Mark D. Ruffner said...

You did come across good finds! It always amazes me that so many people can't imagine that a little cleaning can turn something into a treasure — though that table looks to be in perfect condition.