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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Going once, going twice

Yesterday my daughter and SIL attended an auction. Previewing started early, so they left home around 5 a.m. in time to check things out before the bidding started at 10 a.m. The auction promised to be a long one, as the catalog showed over 700 lots.

When they got there, they were told that the auction would last till at least 8:30 p.m., with no loading of any purchases till all the bidding ended, so they settled in for the duration. At 6:30 p.m., I heard from them. They had bid on all the lots they wanted and were headed out for dinner, in the hopes that they could load up and head home as soon as they got back to the auction house.

I had a couple of specific pieces of furniture I wanted them to try to get for me, but they were bid up pretty quickly. My daughter was hoping to bring home some art that was estimated to sell for $300-500, but it went for closer to $1500, so she came home empty handed too.

My SIL won several lots for the store, and I'll be showing them to you in the next few days. Till then, here are some of the pieces taken home by lucky winners...maybe us, maybe not.


Italian sofa in the style of Gio Ponti

Occasional table

Antonio Fornaroli desk

Cowhide stools

Glass top coffee table

Italian leather lounge chair

Vico Magistretti reclining armchairs

Slab top table

Console table

Danish hooked rugs

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  1. Oh wow, they're all amazing.
    But I want to steal that Antonio Fornaroli desk!

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  2. Amazing stuff. My pick - the cow hide stools and Danish hooked rugs. I'd put them together. Can't wait to see what you got.

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    1. I loved both those too, but the cow hide stools were bid up online higher than I wanted to spend before the auction even started.

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  3. So many lovely and sculptural pieces! I have lots of fond memories of rugs like these, they were in the hallways of almost every home over here when I was a child, and have become very popular again. Of course, my grandparents' generation made them themselves, from worn out clothing and whatever materials they could get hold of. I love those traditional crafts made with love!

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    1. My grandmother and her friends hooked rugs too, but as I remember, they were more loosely woven and rarely striped. Like the ones you remember, they were made of discarded clothing and scraps left from making dresses.

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  4. Love that occassional table! ...and the other coffee table. I think I have a thing about tables :)

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    1. I would have loved to get that glass top coffee table.

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  5. I love it all. I'm mourning the loss of my falcon chair. A large guest sat in it and the leg snapped. Thanks for the eye candy. I needed that. If you ever see rosewood falcon chair legs, let me know. Can't wait to see what SIL scored.

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    1. That's such a shame about your chair! If we run across any legs, we'll definitely let you know. I'm sure you've already saved a search on eBay, and you can search liveauctioneers.com regularly too. I'll keep my fingers crossed that something comes up soon.

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  6. Wow, great stuff! I love the red sofa and the console table!

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    1. That red sofa really has personality, doesn't it?

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  7. Do you think the cow hide was original to the stools? SIL Picked up lots of neat things!

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    1. I was wondering the same thing about the stools. I'm thinking maybe they were recovered.

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  8. Italian Sofa, Occasional table & Antonio desk can all come to my house! *lol*

    All of the items are great I can't wait to see what you got.

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    1. I'm with you...I'd welcome any of those.

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    2. We have to fight for the occasional table =)

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  9. Geeeeeez... this is some seriously good loot! That desk is incredible. Love the "floating" drawers! The console table appeals to me too and is actually something I could really use and have space for. Looking forward to seeing your wins.

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    1. My SIL focused mainly on case goods this trip. He got some very nice pieces that I'll be showing soon. He loved the desk too, and I was actually considering bidding on the console table for myself.

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  10. My fantasy pick is the slab top table. I do find the sculptural table MOST intriguing.

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    1. I've always admired Nakashima's work, but I never really thought I wanted any live edge pieces, but lately I've been leaning that way.

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    2. Hi it is me using comments like email. But I know they get your attention. I would like to suggest you re-think your kitchen cabinets if you have any extra money. It will drive you insane that you compromised. We can't have that.

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  11. I am amazed at all the beauty! I don't know if I could go to an auction like this! I would bid on everything!!! How exciting.

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    1. I think the length of the auction...combined with the usual hard chairs...dampened their enthusiasm just a little. :)

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  12. Can't wait to see more - I have a table like the one with all the levels - it's what got me started on mid mod furnishings. Tell it's worth a fortune ;)

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