Monday, September 17, 2018

BACK TO THE HUNT--My Addiction: Chairs

Moving on from The Deco Consoles.
G. was shopping at the Long Beach Swap Meet this morning.......he sent me this photo of a bronze fountain that caught his eye. I took a quick look and immediately thought: "what about those chairs?"

(The fountain is probably late 20th c. copy and perhaps Mexican--good, but not great). But those chairs.....Italian/Venetian ribbon back dining chairs with a patinated painted surface.......G. is not addicted to chairs like I am. When G. inquired about the chairs, guess what? There were 8 of them: 2  w/arms and 6 side chairs. Sets of 8 chairs are super desirable. These chairs are not an "in" LA design object-of-desire--but they definitely are in the South and especially Texas.
I love old painted surfaces--original patination so that the soul of the piece is exposed. And this set has super patination. I wouldn't choose this particular upholstery fabric, but it's a good neutral and in super condition. Of course, the chairs went home with Gerry.....
Here's another photo--it's pretty early in the morning, which is when you still have some bargains left at the swap meet.

I love them and they will be perfect with my period c. 1810-20 Louis XVI walnut dining table. I love  mixing unmatched styles--as long as the quality and decorative value of the pieces is equal and balanced, it all comes together.

Here are a couple of example of similar chairs that I found in 1stdibs

The set of 6 chairs is a bit older than the chairs we bought, but quite similar in form.
I'll post detail photos of the chairs when they get to shop.

Sending blessing for the last week of summer...hopefully we'll get a bit of autumn weather in the next couple of weeks. Can't wait!!

Mary & Jones & Cole

Friday, September 14, 2018

FINALLY THE DECO CONSOLES ARE IN PLACE................still a bit more to go on those feet.....

And here they are. Roberto went to pick the consoles up yesterday afternoon.....of course, they were not ready--the feet still needed to be lacquered!! It is amazing that with all of our modern technology and ease of communication, no one called to say that the consoles weren't quite ready to be picked up. Could be worse--Roberto can finish the feet and then they will be all set to go.

The new marble tops are spectacular. G has a great eye and spotted the perfect marble amongst hundreds of marble slabs. Of course, you never really know exactly how a piece will turn out until the moment all of the parts are made one. I'm very happy with the outcome. (The consoles measure 45"w x 15"d x 30"h)

Didn't go to auction this floor space and a lack of desire. 

Sending blessings for the last summer week-end.

Mary & Jones & Cole

Monday, September 10, 2018




Well it's only been 10 months and many more $$$ than I had imagined spending at the outset of this journey.......but the French Deco Consoles are finally ready (of course there is always a "but"--Camilo forgot to add the little platform feet--hopefully those will go on tomorrow and Roberto will pick them up....
But I'm still in love with them. They are attributed to Alfred Porteneuve, nephew of the famous Ruhlman, The tops have been restored, but the bases have simply been refinished. The original macassar ebony was in overall good condition, but the tops had to have their macassar veneer replaced and, fortunately, Camilo was able to match it. The marble is also a restoration, but period authentic.

Sending blessing for the last few days of summer.

Mary & Jones & Cole

Monday, September 3, 2018


This has been and (most probably) will be my most intense object of desire. Being an antiques dealer and passionate about what I do, there are certain objects that come across my path a limited number of times...this example of an 18th c. English Secretary is one of those items. Of course, its the ORIGINAL RED LACQUER JAPANNED (CHINOISERIE) SURFACE............ the condition is amazing; the design is to die for; the elegant form of the secretary itself--it even has candle pull outs. And it is in superb condition. It looks like the hardware is original, although I didn't really check it out in detail. I'm pretty sure it's not coming home with me--but a girl can wish.
Here are a few detail shots of the secretary--double sigh.

And did you notice the original mirrors?

Hope that Labor Day brought lots of Family and Fun time--I am ready for fall to start.

Blessing for the day.
Mary & Jones & Cole

Sunday, September 2, 2018


I grabbed this image from an Eckhart Tolle blog post.

This past Friday and Saturday were the Memorial Services of two great Americans--John McCain and Aretha Franklin. Both were towers of integrity in a world where light is struggling to break through the darkness of our political landscape.
I spent some personal time honoring them-- their courage to stand for what they believed in. And I realized that although I personally espouse their values, courage and commitment, I am far from actually making a difference. My promise to myself is to have more courage to fight for integrity in myself, our government and in the moment by moment choices I make over what I think, who I judge and to which type of discourse I contribute. Am I really making a positive impact or is it simply wishful thinking? 
Yes, life can be serious but when I remember the words of John McCain and the songs of Aretha, I can lighten up a bit. Aretha said it best: R-E-S-P-E-C-T and her tone was joyful, forceful and positive.

Happy Labor Day--Fall IS COMING.

Mary & Jones & Cole

Friday, August 24, 2018


All I bought yesterday was this pair of blue & white elephant obelisk lamps (and they were very pricey). Both G and I loved them (G more than I). I have seen similar representations of this form of obelisk, but didn't know where the original came from and vowed to investigate. After buying the lamps, I went to shop to take photos of a set of 8 Fornasetti plates.
As you know, I frequently write about Serendipity and the joy it brings me to know that I'm connected to so much that I'm only marginally aware of.)
Anyway, here is the second plate that I photographed

Yep, there is the elephant obelisk--It's a real obelisk situated in the Piazza di Minerva.........I didn't even need to open the computer or go down any rabbits holes to satisfy my quest to identify the obelisks. And that is also connection.
I'm so excited that Fall is approaching.....I do not like the heat and we need rain desperately. As I studied the paler blue sky and wispy clouds this morning, I could almost smell Fall in the (crisper?) ocean breezes.

Blessings for the next to the last real summer week-end.

Mary & Jones & Cole

PS Not going to talk about my joy over what is happen in mr. small t's world.


This amazing table was at auction today. When I previewed yesterday, I immediately spotted the table and fell in love. I couldn't believe the condition of the tiles......they seemed to be old, but no wear? The forged iron was spectacular and I was sure that it must have been old, but it's not.........
Tonight as I was going over the photos and enlarged one of them, I spotted a signature "Bushere & Son" on one leg. Of course, I had to investigate.
Bushere & Son is currently making this table in their workshop (really artist's studio) in Corona, California--about 30 miles from me.

I didn't realize that this high quality iron was still being forged in the US. I was sure that this table was an antique English or Spanish piece. 

You can go to their website
to view and order these gorgeous tables and many more Spanish Revival type objects.
I'm still speechless.

I'll get back to my usual postings--have had a lot on my plate.

Blessings for the week.

Mary & Jones & Cole