When I previewed "my" auction on Wednesday, I spied a great John Widdicomb sideboard in a gorgeous dark mottled faux tortoise lacquer finish that dated to the 1960's--and I set my sights on it. The sideboard was kind of hiding at the beginning of the auction and I thought that I could probably get it at the price point where I could make a nice profit after minor restoration work. The sideboard was shaped like this (but much better quality and condition):
But, boy!! was I off with my estimate of what I thought the sideboard would sell for--it went for almost double what I had wanted to pay for it (I was the great under-bidder).
Fortunately, there was another little piece that I had my eye on (business has been a little off--so I'm watching my buying pennies very carefully). I love 17th and early 18th century pieces of furniture. They call to me: I especially love it when the piece has retained its original patina and hardware. This little table had all of the details that draw me to these very old pieces: original patinated ebonized finish, original iron hardware, original drawer bottom (replaced drawer runners--which is normal and means that I don't have to do the restoration work), great hand made square nails, original stretchers and very little worming (unusual in a table of this age and use). As an added plus, sometime in the 18th century the old top had been secured to the base with huge hand made screws.
The 17th c. side table looks something like this, with higher level detailing and slightly larger:
I think that she will be happy to join my other 17th century pieces....
This is a late 17th c. Spanish Chestnut "Arca" or chest
Her next new friend will be this 17th c. English Oak Bible Box
This 17th c. Flemish (Dutch) mirror will look great when placed above the side table. There's Jones....
And these Italian (Venetian) Hall Chairs will make great company--although they are a bit later and date to the very early 18th c.
I'll take some photos showing her great original details tomorrow when I unload the table.
I am so grateful that those responsible (known so far) for the Boston terrorist attack have been detained. Saddened that so many lives were lost or shredded; senseless violence.
Jones says "hi"--he needs a haircut very badly!
Have a wonderful Spring week-end; it will be gorgeous here in SC.
Mary and Jones (& Cole)