It was a great Auction Thursday....sorry, forgot to take photos; so I pulled some images of pieces from Google and 1stdibs that are similar to what I bought today. You really have to go to auction with a very open mind--you just never know what is going to go way too high (and I've set my sights on just that piece) or what will go low. Or (as what happened today) the auctioneer doesn't see your bid because some one jumps in front of you...
I wanted to purchase a set of four Katavolos T-chairs (and so did a lot of other people)........ I loved the patination of the carmel colored leather---there's always more!!
I wanted to purchase a 19th c. French farm table similar to this one........
But didn't get it!
And I really, really wanted a 19th c. large French Bistro table
The Bistro table at auction today had a slightly more refined marble, but it went for twice the price of this 1stdibs listed table.......not my kind of price point. (It's a secret, but we dealers do try to make a little profit)
HOWEVER---I did bring home some really good pieces:
I bought a period Louis XIII small side table similar to this one, but with more exaggerated turnings and finial and it appears to retain its original dark surface and it has a little lip around the top. This is a nice little Louis XIII table, but just a tad bit boring, n'est pas?
Next up was a trio of glass sculptures by the well-listed American artist Suzanne Pascal (1914- ). Here's an example (higher level than mine)
I'm embarrassed at what I paid for them--yep, a bit of profit here.
Then I bought an early 20th c. Chinese lacquered pigskin trunk something like this guy
but in better condition and with its original lacquered stand. I have a client who was looking for a black Chinese trunk--perhaps this one will work.
And, at the very end of the auction, I bought two medium-sized Steuben footed bowls.
I realize that Steuben is not currently "in", but these beautiful Steuben pieces are classic and this amazing American company--sadly, is no long in existence. Quality never looses its value.
I also bought some other stuff--just for a bit of filler.
Hopefully Roberto will be close by so that he can come unload for me.
It takes a huge amount of perseverance, focus and a lot of patience to stay at auction all day--but I love this serendipitous, never quite knowing what's evolving process. (Note to self: drink plenty of water and coffe and always carry good chocolate.) Plus I get to see many of my dealer buddies (remember: there are no friends at auction).
It hit 90* today. I pray that is not signaling the end of winter just yet. We need quite a few more good storms to roll through to alleviate our drought--lots more snow in the Sierra. I hope that Boston is beginning to thaw--wish it were possible to truck all that snow to California.
Jones is gradually getting back to himself. And I'm grateful. I'm settling in to my two new/old locations and am soooooo happy.
I'll take photos of these items and post them to my website shortly....for now it's off to bed.
Have a wonderful almost Spring week-end.
Mary & Jones & Cole