Monday, August 5, 2019


The restored lids came back two days ago and the jars sold that afternoon (I wasn't quite ready to see them go)!!!! Here's a photo of one little section of my shop and the jars make everything stand out.
Thank you Albert for helping me to figure out exactly what they are. Still think that they have a Dutch shape........
Life has been super busy--We've been blessed by some fantastic this period George II carved walnut stool that dates to c.1720.....and I haven't needed to do any restorations to the stool.

The acanthus leaf carving on the knees is first rate as are the trifed feet and stretcher. The needlework upholstery is date 1921; so I decided that I need period tapestry to reupholster the stool....another quest.  I must truly be in the flow: last Thursday a large (60" x 80") 17th c. Flemish verdure tapestry fragment came to the block. (Like this w/o border)

(When I had previewed the day before, I estimated that the fragment would sell for about $600-$900)  I brought the textile home for $145 and now I have another problem:I don't want to cut it up! (But I will)

I've bought some fun funky things, too---antique French (?) cement acorn finials and a little French faux bois table....

It's this pair of antique tin tile clad cubes that is drawing the most attention....

The cubes would make super eye-catching brutalist coffee or side table bases--just add the glass top of your choice.

But it's not all rosy, I think a friend of mine is intentionally competing against me at auction since I won the large 18th c. French round table over his bid. I have not been able to buy any French or Italian items, especially chests of drawers---they are all going to Fred. And I need chests of drawers.
I didn't get this beauty (late 18th c. Italian Neoclassical).

And this simple little, but charming, Biedermeier chest of drawers went to Fred also

I think I will have to develop a new bidding strategy at "My Auction" when it comes to period French or Italian furniture (Get Gerry to phone bid??) 

Well, it's late and I have a super busy day tomorrow.

I am beyond feeling any more. I am all dried up when I think about the three mass shootings in a 7-day period. Three mass shooting by young, estranged white males........ there is nothing more to say--except pray for the families of those killed and pray for our nation--that we be returned to governance by those that are committed to justice and justness (not the same thing), committed to true Democracy where the well-being of actual citizens takes precedence over all other considerations.

Sending blessings for the week.

Mary & Cole


  1. Thank you for speaking up on our current chaotic 'state of affairs' - Wish more bloggers and Internet users would do same. Happy bidding!

    1. Hi Eileen, Thank you. We all need to rise up in protest and unity against the darkness that is attempting to overtake our amazing nation! Mary