Thursday, December 5, 2019


November has been a very auspicious month. Lalo did himself proud with the upholstery on the little sofa and the French Chauffeuses.

The new 1920s Fortuny pillows are ready and I'll pick them up tomorrow. Can't wait to see them.
......The piece de resistance and the most important blessing is the George I bachelor's chest with secretary section.

I was having a bit of trouble firmly assigning a date to the chest, and then, this popped up on 1stdibs this week........

I think I need a professional appraisal. My chest is very similar, but larger. Of course, it has the secretary section (original design) added to the traditional bachelor's chest form. I don't know if the unusual secretary section adds to or detracts from the value of the chest. Both chests retain all of their original c.1720 elements and are in very good condition. I listened to that little voice inside my head when I purchased the chest and am grateful.
I love this set of Chinese early 20th century quartetto tables--the wave design of the skirts (instead of a highly carved skirt) is what drew me to the set and Roberto made them shine (he always does).

This week-end this little French etagere is coming up at auction. Both Gerry and I love it--we'll see. I'm about finished with buying for 2019, but the hunt must go on.

The stand is in very good condition--no more projects, please--and has unusual detailing, just my style.

The San Gabriel Mountains received their first blanket of heavy snow and Big Bear Mountain was open for skiing this past week-end. My drive up to Pasadena all week was breath-taking. I love the chill in the air and being back to wearing cashmere--my favorite second skin. We are getting ready for of the trees is in place and ready for the decorating party with the girls tomorrow. I'm planning what to bake. Miraculously, I have even purchased some presents... I do not like shopping. We usually have about 18-20 for Christmas Eve--this year, it's only going to be family, which still adds up to a lot of people. 

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas season. I fully intend to focus on my blessings. 

Mary & Cole


  1. Great finds. Our local auction house has this next weekend. Thought of you.

    1. THANK YOU!! I will definitely check this out.