Saturday, October 02, 2010
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
ANTIQUE BARLEY TWIST Plant, FERN, Statue STAND Pedestal-$130
What a wonderful stand. It’s ready to place in a room and enjoy.
Height = 31 ½”
Diameter of Top = 12”
Diameter of Bottom = 12”
Weight = 14 lbs, approximately
Let’s take a close look.
You can tell someone has used it for a plant or a statue or something for quite a long time. Don’t let that turn you off. Hey! It’s old, and there are no other blemishes of any kind. The oak grain and the finish are absolutely beautiful.
You’re just beginning to see the grain and the finish. Look up under – at the underside of the top. It’s darker. I’m quite certain someone refinished this stand several years ago. I could be wrong, but that’s my guess.
And it keeps getting better – the more you look. It is simple – but very interesting. As I’ve said about some bottles of vintage Bordeaux : “Sexy without being pornographic.”
And that’s the bottom of the bottom. Age? I’d say somewhere around 1920, but I could be off in either direction.
RANDOM 341 OBJECTS
OLD Pair MURANO LATTICINO ZANFIRICO Lamps w Aventurine-$610
I can’t pin down the artist as can many of those who specialize in the incredible Murano hand blown glass with ribbons of color, stripes of Aventurine/Gold Stone, and the dazzling and sometimes dizzying interlacing of white threads of glass. Salviati, Vinini, Toso and others are possibilities in my tiny little reptilian brain, but my job is to find it. Yours is to identify it precisely. So let’s get on with it. They are big, and they are perfect.
They were in the same home since new, which would be “Mid Century.” The wiring is original and apparently perfectly safe.
Total Height to the top of the original “celluloid” finials = 34 ½”
Height of blown glass vases only = 17”
Did I take them apart to look for a signature? No. I’m not going to be the first person is 50 to 65 years to mess with’m. I hope you find a famous signature and git rich. (You’ll have my address for a tip, if you’re so inclined.)
Maybe identifying the glass artist is as simple as differentiating between the poisonous Coral Snake and the harmless King Snake. ("Red on yellow, dangerous fellow" - "Red on black, friend to Jack".) My own rule is far less complicated: See a snake in Florida with red stripes – RUN!
A good dusting or a gentle bath – possibly a little buffing – is all they need. Well . . . You’ll want to put a pair of black or white silk shades on them while you search for an appropriate pair of deserving shades from the period.
This is point at which I’d love to say “Bakelite finials,” but they aren’t. I mean, they ARE finials, but they are not Bakelite. I tested them.
It would be so easy to take them apart and check for a signature. I’m really proud of myself for exhibiting such laziness self control.
so i was puting and basil gets in the litter ox and pees, 'standing up' like he's going in a urinal. what? wha? huh? ok. they have a huge plastic tub w/ high sides. his front paws were on the box. but WEIRD.