Monday, January 8, 2007

Art Deco

Well, the weekend's adventure extended into my Monday, but is now complete. G-Dog and I went to another auction yesterday, this time dragging some friends along with us. The auction started at one, but we got there a little early for a preview and then stuck it through to the bitter end. One of the friends who came with us (let's call him AuctionBoy) was deep into the day's proceedings. It was his first antique auction and I think he found a whole new source of adrenaline. At one point he turned to me with a wild look in his eye and said, "Man, this is just like eBay, only LIVE!" Heh. What a rush.

We didn't have as dramatic a day as we did last month, but we found a couple of cool pieces: a mantle clock and this very cool Art Deco cabinet. The cabinet was one of the last pieces auctioned before everyone called it quits around 6:30 or 7, so we didn't have much competition when it came to bidding.

Getting it all home was an adventure. It was pouring rain all day and evening yesterday, so taking our haul with us after the auction wasn't an option -- all we have for hauling stuff around is an openbed pickup truck and the rain was showing no sign of letting up. So we all went home and then AuctionBoy and I went back this morning and loaded it up and tied it down. Driving across town was slow going, but we made it to AuctionBoy's house and unloaded all his stuff. Then we head over to my house to unload the cabinet.

The problem was, without other stuff in the truck, there was nothing to keep our remaining cargo still. We thought we had it tied down well, but about a mile up the road, the whole thing just tipped over, glass doors down, onto the bed of the pickup. I had no doubt the thing was toast. Between the glass doors and the glass shelves, I felt sure that something would be shattered. I pulled over to the side of the road. AuctionBoy pulled up behind me and emerged from his car looking very grim. We pulled the thing up again and looked to see the extent of the damage. Man what a mess.

But there was no damage. None. Nada. Zip. I couldn't believe it.

I still can't figure out how this thing came out of that bellyflop without a scratch, but I'm grateful. We gently laid it down in the truck, drove the last mile or two to my house and finally got it inside. It looks wonderful. I've never seen anything like it before, but the color is an almost pefect match to the dining room set we bought last month. Near as I can tell, it's a circa 1930 British creation, but I'm not sure whose work it is. I'll keep digging. Something this unique has to have been documented somewhere out there on these internets.

And now you get to have a peek...


Spike said...


I didn't know it was going to be THAT big. Where is the other Mackintosh and the buffet table?

ChamberlainChumps said...

Hey! That's our cabinet! Even though we have absolutely nothing to display in it, I KNEW we should have gone back to bid on it! Just kidding. It looks fantastic. S&A.

alice said...

Well, as DH suggested, you buy the cabinet, and then you get to shop for stuff to put in it! Win-win!

Spike, the buffet and MacK are at the other end of the dining room now (on the wall behind the big chair). It's not that big, is it? It's wide, but it's also low...

sravana said...

wow wow wow

Someday (when I actually am making some money), me's gotta get to antique auctions!

What a haul - and I cannot believe that it emerged unscathed. They don't make things like they used to, huh?

guesswho said...

Wow.. thats beautiful, I bet it looks great in your new digs too