Vintage Finds: Elegant Estate

If you follow me on either Instagram or Facebook, you know that I recently had to rent a truck to haul the goodies I scored at a recent estate sale. Saying that “I scored” is a complete understatement. I came home with a bounty of gorgeous treasures. Truthfully I have never been to a flea market, garage sale or estate sale where I wanted to buy so many items. This is usually because many things are not to my taste, and if they are they are more than I’m willing to spend, or they are in a sorry state and would require more of an investment than I’m willing to make. The recent estate sale that I attended was the perfect Venn diagram of design and price. I knew I was in trouble the minute I walked in the door and noticed the homeowner had my EXACT same dining set, and two cane barrel chairs almost identical to the ones I already own. With that much in common, I knew I was in trouble, but the good kind of trouble. I arrived at the estate sale mid-morning on the second day expecting to find that the place had been picked through, but I was wrong. Behold the beauties I brought home.

First up, this gorgeous vintage swag gilt metal pendant lamp, with an artichoke/petal design. Not sure of its exact provenance, but it has a little metal tag that says it was made it Italy.  It even has a cool silk tassel to serve as the on/off switch. Though the form of my lamp is rounded, the design is similar to that seen on these pendants sold on 1st dibs. I got mine for $60, can’t even imagine what it would have cost at an antique dealer. Guessing upwards of $1000. Does anybody out there in the interweb know more about the design origins of this vintage artichoke pendant lamp? I would love to learn more about it.

Vintage Swag Brass Pendant Light copy

Next up this luxurious velvet loveseat. I was planning on reupholstering some arm chairs I already owned, but hadn’t pulled the trigger yet as I had not yet located fabric that inspired me. Enter this gorgeous curved back loveseat in the most perfect shade of mustard gold yellow. A tag on the piece says that the fabric is actually “Venezia Gold” and was made by J. Breuner. I’m guessing the piece is from the late 50’s and for a piece this old it is in stunningly good condition.  Also it is SUPER comfortable. The curve in the back just hugs you and makes you want to lounge with a cocktail. So I scrapped the idea of reupholstering my two armchairs (which would have likely cost me $250-300 per chair including fabric) and brought home this great piece for a mere… $25.  Yep, just $25 and for now I don’t even need to reupholster. She had a twin sister and I felt bad about splitting them, but honestly I don’t have the space for two of them. The curved back design of this piece makes me think of Emily Henderson’s Fig House project. I think she would approve of this piece.

Vintage Curved Yellow Velvet Loveseat copy

Another piece that had to come home with me is the beautiful vintage sideboard made by Basic-Witz, part of the Concerto:75 collection. I had never heard of Basic-Witz, I just the big names  you usually come across in vintage furniture like Lane, Broyhill or Drexel. The piece came with a 4 paragraph description that was originally included with the sale of the item and it details why they selected each wood, the qualities they bring to the design, etc.  The overall piece is in great condition, but the legs are slightly beaten up.  But for a a well made, all wood vintage piece with great lines for $75 I can deal with slightly scuffed legs. It has great storage and I do love me some closed storage!

Vintage Sideboard copy

Last but not least is this unique vintage glass bowl.  It’s Murano – esque, though I can’t attribute it.  The design has great movement and color, and weighs considerably more than you might think.  For $9, I had to bring it home, because ultimately it’s the small decorative art and accessories that often help to give a space personality.

Vintage Glass Bowl copy

The timing of the sale was great as it was the day before my birthday. Happy Birthday to me! I couldn’t be happier with my Vintage Finds. Hoping my luck stays with me.

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jen - Popped over from your kitchen tour on HouseTweaking. I’m green with envy over your finds!! I’m an estate sale junky but until I clear out some other finds, I have no more space in our little bungalow. I especially love the curved love seat and artichoke pendant!
My birthday was August 4th…and I celebrated by buying a mid-century love seat some an estate sale. I think we could be friends, ha! 🙂

isadorag - Thanks for dropping by Jen. Sounds like we could be friends. I dropped by another estate sale today. No big haul, however, I did score a super cool planter and a Drexel nightstand perfect for my Monkey’s bedroom remodel. The artichoke pendant was a fluke. I don’t think finds like that come by often… the homeowner would need to have had really good taste. And as we all know that’s often easier said than done. Hope you score many great finds. Post them to my facebook, I’d love to see what you get your hands on.

Lynn - Wow, I ended up on this page because Frugal Mama pinned that gorgeous loveseat. I’m so jealous of your great finds! You have an excellent eye.

isadorag - Thanks for stopping by Lynn! J’ai grandi a Paris, alors c’est peut etre ca qui me donne un bon oeil 😉 I stopped by your blog and love its name. Un jeu de mot tres Francais. In your last post you talk about Porte de Vanves. If you check out my most recent Before & After post of our breakfast nook, you’ll see a gallery wall featuring 1 painting and 1 drawing I bought there: the pencil drawing of an old lady with yellow jacket, and the Pear still life. Love that market, so much more manageable than Clingnancourt. Planning to pay it a visit this summer 🙂

Sheilah Link - I have a house full of Basic Witz Concerto 75 EXCEPT for the china hutch which I would like. It is beautiful furniture, well made.
The drawer fronts on dressers match from drawer to drawer. I am interested in any pieces I don’t have. Have the piece you have.

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