Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Thrifting

Since last week was a holiday, Kate, Izzy and I packed up for our yearly drive to Minneapolis to visit our family for Thanksgiving. And of course, every time we go for a long drive thrift shop stops are definitely necessary! Over the course of the week I picked up a nice selection both for our own collection as well as for New Documents, but we also left many interesting things behind for various reasons. Here are a few of those objects that "got away."

At first glance, I thought this little side table was a piece by Alvar Aalto. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a knockoff. The construction of the legs is the big tip off here: Aalto's stools are only laminated at the bend. The legs on this example were 100% laminate. Close, but no cigar.

It nearly killed me to leave behind these dimpled Blenko tumblers, which were designed by Winslow Anderson (c. 1941). I've found many of them in the distant past, but none in many years. After several phone calls to friends, however, I couldn't find anyone that wanted them! So with limited space in out little Honda Civic, I left them behind for someone else to pick up.

This pair of gravy boats from Mikasa's "Duplex" dinnerware by Ben Seibel (1971) was cute, but they are much later than the Seibel work I prefer. I'm sure some of my Etsy seller friends might gasp at me leaving these behind, but I did and don't feel bad about it.

Typical of Dansk, these candlesticks exude Scandinavian elegance. If they were a Jens Quistgaard design I would have grabbed them in a heartbeat. Unfortunately they weren't. I still haven't ben able to attribute the design to a specific Dansk designer, so if you have any ideas please leave a comment.

This is a great example of the Zanesville Stoneware Company's "Stoneage Modern" line of pottery (c. 1960). I'm cheap, though, and thought the thrift store overpriced it.

And speaking of overpriced "Stoneage Modern," this example in an antique store caught my eye because of the rare cobalt blue glaze. If it was priced better I would have considered buying it for our collection, but the cost was prohibitive.

The cost for this amazing Blenko pitcher by Winslow Anderson (1949) was not prohibitive at all, especially for it being in an antique store The vendor had no idea at all what they had, though, so I could have grabbed it for a song. No room in the car made that decision hard, though, and we ultimately left it behind.

On the trip home, we met up with our friends Steve and Naomi, who were also heading home from their Thanksgiving in Chicago. Meeting up along I-94 to hit a thrift shop together is turning into a kind of post-Thanksgiving tradition for us, and this year we turned up four nice Heller "Max-1" salad plates by Massimo Vignelli (1964) for our friend Barry, who collects the line.

At the same shop, I passed up a 1950s bentwood chair by Thonet. If it were an Eames bentwood chair, I definitely would have figured out how to cram it in the car. There was no way that was happening for a Thonet piece, though.

Steve was kind enough to document this years meetup with this quick snapshot of Kate, Izzy and I. We all hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Cross posted from Ars Longa.

1 comment:

  1. I love that line of Seibel/Mikasa but I also would've left the pink behind.


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