antiques

Campaigning

Starting a few years ago, I became a total freak for campaign furniture.  If you aren't in the loop, campaign furniture is a style which evolved as a way of making high quality furniture portable, so that it could be taken to war or on a African safari or on some other fabulous journey.  

You can recognize campaign furniture because it typically incorporates design elements such as hinges for making the piece more compact, brass bumpers and other protective hardware, and drawer pulls that are flush with the surface.  

Found this English campaign desk, cerca 1820, on  The Buzz On Antiques

Found this English campaign desk, cerca 1820, on The Buzz On Antiques

Vanessa De Vargas's green campaign chests give me hives of joy

Vanessa De Vargas's green campaign chests give me hives of joy

A year ago, it was time for me to man up and buy an adult couch.  I was set on a brown leather chesterfield (what's not to like) , but then I stumbled on this campaign sofa at Danish Modern Noho.  It's as if it had been lying in wait for me.  I walked into the store and it jumped up and bit.  My life peaked that day.

Emma's living room sofa.  Rosewood campaign sofa with brass detail.

Emma's living room sofa.  Rosewood campaign sofa with brass detail.

Well, this whole post came about because I was so pleased to spot a campaign chest in Anjelica Huston's Broadway-Producer office on the show Smash.  I give it a standing O.

Smash: Season 2, Episode 10

Smash: Season 2, Episode 10

Wondrous Long Beach, CA

Hillary and I love the Long Beach Flea Market.  We don't know why people go bananas for the Rose Bowl Flea Market, when Long Beach is much less expensive and less stressful.

Hillary and I are planning on heading down there this weekend, so I thought I would let you in on a Long Beach secret.  If you don't find what you want at the flea market, there are many other great places in Long Beach to continue your search.  Make a day of it!

Here are some of of the places on our Long Beach circuit: 

Warehouse 1333Has a great mid-century furniture and smalls.  Ask for a discount and the just might give you one.

Grandma Darling's Antique Mall - Not worth going if you are in a mid-century mood, but if you have a taste for something older, then have a look around.

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Long Beach Antique Mall I & II - These two antique malls are virtually across the street from each other. They are stacked with mid-century finds (which is all anyone from southern California seems to want).  The first one has more soda machines and signs, and the second one has more furniture, but both are worth a pop in.  

Downtown on 4th St there are more antique and furniture stores, but they are pricey, so Hillary and I don't stop by often 

Susanin's Auctions: My fav!

When I lived in Chicago, I bought furniture and art from Susanin's Auctions.  I would go so far as to say that it is my favorite auction house (until I start purchasing Klimt's from Christie's).  Susanin's has amazing things, for surprising low prices.  

Even though I live in LA, I still scroll through their auction catalogues and dream.  Once I even compulsively bought a large piece of art and had to get UPS to wrap it up and ship it to me (probably lesson not learned).

FYI: Action catalogues show prices like this "300/500", meaning they estimate the lot will go for between $300 and $500, plus an additional buyers free of about 25% which goes to the auction house.

These are my top wants from their currently sale:

Art purchased from Susanin's.  Then I had to get UPS to go there, wrap it up, and ship it to me.  The whole thing ended up being $500, which was a huge amount for an unemployed recent college grad.  

Art purchased from Susanin's.  Then I had to get UPS to go there, wrap it up, and ship it to me.  The whole thing ended up being $500, which was a huge amount for an unemployed recent college grad.  

PAIR OF CERAMIC FRUIT TOPIARIES.  Height: 20.5" $50/$100

PAIR OF CERAMIC FRUIT TOPIARIES. Height: 20.5" $50/$100

STARK STYLE BLUE AND WHITE CARPET.  Lacking label. 15'4" x 10'8", $500/$700

STARK STYLE BLUE AND WHITE CARPET. Lacking label. 15'4" x 10'8", $500/$700

CHRISTIAN JORGENSEN (AMERICAN, 1860-1933) PORTRAIT OF A LADY WITH A SHAWL.  Oil on board, signed and dated '98(?) LR, Board: 33" x 25", $200/$300

CHRISTIAN JORGENSEN (AMERICAN, 1860-1933) PORTRAIT OF A LADY WITH A SHAWL. Oil on board, signed and dated '98(?) LR, Board: 33" x 25", $200/$300

  JIM LASER (20TH CENTURY) SALT INSTITUTE, LOUISE KAHN, ARCHITECT.  Photographic giclee print. Ink signed LR, Framed: 41" x 50", $75/$125   This one is so big, and it comes framed.  I am sure it packs a really big punch in person.

JIM LASER (20TH CENTURY) SALT INSTITUTE, LOUISE KAHN, ARCHITECT. Photographic giclee print. Ink signed LR, Framed: 41" x 50", $75/$125

This one is so big, and it comes framed.  I am sure it packs a really big punch in person.

ENGLISH FLAME MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS.  H: 48" W: 36" D: 18", $200/$400

ENGLISH FLAME MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS. H: 48" W: 36" D: 18", $200/$400