I set about looking for those conversation pieces at a few upcoming auctions: Stair, Doyle NY and New Orleans. Auctions are great places for finding the unusual. I often find something that makes me stop, and I wonder if I can find a way to incorporate it in to my already full home!
Doyle NY Lot 210
This pair of console tables in the Doyle New York auction being held May 19th are 19th century Italian rococo. They stand 33.5" tall and are estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. They would look great on either side of anything, or even as bed side tables!
Doyle NY Lot 551
I think that this pair of candelabra are fabulous. They would add drama to any dinner. They are described as Empire gilt, circa 1810. They stand 18.75" tall and are estimated at $2,500 - $3,500.
Doyle NY Lot 195
Columns add architectural detail to a room and fit anywhere! Squeeze this one in to a corner of your living or dining area for added interest. This one stands 43.5" tall and is 17th/18th century Continental Baroque painted and gilt wood. It's estimate is $300 - $500.
Stair Galleries Lot 373A
The Stair Galleries auction May 21st features this French faience three piece stove. It stands 7ft 6.5" tall, and could almost be used the same way as the column, if it doesn't work as a stove. Just put it in a corner as apiece of art. If it does work as a stove, what a great substitute for a fireplace as a focal point in your room. It's estimate is $2,500 - $3,500.
New Orleans Auction Lot 468
New Orleans Auction has a three day auction coming up May 21, 22 and 23. This paperweight stopped me in my virtual tracks. Why would you want a dead sparrow paperweight. But then again, why not? What a terrific way to get a giggle when you sit down at your desk. They actually have more than one of these in the sale! This one is French bronze and estimated at $75 - $125. Might be worth a shot.
So have some fun and give your friends something to talk about when they come to visit!