Monday, August 9, 2010

Everyone NEEDS a Tea Cart

A tea cart or drinks trolley must be one of the most versatile pieces of furniture. It's your drinks cart for serving wonderful cocktails, it's a TV table that can move around the room (with enough cable!), it's a small book shelf, it's holds all manor of things in the bathroom (towels, extra TP, perfumes....), and it can be a decorative way to store your printer and paper in your office. It's best feature is that it has wheels and can easily move around the room.

Let's see what we can find at auction that has interest as well as being utilitarian.

The next estate sale at Clarke Auction, Larchmont, NY has this smart tea cart made of brass, wood and glass. It has an estimate of $100 - $150. I like the extra shelf on the side.

This drinks trolley sold at the last Doyle@Home auction in July for $688 (estimate had been $300 - $500). It has clean lines and classic glass and metal materials.

I showed this drinks trolley in a previous blog, but have to show it again. It's so cool. It sold at the July New Orleans Auction for $688 (estimate was $500 - $800). It's mid-century and brushed steel.  Can't you just see some martini glasses on top and a couple of different vodkas for your guests to choose from?

For the true collector among us this Edward Wormely 'party server bar, model 5433 (1954)' might be just the investment piece. It sold at a Wright auction earlier in the year for $5,000 (estimate range was $3,000 - $5,000). It ticks all the mid-century boxes and is useful as well!

Keep your eye out for your tea cart and make sure it's decorative and not just utilitarian. You can have both!


  1. Thanks for the round-up. We've been ohhing and ahhing over tea carts lately. The prices are terrific. I would love to see a post on how to bid at auction. You might have one buried down below, so I'll take a look. At the Tom Gray auction here in Winston Salem this Spring, they deliberately entered low estimates to involve the public. What do you know about this? Thanks,

  2. I will be happy to put together a couple of tips on buying at auction, based on my own experiences.

  3. Hi
    Your tea cart is really very beautiful
    and we are making tea cart's in Pakistan with acrylic if you are interested so you can connect with me on
    then i will send you my product pictures
    Thanks and regard
    Sohail Ahmad


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