Thursday, September 30, 2010

Great occasional tables 'at auction'

We use occasional tables all over the house - next to sofas and chairs, on either side of beds, against a wall in a dining room, or maybe just in a hallway to create a focal point and leave stuff! So it would follow that we can always use more!

I have these wonderful antique 'drum' tables that I inherited from my mother. I was with her when she bought them in an antique shop in Greenwich Village many years ago, and have loved them ever since. They were actually designed for bed pans, but who's telling! They would work in traditional or modern interiors because they're so simple.

New York Spaces Magazine - Designer: Susan Tully

Another style I love is the nesting table. It's so versatile, and can be deployed as extra table space for parties, or just like this for a more interesting look.

In this small New York City den, the designer Vincente Wold used a tiered Chinese table which is great for extra display, and an African stool next to the modern chair.

There are lots of opportunities at auctions to add an interesting and/or classic tables to your rooms.

These classic Charles and Ray Eames stools make great tables. They sold at the recent Doyle + Design auction in New York for $2,000. They do multiple duty as extra seating and table space. How perfect is that! Also they are classic, ethnic, and modern at the same time. 

Bonhams Los Angeles - 20th Century Decorative Arts Sale - Oct. 5th

I think these 1970's tables are cool. They were designed by Paul Laszio and are made of lucite, glass and brass. They are Lot 4187 in the Bonhams LA 20th century sale October 5th, and have an auction estimate of $2,500 - $3,500. I would love these in almost any decor style.

For something more traditional, these George III 'bedside cupboards' are a cousin to my drum tables. They would have been designed to hold your bed pans - very stylishly! They sold at the recent Stair Galleries auction in Hudson, NY for $1,800.

This pair of diminutive (30" tall) 'gentleman's chests' would make great end tables in a bedroom. Think of the extra storage for scarves and gloves! They are 19th century George III style, and made of walnut. They are included in the Dawson and Nye auction currently going on via I-gavel, ending October 5th. They are Lot 1940657 and have an estimate of $600 - $800 for the pair.

Finally, you might try adding something a bit different and unique.
Bonhams Los Angeles - 20th C. Decorative Arts - Oct. 5th

In the spirit of mixing it up, add an exotic element to your decor. These Moroccan tables (this is one of a pair) are quite special. They are silvered metal and bone, and a plexiglass top has been added. The star shape makes them stand out. These are Lot 4243 in the Oct. 5th Bonhams LA sale and have an estimate of $1,000 - $1,500.

The choices are almost endless, and auctions provide the opportunity to find something classic or unique. And you can always use another occasional table!

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