Thursday, March 8, 2012

Table top architecture ' at auction'!

Architectural details are key to a layered look, but they need not be on the walls! Just about the chicest architectural elements sit on a table.

Splendid Sass blog - Designer Suzanne Kasler

Architectural models are a chic form of decoration. In this entry room designed by Suzanne Kasler the model of a staircase sitting on a table forms  a wonderful tableau inviting you in to the living room. 

The next Stair Galleries auction taking place March 10th and 11th in Hudson, NY has the perfect replica of the model in the Suzanne Kasler room. This is Lot 550, and is made of metal. It's very smart looking. It's 15 inches tall and has an auction estimate of $500 - $700. 

I was also taken with this Victorian collectors cabinet. It has wonderful detail including ivory knobs, and a tiled roof. It would serve wonderfully as an architectural model on a table top, and a great place for small treasures. This is Lot 514 in the Stair auction and has an auction estimate of $1,000 - $2,000. 

I know these are exactly table top, but I couldn't resist including these columns. Looking at the Suzanne Kasler room she uses columns to create an elegant room separation and grand entrance. This pair are 8 feet, 8 inches tall and are included in the Stair auction. These are Lot 275 and have an auction estimate of $1,500 - $2,500. Just imagine what they would do for a plain space to make it architecturally interesting! Even in a rental, you could put these up for a glamorous effect, and take them with you when you move.

To give you a sense of realized prices, here are two examples from Christie's. This mahogany spiral staircase model is 20th century. It sold for $1,187 off an auction estimate of $500 - $800.

This is an interesting variation. This is described as late 19th or early 20th century English. If you collect little objects this would make nice display as well. This sold for $660 off an auction estimate of $500 - $800. I think the spiral staircase models are more sought after. I often like something a bit different, so this squared version appeals to me, and I could have gotten it for less. 

Look for decorative objects that have interest and might be a bit out of the ordinary. Architectural models are very chic, and auctions provide good hunting grounds!

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