• 10
    May

The Collector’s Minute: Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

The 1960 Presidential Debate played a role in this country’s history, but it also helped establish a Danish modern icon: the “Wishbone Chair,” also known as the “Y” or “CH-24.” It was designed by Hans Jørgensen Wegner, (April 2, 1914-Jan. 26, 2007), who began his career as a cabinetmaker in 1931 and trained at the […]

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  • 9
    May

Who Watches ‘Mad Men’ Just to Check out the Cool Furnishings? I Do!

I am guilty of this and I am sure many others out there are as well! My wife enjoys the storyline of the hit AMC television series “Mad Men,” but I scan the screen for period items that coincide with the correct years of production, country of manufacture, scarcity and condition. I must say, the […]

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  • 1
    May

Furniture Style and Form: What’s Wrong With a ‘Period’ Coffee Table?

In the world of antique furniture, the word “period” has a very specific meaning. To say that something is period means that it is from the time when the style of the piece was first popular. For example, to say a Queen Anne chair is “period” means that it came from the first half of […]

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  • 16
    Apr

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Hit of the Week’ Records, Kichiemon Okamura Block Prints

QUESTION: I own approximately three dozen “HIT OF THE WEEK” records. The label reads: “Durium Products Corporation – New York / Durium T.M. Reg. – Made in U.S.A.” Song titles include: “I Still Get a Thrill,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Kiss Me Goodnight,” “My Mom,” “Reaching for the Moon” and “You’ll Be Mine in Apple Blossom […]

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  • 13
    Apr

The Collector’s Minute: The Minimalist Barcelona Chair

The Barcelona chair is a stylistic icon designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, known for his minimalist glass-box architecture. The same principles that guided his building designs he applied to this chair: simplicity, strength and lightness. This type of chair, probably his most famous creation, was originally made for the Barcelona’s International Exposition in […]

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  • 5
    Apr

Here To Help: Furniture Advice From the Past

If you are a collector or dealer of Depression-era furniture, or if you simply inherited a houseful of it and you happen to like most of it, how would you feel if you ran across an article in a magazine with a paragraph reading: “It is a recognized fact among connoisseurs that little artistic furniture […]

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  • 27
    Mar

20th Century Furniture Marketing: Small Deceptions a Matter of Style

We all know that, when it comes to advertisement or promotion, not everything we are told is always exactly correct all the time. Some of it is probably true all the time—the car is probably always called a Buick—but some of the other information might only be correct under narrowly defined circumstances. For example, it […]

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  • 21
    Mar

Ask A Worthologist: The Unwanted Hand-Carved Desk

Anna B. inherited this desk many years ago, but its over-the-top styling had it in exile in the house. She and her husband have decided it’s time to downsize, and neither of their kids wants it. Not knowing anything about this desk, Anna wanted to determine what it was worth before deciding how to get […]

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  • 20
    Mar

Refinish Your Antique Furniture? It’s a Question of Value

That crisp new $20 bill in your wallet is more valuable than the worn $20 you got as change from the convenience mart. Don’t believe me? Next time you make a purchase, take note of which bill you are inclined to give to the clerk. Chances are you will use the worn $20 and keep […]

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  • 11
    Mar

The “American” Legend of the Rocking Chair

As Americans, we have a lot to be proud about in the field of furniture. We perfected the English idea of the Windsor chair. We developed several new styles like American Neoclassical, and the forms of furniture we have conjured up are almost limitless. But one thing for which we smugly congratulate ourselves is definitely […]

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