Chairs Apparent

I’m going through my issues of the last year and a half of House and Garden.  I keep swearing I’m going to edit them one more time then recycle.  But I’m having a hard time letting go.  After running across an image of a Gio Ponti black ceramic pitcher, searching on line and becoming discouraged, I thought, “I bet I can find one at the antique mall.”  I didn’t.  But, there were other treasures.  The marble table above is still bouncing around in my head.  $165.

This makes you have to turn your head a bit, doesn’t it?  These darling girls have been mistreated.  You could give the two of them a loving home for $168.  There’s a table that’s part of the deal that has no relation to the chairs, but maybe they’ve been together and don’t want to be parted.

Three of these at $55/each.  A quick spray on a good day and you can enjoy them all spring.

This guy has great stuff.  Really great stuff, but he has figured it out and has these battery jars at $42 each.  Still, great inspiration.

Four.  I’d probably paint them white and put some really punchy fabric on that seat.

Hmmm?  Oh, yes, I know, $180 for four.  A total bargain.

Two of the enameled bowls which keep drawing my attention.  These are really cobalt blue so I didn’t need them.  I do think they were $15-ish.

And then this, in a case, right before carpool with no time to get a key.  Clearly, not Ponti, but something good?  That chalky black finish gets me every time.  
Get out there.  Not everything comes right to your door with free shipping.
All pieces River Market Antique Mall, 115 W. 5th Street.
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17 thoughts on “Chairs Apparent

  1. hi,
    what do you think about a cleaner black on those chairs, instead of painting them white.

    and then a cheerful/hot/punchy wide cabana stripe ? that would compliment the chair back’s pattern, no ?

    (i am concerned about those legs in white)

    i mean , i would rather worry about the chair legs, than what i really need to worry about.


  2. pod, get the table. $165?
    please. Do it for the los angelenos who could only come by it for about 10 times that price.

  3. Tell me, do you jump up and down when you see something that you know you must have or do you play it all coy and say, “let me think on it.” My heart is racing at all your discoveries. Great finds
    That marble table would be perfect for Halloween.
    A Great Pumpkin perched there or it could be a podium for cocktail parties for a speech platform.
    “Here ye Here ye”

  4. I so enjoyed your trip to the antique mall – kind of a vicarious “fix” for me! Check out the painted chairs I just posted about from the Anthropologie gallery in Rockefeller Center – taking creative ideas for antique mall finds just a few steps further! Love, love, love your blog!

  5. David – darn! the whole time I was posting I was thinking, “If I see this at another dealer’s I’m going to really be mad at myself.” Can’t shake the table. Or the bowl.

  6. Patricia – Oh! You’ve opened a world of possibilities. My own little stage! As far as my reactions? Depends on what it is and where I am.

  7. Scouring around finding treasures- and wow~ you found some great ones.
    The battery jars surprised me!!!
    $ 42.00! I guess I’ll have to hold on to the two I have.
    I do try to be coy upon recognizing something special- while squealing inside!

  8. Not sure what to comment on first. The table looks like a real find, the colbalt — for the right person — is so of the moment, and I’d love to see you transform the lattice back chair!

  9. I own two of the 3/$55, plus a matching settee. They look lovely sprayed a deep, dark, chocolate brown and tucked into a small area surrounded by shrubs and overhanging trees. I have yet to get seat cushions made, but as God is my witness …

  10. Sometimes it’s good to air yourself out. I’ve learned to leave the chequebook at home sometimes… We have a great antique mall and too many temptations.

    Thanks for letting us see things through your eyes!

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