Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day. We started out early – we saw an estate sale listing that was advertising a tulip table. We’ve been hunting for one of these for a while – we have three white tulip chairs, and have been looking for a matching table. Our chairs, while beautiful, have no maker. We believe they’re by Fiberform – we have other Fiberform chairs that are marked, and our tulip chairs have the same mold. Saarinen sure made a classic design – even in the 1960s and 1970s, these chairs were copied by several different makers.
The sale started at 8:00 , and we were there at 7:50, taking our place in the line that stretched down the house’s front steps and out onto the sidewalk. We don’t like to go to sales early – it can be overwhelming to get caught up in a crush of avid junk hunters. We tend to stroll in later in the day – or better yet arrange a private appointment – when we can be the only people in the house and really talk with the sellers and the family. But if you tell me there’s a tulip table, I’ll show up early!
We were among the first people in the house and we split up to quickly walk through the rooms, looking for the table. Tulip tables are hard to miss, so this should have been easy. But – not in the dining room. Not in the kitchen. Not in the basement – we frequently find some of the best pieces in basements, where they’ve been put into storage. Where was it? How had we missed it? We reconvened in the living room, neither one of us having found the table.
Arlo saw it first. And we knew why we hadn’t noticed it until then. It was small, black, and hidden beneath other items in the corner of the living room. Not the white dining room table we’d been hoping for, but a small black-based side table we hadn’t been expecting. We cleared all the items off the top, moved it out, flipped it over, saw the Burke name on the bottom, and knew we’d be taking it home.
We brought home some other great items, too, that will be making their way into our shop. We found an original Tiki Torch, still in the box. We also got some lovely ladies’ gloves and stockings and some kitchen items. We’ll get them posted as soon as we can.
After we cleaned off the Burke end table, we took advantage of the sunshine and tackled another project we’d been looking forward to – repainting a hairpin leg plant stand. The original paint had flaked off and the whole thing was a rusty mess. It looks so much better now! All in all, another great day in the Polyverse!