The Collectible Candlestick

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It can be difficult when trying to start a collection. Knowing that you need something that has variability, unique traits, and can represent your taste. The candlestick can be one such collectible. A once popular item now finding seldom use, maybe it’s time for a comeback.

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BB47BA68France circa 1880 pair of pewter candle sticks (BB47), France circa 1900 Pair of metal candlesticks (BA68)

AY190B119AEngland circa 1860 pair of wood twisted candlesticks (AY190), Belgium circa 1880 pair of wood painted candlesticks (B119)

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Checkmate

IMG_8978A board game now and then never hurt anybody.

One of the most recognized boardgames is the challenging game of chess. Originating in India during the 6th century AD, it soon made it’s way to the west through southern Spain. It wasn’t long before chess took place as one of the most popular board games second only to backgammon in western Europe.

Draughts or Checkers as known in the States is a simpler game that has been around since the 5th century. A similar game discovered during an excavation in Egypt by a British archeologist Sir Gardner Wilkinson . Actually draughts is what lead to the development of chess in India. The game has evolved over time popular in several countries. The games have always had a formal set of rules but varied slightly depending on the region and time period. Today checkers is a simple and easy to understand game that is enjoyed by many.

So next time you’re looking for a unique piece remember the history of these board games.

 aw69 AP112 England circa 1820 inlaid checker board (AW69), France circa 1890 chess board (AP112)

AT47 B75England circa 1860 inlaid checker box (AT47), England circa 1860 wood inlaid chess set (B75)

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Los Angeles Showroom

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France circa 1880 spoke wheel on stand (AY110), France circa 1850 gilt candlestick lamp (AY132)

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Italy circa 1880 drawings of six piranesi prints in papyrus paper frame (AN136)

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Editorial Inspiration

cd7c6b7ed53f9cae65278c8982269a03AW3B51AEngland circa 1840 wood work bench (AW3), France circa 1950 metal Jielde lamp (B51)

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Going Green

Verner Panton, a Danish designer, knows a thing or two about going green.  Here are a few pieces from the showroom to add some color to your space.

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France circa 1900 green painted cabinet (B22), England circa 1890 green traveling trunk (BA126)

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England circa 1880 green leather desk chair (BA193), France circa 1900 collage of nuts and bolts in green (BA49)

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France circa 1880 green upholstered stool (BA170), A set of green leather Gordon Russell chairs (BA6)

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STASH Warehouse

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BB39 BB64France circa 1960 metal two seater sofa (BB39), France circa 1910 leather foot stool (BB64)

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England circa 2015, two modern day abstract paintings by artist Malcolm Chandler (BB125), (BB126)

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Top Picks

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When Melinda Ritz saw the Italian leather sofa, she couldn’t help but share her thoughts.

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Italy circa 1950 large sofa in buffalo leather (BB71a)

“When I saw this Italian Buffalo covered sofa it was love at first sight! I like my Italian sofas as much as I like my Italian men.  They are both well built, handsome and stylish, and moreover, they grow more handsome over the years. This guy, I mean sofa, is getting up there at around 65 years old with the look and feel of a well worn suitcase that has travelled the world and seen it all. Yes, Italy wins the prize for the best in design as far as Im concerned.  This fabulous and timeless looking leather sofa will mix well with a home filled with antiques from Europe as well as stand on its own in a very contemporary setting. You can throw this guy into any room and it will add warmth and personality to every setting. This Italian three seater speaks very little English, gets better with age and mixes  well with old and new. Just the way I like my men…”

– Melinda Ritz

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Editorial Inspiration

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France circa 1950’s daybed by Pierre Pauline (BB70) France circa 1880 upholstered daybed (BB54)

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England circa 1940 glass topped ship port coffee table (BB117)

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Top Picks

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Amy Kehoe from design firm Nickey Kehoe tells us what her top picks from the showroom are.

ba151 AR27  France circa 1950’s glass pyramid lamps (BA151), Italy circa 1650 wardrobe (AR27)

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France circa 1920 round top table (BB59), France circa 1890 bamboo cabinet (BA121)

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The Parisian Life

In honor of Bastille Day its only fitting to feature a beautifully orchestrated book highlighting the lifestyle of Paris in the 18th century. I would recommend picking up the book “Paris: Life & Luxury in the eighteenth century” to keep you entertained and informed on this celebratory day in France.

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“This groundbreaking book seeks to reimagine objects from eighteenth-century Paris within their original context, showing how they were used in the daily routines of elite members of society. Against the background of the reign of Louis XV (r. 1723–1774), the chapters move chronologically from morning to night, covering such topics as temporal literacy and technological advances in timekeeping; innovations in domestic architecture and design for privacy; fashion and self-identity as expressed in the ritual of the morning toilette; reading and discussion of literary texts as influences on the collecting of art; and sociability and politesseduring nocturnal entertainments.”

– Charissa Bremer-David curator at the Getty Museum

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