The Proud Lady and the Dark Horse

Today I offer a juxtaposition of two rocking chairs with quite distinct personalities.

First, there is the Proud Lady, a strong-minded widow that remembers other days.

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Dressed in dark wood and dark blue velvet, she holds her age well. Madam believes in the old, heavy finery and grand, stately carriage, barely betrayed by slightly rickety joints.

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Very important in learning the qualities of a seat is to glance at the construction of the underpinnings. This proud rocking chair bears the scrutiny well – especially the neatly finished upholstery.

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Lastly, a profile of the rockers themselves, very informative of what the rocking experience will be like.

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Next, the Dark Horse. As you may know, that is the term for the horse that comes out of nowhere in the race and suddenly wins. It is a fitting appellation for this rocking chair, for, though it obviously has character and a past, it came to us with no information, no history, no pedigree. And it takes at least a second glance to appreciate its qualities.

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Smooth, flowing lines; a simple shape; unassuming lattice woven back and seat; all plain in itemization, but beautiful in summation. The age is only told by the cautionary ease someone must use if she should choose to sit on it.

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Its underpinnings show the work of care and detail. A lot of work went on, unseen, to bring this filly to the stalls.

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Now, with the profile of the rockers, we see why this dark horse may win. Note the simple yet elegant and shapely curve at the tips – where form and function meet. The gentle curve reverse is a safety catch for the rock-ee, and a touch of beauty that is, alas, missing from the proud marchioness.

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Both rocking chairs are going for “best offer.” Which do you think will win?

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For a Lady of the Canyon

Trimmed in Antique Luxury, she is a Lady of the Canyon

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This marbled, mirrored, and burled dressing table would make any Trina, Annie, or Estrella sing for joy. It would be of such great assistance in the home.

20130625-124407.jpg It has many drawers for organizing one’s dressing accoutrements; scarfs, gloves, bracelets, etc. The marble tops are cooling and will withstand moisture, should there be any from the lotion and parfumerie bottles.

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And the ‘burlesque’ beauty, so tastefully done, lends a subtle, timeless grace.

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On each side of the tall mirror are brackets for holding candles or small objects of interest, while above rises a decorative arch, topped with an inverted shell motif.

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The dresser comes with four china casters (should you be a mobile stylist) and key (should you be a private one).

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This antique marble topped dresser, along with casters and key, can be acquired for the sum of $1150.00

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Additional Addendums

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I wanted to show you a few additional suggestions for displaying the Stevengraph silk pictures. I might also state that they are displayed on the double dining table I highlighted in an early post. This 1800’s work of useful art is simply fascinating and I feel it requires more attention. Look at it! It’s beautiful!

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The Badash Crystal in so many of these pictures is also of a finer calibre than many and should be admired for its ‘crystal clear’ beauty.

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