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.


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.



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.



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


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.


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.


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



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.


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


For a Lady of the Canyon

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

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.

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


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.


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


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


Additional Addendums



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!



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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