My most successful DéCoR post was when I compared design at Restoration Hardware with classic antiques we sell each and every month at Kaminski Auctions.

Our May 17th, Twentieth Century Modern Design and Fine Art sale is now on our website at www.kaminskiauctions.com. After reviewing the amazing pieces in the sale, I thought a similar post comparing what is in our May Modern sale, to the offerings from the company Design Within Reach was in order.

Design Within Reach is a company started in 1999 by a man named Rob Forbes who was just looking for simple, well-made furniture with classic lines to furnish his own apartment. He was enamored with the designs of many of the Scandinavian and Italian designers, whose work was only available by special order, and you had to wait months for delivery. Furniture designed by Saarinen, Eames and Bertoia were “out of reach” for most people. A true entrepreneur, he went out and bought 20 containers of product, mailed out a catalog and “waited for the phones to ring”.

At first phenomenally successful, Design Within Reach in July 2004, was valued at $211 million dollars. A downturn in the economy, over zealous expansion plans and lawsuits for design infringement ,brought the company to its knees. Herman Miller bought it in July of 2014 and a complete restructuring took place. With over 30 stores, which they refer to as  “studios”, it is still the number one resource for modern furniture today.

Perhaps the most recognizable pieces of Herman Miller furniture are the Charles and Ray Eames chair and ottoman. Depending on what leather you select the Design Within Reach price starts at $4130.15 and can go as high as $54015.15.

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Lot #-2067Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

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We have three Charles and Ray Eames chairs and ottomans in the sale Lots # 2003,2006 and 2007, with estimates of $1500.00-$2500.00 and $1000.00-$2000.00 depending on condition.

Two Warren Platner for Knoll pieces, a wire based coffee table and a dining table, are described in the Design Within Reach catalog as “if you combined the work of I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen, the result might very well look like the Platner Collection (1962″ ) “.  At Design Within Reach they sell for $1522.00 for the coffee table and $3572.00 for the dining table.  Presented as Lot #2101 for the coffee table, it is estimated at $600.00-$1000.00 and the dining table, Lot #2035 is estimated at $800.00-$1200.00.

Lot # 2011

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Lot-#2035

Lot-#2035

A pair of “Womb” chairs in “Morocco” wool upholstery from the Finnish architect and industrial designer, Eero Saarinen for Knoll is Lot #2068 estimated at $800.00-$1200.00. The DWR prices starts at $1036.00-$5143.00 depending on fabric, for each chair.

Lot- #2068

Lot- #2068

A Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow is Lot # 2065 estimated at $1500.00-$2500.00, the piece new from DWR costs $3495.00-$4335.00 depending on fabric.

Lot- #2065

Lot- #2065

Described as “the consummate modernist chandelier” in the Design Within Reach catalog the iconic Poul HenningsenArtichoke” hanging lamp, in white enameled aluminum and stainless steel, circa 1960s, with original sticker, is estimated at $1500.00-$2000.00. The DWR price new is $9737.00- $17,186.00 for the larger size.

Lot # 2101

Lot # 2101

These are just a sample of what is on offer at the Kaminski Auctions Twentieth Century Modern Design and Fine Art auction this Sunday, May 17th.  Original Twentieth Century iconic design, along with the furniture and lighting, you will find Twentieth Century art from Wayne Thiebaud, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Marcel Mouly, and Peter Max, to name a few, and decorative art from Edward MoulthropMurano, Daum, Kosta Boda, Baccarat and many more…

Lot #-2114 Edward Moulthrop Bowl

Lot #-2114 Edward Moulthrop Bowl

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Lot-#2019 Calder Lithograph

You can view all the items in the sale at www.kaminskiauctions.com. There are a few days left to request a condition report by emailing klachance@kaminskiauctions.com.  Sign up to bid from the comfort of your home with KaminskiLIVE by clicking on the KaminskiLIVE/Sign up tab in the upper right-hand corner of the Home page or call 978-927-2223 to bid by phone or absentee bid. Better yet … come to our gallery at 117 Elliott Street, RT. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts to preveiw the sale, Thursday- Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm and at 8:00am on Sunday, day of sale.

Not to pick on Design Within Reach in is this blog…there are many other pieces of furniture in the auction from BB Italia, Saporiti Italia, Thayer Coggin and Dansk. But thats for another post!

Each year, for the past four years I have attended TEFAF, which stands for The European Fine Art Fair that takes place every March in Maastricht, The Netherlands.  Maastricht is probably one of the more beautiful, quaint European cities you will ever visit, with amazing restaurants and shopping, and the art fair is truly amazing. The art and antiques are serious, and so are the buyer’s and the prices. It is like going to the finest museum in the world, where everything is for sale.

Maastricht along the Meuse River www.nyenrodealumni.nl

Maastricht along the Meuse River
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TEFAF is for museum curators and serious collectors to add to their collections, and for people like you and me to go enjoy some of the most beautiful art and antiques in the world, all under one roof. Started originally as an art fair specializing in Old Master paintings, today the fair showcases fine art, modern and contemporary art, tribal art, antiques, design and the world’s top jewelers like Graff, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Buccellati. It is the largest and most diverse art fair in the world with over 275 international exhibitors and a strict vetting process.

There is always a fabulous display of roses at he entrance as a photo backdrop !

This year alone TEFAF saw over 70,00 visitors with 262 museums attending, including many of the top European and American institutions.  Maastricht is almost three hours from Amsterdam, and during 10 days in March, everyone is going there for the art.  The booths include works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Goya, and modern masters like Chagall, Klee, Picasso and nearly every well-known artist that comes to mind.

Michele Marieschi (Venice 1710-1743)

Michele Marieschi (Venice 1710-1743)

Vincent van Gogh -The Laakmolen near The Hague c.10-15 July 1882

Vincent van Gogh -The Laakmolen near The Hague c.10-15 July 1882

Four carved swans- one of my favorites at TEFAF 2015

Four carved swans- one of my favorites at TEFAF 2015

The art is accompanied with the most dazzling display of Dutch tulips you will ever see.  The MECC, Maastricht where the fair is held, is an enormous convention site decorated top to bottom with tulips and fancy venues for fine dining, sushi, tapas, as well as champagne bars and espresso cafes.

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You might be curious why I go each year as part of my work. I go to see the art and for inspiration, but I also go to promote Kaminski Auctions, and make sure the dealers at TEFAF are shopping our estate sales online every month. You never know where the next masterpiece might be found. There have been several times when I will walk into a fancy European dealers booth, and see a painting that was sold at one time, through our auction gallery.

Every year it’s something different that creates a buzz.  My jaw dropped as I came around the corner this year, to see an enormous booth of Shaker furniture.  Even more surprising than the Shaker exhibit was the fact that it was the vision of Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown in PARIS!  It took him 5 years to put the collection together, as a joint venture with the Shaker Museum in New York.  They had on loan four pieces from the museum’s collection, and the rest were pieces they sourced themselves. According to their representative, everything had sold.

Quoted in The Arts and Antiques Weekly, Francois Laffanour said, “It was no accident that his incredible collection of Shaker furniture was brought to TEFAF. “We wanted to expose the European market to Shaker furniture and design, something they are very unfamiliar with. TEFAF’S audience is extremely educated and sophisticated and the reception has been incredible.  They understand what we are doing and have embraced it.”

Shaker furniture on display  by Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown, Paris

Shaker furniture on display by Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown, Paris                         with an unimaginably long,long,long table!


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The Design section of the fair has grown tremendously over the past few years. With my interest in design I always make a beeline to Axel Vervoodt’s booth. The Belgian designer is probably one of the most influential European tastemakers of all time. He has published several books on design including Axel Vervoodt- Living with Light and Axel Vervoodt-Timeless Interiors both available on Amazon.com

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“We treasure things that are made by time,” says Axel Vervoordt,” ” the antiques dealer and interior designer’s celebrated style—which favors muted tones, weathered surfaces, richly patinated antiques, and a mix of ancient and modern artworks that share abstract, universal qualities.” (Quoted from Architectural Digest) 

His interiors tend to be minimalist, and he mixes sculptural furniture with classical antiquities and contemporary art.  Decorators and stylists from all over Europe visit TEFAF to see what he is doing each year. His stature in the design world influences trends in every aspect of interior design.

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Axel Vervoodt”s booth at TEFAF 2015

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The photos above are from Axel Vervoodt’s booth at TEFAF this year.  He mixes old with new, and contrasts contemporary art with classical antiquities!

How does this all relate back to Kaminski Auctions and my DéCor Blog? I want my readers to know that our monthly Estate sales is where you will find the pieces that represent the latest design trends and the age old classical antiques to make your decorating style stand out from the rest. Whether it be a piece of affordable contemporary art, a European stone bust or a piece of mid century modern furniture from our May 17th Modern sale…such as these great furniture and art finds shown below.

Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow

Lot#-2065-Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

L0t#-2967-Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

Warren Platner for Knoll coffee table, steel base with original bumper with beveled edge glass top

Lot#-2011-Warren Platner for Knoll coffee table, steel base with original bumper with beveled edge glass top

Poul Henningsen

L0t#-2101-Poul Henningsen “Artichoke” hanging lamp, white enameled aluminum and stainless steel, circa 1960s

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Lot#2068-Pair of Knoll “Womb” chairs with “Morocco” wool upholstery on steel frame,

Alexander Calder print

Lot#-2019 -Alexander Calder print

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Lot # 2097-Victor Vasarely (1906-1995). “Mexico City”, print, edition XII/CI

Our Modern sale goes online this Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 8:00pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to find your next design treasure.  Visit our website at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to receive our email updates! ! !

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Wedgwood pottery is a ceramic ware originally made by the English potter Josiah Wedgwood in 1759. A new earthenware form he created in 1765 caught the eye of the British Queen consort at the time, Charlotte of Meckleburg-Streitz and she allowed him to call it “Queen’s Ware“. The pottery became wildly popular across Europe and further new earthenware forms followed including Black Basalt and Jasper Ware.

An example of Queensware  dinner service

An example of Queensware dinner service

Jasper ware was developed in the 1770’s and became Wedgwood’s most popular style of stoneware. Neoclassical in style and created to look like ancient cameo glass in a matte finish, it is the one that comes to mind today as the classic representation of the Wedgwood Company. Produced in many different colors, the pale blue color developed by Josiah has come to be known as Wedgwood blue.

Roman, Greek and Egyptian ancient mythologies influenced his designs as well as, silhouettes of nobles, dignitaries and political symbols were used.

As well as earthenware plates and vessels jasperware graced everything from mirrors and lighting to architectural features like fireplace mantels, moldings and furniture.

From the Lady Lever Gallery, Liverpool, England

From the Lady Lever Gallery, Liverpool, England

Fine Jasper ware was highly prized and collected by wealthy English and Europeans households and is included in fine museum collections throughout the world.

from The San Antonio Museum Collection

from The San Antonio Museum Collection

Kaminski Auction is pleased to present in their March 15th auction over sixty lots of Wedgwood Jasperware from a dedicated collector. It is the perfect time to add to your collection or start one of your own. These decorative pieces would be wonderful in any room in your home !

Lot# 7256- WEDGWOOD JASPERWARE FLOWER POTS

Lot# 7256-Wedgwood Jasper ware Flower pots

Lot#7362 Pair of Wedgwood Jasperware covered biscuit jars in lilac

Lot#7362 Pair of Wedgwood Jasper ware covered biscuit jars in lilac

Lot# 7305 Lot of twelve blue and white Wedgwood Jasperware items

Lot# 7305 Lot of twelve blue and white Wedgwood Jasper ware items

Jasperware cheese dome and underplate

Lot# 7347 Jasper ware cheese dome and underplate

Lot #7349 Two pieces of black and white Wedgwood Jasperware, including a covered pot and a covered dish

Lot #7349 Two pieces of black and white Wedgwood Jasper ware, including a covered pot and a covered dish

Lot # 7332 Yellow Wedgwood Jasperware biscuit jar

Lot # 7332 Yellow Wedgwood Jasper ware biscuit jar

All lots are in exceptional condition and can be viewed at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com. This auction takes place Sunday March 15th  at 10:00 am . For more information visit our website and sign up to bid online with KaminskiLIVE. 

There is a style of decorating called “Chinoiserie” that is a French term pronounced  (shen’wäz-re’)  “which pays homage to Oriental influences but expressed in such a way that the rooms have a very European flavor. Chinoiserie became wildly popular in the late 17th century and and peaked around the middle of the 18th century before Neoclassicism became all the rage.

Europeans and the English were fascinated with the Far East and as trade opened up with China and Asia, exotic silks, porcelains and fantastic tales of the way these peoples live inspired this decorating style.  It could be seen in everything from landscape design to furniture to architecture and all through the decorative arts. It was embraced by the French as it blended so well with the Rococo style.  Thomas Chippendale incorporated fretwork into furniture and the term “Chinese Chippendale” was coined. English country estates built fanciful pagodas and French chateaus and castles had entire rooms painted in the “Chinoiserie” style.

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From- Chinoiserie Chic-

The style can be a bit formal and fussy for the way we live today, but nonetheless an elegant mix of pieces from the Far East  and the old world can give any room you are decorating incredible flair.

Very often our monthly estate auctions feature many pieces of decorative Asian porcelain, furniture, art and decorative antiques. With all the current interest by Asian collectors these pieces often sell for very high prices and are out of reach of the average persons decorating budget.  Surprisingly though, many are still very affordable, especially if they do not have a lot of antique value and were produced for the masses.

Your decorating style does not have to be  Asian themed for them to work well. Asian antiques work with most decorating styles and add a bit of the exotic to any room.

Take for example this 19th century Chinese Famille Rose Vase that was in our February 8th sale, valued at $300-$500 it sold for $150.00 to a lucky bidder. Decorated in beautiful pinks and greens, with peonies and birds in a baluster form this vase would have huge decorative impact empty, or filled with flowers on an entry table, or in any room of the house.

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Imagine this lovely piece on your foyer table or in a living room with forced branches of apple blossoms, quince or pussy willows this spring.

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From Veranda.com

When looking at Asian porcelain the painting should be highly detailed and precise, the colors should be harmonious with the colors you have chosen for your interior.

Our estate auctions are the perfect place to start a blue and white porcelain collection in which you can mix many types, both Asian and European.  Blue and white Canton pieces come up frequently and are very affordable and are the perfect pieces to start a collection.  I love the look of many may pieces of blue and white together in any room.

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All of these wonderful blue and white Asian pieces sold for $100 at our auctions,

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with a few purchases like this you are well on your way to a fantastic collection….

Chinoiserie wallpaper is very popular and is a great way to dramatically change the look of a room.

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An example of a dining room with Chinoiserie wallpaper

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And a more modern interpretation of  Chinoiserie wallpaper in a foyer .

If you don’t want to go “whole hog” with the “Chinoiserie” look in a room, Chinese artists often painted onto screens, panels and scrolls. They were prized for their detailed images and calligraphy brush strokes.  Our estate sales often feature pieces like these that can easily create a focal point for a large wall space or behind a furniture grouping .

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Screens also work very well in a bedroom and make wonderful decorative headboards.

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Every month is different but you will often find Asian cabinets like these pictured, in our monthly auctions.

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From-despiertaymira.com

garden stools  …

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Beautiful Asian vases made into lamps

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From-casasugar.com

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And decorative mirrors like this Chinoiserie mirror coming up this spring.

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Browse our gallery, and listen to an informative presentation on the art of bidding at auction.

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Sorry for the long hiatus on writing this blog. I seem to get bogged down with writing press releases, pre and post every auction, social media and a  million other things that have to happen each month. My New Year’s resolution is to write, write, write, at least one post every single month if not more.

I would like to welcome Amy Cavilla as our new head of social media marketing. We have lots of fun things planned to keep you up to date on our Kaminski Auctions, and keep you informed on whats happening in the auction and art world. So be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram if you don’t already.

Amy Cavilla

I have so much to learn about social media but the one thing the experts keep telling me is that I need to engage my audience. Although this blog is not quite the same thing, I realized that the posts I got the most comments on were those I made personal.

Our social media campaign this month is “Some of Our Favorite Things” that sold this past year at Kaminski Auctions . So for my final post of 2014 I thought I would share with you some of my personal auction purchases of 2014 and how I used them to decorate my homes.

My first purchase of 2014 was from the May 20th Century/Decorative Arts and Modern sale and it was this Mies Van der Rohe for Knoll, Barcelona low table, “X” form with a chromed steel base and square glass top, circa 1950s.  An iconic table I purchased for $425.

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Mies Van der Rohe for Knoll, Barcelona low table

                                      

The exact same piece is selling on the popular Design Within Reach site for $1720. I used it as a coffee table in my Boston apartment.The glass top makes the apartment seem more spacious and airy. I unfortunately don’t have a photo of it to share. But you can see it works perfectly in a traditional or modern room.

A beautifully furnished traditional living room with a Mies Vander Rohe Barcelona table

A beautifully furnished traditional living room with a Mies Van der Rohe Barcelona table- Elle Decor photo

And a more modern apartment with the same table     Elle Decor phot

And a more modern apartment with the same table- Elle Decor photo

Another purchase which I absolutely love is this Mid Century root table.  It is really made  of grape vines from the vineyards in California but I thought it looked a lot like drift wood, and would work in my Nantucket home as a fabulous end table.

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It was described as a Northern California tree root table with glass top and I purchased it for $120.00.  I changed the black glass it was shown with to clear for a lighter more airy look as well. With the clear glass top you can see the beautiful roots below. Everyone who visited this summer loved this table.

A not so great auction purchase was this pair of carved continental style gilt wood planters that I paid $360.00 for.  They were an impulse purchase I made with a friend thinking they were” too over the top together” and we would each take one.

medium-9111.0_1They were also too garish all gilt. The plan was to wash them with a white paint and rub it off for a french washed wood effect or to paint different parts of them black for contrast and the French Empire look.  Needless to say neither one of us has had the time to do anything with them, so they were reconsigned to auction.  The beauty of a making a mistake purchase at auction is you can usually resell them at a future sale.

My two favorite purchases of 2014 were my last two. A beautiful console table constructed from a staircase segment.  It has  great provenance, as it was originally from the Newport, Rhode Island  home of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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It is wrought iron with a sandstone top. A very mediterranean look.  I thought initially I would use it outside as a serving table on my loggia but found it was the perfect size and visually interesting enough to finish off my upstairs foyer.

Upstairs Foyer with New Console Table

Upstairs Foyer with New Console Table

Above the console table hangs an unusual Venetian mirror which is faux tortoiseshell. I purchased it some years ago at a Christie’s Interiors auction. Flanking the mirror on both sides are very large sepia photographs by Michael Kahn featuring exquisite details of two italian sculptures that stand in front of the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence, Italy.

At the Annual Thanksgiving auction I purchased this beautiful 19th century highly decorative Venetian mirror.  The glass surround has detailed images of gondolas and scenes of Venice.

medium-17008.0_1 It was the perfect thing to finish off my Venetian inspired bathroom with it’s very pink, very dramatic Designer Guild “gilded” wallpaper.  I carried the pink theme into the bathroom as it is just off the Venetian inspired dining room (from a previous post Updating a Traditional Dining Room, March 22, 2013).

My over the top Designers Guild wallpaper with my new Venetian mirror auction purchase.

My new Venetian mirror auction purchase.

The pièce de resistance of 2014 has to be my auction purchase from the “Oprah Winfrey Collection sale last November 2013.  Although from the previous year, I have to count it in this years purchases, as it arrived it the dead of winter in 2014 with four feet of snow on the ground.  After many months of searching for the perfect cistern and figuring out how the water would be pumped thorough the dolphins mouths and the center shell,here it is in it’s full glory.  The focal point of my loggia!

IMG_1388                     Happy Holidays to all and I wish you a great auction and decorating year in 2015 !

I started writing this blog to showcase how to decorate with antiques in a modern decor. There are people that can look at a jumble of stuff at an estate sale and see how each and every piece can translate into a look for their home that you see everyday in the top design magazines like Elle Decor, Traditional Home,and Architectural Digest.

And their are those people who just can’t make that visual leap. This new blog post is to help you make that visual leap to create the interior you always dreamed of but at a  fraction of the price of new reproduction furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, paintings, whatever……

I will attempt to show you some of  the auction items that you will find each and most every month at Kaminski Auctions monthly estate sales that will help you achieve that designer look you want for your home.

An item like this huanghuali or peach wood altar table is so versatile.

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9001 – CHINESE HUANGHUALI ALTAR TABLE Chinese altar table, Huanghuali wood, 31 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ x 79″. Provenance: CT collection

EST: $1,000 – $2,000

You can see how fabulous it will look in an off white modern decor behind a sofa

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or as the perfect foyer table

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 Something like this moroccan brass tray table adds interest to any room.

9073-Moroccan inlaid table with hammered brass top, 20″h x 30″dia. Provenance: MA collection.

EST:$300-$500

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It adds texture and interest as a coffee table in a living room
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And adds a bit of the exotic to any living room

                                               It can be used inside or out as well.

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We always have a fantastic selection of traditional furniture like this dining table and round mahogany foyer table that work perfectly as a dining table or a center table in a large square or rectangle foyer.  They especially look great in an all white modern room with unmatched side chairs and carving chairs at the head.

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Early 20th century dining table on brass castors with two leaves, mahogany, hand crank mechanism for opening and closing table, 31″h x 78″w x 50″d, 18″w (leaves). Provenance: MA estate.

EST-$500-$700

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Late 19th or early 20th century round dining table, mahogany, 31 1/2″ h x 65 1/2″ dia.

EST-$500-$800

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Here are some fabulous foyer looks..

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Or you can paint it white !

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If mid century modern is your look . This fabulous chair is also featured in our July 13th sale

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9214 Eric Kirkegaard Danish Modern chair, teak and leather, with original metal label “Made in Norway for International Designer’s Group,” 30″ h x 22″ w x 19″ d. Provenance: From a Winchester, MA collection.

EST-$300-$500

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If Midcentury modern is your style don’t miss our 20th Century/Modern sale

Sunday, September 28th

for more vintage looks like this .

Imagine redoing a room with various pieces of the Chinese porcelain that we have at every auction .  Grouping it together gives your room a theme and the blue and white looks fabulous together in a contemporary space.

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And our pieces are the real thing that will hold their value.

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#9081 -Pair of Chinese blue and white vases, 11 1/2″. Provenance: MA estate.

EST-$400-$600

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9396-Chinese fish tank, blue and white porcelain, 12″ x 13 3/4″. Provenance: CT collection.

EST-$300-$500

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9326 -Chinese blue and white vase, porcelain, dragon-shaped holder, marked on base, 10 1/2″. Provenance: CT collection.

EST-$300-$500

You  can start a blue and white porcelain collection with just one auction.

Also take a look at Lots- 9328,9326,9401,and 9359

Pair them with this fabulous Chinese chest !

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9070-Chinese red door lacquer cabinet, 29″ x 20″ x 13 3/4″. Provenance: CA collector.

EST $350-$550

Don’t miss our July 13th Estate sale at 

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KaminskiLIVE or by phone or absentee bid 

 

2013 was a banner year for Kaminski Auctions. We are very proud to have been the auctioneers of the Oprah Winfrey Collection in Santa Barbara, California on November 2nd 2013.

The idea of an auction of the Oprah Winfrey collection started in March 2013 when Oprah revealed she was planning a top to bottom remodel of her homes in Chicago, Maui, Santa Barbara, and Indiana. Previously decorated by the late Anthony P. Brown, Oprah had employed the services of Rose Tarlow of Melrose House in Los Angeles, California to redcorate her homes more in keeping with the way she lives today.

Oprah's decision to redo her homes is the catalyst for a huge auction of her belongings !

Oprah’s decision to redo her homes is the catalyst for a huge auction of her belongings !

The grand staircase in the Montecito foyer.

The grand staircase in the Montecito foyer.

The famous green plaid sofa !

The famous green plaid sofa !

The lovely library.

The lovely library.

With our Santa Barbara representative and offices in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, Kaminski Auctions was selected to organize “The mother of all yard sales “as Oprah liked to call it.  And as always, it would all be for a good cause.  All proceeds would benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership College Fund providing scholarships for graduates to continue their education at some of the finest universities in the United States.

Oprah with the girls from The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls- South Africa.

Oprah with the girls from The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls- South Africa.

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Working closely with Oprah’s  team at Own-TV and Hearst Publications it was also decided to shoot the cover of the March issue of O Magazine at the auction and to feature the auction in the publication.

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Our staff at Kaminski immediately started planning for this fantastic event.  We sent a team of catalogers and photographers out to Santa Barbara to start organizing the items that were stored in a nearby warehouse.  Most were  hand selected by Oprah and many were signed pieces of memorabilia that would be auctioned off.

We designed a wonderful color catalog, tickets to the event, and an  Oprah website.  It was decided to hold the event outside under tents at the Santa Barbara Polo Club close to Oprah’s Montecito home.  We also organized organized a fantastic VIP party for the night before the auction.

The Oprah Winfrey Collection catalog cover.

The Oprah Winfrey Collection catalog cover.

The VIP invitation and ticket

The VIP invitation and ticket

We had endless meetings planning for every detail of the auction, publicity, customer registration, security, tents, catering, catalog sales, parking, and on and on….

We planned for the cover shoot on Tuesday, a three-day preview starting on Wednesday, a VIP preview party on Friday night and the auction starting at 10:00am PT on Saturday, November 2nd.

Setting up the many tents at the Santa Barbara Polo Club

Setting up the many tents at the Santa Barbara Polo Club

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The grounds looked beautiful !

The grounds looked beautiful !

And so did the inside of the tents!

And so did the inside of the tents!

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Oprah’ star power certainly attracts the crowds.  Each preview day was incredibly well attended, over 300 people bought tickets for the VIP preview party and over 7,500 people signed up to bid online from every state and over 150 countries……

One of the many interviews Oprah did at the event.

One of the many interviews Oprah did at the event.

Fans lining up the day of the auction.

Fans lining up the day of the auction.

Preview days included interviews with the local affiliates of CBS and NBC/Fox in addition to numerous local and Los Angeles area media.

Oprah smiling for the cameras.

Oprah smiling for the cameras.

An elegant VIP party for over 300 guests was held on Friday night prior to the auction with food by Tammy Kronen, music by Peter Clark and his orchestra and a performance by a talented group of young aspiring singers from the Janet Adderley School for the Performing Arts who sang an amazing rendition of songs from the musical “The Color Purple”especially written to entertain Oprah.

Oprah with The Janice Adderley School for the Performing Arts Singers.

Oprah with The Janice Adderley School for the Performing Arts Singers.

Peter Clark and his orchestra provided the music for the VIP party.

Peter Clark and his orchestra provided the music for the VIP party.

To our surprise Oprah made an appearance each day as well, giving interviews, signing autographs, delighting in the children’s’ performance at the VIP party and even kicking off the day by auctioning off the first 10 items of the sale.

Oprah kicking off the bidding on the first few lots.

Oprah kicking off the bidding on the first few lots.

She really seemed to enjoy it.

She really seemed to enjoy it.

Oprah signed many of the pieces she auctioned to the delight of the crowd.

Oprah signed many of the pieces she auctioned to the delight of the crowd.

Gayle King from CBS Good Morning America got into the spirit as well.

Gayle King from CBS Good Morning America got into the spirit as well.

The hardworking crew from UCSB.

The hardworking crew from UCSB.

All that planning paid off and the culmination of all our hard work is evident in this months issue of “O Magazine.

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We were delighted and honored to be a part of this important event for an incredibly good cause.  We hope you enjoy seeing this  issue of O Magazine,  for a complete recap on the auction visit http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and look for tips for “De-Cluttering Your Life in 2014 in the March issue of Oprah Magazine!

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I was fortunate to spend a lot of time on Nantucket this summer. Nantucket is an island 30 miles out to sea,south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is known for its beautiful beaches, grey shingle houses covered in roses, it’s historic whaling tradition and hand woven “Nantucket” baskets.

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My New Dawn roses in full bloom !

My New Dawn roses in full bloom !

There is a Historic District Commission on the island that dictates every aspect of the design and construction of the houses, and has kept any and all chain stores (with the exception of Ralph Lauren) and fast food franchises from reaching our shores.

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Photo by: follow pics.net

Traditionally homes on the island were decorated in nautical or casual chic beachy style. Think white walls, sea grass carpets, and overstuffed upholstered furniture in any shade of blue or sea green or simply slipcovered in white duck.

Photo: nauticalcottageblog.com

Photo: nauticalcottageblog.com

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Photo: living.msn.com

More formal homes along Main Street and in the downtown area, reflected the islands whaling tradition and were decorated in 19th century antiques with mahogany furniture, gilded mirrors and oriental carpets.

Photo: bummersaheadyay.blogspot.com

Photo: bummersaheadyay.blogspot.com

Thanks to the Historic District Commission all the homes look the same on the outside, but oh how things have changed on the inside! The young families building on the island now, have embraced the 20th Century and modern design trend that is popular today and have redefined island chic.

I was fortunate to be invited to tour a fabulous new house designed by the architectural firm BPC Architecture, and decorated as a collaborative project with Jennifer Palumbo doing the soft furnishings, Joel Olson designing the bathrooms, stone, tile and lighting and built by Joe Gamberoni of Cross Rip Builders. The original house was torn down and a wonderfully traditional shingle home was built in its place.

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Apart from the grey shingles and white trim nothing is traditional about this house. The minute I entered the front door the design features in this house” wow” you. I was so impressed with the clean white linear elements of the walls and glass staircases.  As you enter the front door a fabulous curved wall creates the foyer and distinguishes the living room from the entrance.

A fantastic light fixture in the entry.  The free standing curved wall creates the divide between the living room and foyer.

A fantastic light fixture in the entry and the free standing curved wall creates the divide between the living room and foyer.

Glass, wood and chrome staircase.

The glass, wood and chrome staircase.

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The more formal living area.

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The fireplace serves as a room divide as well.

A floating fireplace serves as the divide between the kitchen, family room and more formal living area. The light fixtures are modern white spheres or wonderful glass globes with a simple bulb that complement the modern clean lines of the house design.

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The bedroom furniture is built into the walls and closets, so no need for dressers or armoires.  Platform beds with upholstered headboards and side tables that float from the walls are an integral part of the clean crisp design.

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Everything is white, glass and chrome or natural wood with just pops of color in each room. The August issue of N magazine of Nantucket featured a similarly modern new home built on Squam road, by a London couple that summers on the island.  The article titled “Starting Fresh” shows some amazing interior and exterior shots of the new pool, pool house, and glass stairways that connect the different areas of the home. The original house on the property was owned by the infamous former CEO of Tyco International.

It is hard to believe these modern design concepts have reached the shores of this old whaling island, but as you can see it has!  One can see from opening any decorating magazine that modern and 20th century design is the fashion just now.

In response to this trend Kaminski  Auctions now holds 3-4 modern auctions a year .  This weekend on Sunday September 22, 2013 Kaminski will hold its fall 20th Century and Decorative Arts sale starting at 10:00am. Curated by our new 20th century specialist Kathryn Wilkins formerly of Treadway-Toomey Galleries in Cincinnati, Ohio. If you are a modern enthusiast check out this fabulous sale at our website http://www.kaminskiauctions.com today!

The new Restoration Hardware store on Newbury street opened in the month of March with great fanfare. It was accompanied with what seemed like the largest catalog mailing in history, that left us wondering “how did they afford to mail that”. Four books arrived to most Massachusetts zip codes, shrink wrapped in plastic, titled RH Interiors, RH Outdoor and Garden, RH Objects of Curiosity, and RH Tableware.

RH, as they now wish to be known, opened in the 40,000 square foot landmark Back Bay building that was once the home of Louis Boston, the high-end men’s retailer. The building itself was designed by architect William Preston in 1862, and was only the second building erected in Back Bay. At one time it housed the New England Museum of Natural History.

Restoration Hardware has completely renovated and restored the building to its former glory, with a spectacular glass elevator and a welcoming glass atrium outside on Newbury Street.

RH Boston Photo Courtesy of www.Boston.com

RH Boston
Photo Courtesy of http://www.Boston.com

The company is trying to reinvent itself from the original success story that started in 1980 as a niche business selling door knobs, hooks and hard to find hardware, to an up scale home furniture store selling an eclectic line of luxury home furnishings.

A visit to the new Boston store for RH is definitely worth the trip. It is truly an “eye candy” experience for anyone interested in design or decorating. The showrooms dazzle with multiple crystal chandeliers, and everything is monochromatic with oversized furniture in leather, linen, natural wood,and chrome.

RH Boston Interior photo-www.architecturaldigest.com

RH Boston Interior
photo-www.architecturaldigest.com

The store is truly beautiful and the merchandising excites and enthralls the visitor. Smartly dressed sales consultants walk around with IPads looking up your every question, as to dimensions, what other fabrics the furniture comes in and when it is available to ship.

Plush towels are stacked by graduating color hues in faux french armoires and there are home accessories everywhere,  but everything is by mail order, nothing is available to purchase and walk out of the store with. For those of us who like instant gratification, this is not the shopping experience for you…..or me.

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The furniture on display is so over scale, you have to wonder who can fit these pieces in their apartments or homes. Along with the over scale size comes a huge price tag.

Each week I see  the original antique furniture that have inspired these RH designs at our auctions, only more authentic, more interesting and with the wonderful patina that only comes with age.   Like purchasing a new car, the minute these pieces leave the showroom, they are worth a fraction of their original price.

With a bit of research in the past/sold items at Kaminski Auctions I want to share with you the Kaminski original and what it sold for and the RH reproduction, and you can decide for yourself.

The RH Interiors tome that arrived shows The RH Kensington leather sofa starting at $3795.

98" Kensington Leather Sofa  $3795 - $4615

98″ Kensington Leather Sofa
$3795 – $4615

This a wonderful old Chesterfield leather  sofa that sold at Kaminski Auctions DéCoR sale for        $1500.same beautiful shape, with the real patina of an old sofa.

Vintage Leather Chesterfield Sofa

Vintage Leather Chesterfield Sofa

84" RH Lancaster  Leather Sofa $3495 - $4285

84″ RH Lancaster Leather Sofa
$3495 – $4285

Brown leather 3 seater sofa $1300

Kaminski leather 3 seater sofa $1300

The same hold true for this wonderful old club chair .  The RH Lowell chair ..

RH Lowell Club Chair $1595-$1865

RH Lowell Club Chair $1595-$1865

and the comparison piece at Kaminski Auctions that sold for a fraction of the RH price.

English Style Leather Club Chair

English Style Leather Club Chair $850

The RH vintage french side chair.  just a copy of the french style side chairs at Kaminski    Auctions.

RH Vintage French Side Chair - $299.00

RH Vintage French Side Chair – $299.00

Recovered in a natural linen these chairs will give you the same look.

Mid 18th Century French Side Chairs

Mid 18th Century French Side Chairs $400

The RH French style bergère…

The RH Lorraine Chair $595-$710

The RH Lorraine Chair $595-$710

And again, a French bergère at auction covered in natural linen will give you the same look.

19th century, French Bergere armchair

19th century, French Bergere armchair $300

The Rh catalog states “Our Chandelier mixes the opulent sparkle of crystal with the rustic    restraint of a bronze finished frame.”

RH Florian Chandelier $1695.00

RH Florian Chandelier $1695.00

The chandeliers at Kaminski Auctions have the same opulent sparkle at a fraction of  the price.

French Style Iron and Crystal Chandelier

French Style Iron and Crystal Chandelier $300

RH Rococo Chandelier $1495-$2795

RH Rococo Chandelier $1495-$2795

French StyleCrystal Chandelier

Kaminski French Style Crystal Chandelier $500

French Empire Chandelier

RH French Empire Chandelier $1875

French Empire Crystal Chandelier $425

Kaminski French Empire Crystal Chandelier $425

If modern furniture is your thing.  We have that as well at our 20th Century Modern sales ! You will always find great modern design pieces from famous names like Mies van der Rohe, Nakashima, Sven Eriksson, Hans Wegner and many more.

Cantilevered Armchair $625

RH Cantilevered Armchair $625

Modern Sofa

Modern sofa

A CB2  leather Sofa from  our 20th Century Modern sale !

Mayfair Trunk $1595-$1895

RH Mayfair Trunk
$1595-$1895

The real thing from E. Goyard, Paris !

Antique Labeled French Trunk E.Goyard, Paris

Antique Labeled French Trunk E.Goyard, Paris $2,200

From their RH Objects of curiosity Catalog..

"A Meticulous Reproduction"

RH Vintage Paris Map $1695-$2495

Bowen Early Map of World

Bowen Early Map of World $225

Trophy Urn $449

RH Trophy Urn $449

Art Nouveau Silver-Plated Trophy                                                Art Nouveau Silver Plated Urn Estimate – $200-$300

I could go on and on with the comparisons, but you get the idea.  I do wonder who is buying this furniture.  Is it people who have no imagination, or just those to whom money is no object.  The experience left me very uninspired and I thought,  give me the thrill and excitement of  a good auction any day !

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