|Shabby Chic Armoire - not mid-modern appropriate|
and recently sold on Craig's List for $40, I'll take it.
I kept putting the words "mid-century modern armoire" into eBay and Craig's List. I had a couple of restrictions. Albert said he didn't care for "light wood." What does that even mean? I had to listen to him because a condition of the bathroom remodel was Albert could move his clothes into the master (meaning he got a closet), and he got some sort of dresser in the master bedroom (all his stuff was previously in the guest room).
Another condition was the new armoire needed to coordinate a tiny bit with the walnut Canadian Baronet bedroom set we purchased about 13 years ago right after Alex was born. It was a really nice set at the time, and has a little modern edge -- so it stays. We have the 6-drawer dresser, the bed and an end table. I sold the lingerie chest at the Home Consignment Center last week as well (too much matchy, matchy and the lingerie chest was a really awkward size for the room).
|Baronet Java Collection|
We have the bed, the 6 drawer dresser and two 1-drawer nightstands
(although we only use one of them).
Eventually this little beauty came up on eBay.
A John Stuart Danish armoire, probably circa 1950. I did a bit of quick research on John Stuart and found a lot of gorgeous pieces, and a little bit of information. From an informational piece on OneofaKindAntiques: "John L. Stuart started John Stuart, Inc. in 1934 with his partners Herbert M. Rothschild and Herman S. Gelbin. Stuart also owned the famous John Widdicomb Company. The Stuart showroom became one of the premier Modern Show rooms in the world showing Scandinavian designs. It was the only air-conditioned showroom in NYC in 1940."
Seller said "make an offer," so very casually, without really thinking, I made an offer $600 below the asking price to a number that seemed **ahem** reasonable. Within 2 minutes I had a congratulations email. Sheesh. Should have bid lower. Soon thereafter, I read the fine print in the listing. The seller didn't go through PayPal and you have to arrange your own shipping. From New Jersey. Ouch. I really screwed up. But because I have bought and sold on eBay for years, I know better then to try to get out of a purchase. It was time to man up. I had to arrange out-of-state-shipping. It wasn't cheap, but it was really easy to do.
Within two weeks, two huge guys struggled to bring this little beauty down our rocky path, into the back bedroom door. It was really heavy. After they got it in the bedroom and left, I couldn't jiggle it into the exact correct place, and had to wait for Alex and Albert to shove it into place. Solid Danish Walnut, probably from the early 1950's.
Albert gets it all to himself. Lucky guy.
|In place so you can visualize the scale, see a glimpse of the Baronet Bed?|
|Another view. The silver is cool metal strips.|