Monday, October 7, 2013

The ones that got away


This Saturday and Sunday, The Potomack Company auction house in nearby Alexandria, held an auction of nearly 1000 lots including fine art and antiques.
I had gone through the catalogue several times and I had my eye on several items and decided to watch and bid online. The Chinoiserie desk above was barely on my radar, figuring it would go for quite a bit of money.
I really did not have a spot for it but its the kind of thing I would ditch another piece to find a place for.
I clicked one heartbreaking second too late. It sold for $250. $250!!! *sniff sniff*


My intention was to buy this Federal style sideboard but I had guilty second thoughts and watched it go for a fair $550.

The second to last lot was one of three mid-century pieces out of 986 lots so I felt confident that there would not be too many bidders.


The Danish rosewood desk that was ahead of it told a different story and the bidding on this began after a long pause. Up it went and then I saw the fair warning sign and clicked...... nothing happened.... no one else bid
and now its mine! Yay!!!!
What did you do this weekend?

12 comments:

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Your piece is fantastic. That first one is probably worth a few sighs, and then yeah for what you won.

Kristen Alcorta said...

You lucky lady! The piece you won is great! I just love the legs on it!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

it's always the ones that get away! Great find - LOVE your console find! I went to a few estate sales and found some goodies I'll probably put up on my blog later today!

charmaine said...

Yay! Great score and I love the legs.

Elizabeth Day said...

So sorry about the ones that got away, but am happy for your purchase. I can't wait to see how you use it in your home. In the new bedroom maybe?

Vel Criste said...

Great score Kerry, but I agree, that first table getting a way is a bit 'heart-breaking'. Was sick over the weekend, so my projects are stumped for now. Need to catch-up before ORC link up this Thursday. :-)

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

That's fantastic! It's a beautiful piece and what fun!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

God how I love a good auction!!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Oh my goodness the piece you got is FANTASTIC! How exciting! And seriously? $250??

An Urban Cottage said...

I love your eclectic taste. Bidding online can be tricky. I've entered the bidding at the last minute on a few things and ended up getting locked out. I think there's a little bit of a delay sometimes that's hard to judge. One time I thought I lost and got a call from the auction house two weeks later asking if I wanted my painting shipped!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

I love the piece you won most of all! Great score, lady!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

That piece you won is TDF! I would love that in my home. How fun and I know youve been looking for a MCM piece! Have a great few weeks Kerry. TTY soon.
xo Nancy