I was contacted a couple of weeks ago with someone who had some Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates pieces available that she wanted to sell. She was thrilled when I told her I would love to have the pieces in the store, but a little less thrilled when I told her my wallet told me I'd have to pass. She was in a bind to move and everyone else she had contacted had been rude and had badly low-balled her on pricing. So we came to the agreement that I would take the pieces on consignment and deduct whatever I had to put into them to make them salable. Win - Win!!
Here's the first couple of pieces I basically just cleaned up and got right out...
One 916-CC Captains chair in ebony...
I believe this has likely been recovered sometime during it's life, but still in very good condition!
One 995-B 60 inch slatted bench also in very good condition. Basically some Restor-A-finish and cleaned up the brass on the legs...
It's not like I come across pieces like this everyday and I was happy to be able to offer them!
OK, this is where my shameless trolling for some info, and polling you my loyal readers, comes into play. The next shots are of a 1135-T free form table and 4 of the 915-C dinette chairs. These pieces appear to be of the original finish and fabric. There are no signs that these have been worked on although they are sorely in need of some TLC!
Here's the first question. Has anyone ever seen this finish on any of the Pearsall pieces much less this table and chairs? It has a white creamy appearance that I really don't care for although the original fabric was pretty swell at one time.
My consignor said she had spoken with James? Pearsall about the set and he was stumped by the finish but did some research and supposedly this set was made available in an "Ash" finish.
Is this rare and collectable? Or just rare because no one liked it and so few were made?
This finish is in relatively good condition. To be honest, I don't think I can save it anyway as there are three plugs covering the screws that hold the back on that are going to have to be removed for recovery and I doubt I'd be very successful hiding the replacements.
Here's the poll...How many of you would think it would be sacriledge to ruin this gorgeous? Ash finish. And who thinks it would be well worth my time to strip this and go with the walnut finish?
I'm very much inclined to redo the whole set in walnut even though it's a fair amount of work.
I believe it would greatly enhance the price I could get for it along with actually being able to sell the set!
I also have the 893-TGO Jax cocktail table in the original ebony finish that I'm considering for the same fate as it's finish, although original, is pretty chipped up.
Please feel free to comment! I'd love to hear everyones take/opinion on this!
Last up for today are afters of the first wave of the Baumritter refinish I've been working on.
Here's a couple of the befores to refresh your memory...
Thankfully the dresser was the original dried out finish. My customer had tried their hand at working on the chest and had applied some type of oil over the wood that I thought I'd never get out! The nightstand was not original to the set, but needed to match the other pieces. Bed is still in the works.
My customers were very satisfied with the end result in my Heywood-Wakefield "wheat" finish!
They couldn't have purchased any kind of quality "new" furniture for the price of this job!
I normally never use the terms quality and new furniture together. It's a bit of an oxymoron!
Thanks for taking a look and don't hesitate to spill me any info you have and give me your unadulterated opinion on the Pearsall pieces!