Monday, February 21, 2011
The Coffee Table
Since Norma asked nicely, here is THE coffee tables to end all coffee tables. It's an Erwin-Lambeth (now Tomlinson Erwin-Lambeth ) piece and for those of you that know furniture, Erwin-Lambeth is so exclusive that its only sold in the trade and only sold by designers that T/E-L approve of.
The table is a solid brass chassis, with a rosewood frame that holds a 1" thick beveled glass top, about four feet by four feet square. And folks it is beyond heavy. My parents paid about $1,000 for it in 1968 when they moved into the 5,000 square foot monster house in 1968. I have been told that it's official model name is the "Fender", and it was designed by Mrs. Lambeth.
And the condition is exquisite. The forty year old glass is perfect and there is one bump mark on the wood frame, and you would be hard pressed to find it. The brass base is perfect - no scratches, mars.
I have only seen one other table like this - it was in the grand foyer of a chi chi bank in Cleveland. And the only reason why I saw it was because my mother heard that the bank had one and she wanted to visit it in the garnd setting it was in.
But for all its perfectness, I fear it will go cheap. The economy is bad, and its old enough to be old, but not old enough to be an antique. Whoever buys it will have a great ticket to some 5 minutes of fame on the Antiques Roadshow in 2020.