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Thrift round-up, 8/18/2012

It’s been a busy week at the Butters! Our most significant acquisition this week was our new daughter! Miss S was born at the Swedish Medical Center here in Seattle on August 12th! Mother and daughter are both doing well.

It’s been a week now since Miss S decided it was time to arrive, and it’s been a pretty crazy week! I (Mr. Butter) found some time to escape to a local estate sale while Ms Butter stayed home with the Butterbean. I found a few fun things for the shop, and one or two things for the Bit of Butter collection.

This estate sale was in one of the more wealthy neighborhoods in Seattle, and took place in a fabulous MCM home overlooking Lake Washington. The family had tastes very similar to Ms Butter and myself, and the sale was full of wonderful housewares, art, and furniture. First, I was drawn to the teak Dansk tray — this is an earlier design by Jens Harald Quistgaard, and is in great condition. In the kitchen, I immediately snagged a large cache of Michael Lax for Copco — the kettle, baker, ramekins, and gratin dishes are great. Cooking with Lax’s Copco designs is a joy — the cast iron holds the heat so well — we love the bakers in particular. In the kitchen I also found the three Arne Jacobsen ashtrays for Stelton — these are part of the Cylinda line from 1967. The Dansk Kobenstyle gravy and saucier are extremely functional and fun to look at. These are from the later French production, and are much better made than earlier entries that tended to chip and flake extremely easily.

The glass vase and hippo are mysteries — we thought the vase might be Blenko’s #39 pinch vase, but the mouth is different. If anyone knows anything, we’d love your insight.

I almost didn’t notice the vase in the back when I was at the sale, but am I glad I flipped it over! It’s Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg — I think this is part of his Karneval line — it’s a massive 16″ tall. It’s got a couple of small chips at the bottom, unfortunately, but there was no way I was going to leave it behind.

Finally — the reason I went to this sale is this beautiful oak rocker designed by Hans Wegner for Mikael Laursen in 1940. This seems to be a fairly rare Wegner design, and we’re happy to add it to our growing collection of Wegner furniture. We’ll be doing a blog post soon about the different rockers he designed!