What's It Worth? The Love Affair With Mid-Century Style Continues

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Five years ago, we wrote about the mid-century trend. And it is still going strong! The style influences from the 1950s to the 1970s are still a hot trend today. When we first went into the antique business in the 1980s, no one wanted anything to do with 1950s and ’60s modernist design; the bizarre clock in your mom’s kitchen or the asymmetrical Danish-designed table in your parents’ den was seen as old hat. But in the grand spirit of “everything old is new again,” from around 2005, these mid-century modern pieces started to enjoy a renewed hipness, especially among twentysomethings. Jump forward to today, and these Jetsons- and Sputnik-era (also called Eames-era) designs, often characterized by asymmetrical shapes, spikes, suns and bubbles, are fascinating – and add a bold, very specific vibe to your office or home. They range from organic curves and clean lines (in the furniture of Charles Eames, Paul Evans, Joseph Eichler, Knoll and Hans Wegner) to small occasional tables with a bubble or constellation design by Edward Wormley or Dunbar. There are also watches and jewelry set in silver and gold and signed by David Webb, Ed Weiner, Sam Kramer (famous for his mushroom mark), Adler, Bacharach, Bergman, Ball, Brynner, Gilbert Albert, and Pardon (of particular importance). These designs are not for everyone; many think they are gaudy, overbearing, and occasionally sterile. But therein lies the appeal. If you have any fantastic, unusual pieces of Danish, Scandinavian, Mexican, German or Swiss design from the ’50s to the ’70s, pay us a visit. Or we can make a house call. We buy entire estates or one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Tampa, Pasco and Lakeland? Yes, we can visit! All oddly shaped items wanted. Three former Sothebys.com associates and two art historians on staff. Call or email us if you want to deal with Tampa Bay’s leading auctioneer. We have sold the contents of museums and collections for USF. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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