They say that buying a house is one of the most stressful events a person can experience in their lifetime. Recently, I decided to rush a few of these milestone moments into a span of about three weeks. My schedule included packing and shipping the contents of my small apartment to Dallas, getting married, starting a new job, and closing on and moving into our new home. I was excited about all of these changes but, after almost a decade of living in a small New York apartment, I hadn’t accumulated much furniture and the prospect of outfitting a Texas-sized home was a little daunting. Luckily, in my role at Heritage Auctions, I get to see many of the treasures that cycle through our doors.

Having worked in the art world for many years, I know that auctions can be a surprisingly affordable way to buy quality furniture. I love seeing the one-of-a-kind items that are frequently of a much higher craftsmanship and value than your typical big-box retail purchase. When my husband and I started shopping for our home, we spent many weekends combing through those large stores, but usually went home empty-handed and uninspired. Who wants to buy the same dining room set that three of your friends already have or the light fixture that seems to be hanging in everyone’s foyer? We quickly started looking at auctions as an alternative.

Heritage Auctions holds fine and decorative arts sales throughout the year, and the main sales seasons run from September to December and from February to June. Prices start in the low hundreds, making these auctions the perfect venue for young people looking to decorate their home with special pieces at approachable price points. With items still on my wishlist, I took a look at September’s upcoming Fine & Decorative Arts sale in Dallas and selected a handful of favorites.

1.  A Set of Four Art Moderne Burlwood and Chromed Bar Stools

A Set of Four Art Moderne Burlwood and Chromed Bar Stools

These barstools stood out immediately to me. The burlwood has such a rich color and the design is a fresh change from the ubiquitous bar stool. I can only fit two at my kitchen counter, so I’m looking for a friend to split the set!

2.  A Chinese Carved Wood Table with Bamboo Motif

A Chinese Carved Wood Table with Bamboo Motif

I’ve been searching for months for a kitchen table, and I was charmed by the details on this one. The bamboo makes it a little different and very current, and the style will complement all of new pottery we received at our wedding. At just over 78 inches long, it’s the perfect size for us to entertain friends and family while being casual enough for our everyday use.

3.  A Pair of Louis XV-Style Ebonized Wood and Pewter-Inlaid Side Tables, 21st century

A Pair of Louis XV-Style Ebonized Wood and Pewter-Inlaid Side Tables, 21st century

These side tables with ebonized wood and pewter have so much character. I love the contrast of white and black – it’s a refreshing change from all of the neutrals that seem to be everywhere. Our house is pretty informal, and these tables provide an unexpected touch. I would split them up so I could enjoy them in two rooms. I think one would look great in our living room, and I’d keep the other for my bedside table.

4.  A French Provincial-Style Desk with Faux Book Chamber

A French Provincial-Style Desk with Faux Book Chamber

This desk is adorable, and the smaller proportions make it a perfect fit for the guestroom corner I’ve claimed for my office. I imagine filling the drawers with my new stationary, and did you notice the secret compartment behind the books?! Ideal for stashing little secrets.

5.  A Three-Piece Tiffany Studios Gilt Bronze and Favrile Glass Grapevine Pattern Desk Accessories, Corona, New York, circa 1900

A Three-Piece Tiffany Studios Gilt Bronze and Favrile Glass Grapevine Pattern Desk Accessories, Corona, New York, circa 1900

To decorate such a whimsical piece, these Tiffany Studios accessories are gorgeous enough to make even business cards and binder clips seem exciting.

6.  Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Moon and Red Star, circa 1970

Alexander Calder Moon and Red Star, circa 1970

The Furniture and Decorative arts sale also include prints and original works of art, which is important when you have blank walls to fill! Alexander Calder is one of the most regarded artists of the twentieth century, and this lithograph is a chance to own one of his works at an attractive price. Paper is the traditional gift for a first year wedding anniversary, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.

Search the upcoming Fine & Decorative Arts sale for your own treasures; items will be on view in Dallas from September 20th – 22nd.   The four-day sale starts September 24 and, as always, all items are available for bidding online at ha.com.

Written by: Sarah Sutton

 



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