Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pulaski Furniture Celebrates 50 years!


One of the country’s best-known furniture brands, Pulaski Furniture is synonymous with outstanding craftsmanship and refined style. Continuously improving and adapting to trends and desires, Pulaski covers the complete design spectrum: traditional, contemporary and transitional. They have created quite a following with their hall trees and display cabinets and we happen to have one of each in our current auction.
                            Items 117                                 Item 119
Pulaski Furniture - hand crafted in Virginia, continues its heritage of outstanding value, quality and design while looking ahead for style and livability. Their lines have a slight bent to nostalgia when times were simpler. This quality is evident in our pieces as well.
Once you have their fine furniture you will want to take good care of it. They have some advice on their website.
“Caring for your furniture is easy—following a few simple guidelines will help extend the life of your furniture. Always dust with a polish-moistened cloth. Polish cushions the cloth, eliminating the scratching that occurs with dry dusting. Dust will scratch the furniture surface in not removed properly. Use a soft, clean cloth that won’t scratch the surface. Avoid coarse scratchy materials or fabrics. Avoid using soap and water on furniture. Water can penetrate the finish and raise the grain on wood, causing damage.”
Happy 50th! We wish you all the best!

Happy Bidding!                     

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fire it up!


Our current auction features a Dimplex Electric Fireplace Model DFB5016 Serial No. 12707D3F 369 with a Traditional Mantle. Dimplex invented the modern electric fireplace and the continues to be a leader with exclusive technology that creates the most realistic electric fireplace available. This one is stunning!

Dimplex holds patents on its 3D effect to give the fire more depth                         and dancing flames. This looks very real.
There may be some who think there is nothing that can take the place of a real fire in a fireplace. Those with gas logs and electric fireplaces agree that not having to worry about the mess of cleaning up the ashes and soot more than makes up for a natural wood fire. The fireplace mantle with it’s tradition craftsmanship and elegant walnut wood finish and wonderful details will add beauty to any room.

This fireplace lets you dream about adding a fireplace without the hassle of remodeling. Dimplex electric fireplaces use 90% less energy than gas fireplaces. There's no combustion or emissions from gas, period. Dimplex fireplaces are also ideal for zone heating, allowing you heat only the rooms you want and keep your central thermostat turned down low.  You will fire it up in comfort and safety.

Happy Bidding!                              

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Whitney Piano A French Provincial Beauty!



We have a lovely apartment size baby grand from the golden era of piano building. This piano was built by the Whitney Piano Company, one of the subsidiaries of the famous Kimball Piano Company of Chicago.   It is made of elegantly carved Circassian walnut wood, and is of the French Provincial style. The carvings are magnificent.
The Whitney Piano Company was operational from about 1895 to1955. In most cases, Whitney piano were nearly identical to Kimball pianos, but they were marketed to be a bit more affordable than the costlier Kimball line. Kimball enjoyed great success selling Whitney pianos over the years
Today, modern piano manufacturers tend to put their better quality, materials, and workmanship in their larger, more expensive pianos. Modern manufacturers count on people buying small pianos for aesthetics rather than for function, so they are able to make small new pianos of lesser quality that still sell.
You can buy a new Asian imported baby grand piano for under $10,000, but you get what you pay for. You may get particle board cabinets, plastic action parts, acrylic veneer, and green unseasoned wood. These cheap new pianos suffer severe deterioration after only a few years due to the lack of quality materials and workmanship.
A vintage baby grand Whitney piano like the one in this auction is made of top quality REAL wood, no plastic or particle board. Wood is what resonates to make a pianos tone quality. The original matching bench is included. This beauty will be the delight of anyone who is lucky enough to purchase it.
Happy Bidding!                              

It's About Time!



Happy New Year from all of us at AYPToday!  As we are thinking about the future, it is important to think about our most precious and irreplaceable resource - our time.  Lucky for us this auction has some wonderful items to help us remember to guard our moments as they are fleeting.
Certainly one of the most interesting items is item #124 the Wonderful Atmos-Le Coultre Clock. As we mentioned in the description Atmos is the brand name of a mechanical clock manufactured by Jaeger-LeCoultre in Switzerland which does not need to be wound manually. It gets the energy it needs to run from temperature and atmospheric pressure changes in the environment, and can run for years without human intervention. Its power source is an internal hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gaseous and liquid ethyl chloride, which expands into an expansion chamber as the temperature rises, compressing a spiral spring; with a fall in temperature the gas condenses and the spring slackens. This motion constantly winds the mainspring.The case can be removed. This is fascinating everything is visible. Beautiful from every side. Made in Switzerland Serial Number 28187 that dates it to the Fifties. 15 jewels. Please note that it seems to have a separated chain.
We have many wonderful clocks in different form there are mantle clocks see item 27,  and wall clocks. Laura Ashley is represented in a pretty china bedroom clock in item 126 as well as a bone china Thistle Plate by Royal Vale that was made in England.  If you like stained glass we know you will enjoy the clock in item 123. The category clocks will help you keep time beautifully.
Some wonderful framed reproduction art posters devoted to timepieces can be found in item 148.
Mother Teresa said it best, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Happy Bidding!