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Monday, January 12, 2015

Mid-Century Modern is the HOTTEST thing going in Estate Sales

Busy Bee Moving Sales is a Nashville Tennessee Estate Sales Company.

When I started selling antiques 20 years ago, we turned our noses up at the 50's and 60's furniture.  I have heard it called motel furniture, doctor's office furniture and school furniture.  And yes, the simplicity of its design, durability and less is more approach is reminiscent to all of us who remember it from our youth.  Whether it's a decor you like or not, it is here to stay and going forward with potential value for your pocket if you are a dealer.
What should you look for?
1.  Look for quality.  Solid wood in good condition does matter greatly.
2.  Look for a furniture maker and then look for the designer.  Google images of the names you find until you find your piece of furniture.
3.  Danish mid-century modern furniture is in high demand.  Much of it is made from teak wood and very sleek in its design.  Very desirable look for new families.
4.  Search the name in as well as and to find the value.

My client had no idea this John Widdicomb desk would bring 1200.00 and the upright chest 1500.00.  The value was added by the fact that the designer's name is Bert England and called the Persian design.  It is solid mahogany in a walnut finish with solid brass pulls.

This table brought 600.00 without any chairs and is a Danish design teak wood marked made in Sweden underneath.  It extends with 2 hidden leaves and breaks down into 3 parts for easy moving.
These two tables reeled in the most attention online and at the sale.  With absolutely no marks or tags they are apparent in their modern design to be of significant value.  Furniture designer Harvey Probber was the closest we could find to identify them.  The three drawer chest with silver handles sold for 450.00 as well as the console cabinet.

The mid-century modern rocker was clearly a danish design as well.
Busy Bee Moving Sales sold these Dux travertine top coffee tables in Nashville, Tn. for 800.00 each in January.


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