Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Simple, Elegant, Vintage, Beautiful. The First Four Word That Come To My Mind When Describing This Heywood Wakefield M-304-G Step End Table. Status: Looking For A Match...STILL!!!
I found this Hey / Wake end table a few years ago at the St. Charles Antique Mall for stupid cheap. I love it to death and have been trying to find it's mate (I'm a freak and have to have two) ever since.
I guess I don't really need a match. I could easily use this...alone! There! I Said It! I Said It! Ahhhh...
I feel better...and a little sick. I know...I'm weird. I have "sets" issues.
Notice the "pair" of pictures. See. Anyway, from any angle this little end table is a beauty. A real '50s
Blonde Bombshell! Heywood Wakefield's roots stretch way back to the 1800s but it wasn't until the
very early 1930s that we started to see the Modern Designs so coveted today.
The 304-G was only made a few years between 1947 and 1949. I guess there can't be a ton of
them out there. Back when I first got it I found another on Craigslist for $125 but I missed it...I
Missed It At $125. Somebody snatched it up super quick at that price. Wow! I did stumbled across
another but it wasn't in good enough condition to match my own so I left it behind.
Shapely, no? The legs have a slight cabriole bend to them. Kinda sexy! And check out the gentle
sculpting of the table tops. This was mass produced furniture yet has some of the elements of hand
crafting. Back then, it would seem, the builder took as much pride in the construction as the
company and vice versa. The elegance that is being suggested by the cabriole legs isn't strong
enough, in my opinion, to overpower the Vintage Modern design keeping this out of the realm of
Queen Anne style, though it is obviously an influence.
In my Heywood Wakefield Modern Furniture identification and value guide this table is identified as
an M 304 G while there is only a 304 on the bottom of my table. According to the guide the letter
"M" reveals this to be Post WWII as previous prefixes would have all been a "C". The "M" ostensibly
means "modern". The "G" simply means "table". The 304 is the style.