Monday, February 20, 2012
Fellow Blogger "The Nomads" Over At She Finds Retro Contacted Me About A Strange "Brasilia" Table. Status: Mystery....Solved?
She Finds Retro blogger challenged me (not through e-mail but via the comments on a posting a few days ago) to find out more about this table that she is convinced is a Broyhill Brasilia piece. Well, I got news for ya....
She's Right! At first I wasn't convinced. I've seen other manufacturers copy details from
more popular companies (but change the details up just enough to not get a lawsuit dropped
on them) to be suspicious of a dining table like this that I've never seen before. Especially
Broyhill Brasilia since I've bought and sold a lot of it and looked at lots of it on the web.
So like any good skeptic, I got my Sherlock hat on and got to searchin' 'round the web to
prove myself wrong. When it comes to something as cool as this, I'd love to have my
skepticism dissuaded! I got to looking through Google Images and after going through a
number of different search terms I FINALLY stumbled upon a very small thumbnail photo
that had been used on eBay but is no longer there. It shows a table just like this surrounded
by a set of Broyhill Brasilia chairs that are equally bizarre and rare.
The chairs are similar to the standard Broyhill Brasilia chairs but instead of three spires running
down the back they have two and between them there is caning...yes CANING! I've seen
these chairs on eBay before and they have much thicker seat padding as well as piping around
the upper edge of the seat. The set I saw had the original upholstery material (gold, checks,
birds) so I feel very confident that they were in fact Broyhill Brasilia.
She Finds Retro blogger is wondering why she can't find any other pics of the set on the web
and is at a loss as to how to price the set. Based on the chairs that I've seen, I'm going to
guess at this point that this is a Later Brasilia set and that is why it isn't shown on the PDF
document of the Broyhill Brasilia catalog that is floating around the web. I think this is from
the Brasilia II (2) line. I normally don't care for the Brasilia II line but this is obviously pretty
special since it appears to be pretty rare. She says in her blog post that she has the matching
credenza but hasn't pictured it yet. I personally can't wait to see it! What do you think about
pricing the table?
(all photos by She Finds Retro and used by permission)