Monday, December 31, 2012
Ah, The Necessities Of The Wino! Mr. Modtomic Isn't Much Of A Wine Connoisseur But I Do Like A Splash Of The Vino Now And Then. Now I Can Keep My Little Stash In Style! Status: More McCo/manoff.
Years ago, while at an antique mall in rural Missouri near Six Flags, I spotted a small wine rack made of steel round bar and leather. It was only about $12 and while I failed to buy it, the wine rack stuck in my brain. Maybe a week or two later I spotted a similar piece on eBay which described it as a Paul McCobb design. Of course I drove right back down to that antique mall as soon as I could, but alas...the rack was gone. Lesson learned. Desire cemented.
So after missing out on a dirt cheap Paul McCobb / Arthur Umanoff (the jury is still out) wine rack I
became very Very interested in finding another. But besides eBay and other internet sellers, I've never
seen another since. These just don't show up much it seems. I'm not much of an eBay shopper and for
real, I prefer the serendipitous thrift, flea market or estate sale type find. This particular wine rack?
Picked it up yesterday at Treasure Aisle! I had actually seen this in the shop just after Thanksgiving and
tried to pick it up then. My wallet was running on fumes and I just couldn't swing it that particular day.
I went back a few days latter when I was more flush...and it was gone. I wrote it off. When we dropped
by yesterday it was a pleasantly surprised to find it back in the same booth again! Sold.
So, the Paul McCobb / Arthur Umanoff debate. Jonathan Goldstein over at Planner, Perimeter, Predictor,
Paul McCobb has made a name for himself as the go to guy for Paul McCobb information in general. He
is of the well educated opinion that these wine racks are not Paul McCobb designs but are in fact Arthur
Umanoff designs. Collecting, sifting through and distributing this information is his cross to bear and as
such, a certain difference is in order. I'm not here to make any stand either way, but in reading Jonathan's
posting on the attribution of the wine racks as well as what I've gleaned myself of other Arthur Umanoff
designs, I'm of the opinion that these are indeed Arthur Umanoff wine racks.
Still, if one takes a moment to search eBay you'll find these listed as Paul McCobb wine racks. But, it
looks like Jonathan's information is starting to get out there as almost every listing for a Paul McCobb
wine rack also contains the name Arther Umanoff or just Umanoff in the title line! You'll still be hard
pressed to find one without a "Paul McCobb" attached to the title line since most will still associate the
design with him.
Personally, I'm down with the Arthur Umanoff designation. I love most all of the Umanoff designs. I've
got a home bar and three barstools by Umanoff / Raymor out in the Garage that are waiting on some
love to be afforded them. I'm a big fan, obviously, of all sorts of furnishings that are constructed from
steel round bar and various embellishments. Oh, and Chateau Montelena? My collection of 2007-08
Chardonnay. It was their 1973 vintage Chardonnay that won the blind tasting in France 1976 that more
or less put Napa Valley California on the serious wine lover's map! For a more entertaining version of
this story watch Bottle Shock staring Alan Rickman, Chris Pine and Bill Pullman.