Tuesday, August 27, 2013
About A Year Ago I Made A Run To Chicago To Deliver A Pair Of Brasilia End Tables. I Stopped About Halfway Up At An Antique Mall And Found A Caprani Floor Lamp There But Couldn't Bring It Home. Status Chicago C-list Find.
Patience pays off again! You may remember a huge score I made last year in finding that Hanging Totem by Malcom Lealand / Architectural Pottery for a song at the Bronze Giraffe antique mall in Normal Il. In that same booth were a number of other really cool items including a Caprani bentwood floor lamp. I didn't have the funds to scoop it AND the Hanging Totem up so I had to leave the lamp behind.
About 5 months ago I had to make another trip up there to the same mall and the same
lamp was still available. I made an offer but the vendor wasn't having it so once again, I had
to leave it behind. It was kinda starting to get on my nerves! But I stuck to my guns and
bided my time. Just before our little weekend getaway to Chicago last Saturday morning I
put my scavenging skills to work on the Chicago craigslist and turned up this Caprani floor
lamp for about a seventh the asking of the unit I passed on at the antique mall!
I shot the seller a quick email offering double his asking / OBO asking if he could simply
hold onto the lamp for me until about 3pm. The seller told me that he had gotten SEVERAL
offers but that mine sounded genuine and I sounded serious. He was REAL concerned that I
show up and we texted back and forth many times over the course of the afternoon. I guess
he'd had a few craigsfails with no-shows before and he really just wanted to be rid of the
lamp. I'm sure my score disappointed a few Chicago dealers but they'll be fine. There's
plenty to be had in the Windy City!
These three photos show (a) how the shade looked when I bought it, (b) what it looked like
after knocking some of the dust off with a tooth brush and running some luke warm water
over it and then (c) after using some liquid clothes detergent, a tooth brush and luke warm
water. The Caprani lamp shade can be cleaned with water since it's a plastic film covered
with fabric. I didn't spend much time on it but you can clearly see that the last photo is
MUCH prettier than the first! I'll have to spend a bit more energy on this before it will be
ready for a new home but if you're interested, shoot me a note to the email address in the
upper right of the page.