Monday, August 12, 2013
What Is It With Wentzville And Hans Wegner?!? OK, Maybe It's Not A "Thing", But Finding Ol' H-Dub There Twice (And Not Knockoffs Either!) Seems Like More Than A Coincidence. Status: My Turn (Already Gone!)
If you've been reading the blog for any time at all you probably know the story about the Hans Wegner "The" chairs that I hesitated on and consequently missed out on buying at the Wentzville flea a few years ago. 'Twas in the top Three if not THE greatest pick fail of my life. Well, that Karma has come back around and in such an obvious way...I'm a little insulted!
The plan for Saturday (tentative) was to rise early and hit an estate sale nearby that had a
floor lamp which was identical to the piece in our bedroom except for some of the detail
colors. This was the first time either of us had seen another of these lamps in over 7 or 8
years. Given how much hunting / gathering the Mr. does, you've got to admit...it must be a
decidedly rare lamp. But mornings...ugh. And I knew we had plans to go out for the evening
later...and I know how crumby I feel the rest of the day when I hit an early estate sale. So
needless to say, the estate sale visit didn't happen. Sleeping in sounded much more
My slacker nature paid off as the first action taken upon waking at the crack of 11 was to
spot an ad on craigslist for a cheap table and four chairs out in Wentzville. No, this lot was
not to be found at the flea market, that would have just been over the top. But the seller
WAS only a stone's throw away from the park where the flea sets up on Sundays. When I
spotted the chairs in the ad I knew exactly what they were but I couldn't tell if they were
knockoffs. I kinda suspected they would be given the relatively cheap table they were
paired up with, so you can imagine my overwhelming joy upon turning one over and finding
the Carl Hansen label on the bottom!
The chairs still need a good cleaning but don't look too shabby as is I must say. All the
paper cording is in good shape and the seats are firm but alas, somebody at some time
dribbled a little dinner on 'em. I've done nothing to clean them up so far and I hope that
these minor messes are easily remedied. Besides that the chairs are structurally sound
and the joints are tight but there is some wear on the tops of the arms which a previous
owner attempted to address with perhaps a black marker...hmmmm. Well, it sorta
worked. ::Shrugg:: Perhaps the next owner will be possessed of the will to have them
professionally restored, or perhaps like me they'll be happy as a clam to have them as is.
Now all I need is to find another Pearsall sofa for nothing to remedy THAT Fail and we'll
be getting close to Karmic balance!