Monday, July 18, 2011

I'm in the middle of trying to ID this cool little side table when I accidentally ID the Belleville Flea Mkt. Chair! Status: Half Full or Half Empty - You Decide - Going Way Back.


I bought this at Steve's Antiques over the summer.  I had seen it there languishing in the back for quite a while and finally realized that it just needed to come home with me.

It had the sad fortune of having had it's top surface painted in 80's or 90's with

"fleck stone" paint.  Ick.


I have since sanded it down to bare (ply)wood but haven't decided what to do

next.  From observation I get the notion that it was originally painted a light cream

color.  The Wood has a nice grain so I'm thinking about staining and finishing it.  I

think it looks like an Arthur Umanoff piece but I've been fooled before.  I thought

the same thing about my (former) Dorothy Schindele desk.

sold Dorothy Schindele Desk 07

It took me about two days of "off and on" searching to figure out who designed it.

My first thought was Mr. McCobb...then Umanoff...when they didn't pan out I just

sorta' randomly found a pic of another desk just like it.  I usually end up finding

what I need through these thin threads of similarity.  Google Image search is

invaluably helpful!

Speaking of Google Image search, while trying to ID the table above I found out

the ID of the Danish style chair I found at the Belleville Flea Market back in



Turns out, according to the author of paulmccobb.blogspot (whom I am not a fan

of for other reasons
(EDIT! Please Read Comments Below!), namely his impertinent behavior on my flickr page) this is a

"1959 American Design Foundation chairs designed by Kipp Stewart and Stewart

MacDougal manufactured by Winchendon Furniture"
.  So I guess I have to give the

author props for this info.  It's just that I've seen his comments on several sites

espousing his opinion concerning a particular chair and it makes him look like he's

on some sort of mission from God to correct everybody's wrong ideas.  I generally

have no time for that kind of behavior.  Enough ranting.  I may be totally wrong

about the guy.  Anyway, I'm sure there is at least one person out there who thinks

I'm a jerk
Originally posted: Monday, November 22, 2010  Read the many original comments here!


  1. Very cool little table and that chair......unbelievable!

  2. Hi there, I'm trying to get in touch with you about your Brasilia chairs, any chance you could drop me a line?

    Thanks! Stephanie

    livingroomfloor @ gmail dot com

  3. How much is a Dorothy Schindele desk worth? I've just tracked one down and I don't think the owner knows who it's by?

  4. Nick - I sold mine for $350 to a buyer who drove from Knoxville TN. to buy it. There aren't a lot of people out there who would even give a desk like this a second look, finding a buyer who appreciates it might be a tough nut to crack. By the way, your blog is great. I don't read many blogs that don't have pictures. Yours does it for me though.

  5. That table was Ritts of California (parents of Herb Ritts, the photographer, ran this store which was located on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood). The fleck-stone table top WAS the original finish. I have seen a few other pieces from this line which had the same finish.