Monday, April 18, 2011

Who Knew?

Thank you all for your sage advice about this "fish table." I really do appreciate you weighing in. So, did I get it?
Well, sort of. I don't officially have it yet. Because of my son's birthday party on Saturday and family visiting, I couldn't make it back to the estate sale. However, the nice estate sale lady is giving me until Friday to pick it up. So, on Friday it will be mine, or some other lucky person's as it is going straight from its old home to its new home in the antique booth.

And by the way, I tried to find some examples of these tables on 1st Dibs by searching "fish table."I found nothing. But, my partner in crime Bri, of course, found some for me. She's a super sleuth/treasure hunter. It turns out these are dolphins not fish. Silly me.

Here are some examples from 1st Dibs . . .
This table is pretty darn similar to the one I found. Except there are two of these. They are selling for $5,800 for the pair!

Apparently, these dolphin tables are considered Italian "Grotto" furniture, consisting of fantasy pieces that showcase oceanic subjects. You learn something new everyday, I guess.

More examples . . . 
And I knew this type of table looked familiar, and then it hit me. One of my favorite rooms by Celerie Kemble has a pair of "dolphin" lamp tables that I have long coveted. Of course, they are a Chinese red-orange and not brass, but if you're so inclined you can always paint them (as Naomi from Design Manifest suggested).

So, if you're looking for some fantasy in your own life, stop by my booth and the Grotto dolphin table is yours. I'll give you a much better deal than 1st Dibs!

Sources: 1st Dibs, Kemble Interiors

9 comments:

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Yes come buy thee table! Kathy we are going to have to make our booth extra fabulous for the arrival of such glorious-ses of table.

Kim said...

Awesome! Sounds like you found a winner!

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

What a unique piece! I love your booth. I plan to stop by the next time I'm in Nashville! Lived there for years, miss it so...

TN Mimi said...

Love the table! Glad you got it. I would have never guessed dolphins.

designchic said...

The table is amazing...so glad you're getting it!!

vanessa said...

I love this table, great find. Thank you for commenting on my blog, I've gotten lost in reading all your posts and I am sure I will "waste" most of my day catching up! -V

Ashley said...

I'm just catching up on a backlog of posts, but this table is super cool. Just as an aside, the dolphin is considered a symbol of intelligence. I work at UPenn and it's in the Penn logo...so perhaps there's more than just the Italian grotto connotation going on there!

Brandi said...

The table is great. So glad you got it! The right person will love it!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Oh good, glad ya went for it. Maybe, maybe maybe you should just paint the base? I like the idea of it matching the dolphins or it being a fun color. Or just leave it as is and sell it ;)

ps- thanks for the shout out, Kathy!