Day two of Brimfield started out early–at 5 AM!! Brimfield is made up of over ten different shows that each take place on their own field. Over the course of the 6 days, a new field is opened everyday (sometimes more than one) and it’s always best to get to the field right when it opens to have the best pick. We have found that the Wednesday of Brimfield is the best day to shop because you get three different field openings in one day starting at 6 AM. Yesterday we hit the New England Motel field at 6, Hart-O-The Mart at 9 and Hertans at Noon. For each one we arrived about 15 minutes early to buy a ticket and get in line for the gates to open. Every year the best show changes, but we have found that Hart-o-the Mart is reliably good (dealers show in the same fields year after year). Below is one of a pair of really interesting, sculptural lamps we spotted at Hart-O-The Mart. Sadly someone had already snatched them up by the time we reached this booth!
We purchased this early American (1820’s) fireplace set (tools, andirons, and screen) for Suzanne’s house in Rye.
One dealer was selling two of these extra large Arts & Crafts era (1860-1910) druggets for $1750 each. A rug like this would make a great starting point for a room–love the greek key border.
The same dealer who was selling the circular lamps, above, was also selling this spectacular chandelier. She wasn’t sure about its provenance, but thought it was probably French. A piece like this needs a very large room with high ceilings.This pedestal table struck us right away because of its unusual base. We love anything with scallop-like edges (as you know!) and the stripped wood feels very modern. This table is American, Empire-style, from the 1840’s; the dealer found it just like this, unfinished, in an estate in Maine. A close up of the base:A super long wood table from Canada. This piece would be great up against a wall in a long living room with lots of art hung above it. Pieces like this are also great for retail spaces because of its scale. This basket was Lauren’s favorite find from our trip. It’s a late 19th Century Japanese double gourd hand-woven basket with a splint body overlaid with knit hand sliced caning. A basket like this would have been used to hold decorative branches. Isn’t it just gorgeous? We purchased this circa 1910, charming New Hampshire comb-back Windsor settee for a client’s entry. The angular back is a hallmark of this style. We got this faux bamboo rocker, below, for another client. It’s going to look great reupholstered in a fresh, new fabric. Last but not least! These fun globe light fixtures some clever person devised. Anyone looking for a DIY project? These look pretty do-able.