Fifties furniture is very popular with vintage collectors today, however some earlier Art Deco designs from the 1930s are not in demand. You can look at old movies on television to study some of the stranger pieces. The look is sometimes called “Hollywood Deco,” because the extravagant rooms with huge round mirrors and sofas were exaggerations of the modern furniture used in average homes.
An unfamiliar cabinet was sold recently at a Garth’s auction. It was a flat, round cabinet on a base. When placed against a wall, it shows all of the 51-inch diameter of the cabinet and the glass doors and shelves waiting to display a collection. The plain solid base stretches beyond the rounded sides to give safe support for the top-heavy design. This type of cabinet was made in the 1930s, but most for sale today were made in England, not the U.S.
Most have no maker’s name, and the wood choice suggests it was not expensive when new. Some were oak or even mahogany, but many were made of laminate with grain painting. A cabinet like this sold at an Ohio auction in 2016 for $450. A selection of similar round modernist curio cabinets found online had asking prices as high as $2,000, but most of these are in English shops and prices were cut to less than $500.
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