What’s It Worth? The Collectible Flair Of Mid-Century Modern

When we first went into the antique business in the 1980s, no one wanted that ugly 1950s and ’60s modernist design; the bizarre clock in your mom’s kitchen or the odd Danish-designed table in your parents’ den was not so much collectible as old hat.

In the grand spirit of “everything old is new again,” from around 2005, these mid-century modern pieces started to enjoy a renewed hipness, especially among twentysomethings. Fast forward to today, and these Jetsons- and Sputnik-era designs often characterized by asymmetrical shapes, spikes, suns and bubbles are fascinating, and add a breath of the unexpected to your look.

They range from organic curves and clean lines in the furniture of Charles Eames, Paul Evans, Joseph Eichler, Knoll and Hans Wegner to small occasional tables with a bubble or constellation design by Edward Wormley or Dunbar.

There are also watches and jewelry set in silver and gold and signed by David Webb, Ed Weiner, Sam Kramer (famous for his mushroom mark), Adler, Bacharach, Bergman, Ball, Brynner, Gilbert Albert, and Pardon (of particular importance). These designs are not for everybody; many think they are gaudy and overbearing.

And therein lies the appeal. If you have any fantastic, unusual pieces of Danish, Scandinavian or Mexican design from the ’50s to the ’70s, pay us a visit.

When selling gold, each piece should not just be put on a scale, but valued for its historical and artistic qualities.

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