Any art and antiques collector knows that there’s nothing better than the thrill of hunting for the next addition to a collection. As a lover, and collector, of Chinese porcelain and chinoiserie, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered an abundant assortment of blue and white ceramics at Everything But The House, an online auction marketplace that facilities estate sales. I’m obsessed. Here’s the deal. Every curated item, from jewelry to furniture, is up for auction for 7 days and all bids start at $1. Whenever I place a bid, I can monitor it with notifications when I’ve been outbid or am running out of time on a sale – trust me, when I say the app was a huge relief since I didn’t feel like I had to sit at home, plastered to my laptop. And as competitive as I am, I can proudly say that I know when to quit, especially when I know that thousands of new treasures are uploaded on the site everyday. I appreciate that every item is vetted and inspected by EBTH’s knowledgable staff and descriptions and photographs are detailed and thorough. No surprises delivered to your doorstep. We’ve all been there. I got incredible deals on a couple of beautiful vases and chic plant stands but my absolute favorite scores were a set of antique peony ginger jars and a gorgeous Ralph Lauren chinoiserie lamp. They’re so special and a refreshing addition to my living room, where indigo dominates.
The biggest steal from EBTH was a collection of blue and white pottery, for $40, that included a plant stand, cake stand, tea cups, a large vase and a couple of mini vases, which you see here. I love them for just a single flower stem or even to use as candlestick holders! The biggest splurge was a pair of antique Ginger Jars for $400. I couldn’t resist – they’re just so precious and since the peony is one of my favorite flowers, I just had have them.
Okay, how good is this Ralph Lauren chinoiserie lamp? It came as part of collection of three lamps for $210. Major steal. I’ll have to find a place for the other two small square based lamps but this bulbous lamp base was enough to get me bidding on the lot. I also love this pair of blue & white Chinese urns which creates some needed symmetry on the console table. I think the biggest misperception about vases is that you can only display them with flowers. Not true! They’re beautiful as is, or even with just one large piece of greenery, especially when grouped with other vessels.