Featured Lovely MCM walnut(?) marble table - who made it?

Discussion in 'Furniture' started by Bookahtoo, Dec 30, 2019.

  1. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    My parents bought this table in the early 1960s. It measures 24" across the top, and 25 1/2" high. It is now mine, heh, heh, heh. I've never examined it closely before - it's always been in a corner of the living room with a lamp and an ashtray on it.
    I can't find any marks on it. There are penciled numbers on the pieces that make up the top of the stand, and a penciled number on the bottom of the marble.
    What do you think? Home made? Made in a small shop? By a known designer?
    Thanks for any help.
    BTW, please forgive the dirt. This room opens to the dirt/gravel driveway. :oops:

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  2. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    Although way out of my area of interest, i don't think home built, the machined parts on underside are very precise followed by a band of veneer, I'd guess either walnut or rosewood.
     
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  3. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Hi,
    That stepped marble is a sign of really good quality.
    greg
     
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  4. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Thanks James.

    Greg - do you mean the raised edge? I thought that was unusual. The marble is so glossy it looks like glass.
     
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  5. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Wait a minute - is it possible this is glass? There is absolutely no grain showing on the top - it's just smooth glossy white. But then again, it has what looks like grain on the bottom.
     
  6. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    It could very well be glass, milk glass? with the bottom grooves made from the mold glass was poured into.
     
  7. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    So rather than that being grain on the bottom, could it be staining from the wood stain process?
     
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  8. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    Yep could be or, it could be glue/epoxy to keep the top on if it's attached.
     
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  9. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Thanks James. Can I try and wash it? Are you not supposed to wash marble?
     
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  10. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    Sure you can wash it, they have compounds/cleaners that are supposed to take stains out as well, dunno if they work.
    Marble/ granite are quite porous which is why you must constantly seal kitchen countertops if you want to keep them looking new, unlike quartz which is a maintenance free man made stone.
     
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  11. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Hi,
    Quartz has to be maintained not as much but it keeps it from chipping. That much glass on that table would have been more expensive than marble to make. So either way it was an expensive piece in it's day.
    greg
     
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  12. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    Bookahtoo, do you know any joolies with a gem tester :)
     
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  13. anundverkaufen

    anundverkaufen Well-Known Member

    Maybe Vitrolite glass.
    I know Paul McCobb tables have Vitrolite tops, yours isn’t McCobb but...
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  14. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Why yes I do. Why do you ask?
     
  15. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Anund - I will check into that. Thanks.
     
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  16. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    The gem tester can tell you if it is stone vs. glass I think :)
     
  17. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Ohhhhh .... I do know someone, but I'm not close enough to bring the table to her. :rolleyes::eek::D
     
  18. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Anund - I just got a chance to start looking into Vitrolite - this is it!!!! Here's a great informational site for those, like me, know nothing about it (or for those who want to know more):


    https://www.decopix.com/the-vitrolite-story/
     
  19. anundverkaufen

    anundverkaufen Well-Known Member

    I had this Vitrolite whiskey sign a few years ago, had that same texture on the back side that the underside of your table has.
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  20. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    OMG, I hate to say it, but I'd trade my table for that sign in a heartbeat!!
     
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