When you "collect' furniture
rather than going to a furniture store and buying enough furniture
to fill your room,
piece has a story
And the furnishings of Linderhof are no exception
My first story . . . .
The "bar" in the living room
It's German, Belgian, French or English
They seem to be from the country that is chic at the moment!
I first fell in love with a German one,
called a Shrank
newly married our first couple friends had one
Stationed in Germany and loving antiques
they brought several pieces back with them
Alas, at that time big pieces of European furniture were not being imported
the only way to get something similar was to go to Europe and bring it back yourself
Furniture at the time we were married consisted of
"plastic" Mediterranean or Early American maple
And so I yearned
Years and years later
We were in a consignment shop
And there was a "shrank"
We've seen some for sale
At a price twice that or more!
Why only $600?
It was a "classy" consignment shop
Most of the furniture there was early 18th century furniture
rather than late 18th century furniture from Europe!
We bought it
Had a friend and his trailer haul it home for us
And he kept it while we decided where we were going to put it
And so, with some furniture arranging, it came to live in the living room at Linderhof
We love the heavily carved upper center door
And the carving on the bottom
Deep storage -- it holds lots of "stuff"
The top is marble which is nice when you use it as a bar
Sometimes we clear off the liquor bottles and put some of our decanters on display!
The story . . .
The age of the piece
How it traveled from Europe to find it's way eventually in the little consignment shop
And reminds us so much of the "Shrank" that we coveted so long ago
How we weren't look for something like this
(but rarely are we looking for a piece -- they just seem to find us!)
Had no idea that we would even own one
But there it was . . .
And home it came!
Oh, and do we call it a "Shrank" --
no we call it a sideboard
The living room sideboard!
Not everything has a story at Linderhof
But I love to share the stories of the things that do!