How often does a piece of Classical furniture make you take a second look?

Late Classical daybed. (Photo: New Orleans Auction Galleries)

This daybed was offered by New Orleans Auction Galleries on December 11, 2011. In rosewood, the piece had baluster-shaped corner posts that joined at each end, creating a flattened arch. Measuring 29 inches high by 34 inches wide by 80 inches deep, the daybed sold just under estimate at $799. It might not have been the most comfortable thing in the world, but it sure had a different look.

Also in the sale was an intriguing pool cue stand fashioned from salvaged parts, likely around the turn of the 20th century.

Pool cue stand. (Photo: New Orleans Auction Galleries)

In quarter-sawn oak, the stand featured four fluted columns with carved Corinthian capitals, all supporting a marble top and a rotating brass cue holder. At 87 inches high, the classical-looking stand sold well above estimate at $1,968. The auction catalog noted, “We believe this pool cue rack to be masterfully composed of old elements.”

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