Jo’s place and an ugly duckling

Posted on Sat, 29 Mar 2008 by midcenturyjo

My rattan obsession has lead to an unhealthy amount of time stalking eBay. It has paid off though. I bought the ottoman above. In actual fact I was the only bidder on this ugly duckling but I knew it would one day be a beautiful swan. This poor little “50s bamboo and jaguar retro footstool” is a Franco Albini ottoman. One sold recently in the States on eBay for $315 and if you don’t want to hunt for your own here it is on 1stdibs ($495 small and $695 large). After checking the photos of the interior and exterior and cross referencing with every photo I could find of Franco Albini ottomans I was ready to bid. My little ducking was a steal at $75 AUD ($69 USD). I’m waiting for its arrival to lovingly clean and perhaps shellac it and probably to kindly dispose of the mangy REAL fur pillow. Still on the hunt for a peacock chair but there may be a development there as well. Can’t say too much might jinx myself.

zee says:

Wowza, great score Jo! I hope you give that poor pillow the respectful burial it deserves!!

ZZ says:

Can’t tell an albini from an elbow but cool stool. Great score MCJ.

kim. says:

Love your new stool. Makes me want to go out and grab that bamboo table I found online. You’ve infected me with your rattan/bamboo/cane obsession.

Lynne says:

a nice find. i love them, and i too have an unhealthy rattan obsession!

I love these!

Peta says:

So jealous 🙂 You found this in Australia! I never find things like that here. Pictures please when it gets to your house.

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