Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Brass Palm Tree

Meg Braff

The popularity of brass palm trees dates to circa 1970 introduced by the iconic Paris based interior decor firm Maison Jansen, and they are seeing a resurgence today fueled by the popularity of Chinoiserie Chic, Hollywood Regency, and Mid Century Modern decor.



Elle Espana

Architectural Digest

Probably my favorite purchase for my new home is this pair of brass palm tree sculptures from Williams Sonoma Home, that clearly pay homage to Maison Jansen (unfortunately no longer available). 

Williams Sonoma Home


I found this on 1stDibs currently on sale for $3,600 circa 1970 according to the listing by the Palm Beach antiques dealer seller.


1stDibs

Here is the Williams Sonoma Home version.

Williams Sonoma Home


Interestingly, it looks identical to the larger one of mine and is the exact same dimensions - mine was circa 2020 for about $300 for the pair. LOL


CCC


Here is one that looks just like my smaller one on 1stDibs for $1,500 attributed to Maison Jansen offered by a West Palm Beach dealer.


1stDibs


Neither piece is signed, so I am curious how they determine that they are 50 year old Maison Jansen as opposed to 1 year old Williams Sonoma Home. Especially since neither vintage piece shows patina to the brass or lucite. This below is the closest I can find that is clearly Maison Jansen circa 1970 for $6,600 on 1stDibs. Notice the patina and the black lacquer base which the vast majority have. I am not an expert, so I defer to them, but just wondering.


1stDibs


At any rate, I am delighted with mine.

Brass palm tree decor is super hot in decorating and vintage and antique versions can go from several thousand dollars to as much as tens of thousands of dollars. And it's not just for Floridians. It adds a Chinoiserie Chic - Hollywood Regency pizazz wherever you live. Here are some modern versions that I really like.


Palm Tree Candle Holder

Palm Fall Pendant

Brass Palm Lamp

Brass Palm Pendant

Palm Brass Floor Lamp


OK, so this is pink not brass but it's sooooo pretty.


Blush Pink Palm Tree Candle Holder
 
And blue - 

Light Blue Palm Tree Candle Holder


I am obsessed with the Palm Springs/Palm Beach/Mad Men vibe of palm tree decor.


8 comments:

  1. The brass palms are very glamorous. Yours are wonderful - lucky you.

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    1. Thanks so much - and I found them on clearance!

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  2. I have to be very careful reading your delicious blog. It's how I start my day. No coffee, no news, just straight off to Beth. Then I run around like crazy looking for how I can redecorate my home to make it look like yours. It has not worked so far, but today I struck gold. Or silver plate. My tarnished palm tree candle holders will get a polish and fresh candles. Then wearing my blue and white Natori kaftan I'll have my iced rose hip tea channeling you, hoping your daughter will have her shop open by the time I go visit my son in Old Town.

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  3. I've always loved palm trees, and I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's their tall willowy quality, or that they conjure up the balmy tropics. They are not native to where I live, which is California, but you do see them, especially in SoCal. At any rate, the brass palms are truly fabulous. I especially love the one in the Elle Espana photo, and the pink ceramic one? YES!

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    1. Palm trees were the first thing that made me fall in love with Florida. My community has thousands.

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  4. I am so glad you mentioned this—I see way overpriced, clearly not-vintage stuff on 1stDibs and Chairish all the TIME! It drives me nuts that these sellers think they can get away with that, but I guess if someone's buying their stuff, they can...

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