Early last fall, Next Chapter had the great fortune of working with a wonderful family in south Charlotte that had decided that their next chapter in life would be in the Windsor Run retirement community. As with most couples making that type of change, they decided to allow us to help with a Downsizing Sale as a way of finding new homes for the treasures they would not be able to fit into their new home.
From the first time we surveyed the house, we knew that one particular piece was special. The couple had lots of handcrafted maple furniture from Western Massachusetts, and other distinctive pieces they had collected over the years. Still, the one piece that stood out was a gentleman’s dresser in the guest bedroom that we found was made by Broyhill in the early 1960s.
As we learned more about the piece, it turned out to be of great significance. How did we find out? On the first day of the sale, we received a call from the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh asking about the piece. It turns out that Broyhill had commissioned a design from Brazil to create an up-scale line of furniture called “Brasilia.” The teak and mahogany piece was Broyhill’s foray into a designer line.
We learned that the museum was developing an exhibit about North Carolina furniture and wanted to buy the piece to add to the exhibit. The interesting dresser will be part of the exhibit, and we’re excited that Next Chapter could be a part of helping the museum build the exhibit.
As we always say, you just never know what you will find at an Estate Sale! Our clients had not idea about the piece, but we knew it was special.