Mid-Wilshire/Los Angeles Estate

October 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

318 N. Detroit St. Los Angeles 90036

Thursday October 25th from 8AM to 4PM

Friday, October 26th from 8AM to 4PM — We will probably stay late each day.

For all of you that have been waiting for this sale, it will happen this Thursday and Friday October 25th and 26th from 8AM to 4PM plus. I would like to say out front that this is an unusual sale….unlike what we usually do. There will be some tables set out in the backyard and we might do some box lots to move things along. Except for the paintings, this sale is not the highest end, or the cleanest, but filled with things collected over 60 years. The dining set is a very nice 1940’s J.R. Van Sciver mahogany ensemble.

There are some nice rugs and lots of fun vintage linens, ephemera (maps, violin history, L.A. Philharmonic brochures, cooking pamphlets, tickets & Hollywood Bowl parking passes, old greeting cards from the 40’s, postcards, travel brochures-U.S. & Europe, photos, etc.), books, kitchen, bric-a-brac and jewelry. The whole house is vintage, with some antiques and mostly 40s!

The household was one filled with accomplished and famous violinists. First, Olga Mitana Balogh, wife and mother, who was in the L.A. Philharmonic for two to three decades along with her brother, Julian. They played with Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Alfred Wallenstein, Zubin Mehta, and so many other conductors. She taught violin to youth, and was in the Ted Bacon Golden Strings in the 1930s. Her son, Endre Balogh, a very accomplished well-travel violinist, began doing concerts at 4 years of age and has enthralled hundreds of thousands of concert goers for over 50 years. He is still playing occasional concerts and is also an amazing photographer. The household was headed up and led by husband and father, Ferenc Balogh, who was a chemist and on Philharmonic committees for years. He is still living and is in his 99th year. Mrs. Balogh passed away some 20 years ago before the earthquake in 1994.

The household is in need of repair and paint and will get it as soon as we finish our part. There are things here for flea market/swap meet fans and lots of it…soaps, violin parts & cases, matchboxes, silver plate, crystal, china, glassware, figurines, magic tricks, stamps, tools-antique and vintage, Hungarian and English books, piano bench and claw & glass ball stool, curtains, old pattern sheets, colorful towels, many perfume bottles, vanity items & shelves, travel dolls, copper rubbings, two tier turquoise & chrome kitchen cart, violin & piano sheet music, 2 hi fi’s, old luggage, art in folios, prints, stationery & notes, file cabinets, typewriters, side chairs, reel-to-reel tape player & reels–used and unused, transistor radios, Super 8 movie camera and more!

There is always something for everyone at our sales. THERE ARE NO VIOLINS OR CELLOS. There is also a 40’s/50’s Gaffers & Sattler’s gas double oven stove– (no windows in doors), lift up shelf, clock, salt & pepper shakers built in above by the clock, lots of chrome trim, 4 burners, left oven door needs a new hinge or lever to keep it open.

The paintings are of great taste and are by artists from California, Massachusetts, Japan and elsewhere. Some names are Dana Bartlett, Cyril Ralph Baker, Berry Smith, Raiko Kanazava, Ray Raymond, Raoul Dufy and Marein. They are removed each night for security.

The furniture is a lot of it—a set of vintage Chinese carved chairs, sofa (need cushions) and a stunning coffee table, two 40’s twin wood beds, side tables, dressers, desks, coffee tables, a corner table with two twin bed sofa set, 40’s sofas, 2 matching tall boy dressers, lamps and club chairs, supple green leather chair, 1950’s 9 drawer dresser with curtained cabinet (Mint condition), antique picture frames, formica & chrome breakfast room table w/2 backed benches, mahogany foyer or corner round table w/leather insert, 2 secretary/bookcases in mahogany, bent wood chair, 3 old tall violin stands, LP record cabinets, many 78 rpm classical record sets in original binder (no 40’s pop music), some faux flower and plants, 50’s plastic figural toys, and more.

Postcards will not be sent out, but emails will. I hope we see you. If you need more parking, try Formosa, one block to the west or toward where the sun sets or north on Oakwood. The sale is one block west of La Brea Avenue and Beverly.

Purse check in for security. Open boxes are okay! Parking is for ‘2 hours’ in this neighborhood, so be aware of that. You do not need a permit for that amount of time. There are some parking meters too; close to Beverly on Detroit, and some on La Brea.