Outrageous Oriental retro lamps and decor spotted at the Louisville Antiques Mall

From Louisville Antique Market

On my first full day in Louisville, my mom Fran and I went shopping for mid mod antiques, of course. Our destination: Five floors of eye candy at the downtown Louisville Antiques Mall. I can’t say I saw a ton of mid century modern. But one thread I captured: Outrageous Oriental lamps and such.

I have decided that I quite love love love these. The watercolors aside (lovely!), they are so on the unbearable lightness of being end of the spectrum. Let’s not take ourselves too seriously, retro renovators.

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One of two lovely Japanese watercolors.

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The second Japanese watercolor.

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I think you would call kitschy Siamese cats with jeweltone eyes Oriental art?

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These two little oriental statuettes could light up many a corner. I am a real sucker for anything with metallic gold sprinkled throughout.

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I think this is a lantern of some sort.

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Not Outrageous Oriental… but, my mom Fran in an outrageous 50s hat that we spotted. Great hat! Great mom!

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Cheeky boudoir lamps, in pairs, make my heart sing.

The only thing I bought all day: A fab 60s mod outfit for $10. We also had a memorable lunch in the Mall’s  5th-floor cafe, with good food, and views of downtown environs. What a fun day!

  1. Nicole says:

    I was just going to say if you are in Kentucky check to see if you can find Willett furniture and I see that you did. I think the furniture is on par (specially the later transitional lines) with Heywood and actually better made. I let a dining room set go on Craigslist for $300 and I am still kicking myself!!!!

  2. magnarama says:

    I visited this mall when I was in Louisville on biz a couple years back. Scored some fab treasures: a flawless oval cracked-ice formica and chrome table with fountain leg base for $20, a set of hot pink ’50s Samsonite luggage for $17, working Bakelite Philco ’30s radio for $40, and some other stuff I’ve forgotten. Great vintage mall — wish my life took me to Louisville regularly!

  3. Glamorlux Nancy says:

    Awww, those little white and gold statuettes would have been mine! I love 1950’s Asian themed items… We have figurines, shelf sitters, wall hangers and prints sprinkled through out our house. I wonder if “non-vintage” people who visit find it a bit odd!

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