Thursday, February 03, 2011
Sherle-y You Jest!
I'm steeling myself for the comments on this post because a lot of you might think I've lost my marbles. Actually, I have lost my marbles over marble...Sherle Wagner marble and onyx that is. One of my secret likes- and it's not so secret anymore- are those old Sherle Wagner shell pedestal sinks. They bring to mind the champagne wishes and caviar dreams of the 1980s. But to me, they also are evocative of the 1930s; in fact, they look like something Cedric Gibbons might have used in a wildly glamorous film set.
If I bought a home with one of these sinks in it, I wouldn't dare get rid of it. Oh, no, no, no. I would embrace the Sherle Wagner shell and incorporate it into a really slick design scheme. The only catch is that you'd have to be careful about how you decorate the rest of the bathroom lest it end up looking like something out of the Carrington mansion. (You know, the Carringtons of Dynasty.)
A Sherle Wagner onyx shell pedestal sink with 24K gold plated hardware.
An ad from a September 1977 issue of Architectural Digest.
I found this black marble version on Ebay. This one just might be the best of the bunch.
A 1988 ad that I found on Ebay. And you know, nothing accompanies a Sherle Wagner shell sink better than marabou and Stubbs & Wootton.