The Tulip table has been a worthy force in the world of mid-century furniture and even in the current time. Being the great piece that it is both with the looks and the great history it has, it is only fair that most homeowners would want to have this majestic piece of furniture added into their collection. Unfortunately, it comes with a price tag that is hard to stomach for most of people. However, there are saarinen tulip table reproductions that you can buy that look nearly as good but in most instances, the materials used are not the same as those of the original and hence the easier to swallow price tag.
However, it is important to make sure that you can tell apart the differences of when you’re getting the real deal, a great reproduction or when a knock off is being pushed to you. You might pay the price for not knowing the telltale signs of picking one over the other and end up paying a hefty price for something that is not worth it. To save you from such a predicament, here are some of the features that you should look for.
The first thing that you want to look at are the materials that have been used in the making of the tulip table. Ideally, if this is an original, the base will be made from a heavy molded cast aluminum that has a thick coating of Rilsan. The top is made from natural granite or natural marble. Good reproductions will have a variety of materials used in tandem to produce the same look and feel. These can range from laminate to wood veneer for the table top. But if you find that the table is all plastic or parts of it are plastic, then it is a Knock-off.
Check the marble
If you’re going for the real deal, you have to make sure that the marble has a grey vein pattern. It is one of the characteristics of the genuine Saarinen if the table top has been made from marble. A good reproduction will try to mimic the same grain. This might not be as good but the fact that there was an attempt and the fact that marble has been used is a sign that what you’re dealing with is a good reproduction. In some instances cheaper marble might be used like the Carrara marble. For the originals, only the Arabescato marble should be used.
Scrutinize the meeting point
Whether you want to get an original or a reproduction, this is the one area that you should not compromise on for the sake of your handsome buck. The area where the table top meets the base should have screws driven down to a single thread. When the top is in place, it makes it impossible for one to see the screws. Most knock-offs will have the screws out in the open and the joinery around the area is very shoddy. It is definitely something that will sell you out even to a newbie.
Check the measurement
Tulip tables and tulip table reproductions will usually come in five different sizes and each of them has been immaculately measured to fit one of the five measurements. These sizes comprise of 35.75 inches diameter, 42.5 inches, 47.25 inches, 54 inches and 60 inches. Whichever table you are buying should fall in one of these classes.
Looking for these aspects on your tulip table or its reproductions ensures that you have the best possible chance of getting good value for your money. One last thing, if you can afford the original, ensure that the underside of the table top has a chrome plaque that is inscribe with the Eero Saarinen’s signature, the Knoll studio and the year 1956.