I was happy to stumble across this ad in the December 1953 issue of Interiors magazine that revealed the mystery of a piece from our collection! This piece was described here in my earlier post, “i like it, whatever it is (#1)”. We’re using it as a catchall under our mail slot, but it was indeed an ashtray stand as I suspected.
It’s the number 620 ashtray stand by the designer Mel Bogart, and it was created for the Felmore company in Van Nuys. Since the date of the ad is late 1953 I’m assuming the piece was made that same year. Bogart also designed furniture for Felmore, including daybeds and tables, as well as fireplace tools. I believe he was an architect too, but I need to confirm that.
Felmore also had a retail outlet called Felmore Associates in Pacific Palisades in the 50’s.