Friday, January 20, 2017

Studies in Cerulean

Denmark's Kähler company has been running as a ceramic factory for 175 years. This stunning blue-green grouping from the 1930s was created by a long-term studio artisan by the name of Jens Thirslund. The glaze is a fabulous mix of blues and greens - an intriguing variation in the viscosity of the glaze application gives the surfaces their textural complexity.

The most impressive of the group is urn shape on the left - 14.5" tall and 12" in diameter
The vase next to it is 15" and the smallest is 9" tall
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trés Chic, No?

In the British Telegraph Sunday newspaper feature titled "Inside Jeweller Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s Bijoux New York Apartment", we get a nice mention for the glass objects from our shop, which we know she covets. The occasional residence and private showroom of one of our most stylish clients - this pied-à-terre, is designed as a jewel-box, with our gem-stone colored glass bottles and Barbini Murano lamp (below) serving as literal jewels for the home.
Photo credit: Mark C. O'Flaherty 
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Danish Masterpiece

A large and perfect Carl Halier for Royal Copenhagen urn with a custom gilt bronze lid and stand by Knud Andersen in the very desirable Sung glaze developed by Axel Salto. Our beauty was made in the 1930s and is 12 inches tall. Purchased from a private collection in Sweden this is it's first time on the market since the 1960s.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Fantastic Figures

Animals and birds add a element of fantasy or whimsy to even the most elegant of interiors. We love mixing figural fauna into our shelves and tablescapes as an added element of interest - the cabinet of curiosities effect.
These are not your granny's tchotchkes!
Above are by from mid-century Spain by Alfaraz - Canine is 12" x 5", Pony is 9" x 7"
Below is a rare Bird by Guido Gambone for Bitossi - 8" x 5"
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trompe L'Oeil Treasures

We commonly refer to our decorative items as 'Jewellery for the Home' - but in these instances, the term holds a more literal meaning. The beads in each example are attached to the object - giving them a surreal sensibility that is very End of History.
  • 12" x 9" Vase, Italy , 1950s by Zaccagnini
  • From 6-12" - Mirrors made in the South of France in the 50s
  • 7"h Vase and 5"w Bowl, Italy, 1950s,  by Batignani
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

France in the 1920s

A large and impressive Art Deco ceramic vase by Joseph Mougin (French, 1876-1961), Nancy vase, signed and numbered on base, 12 inches tall x 12 inches diameter.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Living In The Fast Lane


We are very excited that our decorative objects are well represented in the upcoming February issue of Architectural Digest. In a profile of designer Shawn Henderson's wonderful interior for Nascar Driver Jimmie Johnson's West Village apartment, which he shares with wife Chandra and two adorable daughters. Many of the vases and bowls are now a part of this couple's collection of 20th century objects, adding to the playfully chic look of their Manhattan pad.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Italy in the 1940s

A magnificent Italian black bisque ceramic with glazed hair and laurel wreath bust of Julius Caesar, circa late 1940s. Marked "Made in Italy", 13 inches tall.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Buddha-ful


It is our sincere desire for a New Year filled with peaceful meditation on prosperity, well being, inspiration and enlightenment. The Buddha is an enduring symbol of all these intentions and more.
Top to Bottom:
  •  12" Gold/ Blue Ceramic Buddha by Gambone, Italy, 1950s
  • 5.5" Polished Bronze, Japan, 19th Century 
  • 7.5" Natural Patina Bronze, Japan, 19th Century 
  • 15" White Ceramic Buddha by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, 1950s 
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winter Whites

 Michael Andersen & Son, 1950s, Bornholm, Denmark, 1950s
 4" x 6"
Pedal Vases by Per Lilienjren, 21st Century Editions, Sweden
7.5", 9", 10"
Early Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand, Sweden, Circa 1930s
4" x 4", 6" x 7"
Michael Andersen, Bornholm, Denmark, 1930s 
6" x 5"
Gunnar Nylund & Carl Harry Stalhane, Sweden, 1950s
from 6"- 8"
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Last Minute Luxury

With the Holiday fast approaching, might we suggest Murano Christmas trees to decorate the mantel or credenza?
All glass made in Venice in the 50s
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bronze Brutalist Beauty

A beautiful example of the kind of strong brutalist bronze mid-century table sculptures we love. This example is by American artist Abbott Pattison (1916-1999) and is signed but undated, probably late 60s, 13 inches tall on a white marble base. Abbott Pattison's work is represented in many major American museums, inclusing the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Have a Blue Christmas

Among our blue period pieces..
  • An Art Deco group by Boch Frères , Belgium, 1920s
  • A Great European 20th-Century Cobalt Collection
  • Bowl by Thomas Toft, Denmark 1950s
  • Mix of 50s French & Italian Light Blues 
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Hot in Atlanta

A selection of our wares have a new home at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in Tim Hobby's showroom Hobby Astrop Modern. Our vintage goods mix beautifully with the supremely modern Minotti  Italian furniture he showcases...but, they are also for purchase. If you live in "Hot-lanta" swing by and check them out!
http://adacatlanta.com/

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WPA Adonis

In 1935 the WPA (Works Progress Administration) was formed by the Federal government to commision out of work artists to create works of art such as murals and sculptures for public buildings and spaces, icluding schools, post offices and other government buildings.
During its years of operation, the government-funded Federal Art Project of the WPA hired hundreds of artists who collectively created more than 100,000 paintings and murals and over 18,000 sculptures. The Project was part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal during the Great Depression (1929-1943). Some of the 20th century's greatest visual artists were employed by the Project under the auspices of the WPA, before going on to create Abstract Expressionist artworks in the post-World War II era. Some of those artists were Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Thomas Hart Benton and Stuart Davis. 

Here we have a large ceramic sculpture of a falling male nude, very much in the Art Deco  style of the WPA. Although unsigned we feel this is an American piece from the late 30s to early 40s.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Italian Trio

From the Fratelli Fanciullacci factory - a family name known for Italian ceramics dating back to 1862! These were made a century later in the 60s in a playful pattern signature to the company. Highy textured and illustrative in design with bright accent stripes that just jump off the pottery.
Tallest 15", Tray 17.5 in diameter, Vase - 7.5"
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Striation Sensation

A wonderfully striated vessel by Gertrud Lönegren for Rörstrand. Notice the myriad colors throughout her design, giving the piece an almost ombre effect. Her tenure at the renown Swedish factory only lasted from around 1936-1942, resulting in only a small selection of studio pieces. All this makes her work during this period rare and highly desirable.
At 10" x 10" - a perfectly spherical shape.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Vintage Ornaments


Tree trimming finery at The End of History
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Mid-Century Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving from The End of History
We will re-open Friday- Sunday 12-6

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sensacion de Vuelo

A monumental 1960s gilt bronze sculpture titled:"Sensacion de Vuelo" by Mexican artist, Leonardo Nierman. Features an abstract design in which Nierman attempts to depict the "Sensation of Flight".  Signed:"Nierman I/VI". Includes original certificate of authenticity from the artist himself.
An imposing piece at 3 feet tall.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Brazilian Brilliance

A very good, large 18K yellow gold Sputnik ring by H Stern circa 1955. The legendary Brazilian jeweler established in Rio de Janeiro in 1945 has always been known for cutting edge modernist jewelry designed by well known Brazilian artists and designers such as Roberto Burle Marx who was resposible for the world famous mosaics on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
 The dome is studded with a variety of bezel-set tourmalines, amethysts, citrines, aquamarines and garnets. Stern popularized the style in the 1950’s to show off the variety of gemstones mined in the company’s native Brazil.
 The rings were made in a variety of dome sizes, and this example is exceptionally large. The inside of the shank is marked with Stern’s hallmark and with 18K hallmarks, size 4 3/4.
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mod Moretti

This is the best pair of cased glass table lamps we've had in 19 years, made in Murano in the 1960s these space age beauties are from the workshop of Carlo Moretti and come complete with original gold foil label. In 20 years I have only ever seen one other and that one is in my own home. Bold and striking at 18 inches tall, sold as a pair.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Treasure Trove Arrival


Our biannual shipment from Scandinavia has just arrived! An embarrassment of riches awaits your in-person perusal. Come see the greatest goods dating from the 19th to the late 20th centuries, amassed from Denmark, Sweden and beyond...
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