Sunday, August 13, 2017

Decanter Chic

A lovely set of opaline glass and teak decanters designed in 1957 my Jacob Bang for Danish glass company Kastrup.
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Another Italian Beauty

This beautiful rosewood, sterling silver and enamel was made in Italy in the mid 20th Century and is signed Ottaviani.
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Barbini Beauties

A large and impressive pair of Alfredo Barbini decorative Murano glass decanters, made for the North American luxury market in the 1950s
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Serving Tray Pair

A pair of midcentury Italian ceramic trays with glorious had painted still life paintings. Marked Made in Italy, not sure of the artist.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chinese Export

A spectacular and large pair of Chinese blue & white porcelain jars in the Kangxi style (1654-1722)
This pair dates to Late Qing, circa 1880, complete with original hardwood lids and export labels.
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Minty

A beautiful selection of Italian midcentury, Empoli export cased glass.
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Sublime Seta

A gorgeous pair of "Seta" ceramic pieces, designed for the American luxury market in the 1950s by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Seta translates to silk in English and these two look like they're wrapped in Thai silk.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Beauty

A large 1950s Murano centerpiece bowl by Fratelli Toso, 12"30.5cm diameter.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Mermaid's Tale

In honor of today's annual Mermaid's Day Parade on Coney Island, I give you three seductive works depicting the mythical muses. Above is a plate created in the mid-century by an artist named Sagittaire in the Valluris region of the South of France and below, a pair of Swedish porcelain figurines created in the 1940s by Harald Salomon for Rörstrand.

The plate is 9" in diameter
The statuettes are 16" in height
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Citrus Ceramics

This bright and cheerful collection of Bitossi "Tirassegno" (Dartboard) patterned pieces was designed by Aldo Londi, made in Italy from the late 60s into the 70s, and imported by Rosenthal Netter for the American consumer.
Sizes:
6" - Far right planter, 7" - Pair of Candle Sticks, 9" - Vase, 16.5" - Taller Vase
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Friday, June 2, 2017

Caramel Collective

One of the tastiest colors of cased glass is the hue I refer to as caramel. This tone compliments most home decor, from traditional to modern, a neutral color that fits almost any interior.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stunning in Silver

Lovely for a mantle or sideboard, a rare pair of matching 1950s urn shaped vases by Seguso, Italy.
Black Murano glass with silver leaf, unexpected and seen far less frequently than the more common gold.
15"
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Geometry from Italy

Brightly colored Murano lidded canisters in gorgeous geometric shapes make a bold modernist statement on a drinks trolley or curated counter. All vessels by Vistosi, 1960s
Sizes range from 5 - 8"
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Horse is a Horse

 Bitossi, Italy - extremely rare in solid gold glaze
18" x 15" - The largest size they offered
Sascha Brastoff, USA - 1950s
17" x 10"
Italian (maker unknown) - 1950s
 13.5" x 12" 
Of Course, of course  - unless you are talking about the rare gilded variety shown here! The price of gold was relatively lower in the mid-century, making it possible for artisans to utilize the actual ore in the glazing process.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Vanity Fair

Barbini, circa 1950s Italy
Barbini, circa 1950s Italy
Empoli Apothecary Jars, 1960s Italy
 Empoli Apothecary Jars, 1960s Italy 
Perfumes by Portieux Vallerysthal, 1950s France 
  Perfumes by Portieux Vallerysthal, 1950s France
There was a time when a powder room was not complete without a dash of sparkle on the vanity. Whether you chose to use an apothecary jar or perfume bottle as they were originally intended, or  purely for decorative reasons, a bit of glass adds an air of elegance by the bath or near the sink.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Swedish Sensation

No one did whimsy quite as well as Mari Simmulson for Upsala Ekeby


This Swedish miss looks like one of her quirky 1950s characters that she featured on this cubist ceramic cube (6.5" x 6" x 3") decorated with her unique vision of surprised gals observing wild birds and vases. Surreal and wonderful!
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Bookmark These Bookends

 
A classic Barbini pair - an Apple and Pear
 This Barbini set gets right to the point
A wave of excitement for this Murano pair
Heavy weighted Murano glass bookends from mid-century Italy add color to your bookshelf, beautiful with or without books in between.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Raging Bull

A beautiful Italian ceramic mid-century bull with removable iron horns by Alvino Bagni, 10" 25cm  long.
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pretty in Pastels

Just in time for Mother's Day - a selection of 1970s Rosenthal porcelain vases with a water lily motif designed by Alain Le Foll.  A lovely mixed metal tableau - large flowering lilly pads of gold, copper, and platinum, surrounded by pastel flowers and fronds.
5.5"- 9"
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Friday, April 28, 2017

About Body

Greco Roman Wrestlers by Bela Farkas for Herend, Hungary, made prior to 1939
Classical male athleticism captured for posterity in glorious porcelain.
15" tall
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

About Face

Every interior should have a touch of the eclectic and one thing we are known for here is the unexpected. A great example of this type of whimsy is this 1960s Egyptian-style glass bust by Sweden's Erik Höglund for Kosta.
10" x 5.5"
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Glossy Glass

We just sort of rediscovered this periodical called Philistine, which is edited by one of our favorite prop stylists - David de Quevedo - and little did we know he had put us on the cover! While this copy, Winter 2015, is a past issue, it just turned up on the magazine rack of a recently opened West Village specialty shop called Clover Grocery. Featured above is a chic collection of cased glass from Empoli, Kastrup, and Murano in a color palette that remains very much in fashion.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hot Pink

Every once in a while certain colors will trend. This year, for whatever reason the muses have decreed, pink is the hue of the season.
Top l to r: Barbini bubble gum pink bowl, Flygsfors hot pink bowl, Barbini fuchsia square bowl
Center: Cenedese blush glass candlesticks from the 80s
Bottom: Two cotton candy confections from Barbini
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Rare Pair

Conical vases by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, circa 1950s - notice the fine fluting, or 'sgraffito' in Italian, and the nice shot of shiny saffron colored glaze inside to contrast the chocolate brown matte exterior.
24" and 16" tall
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Egg-cellence

Hostess gift ideas for your holiday gathering - and there's no need to hunt for these, as we have them in stock for your Easter needs.
Top: Malachite eggs, mid-century
Center: Murano Glass, likely Fratelli Toso, 1950s
Bottom: Murano "Scavo" glass paperweights from Cenedese, circa 1960s
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