Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Japanese Minimalism

Once again we return to a place we've visited many times before, Japan in the 19th Century and really what's not to like? Here we have an exquisite pair of bronze candlesticks from the late Edo period, 1850s. Clean minimal and strongly modern. At just under 20 inches tall the perfect pair for your Florence Knoll credenza.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

60s Does Art Nouveau

One of our favorite decade-mashing styles is that gorgeous mix of swinging 60s and Art Nouveau. The look was perfected no better than by the famous London High Street shopping mecca called Biba. We think these Bavarian porcelain vases were part of the same design trend at that moment - yet timeless in their beauty.
Top: 11", Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal
Center: 7.5", Rosenthal Studio 
Bottom: 11", Hutschenruether
http://www.messynessychic.com/2015/07/07/londons-lost-department-store-of-the-swinging-sixties/


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Big on The Isle of Wight

A large and beautifully executed piece of Isle of Wight Glass signed by it's founder Michael Harris and one of a  hundred. This is a large and luminous example

Friday, August 21, 2015

Big in Germany

A large and beautiful example of one of our favorite German mid century ceramic studios, Wilhelm & Elly Kuch. Wilhelm Kuch opened his studio in Burgthann, near Nuremberg, in 1948 and after marrying Elly in 1953 they worked together producing fine ceramics that won them awards all over Europe. Our example is a unique and large piece, at just over 20 inches tall and dates to the 1960s.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Roman Remains

At 2000 years old this Roman 1st Century glass is the second oldest object in the shop right now.
A perfect example of some of the earliest glass blowing in history, our vase shows typical iridization and patination from two thousand years of burial, 6.75 inches tall.


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Körting Collection

We have discovered an East German artisan by the name of Hans Körting and began collecting an impressive selection. They exhibit a wide range of ceramic techniques, while adhering to a arrestingly contrasting color palette - this earthy yet modern beige and brown look is his bold signature style.
Sizes range from 3"- 11"

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seta Set

We love an instant collection and this is a great 3-of-a-kind find. Purchased together in the 50s and should remain as a set. Designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi - a fine textured trio of mid-century Italian pottery in a pleasing light teal tone.
l to r: 12", 9.5", 6"


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Flights of Fancy

A birds nest of spun blown glass -  an extraordinary item to find in perfect condition. This Murano bowl with attached figural birds is attributable to the house of Seguso, 1950s
The original label indicates that it was made expressly for sale at Gump's (est. 1861) - the jewel of San Francisco retail best known for luxury housewares.
Approximately 14 inches wide, 9 inches tall


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Germany goes Pop

A dramatic pair of 1960s Rosenthal Studio-Line vases in an Op art style attributed to Victor Vasarely (1906-1997). The largest vase is 10 inches tall and they are sold as a pair.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Black is Beautiful

An idealized female form of an African beauty, made in the 50s in Germany by a firm called Cortendorf. This ceramic sculpture represents an artistic fascination for exotica that captured the imagination during the mid-century.
14.5"


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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Surreal Ceramics

A lovely pair of Italian ceramic face vases by American designer Ed Langbein from the 1950s, 15 and 12 inches tall. Sold as apair.
 American industrial designer Ed E. Langbein was a designer who produced his own lines of ceramic and glass decorative items and tableware through his company, Edward E. Langbein Giftware in Brooklyn, NY. He operated between the late 1930's and early 60's. He did no manufacturing of his own but had his designs produced in Europe, mostly Italy and Germany.



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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Stålhane Statement

Another giant and rare example of a Carl-Harry Stålhane design for Rörstrand of Sweden from the 1950s. This vase stands 25 inches tall and is one of the best pieces of his work we've ever offered for sale.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Reaching New Heights

We are thrilled to have found this miraculously monumental piece of Murano glass. Found in mint condition in Belgium, this hand blown masterpiece has never been on the market - until now. Standing at no less than 43 inches tall, it is by far the tallest piece we've ever offered in our nearly 18 years of operation. The classic white bottle with a stretched neck is accented with striations of purple.
This is one plum piece for the serious glass collector.


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

China in the 1920s

An outstanding pair of hand carved yellow Peking Glass vases from the 1920s. Each 10 inches tall and sold as a pair.


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

18th Century France

Recently acquired from the auction of a prominent English country house we present to you these magnificent neoclassical beauties by noted French sculptor, Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814). A pair of patinated bronze campagna urns depicting classical figures in relief and standing on turned rouge marble bases with gilt interiors. Each signed, 13" tall.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

New Selection at Dover Street Market

Today we are very happy to introduce a new curated collection of European mid-century cased glass in lush shades of green from our stock, the largest selection of vintage cased glass for sale in the world, at Dover Street Market in New York. http://newyork.doverstreetmarket.com/


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Monday, July 27, 2015

French Abstraction

This small hardwood tabletop sculpture was created in the 1970s by French artist Michel Daön.
Just under 12 inches tall.


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Golden Rope

A magnificent example of a Barovier & Toso Cordonato (golden rope) vase from the early 1950s.  
In 1950 they showcased this technique they created at the Venice Biennale.
One of the oldest continually operating glass studios in Venice, they were founded in 1295 as simply "Barovier". It was not until 1936, that the Barovier family merged with the Toso family's Fratelli Toso Glassworks, to form Barovier & Toso. 11 inches wide and 8 inches tall.


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Take a Seat

“I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.” 

Oscar Wilde

 

An exceptional pair of late 19th Century Japanese blue and white porcelain garden seats. Hand painted for the export market, 19 inches tall and just over 11 inches wide.
 They could still be used today on your terrace or in a garden, inside the home they would make a very chic pair of end tables.


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The Royals of Royal Copenhagen

A rare and monumental lidded jar by Ricard Bocher for Royal Copenhagen, signed and dated 1952. The jar depicts three royal personages, each with a golden crown and a white dove on horseback with a squire leading the way. 13.5 inches tall.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Studly Vase

Some vases are actually quite masculine in form. A great heavy piece of smokey grey glass with a studded surface design - created by Horst Tüselmann for Ichendorf, Germany c. 1970
9" x 6"


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cleopatra's Bowl

A stunning vintage Zaccagnini blue & gold representation of Cleopatra holding a large golden bowl, dating to the 1950s and a part of their Egyptian line. She is a rare and spectacular piece of mid-century archeology, substantial at just under 10 inches tall, hand modeled and in perfect condition.
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

What's In Store

We are very excited to unveil a brand new retail partnership. The End of History is now selling a carefully curated selection of goods at the very chic Dover Street Market - the international shop owned and operated by Comme des Garçons carries a distinctive array of avant-garde fashions and accessories specially created for their customer base of tastemakers and international jet-setters.
We are showing on the first floor, sharing the jewelry case - placing our vintage wares in the appropriate context of rare gems. 
Be sure to make a trek to 30th and Lexington to see the spectacular collection up close.http://newyork.doverstreetmarket.com



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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Signs are Bullish

A beautiful Wedgwood bull figure designed by Arnold Machin in 1945 for the legendary English manufacturer. Covered in gold representations of all the zodiac signs. 14 inches long and in mint condition.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Rarest Bitossi

The influence of the great Abstract Impressionist, Jackson Pollock, is evidenced, yet again, with this duo by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. The sgraffito checked surfaces are splattered with a panoply of colors from orange to yellow to black and, of course, chartreuse, to match the glazed interiors. Small but significant, 7 inches and 5 inches in diameter- Sold as a pair


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

We've Been Framed

We recently acquired this flawless collection of, almost certainly unused, Venini picture frames from the estate of a prominent California art collector. The larger ones are 12 by 9.5 inches, and the smaller ones, 9 by 7 inches, and they date to the 1940s. Green, red and gold to hold your precious memories or even a small scale Picasso. On your grand piano or your Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann desk, these are the only frames you'll ever need.


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Ladies With an Attitude

Here we are pleased to present one of the most spectacular and large scale pieces of Italian mid-century ceramic art acquired in our 18 year history.
 A massive wall mounted triptych in the style of Amadeo Modigliani with a striking representation of five beautiful young women in tones of grey on a rich yellow background and an overall crackle glaze.
 The central panel is huge measuring 18.75 by 16.25 inches and each of the side panels are large in their own right, measuring 16.25 by 6.25 inches each.
 The signature on the front is illegible and they're stamped Italy on the back. Of all the thousands and thousands of pieces of beautiful post war Italian ceramics we have sold since opening our doors in 1997, these ladies are my all time favorites.
 
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Birds of a Feather

What's better than a Bitossi bird box? Two of course! Chocolate brown lids atop striped white bases. Not neccesarily sold as a pair - but, they seem so happy together.
Italian, 1960s
10" from beak to tail


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Danish Blues

A spectacular and very large bowl by Marianne Starck for Michael Andersen & Sons of Bornholm Denmark circa 1960. just under 16 inches in diameter.
  Marianne Starck was one of the top Ceramicists who contributed to the success of Michael Andersen & Sons Pottery. She started with the Factory as Artistic Director in 1955 and remained until its closure in 1993

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Urn It

Jasperware was first introduced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1774 and one of the masterpieces of 18th Century English ceramic art, the Athena Vase, was created soon after that.
 At a time when all of Europe was enthralled with the treasures being unearthed at Pompeii and Herculaneum this style became know as the Adam Style in Britain after three Scottish brothers who became the leading practitioners of this strict interpretation of Pompeian architecture and interior design. The most famous of the brothers was Robert Adam (1728-1792).
Osterley Park in London, the Etruscan Dressing Room. Designed by Robert Adam late 1760s.
 Our example was made as a part of Wedgwood's Masterpiece Series in 1977 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the introduction of Jasperware and is one of 200 made, 9 inches tall.It comes with it's original certificate.