Saturday, October 1, 2016

For the Love of Larson

 8" tall and 8" wide
A name synonymous with Swedish ceramics is Lisa Larson. The still living artist is a national treasure best known for her admittedly silly, but iconic feline figurines. However, she's also created other, more evolved, wares for the home such as this late 20th century vase seen above. Marked with her clear signature and '96 - dating this vase from the Gustavsberg Ceramic Studio.
Similar themed works can be seen in the portrait of the legend at work in her original studio at Gustavsberg, shown below in the 1950s.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Powered Up

Another one of our favorite categories is architectural models. Here we have a polished aluminum Art Deco model of a power station, 8 inches tall.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gladiator Sandals

One of our favorite categories here at The End of History is Grand Tour souvenirs, made for wealthy American and English visitors in the 18th & 19th Century touring the classical sites of Italy.
Here we have a large pair of Roman feet after the antique dating to the last half of the 19th Century from Italy. 15 inches long.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chic to be Square

This très chic French 50s object features real gold framing a cubist crackled glass glaze interior. Crafted in a town in the South of France called Vallauris - a locale known as a center for pottery. Pablo Picasso created works there during his ceramic years. We've see mirrors, and boxes, but this is our first bowl.
7" square
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Back to Boxes

A staple for our shop is the lidded box...perfect for stashing away a ring or Rolex by the bed.
Above from the top:
A mid-century rosewood box with silver inlayed striations - from Denmark by F. Hingelberg, 1955.
In the center is a classic Art Deco design from the Flambe line created in the 1930s for Rorstrand, Sweden.
The silver inlayed lion is from the Argenta series, 1930s, by Wilhelm Kage for Gustavsberg, Sweden.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trunk Show

An exceedingly rare piece from Denmark's Kahler studio, 1940s. Illuminated by a lustrous magenta copper glaze. Four magnificent pachyderms form the handles on this stunning vessel. 
16" x 13"
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Art Deco Ladies

A stylish pair of 1930s bookends by Florentine ceramic artist Ugo Zaccagnini, each one is just over 7 inches tall, sold as a pair.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shipwreck Treasure

It's not always gold and emeralds that constitute the treasure recovered from shipwrecks, while the Spanish were busy hauling gold from South America, the Dutch and English were transporting something equally as valuable as gold from China, Porcelain. At the time this vase was made in the late 17th Century Europeans were importing porcelain in vast quantities, they had also not yet discovered how porcelain was made, eventually a few decades later the Germans would successfully crack the code after sending spies to China.
 Our example is in perfect condition but still retains traces of marine life from three centuries under the ocean. Markings indicate it was made during the Kangxi period (1661-1722). Just over 11 inches tall.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cubist Ceramics

A pair of Italian vases from the Montelupo based factory of Fratelli Fanciullacci - one of the more prolific makers of colorful pottery during the 20th Century - with over 90% of production created for export to the American market or for other European countries. Playful seems to be their prevailing aesthetic, while this cubist twosome have a more sophisticated color scheme and elegant proportions.
17 inches tall.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Glossy Glass

Photo for Elle Decor by Douglas Friedman
One of the most influential tastemakers in fashion is also a good customer of The End of History. Jeffrey Kalinsky of the eponymous downtown clothing emporium, Jeffrey, came to us for his chic collection of mod Italian cased glass. Featured in the Oct. issue of Elle Decor, you'll see our brightly displayed wares adding a shock of color to an otherwise all white kitchen. His home is close by in the now rather tony West Village. Jeffrey is the very definition of a good neighbor!
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Owellian Orbs

Signed and dated in 1984, a year particularly obsessed with looking to the future. Yet, there is  nothing dystopian about these cheerfully cobalt creations from Murano's Cenedese glass studio. Candlesticks sure, but moderist sculptural objects as well.
10", 13", & 14"
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Monolithic Masterpiece

A monumental achievement in Italian ceramics from the Gambone family - this piece crafted by the famous Guido's son Bruno in the 1960s. A clear case for the theory that talent is indeed hereditary.
Speckled white with a chocolate-brown panel on opposing sides.
21.5" tall
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Vintage Venetian

Mid- century Italian glass with a nod to antiquity, made in Murano by Barovier & Toso. The 1950s minty green and gold flecked fruit bowl above has the most whimsical and unexpected detail - glass pear handles - a modern flourish we have never seen before.
Below is a 1940s bottle and glass with a decidedly Ancient Roman twist - A crest of young warrior pressed into the glass like a recently discovered artifact.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bowl of The Rings

Made in Italy in the 1950s for import by Raymor  
Although we can not with all certainty contribute this bowl to a particular artist, the surface has a lava-like glaze very much reminiscent of Gambone.  So graphic and inventive, the repetition of the ring shape is a delightfully unique design. A great piece for the designer with a penchant for the unexpected and unusual.
11" x 6"
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Etruscans

The studio of Gli Etruschi (The Etruscans)was by owned master ceramicist, Ivo De Santis. Just like his ancestors over two thousand years ago this mid 20th century artist was well known for his bold ceramic creations.
 We just acquired two large examples from the 1960s, the bull is just over 15 inches from head to tail and the elephant almost 12 inches in length.
Although priced separately the wise collector would surely purchase them as a pair for their Ipanema penthouse or Mulholland Drive Eichler, after all they've been together for 50 years.

Late 5th century BC Etruscan red figure bell Krater
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Iron and Wood

An organic abstract sculpture by American artist Michael Moser from 1980. This substantial and dramatic organic sculpture is 24 inches tall and formed from hand carved walnut and forged iron.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Totally Tubular

A super-graphic look from Fratelli Toso. This Murano lamp is perfectly simple and modern in its cylindrical form, and yet clearly complex in terms of the process involved in achieving lattice patterned glass. The white stripes create a fantastic optical effect. The dark stripe, on close inspection, is actually a deep magenta color. Made in Italy, 1950s
36" to the top of the final
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Colossal Caramel

A big bold Barbini bowl from Murano, Italy, circa 1950
An oversized piece in the most delicious shade of caramel. At 11 inches in diameter, this is a scale we rarely see. Great as a statement piece for the coffee table, a gentleman's desk, or perfect for stashing your mail & keeping your keys in the foyer.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Lovely Lady Lamps

Very much the epitome of Fantoni, this cubist couple elevates the concept of table lamp from simple light source to illuminating art. Created in Italy in the 1950s and customized with new wiring and black lucite fittings for today's modern interior design.
Around 30" to the top of the shade
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Tiny Tansu

A beautiful lacquered Japanese miniature Tansu chest circa 1880. Only 13 inches tall and 14 inches wide, perfect for your collection of Jean Schlumberger jewels, or as the quills suggest, your fine stationary and calligraphy accoutrements.
Jean Schlumberger brooch 1960s
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Group Dynamic

It's always great when we can form a cohesive collection - reuniting pieces made by the same hand that would have been distributed throughout the world, and are now finally back together in one place. The artist is Alvino Bagni, the line created in Italy in the 1960s for import to American department stores by Raymor. The three vases are sold as a set and the box is extra- with a favorite added feature...a steel ring - a signature touch by Bagni.
Vases are 9.5, 11", 12"
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Summering in The Hamptons

We are always honored to be included in any charity showhouse - as a wonderful way to display our luxury wares in an appropriately tony setting. This summer, Gideon Mendelson tapped us for a vast collection of mostly rare Scandinavian ceramics and bronzes to punctuate his fabulous contribution to The Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse. Worth a visit to Sag Harbor to see how one might live the luxe life and at the same time a way to benefit the Southampton Hospital.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Fantastic Fantoni

In the 1960s Florence based artist Marcello Fantoni created ceramics in a very Abstract Expressionistic style (think Rothko, but in pottery). The blending of unexpected color combinations in a painterly manner are what give these Italian masterworks their modernist appeal.
13", 13.5", and 6" square
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Second French Empire

Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Marble Garniture Urns, third quarter 19th century, in the Neo-Grec style, on molded black marble bases inset with verde antico panels, the kylix-form urns have profile portraits framed by molded ivy leaves, and twig-molded handles, 10 inches tall.
Perfect for your West Village Federal townhouse or your Haussmann apartment in the 16th arrondissment.
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Seeing Spots

These are the best kind of cats - no need to feed - sculptural cheetahs from mid-century Italy. The baby has an impressive heft and hand carved quality while the larger scale cat is certainly fierce in its own right.
13" and 21"
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Friends, Romans, Countrymen

An Art Deco French bronze warrior on a carved limestone base. Circa 1920s, unsigned. Large and imposing at 32 inches tall.
A beautiful example of a 19th century Grand Tour souvenir. This bronze gladiator, after the antique, is inscribed on the base, Louvre, Paris, and most likely sold to an American visitor at the Louvre shop circa 1880, 14 inches tall.
After an original Guerrier a Lance by Julius Paul Schmidt-Felling 1835-1930, an early 20th century German bronze statue of a warrior and lance, 16 inches tall. the naturalistic base incised Schmidt Felling.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Buddha of Italia

A signed Zaccagnini Buddha, beautifully rendered in mid-century Italy. An uncommonly large size at 13" tall. There is a peaceful quality to his expression. A lovely decoration for bringing zen into the home.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Earthy Bitossi

Always a delight to discover a new colorway from Bitossi. This pattern and color palette is very Italian - something the House of Missoni would certainly approve of. Striped and textured in earth tones - exquisitely detailed incising is at play on close inspection. Made in Italy in the mid-century.
18 x 13
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