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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Friday, July 8, 2016

Modern Classic

One Vase/Four Femmes
This mid-century take on a classical vessel is an Italian hand carved terracotta vase with a deep blue interior glaze. The sensual bathing beauties are sgraffito in relief to the rough brown and olive background. They are realized in a certain illustrative style popular at the time (think Warhol). While their bodies are the natural color of the clay the fabric details are beautifully saturated red and blue glaze, adding to the 3-dimentional effect. Made by Fabbrini, 1950s
15" x 5"
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Windows to Our World

The summer season has inspired us to bring all the citrus tones front and center for a fresh new window. Come see our display in person for maximum orange overload!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Fashion Plates

Mari Simmulson could easily be considered the female Picasso with her playful, almost cubist, illustrative style of painting with glaze on pottery. Made for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden 1950s. Her girls always feel timelessly boho-chic to me.
above: approx. 8" square
below: approx. 6" square
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

French Fifties

In keeping with our color palette, a most gorgeous cubist mosaic topped box from the South of France, circa 1950s. Mixed media, ceramic, crackled glass glaze, and 24K gold decorates the lid atop a black wooden base. Totally artist made and one-of-a-kind. A real gem for holding your gems.
I recommend you 'click' the above image to expand and fully appreciate the masterwork at hand.
11" x 4" x 2.5"
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Towering Acheivement

One of my favorite 1950s patterns by Aldo Londi for Bitossi is called "Finestra", which translated from Italian means windows . Perhaps the reflective nature of the genuine gold decoration is key to the name. Measuring in at 16", this is a rather tall as well as pristine example from the line. The color combination just reminds me of the Mediterranean mix of the sky, flora, and deep blue Italian sea. But, it's the sunken lid that really tops it off for me!
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Beautiful Big Bitossi

At 2 feet tall this is a fine and large example of mid 6os Italian high design by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, a textured unglazed dark brown natural clay top with a sandstone color glazed base make this one of the most appealing large vases in the shop right now.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sunny Side Up

Perhaps frustrating for the regular reader...this piece was so special that it arrived in the shop today and was sold before I could even complete my blog post! "Seta" by Aldo Londi for Bitossi- the ombre coloration goes from chartreuse to charcoal with a bright yellow surface and, of course, the gold striations and rim.
A great scale at 9" x 10"
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Back in Barneys

Never has our glass been used in a more appropriate fashion - the key word being fashion! A finely curated collection, hand-selected by Neo-Mod maven Lisa Perry to coincide with the launch of her new housewares line. Premiering today in the Chelsea Passage section of Barneys New York's flagship on Madison Ave, comes a Summer-of-Love-ly collection of primary colored items to brighten your picnic, BBQ, garden party, or urban terrace get togethers. Our groovy glass and ceramics lend historic reference to the inner-workings of the creative mind of Lisa Perry and her always swinging pop-art style.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Deluxe Accommodations

On occasion we will be asked by an important interior designer, such as Nicole Fuller, to help stage an apartment to illustrate the luxury one might afford when investing in the rarified world of Manhattan real estate. These decked out deluxe apartments at 17 East 12th St are listed through Douglas Elliman, in case you have the inclination (and budget is no object), one could presumably offer to purchase these beautiful spaces fully furnished! All decorative accessories, vases, & sculptures provided by The End of History.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Emerald City

 Three very optic vessels designed by Scandinavian Elis Bergh for Kosta, Sweden, circa 30's/40's
Above: 9" x 5.5", 5.75" x 5.5"
Below: 8" x 3.5"
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Showing Off The Show House

This year, we were doubly honored to be asked by not one, but two renowned designers, to contribute our vintage goods to their beautiful rooms at the 44th annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House which benefits the Boys and Girls Club. Above is Phillip Thomas' "Lady Lair" featuring a virtual alter to our 1950s Bitossi ceramic collection, an emerald green faceted Murano bowl, and an art deco Danish vase.  Below is Timothy Whealon's dreamy bedroom accented by our 19th Century Japanese garden stools topped by a lavender Barbini Murano bowl.
If you can make it, it's well worth a visit! 
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