Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Underwater Wonder

One of our favorite 50s glaze techniques comes from the creative maestro Alvino Bagni - the Italian series, called Sea Garden, incorporates a painterly mix of teal, turquoise, green, rust and charcoal. The look, although abstract, captures so elegantly the look and feel of coral reef plant life.
Quite tall at 14"
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Stupendous Stålhane

A tall and delicate stoneware vase by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, circa 1955 18.5 inches tall.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mod American Lighting

A great example of a Robert Sonneman lamp from 1970, a heavy chrome base and white cased glass shade make this a timeless modern American classic. 20 inches tall.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Violet Venini

A beautiful deep purple cased glass mid-century centerpiece bowl by the most famous Murano glass maker of all, Venini, 12 inches diameter.
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Chicago Style

A wonderful example of Chicago Arts & Crafts Sterling silver from the T.C. Shop circa 1910-1915. The T.C. Shop,1910-1923 was founded by Emery W. Todd & Clemencia C. Cosio. 8.75 inches wide.
 Arts & Crafts makers in Chicago had their own distinct identity.  The Art Institute of Chicago noted in its Windows on the West exhibition:  "As craftsmen on the East Coast found inspiration in medieval examples of furniture and colonial silver, the Arts and Crafts community of Chicago looked to nature for artistic inspiration -- the prairie landscape and its grasses and flowers. After the 1893 World’s Fair, these artists also incorporated the earth colors, organic designs, and abstracted linear compositions of Native American art."  Today those Eastern colonial and medieval pieces can look dated while many Chicago designs seem timeless and classic.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Candy Colored Decanter


A marvelous Murano pink and orange confection from Fratelli Toso. Attributable to Ermanno Toso given the technique employed here. Referred to as Pezzato, from the Italian for "patchwork" - a complex process which incorporates the melding of vintage Murano murrines (rod segments) into a colorful new work. 
19"
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Carl-Harry Stålhane Again

Sometimes small is beautiful and this exquisite mid-century unique stoneware vase from the atelier of Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand proves the point. At only 4 inches tall this is a masterpiece of glaze and form in miniature. Hand signed by the master on the base.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Deluxe Dutch Art Deco

Here we have 4 original massive bronze sconces from one of the most luxurious ocean liners to make the transatlanic crossings before the jet age. Originally part of the interior decoration of the First Class lounge on the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam built in 1937.
The Nieuw Amsterdam was the Netherlands' "ship of state", just as the Normandie was France's, the Queen Mary was Britain's and United States was America's, numerous Dutch artists vied for the honor of creating furniture and interior fittings for the ship.
 Each sconce is 22 inches tall and we are selling them as 2 pairs.
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gold Gold Gold

A large and beautiful mid 20th Century Murano bowl with layers of gold leaf, attributed to Archimede Seguso (1909-1999). Oval and 19 inches wide, this is a rare and spectacular piece.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

More Mid Century Marble

A beautiful mid century pink marble sculpture attributed to American artist Rhoda Lipoff (1925-2010), 19inches tall.
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Monday, May 11, 2015

The Power of Towers

Architectural models of German Radio/TV towers from the mid-century. Hand lathed and made from a mix of materials, from bronze to copper to stainless steel - a few which incorporate plastic or Lucite elements to replicate the look of windows. The top group even features our first ever lamp version. Creating these were a prerequisite for graduating architecture school in Germany and some of these models went on to be realized as genuine structures throughout Germany.
Sizes here range from 5.5" to 20"
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stunning Stig

People often ask 'What's your favorite piece in the shop'? With thousands of beautiful items, it is certainly hard to narrow down - with the exception of a stand out example of craftsmanship such as this vase from the hand of Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg. One of the most collectible names in Swedish ceramics, and for good reason, this vase is extra special. From the ombré effect in the brown and lavender glaze to the tiny purple glass in-lay decorations at the neck. This is a treasure among jewels.
Dated and signed 1956.
7 inches in height
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mid Century Marble

A mid 20th Century abstract marble sculpture on a revolving base. Unsigned, 14 inches tall.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Massive Murano

What makes today's piece so magnificent is its proportions. This glass bowl is a vast 14 inches at its greatest diameter. Attributable to Seguso - they are known for the use of silver foil, as opposed to the more common gold leaf.
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Multi-Faceted Murano

Goedes of this quality don't come around every day. This Murano masterpiece is a gorgeous example of the incredible hand-cut and polished work of mid-century Italy artisans. The prismatic tones of aquamarine invoke the sparkling waters of Venice.
An impressive size and weight - 71/2 inches in diameter, 3 inches in height
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Big Blue

A blue and gold early 1950s lidded jar by Alfredo Barbini, one of our favorite Murano artists. A large and beautiful piece at 11 inches tall.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Super-Graphic Ceramics

Mid-Century Italy gave us this fantastic pair of Aldo Londi for Bitossi vessels - a cylindrical vase with a grey glazed interior and a lidded jar in a groovy jumble of triangular geometric patterns. The colors are a mix of red, orange and chocolate brown over a textured matte surface.
13 inches and 7" (including lid)
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Jaded in Japan

A very fine pair of early 20th Century Japanese sterling silver bowls inlaid with ancient jade rings to the rim. Marked made in Japan Yamanaka & Co., they were most likely retailed through Yamanaka & Co. on 5th Avenue & 28th Street in New York, known for it's sellection of museum quality Japanese artworks. From 1895, Yamanaka & Co. established itself in New York as a purveyor of the finest Japanese art that was in high demand in fin de siècle London, Paris & New York.
The firm, especially Yamanaka Sadajirō (1866-1936), played a crucial role in shaping the Japanese art collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and worked closely with many prominent New York collectors and patrons. Many pieces of Japanese art in North American museums today were originally sold from their 5th Avenue galley.
They are 4 inches diameter, circa 1920, although the jade may well be much older and possibly Chinese in origin, sold as a pair.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Grand Gunnar

This is the largest Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand vase we've ever had the pleasure of offering for sale. A monumental masterpiece with Nylund's signature hare's fur glaze in rich earth tones. Recently acquired from a private Swedish collection. Spectacular at 25 inches tall, 1950s.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Swedish Ice

                                                                                                    This heavy multifaceted sculpture by Jan Johansson for Orrefors  gives new meaning to the term "Crystal Clear". Circa 1969, . 8.5 inches tall.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Ekeby Rarity


A Monumental masterpiece by Anna Lisa Thomson (1905-1952) for Upsala Ekeby.
22 inches tall.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

2-of-a-Kind

A pair of Scandinavian classics from the designer Bo Borgström and produced in the 1960s by Åseda glassworks in Sweden. We would describe the colors as delicious melding of avocado & lime and an orange that leans towards pumpkin. The signature is the clear base and the almost folded-over lip.
9 1/2 " each
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fine Feathered Pottery

Gilded Bitossi ceramics circa the 1950s - in a pattern called Piuma (or feather)
Tallest lidded jar is 18.5 inches, the cachepots are 7 inches, the bowls are 9 inches in diameter
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Murano - In Case You Wondered

A treasure trove of 1960s cased glass amassed from the vintage family archives of the renown Cenedese company. These pieces were made in Venice the in mid-20th century but never sold abroad - until now. The deeply saturated, yet muted jewel tones, make this a uniquely time-stamped collection.
Sizes range from just over 4 inches to 16 inches in height
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Totally Toft

Denmark's terrific Thomas Toft. As rare as his works are, we have assembled a truly expansive array of his mid-century vessels, bowls, and even a lamp.
The motif is usually an abstraction in geometric contrast of in chocolate brown matte and white glaze. They represent fish (look closely - you'll see it!), flora (ferns perhaps), & even a rooster (see 3rd up from the bottom).
The vases are around 16 inches in height. The lamp is over 2 feet with a shade, the bowls are from 5 inches to 9 inches in diameter.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Towering Achievement

There's something akin to modernist architecture with this vase designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand. We see the reflection of skyscrapers in this fabulous size and form - 14 inches.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tiffany & Co. Goes French

A stylish and chic pair of Mid 20th Century French gilt wash sterling silver vanity boxes retailed by Tiffany & Co. French Minerva head for .950 purity & unknown French maker's mark along inner rim of each box.
3.75 inches tall by 2.5 inch diameter.
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Golden Years

A beautiful gilt bronze, mid-century abstract sculpture by New York artist Seymour Meyer (1914-2009). This fine example is #5 of an edition of 9, 15.25 inches tall.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Murano Urns

Although only a few years older than The End of History, this pair of white, thick cased Murano vases have a classical beauty that's timeless. Large at 16.5 & 14.5 inches tall, they're signed Bisazza Murano and dated 1993.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sensational Seta

When it comes to Aldo Londi's "Seta" line - these are the tops! Above is a rare surviving gold stopper to the tallest striated piece of Bitossi we have ever seen.
Below is an arabesque form - a lovely lidded, matte glazed piece with gold illuminations and turquoise glazed interior.
Above: 26 inches tall 
Below: 16 inches tall
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Groovy Twosome

A pair of psychedelic ceramics from Bitossi circa the 1960s - Lidded lovelies just in time for spring.
11.5 inches and 10 inches
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Seeing Spots

A wild trio from the great Swedish ceramicist Ingrid Atterberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1950s. We are getting a very leopard-print feeling from this rarely seen pattern - an exotic theme seems likely as she was known to be inspired by Africa in her other works.
7", 9", 13"
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cubist Cowboy

A supremely rare ceramic sculpture by Aldo Londi for Bitossi of an equestrian riding a horse in a mod black & white harlequin pattern. 
So pleased with itself - even the horse is smiling!
The pair measure in at 17 inches tall and 12 inches long. 
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