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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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.