Friday, April 21, 2017

Glossy Glass

We just sort of rediscovered this periodical called Philistine, which is edited by one of our favorite prop stylists - David de Quevedo - and little did we know he had put us on the cover! While this copy, Winter 2015, is a past issue, it just turned up on the magazine rack of a recently opened West Village specialty shop called Clover Grocery. Featured above is a chic collection of cased glass from Empoli, Kastrup, and Murano in a color palette that remains very much in fashion.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hot Pink

Every once in a while certain colors will trend. This year, for whatever reason the muses have decreed, pink is the hue of the season.
Top l to r: Barbini bubble gum pink bowl, Flygsfors hot pink bowl, Barbini fuchsia square bowl
Center: Cenedese blush glass candlesticks from the 80s
Bottom: Two cotton candy confections from Barbini
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Rare Pair

Conical vases by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, circa 1950s - notice the fine fluting, or 'sgraffito' in Italian, and the nice shot of shiny saffron colored glaze inside to contrast the chocolate brown matte exterior.
24" and 16" tall
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Hostess gift ideas for your holiday gathering - and there's no need to hunt for these, as we have them in stock for your Easter needs.
Top: Malachite eggs, mid-century
Center: Murano Glass, likely Fratelli Toso, 1950s
Bottom: Murano "Scavo" glass paperweights from Cenedese, circa 1960s
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Fruitful Find

Miraculously intact and shown here as it would have been presented originally (sold at the Murano factory shop or here on 5th Ave at the Camer Showroom) as a complete fruit and bowl collection from Barbini,  1950s.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tri-Colored Treasures

Murano hanging pendants - in beautifully saturated jewel tones -  the mix of Cobalt, Emerald and Amethyst makes for a most elegant color combination.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

In The Manner of Alberto Giacommeti

Fresh from a Connecticut mid-century estate, this pair of 21 inch tall gilt bronze figures on marble bases are looking for a new home.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Zoomorphic Modernism

This amazing pair of bowls are from the great Aldo Londi working for Bitossi in the 1950s. A wonderful pair of donkey headed bowls with color blocked interiors. Sold as originally only as a pair, the largest bowl is 16 inches diameter and both are in mint condition.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Triangular Triumph

A very large scale, one-of-a-kind piece by the hand of Eva Staer-Nielsen for Saxbo, where she worked from 1929 - 1968, placing this piece, circa 1950, at the very middle of her tenure at this Danish studio.
 Hexagonal in shape, but with a most interesting and arresting element - the upright and inverse triangles the shape forms on the surface design.
A substantial piece @ 10" x 9.5"
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

Treat your tabletop or brighten your bedside with a fresh accessory.
Mid-Century glazed and gilt boxes from the South of France bring a much needed touch of spring into the home.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Architectural Digest Design Show

We were pleased to be asked by Shawn Henderson, one of our favorite clients and a superstar in the interior design world, to lend our fine ceramics to his showcase at the Architectural Digest Design Show, happening this weekend at the 92nd and 94th Street Piers, here in Manhattan (March 16-19).
Our fine Scandinavian ceramics accentuate his livable luxury aesthetic.
Info and Tickets: 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Windows to Our World

Spring has sprung at The End of History - whether the weather agrees or not! We are feeling the need to brighten up the neighborhood with shades of yellow, green and blues of all hues.
Stop by and see the display in person and get a respite from all the slush that surrounds.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day!

We are closed due to the blizzard & we will re-open on Wednesday - weather permitting
Have fun and be safe out there!
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Fine French Finds

Moorish is more when it comes to these mid-century ceramics from a French artist named Georges Pelletier. We recently rediscovered his work and, of course, can't get enough. These ceramic dishes are meant for either hanging or for tabletop. The patterns and colors are modern yet reminiscent of Moorish tiles and rugs.
Approximately 3 - 5" Square
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Stunning Stålhanes

Three just acquired items created by the hand of the great Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, circa 1950s, Sweden.
The 11" greenish glazed vase has a lovely smattering of mottled details near the neck and the blue 7.5" vessle is perfectly periwinkle with a thin illuminated lip at the opening.
The just shy of chartreuse bowl is dizzingly decorated -  an impressive size at 13" in diameter
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Pastel Platter

An Italian hand-painted dish, made expressly for hanging, with a rather gamine gal - very much in the manner of Audrey Hepburn - maybe even inspired by her role in 1953's Roman Holiday OR perhaps she's in Dior's New Look in gay Paris.
10" x 10"
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DeLovely de Milo

A grand tour souvenir of Venus de Milo circa 19th century French was recently lent by us to stylist Theo Vamvounakis & photographer Keirnan Monaghan for a fantasy vanity shoot. This just published cosmetics story appears in WWD magazine. We love the tableau and think she would fit perfectly in your own deluxe powder room!
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Marble Abstraction

A mid-century marble sculpture by Italian artist Nardo Dunchi (1914-2010). Hand carved from one block of white marble. Depicts an abstract form with well spaced textural holes. Signed on bottom edge N Dunchi 1971. Mounted to a black mica base. Measures 24 1/2 inches x 9 inches
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fabulous French 50s

Signed and dated, 1957, by French artist Jean Claude Taburet, this artwork is painted and applied enamel on 2 square tiles. The cubist style and color palette, with the floating geometric shapes, give it a real French New Wave lightness, and are so evocative of the era.
15" x 9" - original cerused oak frame
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Le Jazz Hot

A monumental pair of Barovier & Toso (attributed) Murano gold & black glass jazz musicians circa 1950. This is the largest and most spectacular pair of Murano glass figures we have ever had the pleasure of offering at 20 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

It's a classic - The Seguso heart-shaped Murano bowl - circa 1950
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Marble Adonis

A beautifully carved late 19th/early 20th Century neoclassical Roman style marble statue of an athlete or warrior, 3 feet tall including the base.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Barbini Bowls

A tasty sample of some of our most exciting Murano bowls - all by Barbini from the 1950s. I'm particularly enamored with the Spumoni style bowls above.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thorny Design

An iconic piece of mid century Danish ceramic design, the Rosentorn (rose thorn) vase by Knud Basse for Michael Andersen & Sons. Knud Basse worked for Michael Andersen from 1960 to 1963 and produced this stunning design in several sizes for a very limited time, our example is the largest size made at 10 inches tall. A large imposing and important example of Danish design.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

What's in a Lid

Sometimes the value lies in the lid - as evidenced here with this charming bunny pull atop a vessel by Bing & Grondhal from the 1940s - very much in the style of the smaller vessel with a seahorse pull by Royal Copenhagen - I'm guessing they shared a designer in Thorkild Olsen.
Bunny - 11"
Seahorse - 6"
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Barbini for the Ballroom

A very large Alfredo Barbini globe chandelier circa late 1940s, early 50s. Fluted and fabulous this beauty is just in need of a large space. Total length is 42 inches.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Studies in Cerulean

Denmark's Kähler company has been running as a ceramic factory for 175 years. This stunning blue-green grouping from the 1930s was created by a long-term studio artisan by the name of Jens Thirslund. The glaze is a fabulous mix of blues and greens - an intriguing variation in the viscosity of the glaze application gives the surfaces their textural complexity.

The most impressive of the group is urn shape on the left - 14.5" tall and 12" in diameter
The vase next to it is 15" and the smallest is 9" tall
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trés Chic, No?

In the British Telegraph Sunday newspaper feature titled "Inside Jeweller Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s Bijoux New York Apartment", we get a nice mention for the glass objects from our shop, which we know she covets. The occasional residence and private showroom of one of our most stylish clients - this pied-à-terre, is designed as a jewel-box, with our gem-stone colored glass bottles and Barbini Murano lamp (below) serving as literal jewels for the home.
Photo credit: Mark C. O'Flaherty 
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Danish Masterpiece

A large and perfect Carl Halier for Royal Copenhagen urn with a custom gilt bronze lid and stand by Knud Andersen in the very desirable Sung glaze developed by Axel Salto. Our beauty was made in the 1930s and is 12 inches tall. Purchased from a private collection in Sweden this is it's first time on the market since the 1960s.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Fantastic Figures

Animals and birds add a element of fantasy or whimsy to even the most elegant of interiors. We love mixing figural fauna into our shelves and tablescapes as an added element of interest - the cabinet of curiosities effect.
These are not your granny's tchotchkes!
Above are by from mid-century Spain by Alfaraz - Canine is 12" x 5", Pony is 9" x 7"
Below is a rare Bird by Guido Gambone for Bitossi - 8" x 5"
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