These bohemian beauties were featured in the Czech Pavillion of Exbo '67 - the Canadian World's Fair held in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada in 1967. Proof that Czechoslovakia was certainly one of the hubs of great mid-century glass. Both are signed, the lower vase from the company Exbor. Teal - 11.5", Amber 5" x 7" https://soundcloud.com/history-glass/sets/on-hudson-street
Another trio of Empoli cased glass exports from the 50s and 60s. The
classic ginger jar is flanked by a modernist take on the apothecary jar and
a vase in a shape I like to refer to as an 'exclamation point'.
l to r: 14", 10.5", 12" https://soundcloud.com/history-glass/sets/on-hudson-street
One of the more pleasing hues of cased glass is that greenish grey we refer to as mushroom or taupe. The grouping gathered here are all Italian from Empoli circa 1950s.
l to r: Dimpled 14", Lidded/Footed 10" x 7", Large Lidded 14" x 9.5" https://soundcloud.com/history-glass/sets/on-hudson-street
Occasionally we acquire a piece that is quintessential Italian design. Everything about this mint condition Fratelli Toso says mid-century Murano - a classic combination of happy candy colored goodness. The base is triangular in shape topped with a perfect pointed stopper.
Alfredo Barbini created these underwater fantasias of sea life out of glass in the 1950s. The more commonly known variety were done for Cenedese and are amorphic in shape. What makes this gem commissioned for Salviati so unique is that tne scene is capture in a cube making it feel that much more modernist. Great as a desk accessory or to add interest to a bookshelf.
5h" x 4.5w" x 2.25(deep)" https://soundcloud.com/history-glass/sets/on-hudson-street
1930's beauties from Svend Hammershoj for KahlerKeramik, Denmark. In a stark contrast-y black and white matte and crackle glaze. This series perfectly invokes the time period - as they look like they jumped right off the silver screen of a silent movie.
Piece in foreground - 11"w x 8.5"h, Back - 11"h x 8"w
A small selection of favorites from our vast Bavarian porcelain collection. The Gemmo series is from the Heinrich factory of Germany, made in the 1950s/60s. This particular line is quite coveted. The artisans used a diamond cutting wheel to carve into the porcelain and then hand gild the grooves with 24k gold - an ingenious process Heinrich pioneered. (top 10" x 12", center 8", bottom 12" & 8")
A Beautiful example of the fluid organic sculpture that Mexican artist, Leonardo Nierman (born 1932) is known for. Dating to the middle of the 20th Century and carved from fine green Mexican onyx with a black marble base, 21 inches tall.
A bit of Egyptian Revivalism is at play with this palm leaf stoppered bottle from Barbini, circa 1950. We have never seen this particular design from the venerable Murano factory - so rare and unique - that we believe that it was likely a special custom order or a limited edition. The off-white glass is laden with gobs of gold and accented with a salmon colored ring at the base and topped with ball detail on the stopper. Fantastic at 25.5 inches.
Another great example of a cross-cultural curiosity, this fantastic and large Indian elephant is carrying what appears to be a Ming dynasty Chinese bronze lidded jar.
Attributed to Aldo Londi for Bitossi from the 1960s. 14 inches tall and 15 inches wide. https://soundcloud.com/history-glass/sets/on-hudson-street
Long before Ettore Sottsass created his famous Memphis line, a factory in Empoli, Italy produced this massive modernist lidded cased glass number in orange with a giant black bubble stopper.
27 inches to the top
We recently acquired this beautiful oil painting titled "Woman at the window", painted in 1954, by American artist Bayard Osborn (1922-2012) from a deaccession auction of the SantaBarbara Museum of Art.
He was well known as a sculptor as well as a painter in his adopted country of Spain where he lived
for the last 40 plus years of his life, his work is in the collections of many prominent Spanish collectors, including King Juan Carlos of Spain.
Here we have a monumental abstract stone sculpture from 1977. The piece is signed with 3 triangles and the date, 77. Although we can't say exactly who the artist is or where he or she is from, the artist produced a finely carved and polished modernist beauty. Large and substantial at 21 inches tall.
We currently have a brilliant array of marbleized glass, designed by Michael Harris for MdinaGlassStudio, Malta, 1970s. His work has a distinctive almost abstract expressionistic quality.
Sizes range from 6"- 11" (caramel colors) 6" - 17.5" (blue), 10" (Fish Vase)
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There is nothing quite like the fabulous vintage hand blown glass , the rare ceramics, and the marvelous mid-century modern furniture found at "The End of History". We opened our shop in Manhattan's West Village in 1997. Since then we have amassed more decorative objects from the 50's & 60's in one room than anywhere in the world. As a result we've become the go-to for top editors from magazines as well as a choice source to the best interior designers in the world. We will update this blog daily... and as new publications come out and exciting new items hit our shelves!