Monday, November 23, 2015

Two Heads Are Better Than One

A pair of sublime ceramic head vases created in the 1960s by the twin French brothers Jean (1930- ) and Robert (1930-2008) Cloutier. After attending art school and a four year appenticeship with noted French ceramicist Pol Chambost they opened their own ceramic workshop on Rue de Reuilly in Paris. Later they would move their workshop to the south eastern Languedoc region of France.
 The larger vase is 12 inches tall and the smaller one is 10 inches tall. Acquired from an important private French collection.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Alvino Bagni Rides Again

A very rare, we have never seen this glaze on this form before, and fine example of an Alvino Bagni masterwork. This horse and rider dates to the 1960s and is 16.5 inches (42cm) tall.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Swede Selection

A treasure trove of fine vintage Scandinavian vessels has just arrived - Acquired from a private collection in Sweden.

Top: Decorated Stig Lindberg Vase with a selection of smaller vases by Carl-Harry Stålhane
Center: 1930s Swedish Art Deco Bronze
Bottom: Three by Carl-Harry Stålhane
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Gold Leaved

This almost surreal Italian vase features applied gold leaves on an off-white sgraffito surface - with an orange glazed interior. The leaves appear to be from the holly bush, making it perfect for a winter arrangement. Created in the 1950s by Ceramiche Rometti, Italy.
12" tall
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Big in Belgium

A large and beautiful crackle glazed 1920s Art Deco vase by Boch Freres. 15 inches tall.
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Boch Freres

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Horses of Different Colors

The Gallop polls are in - and Bitossi horses are always the winners. Our latest group of vintage equines are in some gorgeous colors. The gold crackled is the rarest, the orange is always a best seller, and the raspberry is a runner up for hardest to find.
All measure around 12-13" tall and long
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

British Brutalist Abstraction

This fantastic set of 4 abstract metal forms, that can be arranged to your liking, are signed and dated 1969 by British sculptor Reg Butler (1913-1981), each component is 18 inches tall.
 This piece was acquired from a deaccession sale of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Autumnal Arrangement

Always lovely to have an instant Italian collection - 3-of-a-kind if you will. Created for export by Bitossi in the 60s in a decidedly earthy, fall like, color collaboration.
8", 9", and 12" respectively
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Glossy Goods

We've once again made the cover of Real Simple - where some of our fine vintage wares grace the mantle of this charming holiday setting. Stylists often come to us for shoots, since we really have the most eclectic and expansive selection of accessories in one shop. It's always a treat seeing how the skilled prop masters imagine our goods in editorial settings.
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Haute Hippocampus

In Greek mythology Poseidon (Neptune in Roman) was the God of the sea and horses, brother to Zeus and father to Theseus. Poseidon's great chariot was pulled through the surf by seahorses.
As a maritime superpower from the early Middle Ages to Napoleon's conquest in 1797, the Most Serene Republic of Venice (Italian: Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia) adopted the Hippocampus as one of it's symbols, Venice itself was founded by Romans fleeing the Goths in the early 5th Century as a place of refuge in the isolated marshes of the lagoon. Venice even has an exact date of creation, according to tradition, the city state formally came into existence at the stroke of noon on March 25th, 421 A.D.
Our fine and rare example is by the great master Alfredo Barbini, it dates to the early 1950s and is 10.5 inches tall.
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Big in Venice

An important and monumental vase form sculpture by Otello Rosa for San Polo of Venice. San Polo was only in business from 1947 to 1959 and produced some of the most beautiful decorative Italian ceramics in the 50s, exhibiting at the Venice Biennale in 1954. Our example is 24 inches tall.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Continental Classicism

A beautiful pair of fruitwood side chairs inlaid with Greek classical detail in ebony. Not signed possibly Italian, Austrian or French circa 1810. Recently acquired from the estate of a prominent Chicago interior designer.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Another Artistic Expression

We have always said our pieces are works of art, and occasionally they are used as media for current established artists. Such is the case with this bountiful installation by the mega-talented, multidisciplinary artist Andiseh Avini. Showing just through the end of the month at the Marianne Boesky Gallery Uptown, the tablescape includes many of our vessels for flowers and bowls for edible offerings as a symbolic assemblage of Persian culture. The paintings and geodistic rock crystal sculptures are the artists work as well. He is a rising star and we are honored that he choose our pieces to complete his vision.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Abstract Expression

A spectacular piece of mid-century Italian pottery, very much in the Abstract Expressionist style. Signed by an unknown artist 'D'Arienza, Italy' - you can see the laborious nature of the construction, where nearly two feet of clay was built, ring by ring, from the base up. Then, we can appreciate the decoration - a painterly application of colorful movement centered with bold orange vertical and horizontal bars. A modern artistic mix in a monumental size - 23" tall
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Branching Out

This isn't the first time we've been visited by our colorful and interchangeable feathered friends from Murano, see the bowl below. Five song birds on an extra large clear glass branch by Seguso, circa 1960s, 22 inches long.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Monumental in Sweden

Mermaids and fantasy sea creatures, styled from sterling silver, hunt and swim on this huge piece of Argenta by
Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960) for Gustavsberg. A unique and specially commissioned urn, dated 1942 by an inscription under the lid, this spectacular example is 17.5 inches tall. Recently acquired from an important Swedish private collection.
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Monday, October 5, 2015


It's been a wondrous 18 years today since we opened shop -  in this same West Village location. We are as excited as ever to offer the most variety and best examples of fine vintage and antique decorative accessories for the home for sale under one roof. Thank you to our many valued clients and happy customers!

above image is our very first postcard
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Monumental Murano

At 41" tall, including the spectacular stopper, this is truly a major piece of Venetian glass. The sparkling effect is created by a mix of both gold and silver leaf dust throughout. A masterpiece of glass blowing techniques from mid-century Italy.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Go For Gold

A stunning and large Barovier & Toso golden centerpiece bowl. Just under 12 inches in diameter and dating to the early 1950s.
 Perfect for your Park Avenue penthouse or Grand Canal Palazzo.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Brutal Beauty

One of the most intriguing categories of modernism is the art and architecture of the Brutalist movement. A defiant aesthetic based on disruptive forms, rough edges, and general rule-breaking. One of intriguing aspects of the free-form movement is the myriad number artists that experimented in all mediums. Here is an example of a wall hanging made of individual puzzle-like pieces of pottery, assembled in a dramatic landscape of textures and colors, set in an artist designed original natural wood frame. It is signed "June" - an unknown American artist, likely made in the late 60s.
 23" x 60 "
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Guess Whooo

An odd, yet cute, figurine of an owl from, would you have guessed - Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s. A great eclectic collectible to add to a desk or bookshelf.
4"x 3" 
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Porcelain Pagoda

Created during the Taishō period in Japan (1912-1926), this traditional blue and white porcelain ornamental pagoda is a perfect time capsule of the Asian architectural aesthetic.
15" Tall, 7.5" wide
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Friday, September 11, 2015


Three ceramic abstract forms on a black painted wood base. Circa 1950s and signed K.W.
The base is 18 by 10.5 inches, the tallest ceramic is 10 inches.
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Windows to Our World

We are always thrilled when we can unveil a new window design. Our current theme is around greys and purples. All shades of smoky charcoal in the south window and plums and aubergine in the north.
As usual, pictures can't do them justice - please come by and see the stunning display in person.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Daninsh Decoration

A large and important Royal Copenhagen crackle glazed lidded jar designed by Thorkild Olsson circa 1940s/50s, 18 inches tall.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Deco-Rate - Italian Style

Created in the 1930s, this Italian ceramic vessel is a prime example of the Art Deco aesthetic. Gio Ponti's influence can be seen here - the very spare and geometric design is elevated by his generous use of gold decoration. As artistic director of Richard-Ginori from 1923, his influence on decorative objects can't be underestimated, and, in turn, informed his interior and architectural pursuits - cementing him as one of the greatest multiple-discipline designers of the 20th century.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Sur la Côte d'Azur 1960

A beautiful ceramic mosaic cubist figural group in a natural wood frame. Based on the signature, "Bezouin", style and general look of this strong piece, we are going with an attribution of 1960s, Vallauris, on the French Riviera next to Antibes. This is a town famous since the 19th Century for it's many small ceramic studios with a strong link to fine arts, most famously this is where Pablo Picasso created his ceramic pieces. The frame is original and plays an important role in the artwork as a whole. 26 by 20 inches.
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rome in the 1st Century AD

An exceptionally fine two thousand year old medium sized Roman deep footed bronze bowl with molded rim, set on three lion paw legs, and two oval swing bale handles, 7 inches diameter.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Timeless Barovier Beauties

When you're talking about Murano lamps they don't come any better than this super-chic pair of ribbon twist Barovier & Toso show stoppers. Golden and as glamorous as the day they were made 60 years ago, they'll fit seamlessly into any 21st Century decor. Just under 40 inches to the top of the shades.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Japanese Minimalism

Once again we return to a place we've visited many times before, Japan in the 19th Century and really what's not to like? Here we have an exquisite pair of bronze candlesticks from the late Edo period, 1850s. Clean minimal and strongly modern. At just under 20 inches tall the perfect pair for your Florence Knoll credenza.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

60s Does Art Nouveau

One of our favorite decade-mashing styles is that gorgeous mix of swinging 60s and Art Nouveau. The look was perfected no better than by the famous London High Street shopping mecca called Biba. We think these Bavarian porcelain vases were part of the same design trend at that moment - yet timeless in their beauty.
Top: 11", Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal
Center: 7.5", Rosenthal Studio 
Bottom: 11", Hutschenruether

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