Monday, March 30, 2015

These Buds for You

Spring is sprung and with that comes a return to nature. One of the most sublime collections of budding floral details come from the hand of Denmark's Arne Bang, circa 1930/40s.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Come Fly Away

An other-worldly example of Murano meets the Space Age. This controlled bubble Venetian glass bowl by Seguso is affixed with a modernist polished brass handle. The bottom is covered in soft felt for smooth sailing.
9 inches in diameter

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Mixed Metal

A decidedly groovy pattern from Rosenthal's Studio Line - an oh-so-60s melange of gold and copper clouds...or is it an abstract flower-power pattern?
Oval Vase - 8"
Oval Lidded Box - 3" x 6.5"

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Marine Modernism

Another fantastic example of Alfredo Barbini working with Cenedese, this large aquarium lamp is just perfect for the ocean front loft of a modernist marine biologist, or a Hamptons "cottage".
The glass section is just under 17 inches tall and dates to the early 1950s.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Roman Warrior

A beautiful bronze sculpture of a Roman soldier on a marble base, signed H. Rieder. Most likely German circa 1910, 19 inches tall.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bamboo for You

This gorgeous piece of Rörstrand pottery is by Sylvia Leuchovius - a longtime artisan for the Swedish ceramic house, where she was employed from the late 40s through the early 70s. This late 60s piece, a celadon colored ceramic has a sort of bamboo stalk feel to its form and coloration. 
Around 9 inches

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pastel Perfection

Another beautiful example of the work of Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italian 1950s, 7.25 inches tall.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

British Mid Century

A great trio of English 1960s vases from the Memphis line for Crown Devon, designed by noted British sculptor and ceramic artist Colin  Melbourne (1928-2009). The tallest vase is 10 inches.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Flora & Fauna Find

An Art Deco ceramic box from a line called E.X.O.T.I.C.A. designed by Arthur Percy for Upsala-Ekeby, circa 1930
5in. x 4in. x 2in.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Big in Japan

Pleased to be published in this fashionable Japanese magazine!
 A map of the editor's walking tour of chic shops in the West Village...
Our shop featured (above)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Glass Fantastique

French crystal - cut in the 60s for Cartier - a towering example of an op-art obelisk.18 inches tall.

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Green Supreme

Alvino Bagni steps to the center stage once again with this tall chartreuse beauty. A flawless representation of Italian mid-century design...modern, brutal, yet a nod to the classical in its form.
Just under 15 inches tall.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Czech These Out

These bohemian beauties were featured in and purchased from 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"

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Back Under The Sea

We dive deeper with a gorgeous Hertha Bengtson designed and decorated underwater scene, circa 1940s, for Sweden's Rörstrand factory. The other side has a similar motif, albeit with a school of blue fish.
9" x 7.5"

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Tasty Caramel

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"

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tremendous Taupe

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"

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Isn't She Lovely?

The female form captured in stone. Carved out of a single slab of marble by American sculptress Mildred Newman, 1972. The contrast of the rough and smooth surfaces make this a must-touch work of art.
21" (including the base)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tutti Fruity Fratelli

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.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Under The Sea

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)"

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gilt-y Pleasures

 The latest members of our compote collective - two black lidded vessels from Zaccagnini, Italy, 1950s.
7"x5", 6"x5.5"

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Abstract American

Another great example of a mid-century abstract sculpture in limestone. This unsigned beauty was purchased from the estate of a prominent Texas collector and is 31 inches tall.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Magnificent Magnolia

Another beautiful example of fine Japanese cloisonne enamel work by one of the most famous  workshops, Ando Jubei. Our vase dates to the Taisho period, 1920s and has a sterling silver base and rim, 9.5 inches tall.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Seeing Things in Black and White

1930's beauties from Svend Hammershoj for Kahler Keramik, 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
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Compote Collective

When it comes to 1950s Italian ceramic compotes - we've got them covered. All of the above are from the Bitossi factory of Italy, the incised variety - from the Seta series by Aldo Londi.
From top 8",7",12"

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Saturday, January 31, 2015


An Art Deco Bronze Sculpture of a Triumphant Man on a black marble base. Unsigned and most likely French or German from the 1920s, 24" tall.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Golden Catch

A beautiful mid century gold glazed ceramic fish by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. 12 inches long.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Citrus Sensations

Blenko bottle in "Amberina" - sometimes called "Tangerine" - with an air twist stopper 23" 
Blenko collection (left to right): Amberina stopper 18" , Rare  "Lemon" (a color only made in 1968) with flame stopper 22" , shorter Amberina stopper (also rare) 16"

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gemmo Jems

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")

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bronze Hand

An exquisite patinated bronze hand of a Buddhist deity, Indian 17th or 18th Century, 7.5 inches long.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

More Big Bitossi

A great example of a classic 1950s graphic design by Bitossi for Raymor, 18 inches tall. Manufactured by Bitossi exclusively for the American luxury market in the post war boom years.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mexican Abstract Futurism

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.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Punk Rock Vessel

We always felt that the prominent repeating pattern found incised here resembles safety pins - hence our punk reference. A rock star piece of mid-century Italian pottery by Bitossi - 16.5 inches

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Cleopatra's Bottle

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.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Aldo Londi Meets Marco Polo

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.

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