Friday, December 2, 2016

Striation Sensation

A wonderfully striated vessel by Gertrud Lönegren for Rörstrand. Notice the myriad colors throughout her design, giving the piece an almost ombre effect. Her tenure at the renown Swedish factory only lasted from around 1936-1942, resulting in only a small selection of studio pieces. All this makes her work during this period rare and highly desirable.
At 10" x 10" - a perfectly spherical shape.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Vintage Ornaments

Tree trimming finery at The End of History
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Mid-Century Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving from The End of History
We will re-open Friday- Sunday 12-6

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sensacion de Vuelo

A monumental 1960s gilt bronze sculpture titled:"Sensacion de Vuelo" by Mexican artist, Leonardo Nierman. Features an abstract design in which Nierman attempts to depict the "Sensation of Flight".  Signed:"Nierman I/VI". Includes original certificate of authenticity from the artist himself.
An imposing piece at 3 feet tall.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Brazilian Brilliance

A very good, large 18K yellow gold Sputnik ring by H Stern circa 1955. The legendary Brazilian jeweler established in Rio de Janeiro in 1945 has always been known for cutting edge modernist jewelry designed by well known Brazilian artists and designers such as Roberto Burle Marx who was resposible for the world famous mosaics on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
 The dome is studded with a variety of bezel-set tourmalines, amethysts, citrines, aquamarines and garnets. Stern popularized the style in the 1950’s to show off the variety of gemstones mined in the company’s native Brazil.
 The rings were made in a variety of dome sizes, and this example is exceptionally large. The inside of the shank is marked with Stern’s hallmark and with 18K hallmarks, size 4 3/4.
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mod Moretti

This is the best pair of cased glass table lamps we've had in 19 years, made in Murano in the 1960s these space age beauties are from the workshop of Carlo Moretti and come complete with original gold foil label. In 20 years I have only ever seen one other and that one is in my own home. Bold and striking at 18 inches tall, sold as a pair.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Treasure Trove Arrival

Our biannual shipment from Scandinavia has just arrived! An embarrassment of riches awaits your in-person perusal. Come see the greatest goods dating from the 19th to the late 20th centuries, amassed from Denmark, Sweden and beyond...
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Friday, November 4, 2016

All the News That's Fit...

There is no better stamp of approval than a mention in The New York Times. For the upcoming Sunday Travel Section (released early online ) their regular "36 Hours in..." feature focuses on our hometown this time around. According to the writer, Manhattan is the center of the world, and we are in great company as a required stop for the sophisticated traveler to The Big Apple...or the local bruncher-about-town. THANKS NYT - See you this Sunday!

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Haussmann's Paris

A pair of gilt bronze and marble tazze from the middle of the 19th Century. This beautiful French pair date to the same period when Paris was being transformed into the city we know today.
 In 1863 Baron Haussmann's plans to demolish the narrow ancient streets of Paris commenced, with wide boulevards and classically inspired buildings of uniform height. Our pair are 10 inches tall.
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mixed Metal Arts

We strongly believe in mixing - whether it's decorative objects from various eras or metals that one wouldn't think to pair. Above is a trio of objects from the 60s in metalic tones ranging from copper to bronze to gold.
l: Italian Ceramic with Copper Glaze, Made in Italy for Joseph Magnin - 6"
r: German Porcelain with Gold Decoration - 7"
f: Bavarian Porcelain tray by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal - 5" in width
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stig Lindberg Towering Achievement

A monumental sculptural vase by one of the greatest Swedish ceramic artists, Stig Lindberg (1929-2004)
Our unique example has applied figures and fish and is 19 inches tall, with an original paper label and dated 1959, this was made in his studio at Gustavsberg.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

French Brutalist Glass

This monumental and heavy acid etched sculptural bowl was designed by French/Italian artist Cesar Baldaccini (1921-1998) for the illustrious French glass manufacturer, Daum in the 1970s, 12 inches wide.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

British Bronze

William Plunkett (1928-2013) made a memorable and lasting contribution to postwar British design in the the 1960s as an artist and furniture designer, some of his designs are still being manufactured today. Working in a Modernist idiom but in a highly individual style, he combined engineering skills with sculptural flair to create striking metal-framed seating and tables that won a string of design awards.
 Our sculpture is a one of a kind bronze abstract piece signed and dated 1963, 23 inches tall.
William Plunkett on one of his signature designs the WP01 lounge chair, designed in 1966 and manufactured by his own firm.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Big in Italy

A monumental Italian ceramic mid-century table lamp by Antonia Campi. Her works can be found in many museum collections including MoMA in New York, the Staatliches Museum in Munich, the Museum of Modern Art in Philadelphia, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Cerro Museum in Laveno, Italy. An all over yellow crackle glaze and sensuous biomorphic shape make this giant lamp one of the most spectacular lamps we've ever seen, 42 inches tall.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Stripy Fratelli

Sometimes it's all about standing out in a crowd - like this stunning cobalt and white confection from the 1950s. Created in Murano by Fratelli Toso, this stopper bottle has a playful, circus-like, quality...a popular look in the mid-century. Personally, I love how the pattern in the glass accentuates the glass blowing process. You can see the piece being stretched into shape while still molten, and as it cools, the design is set for eternity.
21" to the top of the stopper
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Funky Cool Mdina

No one does abstract art glass better than Mdina - the Malta based glass factory founded by Brits Eric Dobson and Michael Harris. The company, Mdina Glass, became an active glassmaking company in 1968 and its unique style remains among our favorites. This piece is an unusual shape, a heavy, almost paperweight quality bulb vase with four facets, making the base more square than round. The sophisticated color mix is signature to the company's aesthetic.
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Genius Sculpture

Titled "Rooster" & acquired from the artist's own estate, this bronze sculpture is by the late, great, Robert Metzner, circa 1970, who in his near century on earth achieved more than a dozen mere mortals. Aside from his art, which can be found on display at UCLA, Caltech and in private collections, he was a great inventor. He held patents on all sorts of audio equipment from transcribers used by the US Army during WWII, to school audio equipment used by teachers and students nationwide. His Metzner Starlight Turntable is still praised and collected by serious audiophiles. If that was not enough, he also invented the first modern gas/electric hybrid automobile, the prototype which is now at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. This is a chance to own a brilliant sculpture by a true genius.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Celebrating 19 years in business! Thanks to all our followers, Interior Designers, Prop Stylists, Magazine Editors, and Private Clientele for the nearly two decades of support and for joining us on our design journey. There seems to be no end in sight to The End of History!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Monumental Masterwork

An interesting observation from my years as a blogger is that sometimes the camera adds 10 colors. This giant showpiece from the studio of Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rorstrand has a more monochromatic appearance in person...that is not to say less stunning than pictured, just more nuanced and subtle. What the photo reveals is the many layers of color intrinsic to Stålhane's process. This 20" piece would have been glazed many times to achieve this depth of color and texture. By texture, I mean visual, not tactile, because through a method of pumice rubbing, the surface is as smooth to the touch as glass. Amazing that it can survive that many trips to the kiln - as well as remaining modern in form some 60 years later.
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Monday, October 3, 2016

A Knight in Shining Armor

An exceptional and very large one of a kind Murano sculpture by Ercole Barovier from the 1950s. Black and gold glass, 14 inches tall.
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

For the Love of Larson

 8" tall and 8" wide
A name synonymous with Swedish ceramics is Lisa Larson. The still living artist is a national treasure best known for her admittedly silly, but iconic feline figurines. However, she's also created other, more evolved, wares for the home such as this late 20th century vase seen above. Marked with her clear signature and '96 - dating this vase from the Gustavsberg Ceramic Studio.
Similar themed works can be seen in the portrait of the legend at work in her original studio at Gustavsberg, shown below in the 1950s.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Powered Up

Another one of our favorite categories is architectural models. Here we have a polished aluminum Art Deco model of a power station, 8 inches tall.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gladiator Sandals

One of our favorite categories here at The End of History is Grand Tour souvenirs, made for wealthy American and English visitors in the 18th & 19th Century touring the classical sites of Italy.
Here we have a large pair of Roman feet after the antique dating to the last half of the 19th Century from Italy. 15 inches long.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chic to be Square

This très chic French 50s object features real gold framing a cubist crackled glass glaze interior. Crafted in a town in the South of France called Vallauris - a locale known as a center for pottery. Pablo Picasso created works there during his ceramic years. We've see mirrors, and boxes, but this is our first bowl.
7" square
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Back to Boxes

A staple for our shop is the lidded box...perfect for stashing away a ring or Rolex by the bed.
Above from the top:
A mid-century rosewood box with silver inlayed striations - from Denmark by F. Hingelberg, 1955.
In the center is a classic Art Deco design from the Flambe line created in the 1930s for Rorstrand, Sweden.
The silver inlayed lion is from the Argenta series, 1930s, by Wilhelm Kage for Gustavsberg, Sweden.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trunk Show

An exceedingly rare piece from Denmark's Kahler studio, 1940s. Illuminated by a lustrous magenta copper glaze. Four magnificent pachyderms form the handles on this stunning vessel. 
16" x 13"
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Art Deco Ladies

A stylish pair of 1930s bookends by Florentine ceramic artist Ugo Zaccagnini, each one is just over 7 inches tall, sold as a pair.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shipwreck Treasure

It's not always gold and emeralds that constitute the treasure recovered from shipwrecks, while the Spanish were busy hauling gold from South America, the Dutch and English were transporting something equally as valuable as gold from China, Porcelain. At the time this vase was made in the late 17th Century Europeans were importing porcelain in vast quantities, they had also not yet discovered how porcelain was made, eventually a few decades later the Germans would successfully crack the code after sending spies to China.
 Our example is in perfect condition but still retains traces of marine life from three centuries under the ocean. Markings indicate it was made during the Kangxi period (1661-1722). Just over 11 inches tall.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cubist Ceramics

A pair of Italian vases from the Montelupo based factory of Fratelli Fanciullacci - one of the more prolific makers of colorful pottery during the 20th Century - with over 90% of production created for export to the American market or for other European countries. Playful seems to be their prevailing aesthetic, while this cubist twosome have a more sophisticated color scheme and elegant proportions.
17 inches tall.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Glossy Glass

Photo for Elle Decor by Douglas Friedman
One of the most influential tastemakers in fashion is also a good customer of The End of History. Jeffrey Kalinsky of the eponymous downtown clothing emporium, Jeffrey, came to us for his chic collection of mod Italian cased glass. Featured in the Oct. issue of Elle Decor, you'll see our brightly displayed wares adding a shock of color to an otherwise all white kitchen. His home is close by in the now rather tony West Village. Jeffrey is the very definition of a good neighbor!
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