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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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bitossi Beauty

Another beautiful example of the famous stylized horse by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, from the 1960s. This time in lemon and gray, 10 inches tall and 10 inches wide.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Mod Milano

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.
Circa 1960s
27 inches to the top

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Baby Bronze Pair

Although only 4.5 inches tall, this lovely pair of 19th Century Chinese bronze vases, make a strong impression relative to their size.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

"Woman at the window"

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 Santa Barbara 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.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fantoni's Romans

A stylized mid century depiction of a Roman Centurian and his wife, from the workshop of Marcello Fantoni, signed on the back and designed to be hung on a wall, this piece is 12 inches tall.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Lovely in Limestone

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.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas in New York

We will be closed on December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday, we will also be closed on Friday the 26th. We will reopen on Saturday December 27th at 12noon.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let's Dance

A beautiful abstract figural ceramic sculpture by Chicago artist Rosemary Zwick. This piece dates to the 1960s and is just over 16 inches tall.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Funky Cool Mdina

We currently have a brilliant array of marbleized glass, designed by Michael Harris for Mdina Glass Studio, 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)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gunnar Goes Green Again

Another fantastic example of the artistry of Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand. Large and beautiful at 9 inches tall, circa 1950.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

"La Seine Paris"

A delightful mid 20th century view of the Seine. Oil on canvas by Johannes Schiefer (Dutch-American, 1896-1979). In it's beautiful original frame, 33 by 38 inches framed.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sunshine Deprived?

During the dreary days of December, who couldn't use a huge splash of yellow? At 19" x 14" this massive Italian cased vase is one of the largest sizes of Empoli glass we have come across and a glowing display of mid-century cheer.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Odd Couple

Striking studio pieces created by Swedish artisan Claes Theil - created some time in the 70s. The surface texture is a result of his signature technique, referred to as "carbon crystalline" glazing, giving them a beautifully imperfect pitted gunmetal quality. We are most intrigued by the unique, just off center, openings at the top.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

South Pacific Mosaic

A fantastic mid century mosaic with a strong Polynesian mythological theme.
Made from thousands of Murano glass mosaics, 76 inches long by 17 inches high, signed "Goldberg".
These mosaics were sold in the United States in the 1950s as D.I.Y. projects.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Barovier Beauty

An elegant purple and gold Murano table lamp by Barovier & Toso circa 1950, the glass is 18 inches tall.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Brutalist Table Sculpture

A prime example of an American mid century brutalist brass sculpture. Fixed on a painted wood base, unsigned, 31 inches tall.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Black & White

A painting on newspaper by living American artist Seymour Zayon, entitled "Welcome to my world."
17 by 14 inches framed. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wabi-Sabi Pair

Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West. If an object or expression can bring about a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be Wabi-sabi, Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
 Our beautiful pair of 18th Century keyaki wood chairs perfectly illustrate the ideals of imperfect and unfinished as aesthetically pleasing. Constructed from old rice mortars, they are 18.5 inches tall and sold as a pair.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

More Good Grace

Another beautiful cubist bronze sculpture from California artist Grace Goodrich. This monumental bust, entitled "Cabeza Grande", is 23 inches tall, signed and dated 1980.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Time for Taupe

Just in time for the holiday party season this set of 12 Nason & Moretti cased glass mid-century Italian wine glasses set the tone. 9 inches tall.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Luxury from Lima

The Camusso silver company was established in 1933 in Lima, Peru by Italian silversmith Carlo Mario Camusso Grasso. Today the company is still in business and now run the third generation of the Camusso family.
Our beautiful sterling silver Camusso bowl, from the estate of American actress Polly Bergen, is from the 1960s and presents a finely hand wrought stylized Inca/Art Deco border, 8.25 inches in diameter.
A fine and heavy piece of mid-century sterling silver from an important South American firm, complete with a dusting of celebrity.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Sgraffito Fratelli Fanciullacci

A graphic Italian 1950s ceramic vase by Fratelli Fanciullacci,12 inches tall. 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gunnar's Gazelle

An exceptionally rare stylized head of a gazelle in stoneware by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, circa 1950.  Just over 16 inches tall including the original painted wood base.
 To our knowledge this is the only example to appear on the market in perfect condition in many years. Recently acquired from a private Swedish collection.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hot off the Press

The annual holiday gift guide has arrived from The Wall Street Journal. Photographed by Martyn Thompson for WSJ Magazine, Styling by Jocelyne Beaudoin
Top: 1960s Murano bowl by Cenedese - smartly serving up caviar
Center: 1930s Swedish 'Chamote' Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand 
Bottom: 1912 Swedish ceramic bud vase by Joseph Ekberg for Gustavsberg

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wedded Glass

                         Photo courtesy of Amber Gress
We are as titillated as newlyweds to have been featured on the stylish blog Refinery 29 for a feature titled A Vintage-Inspired Brooklyn Wedding For The Books. Our aubergine colored stems from 1950s Italy play nicely with the haute hipster designs of event planner Melissa McNeeley.

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