Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DeLovely de Milo

A grand tour souvenir of Venus de Milo circa 19th century French was recently lent by us to stylist Theo Vamvounakis & photographer Keirnan Monaghan for a fantasy vanity shoot. This just published cosmetics story appears in WWD magazine. We love the tableau and think she would fit perfectly in your own deluxe powder room!
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Marble Abstraction

A mid-century marble sculpture by Italian artist Nardo Dunchi (1914-2010). Hand carved from one block of white marble. Depicts an abstract form with well spaced textural holes. Signed on bottom edge N Dunchi 1971. Mounted to a black mica base. Measures 24 1/2 inches x 9 inches
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fabulous French 50s

Signed and dated, 1957, by French artist Jean Claude Taburet, this artwork is painted and applied enamel on 2 square tiles. The cubist style and color palette, with the floating geometric shapes, give it a real French New Wave lightness, and are so evocative of the era.
15" x 9" - original cerused oak frame
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Le Jazz Hot

A monumental pair of Barovier & Toso (attributed) Murano gold & black glass jazz musicians circa 1950. This is the largest and most spectacular pair of Murano glass figures we have ever had the pleasure of offering at 20 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

It's a classic - The Seguso heart-shaped Murano bowl - circa 1950
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Marble Adonis

A beautifully carved late 19th/early 20th Century neoclassical Roman style marble statue of an athlete or warrior, 3 feet tall including the base.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Barbini Bowls

A tasty sample of some of our most exciting Murano bowls - all by Barbini from the 1950s. I'm particularly enamored with the Spumoni style bowls above.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thorny Design

An iconic piece of mid century Danish ceramic design, the Rosentorn (rose thorn) vase by Knud Basse for Michael Andersen & Sons. Knud Basse worked for Michael Andersen from 1960 to 1963 and produced this stunning design in several sizes for a very limited time, our example is the largest size made at 10 inches tall. A large imposing and important example of Danish design.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

What's in a Lid

Sometimes the value lies in the lid - as evidenced here with this charming bunny pull atop a vessel by Bing & Grondhal from the 1940s - very much in the style of the smaller vessel with a seahorse pull by Royal Copenhagen - I'm guessing they shared a designer in Thorkild Olsen.
Bunny - 11"
Seahorse - 6"
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Barbini for the Ballroom

A very large Alfredo Barbini globe chandelier circa late 1940s, early 50s. Fluted and fabulous this beauty is just in need of a large space. Total length is 42 inches.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Studies in Cerulean

Denmark's Kähler company has been running as a ceramic factory for 175 years. This stunning blue-green grouping from the 1930s was created by a long-term studio artisan by the name of Jens Thirslund. The glaze is a fabulous mix of blues and greens - an intriguing variation in the viscosity of the glaze application gives the surfaces their textural complexity.

The most impressive of the group is urn shape on the left - 14.5" tall and 12" in diameter
The vase next to it is 15" and the smallest is 9" tall
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trés Chic, No?

In the British Telegraph Sunday newspaper feature titled "Inside Jeweller Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s Bijoux New York Apartment", we get a nice mention for the glass objects from our shop, which we know she covets. The occasional residence and private showroom of one of our most stylish clients - this pied-à-terre, is designed as a jewel-box, with our gem-stone colored glass bottles and Barbini Murano lamp (below) serving as literal jewels for the home.
Photo credit: Mark C. O'Flaherty 
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Danish Masterpiece

A large and perfect Carl Halier for Royal Copenhagen urn with a custom gilt bronze lid and stand by Knud Andersen in the very desirable Sung glaze developed by Axel Salto. Our beauty was made in the 1930s and is 12 inches tall. Purchased from a private collection in Sweden this is it's first time on the market since the 1960s.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Fantastic Figures

Animals and birds add a element of fantasy or whimsy to even the most elegant of interiors. We love mixing figural fauna into our shelves and tablescapes as an added element of interest - the cabinet of curiosities effect.
These are not your granny's tchotchkes!
Above are by from mid-century Spain by Alfaraz - Canine is 12" x 5", Pony is 9" x 7"
Below is a rare Bird by Guido Gambone for Bitossi - 8" x 5"
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trompe L'Oeil Treasures

We commonly refer to our decorative items as 'Jewellery for the Home' - but in these instances, the term holds a more literal meaning. The beads in each example are attached to the object - giving them a surreal sensibility that is very End of History.
  • 12" x 9" Vase, Italy , 1950s by Zaccagnini
  • From 6-12" - Mirrors made in the South of France in the 50s
  • 7"h Vase and 5"w Bowl, Italy, 1950s,  by Batignani
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

France in the 1920s

A large and impressive Art Deco ceramic vase by Joseph Mougin (French, 1876-1961), Nancy vase, signed and numbered on base, 12 inches tall x 12 inches diameter.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Living In The Fast Lane

We are very excited that our decorative objects are well represented in the upcoming February issue of Architectural Digest. In a profile of designer Shawn Henderson's wonderful interior for Nascar Driver Jimmie Johnson's West Village apartment, which he shares with wife Chandra and two adorable daughters. Many of the vases and bowls are now a part of this couple's collection of 20th century objects, adding to the playfully chic look of their Manhattan pad.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Italy in the 1940s

A magnificent Italian black bisque ceramic with glazed hair and laurel wreath bust of Julius Caesar, circa late 1940s. Marked "Made in Italy", 13 inches tall.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Buddha-ful


It is our sincere desire for a New Year filled with peaceful meditation on prosperity, well being, inspiration and enlightenment. The Buddha is an enduring symbol of all these intentions and more.
Top to Bottom:
  •  12" Gold/ Blue Ceramic Buddha by Gambone, Italy, 1950s
  • 5.5" Polished Bronze, Japan, 19th Century 
  • 7.5" Natural Patina Bronze, Japan, 19th Century 
  • 15" White Ceramic Buddha by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, 1950s 
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winter Whites

 Michael Andersen & Son, 1950s, Bornholm, Denmark, 1950s
 4" x 6"
Pedal Vases by Per Lilienjren, 21st Century Editions, Sweden
7.5", 9", 10"
Early Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand, Sweden, Circa 1930s
4" x 4", 6" x 7"
Michael Andersen, Bornholm, Denmark, 1930s 
6" x 5"
Gunnar Nylund & Carl Harry Stalhane, Sweden, 1950s
from 6"- 8"
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Last Minute Luxury

With the Holiday fast approaching, might we suggest Murano Christmas trees to decorate the mantel or credenza?
All glass made in Venice in the 50s
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bronze Brutalist Beauty

A beautiful example of the kind of strong brutalist bronze mid-century table sculptures we love. This example is by American artist Abbott Pattison (1916-1999) and is signed but undated, probably late 60s, 13 inches tall on a white marble base. Abbott Pattison's work is represented in many major American museums, inclusing the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Have a Blue Christmas

Among our blue period pieces..
  • An Art Deco group by Boch Frères , Belgium, 1920s
  • A Great European 20th-Century Cobalt Collection
  • Bowl by Thomas Toft, Denmark 1950s
  • Mix of 50s French & Italian Light Blues 
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Hot in Atlanta

A selection of our wares have a new home at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in Tim Hobby's showroom Hobby Astrop Modern. Our vintage goods mix beautifully with the supremely modern Minotti  Italian furniture he showcases...but, they are also for purchase. If you live in "Hot-lanta" swing by and check them out!
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