Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sterling Lion

Circa 1930s Swedish Gustavsberg Argenta lidded jar designed by Wilhelm Kage (1889-1950)
Sterling silver inlaid into stoneware for a regal effect. Nine inches tall.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blue Beauty

A mid century Murano vase with lots of gold leaf most likely by Barovier. Nine inches tall

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Seguso Alabastro

A perfect little Alabastro jar by Seguso. Made in Murano circa 1950. 7 inches tall

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Italian Art Deco Revival

In the late 60s to early 70s there was a huge revival of Art Deco style in clothing and home design. The BIBA shop in London was one of the most famous manifestations of this craze that swept Europe and the rest of the world. This stylish Italian ceramic vase in shades of cream, gold and green epitomizes that moment perfectly. 12.5 inches tall.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Deadstock Delight

As fresh as the day they left the factory in Italy 50 years ago. We just unpacked these 10 Empoli cased glass bottles sent to us from one of our dealers in Europe, who found them in storage in the back of a gift shop in Belgium that had closed. Each one is 12 inches tall.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Return To Ecuador

Once again we are pleased to present two more examples of the work of one of Latin America's most celebrated living ceramic artists, Eduardo Vega of Ecuador. The pair of matching lidded jars both have a bottom part that is glazed in a dark bronze metalic gloss and the larger bowl, 7" diameter, has a stylized bird as it's finial. These pieces were most likely made in the late 60s, early 70s.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crazy Crackle Couple

Once again we present these deep mosaic glazed pieces by Aldo Londi for Bitossi circa 1960.
14.5 & 10.5 inches tall.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pond Scum Green

This particular shade of green is really the same as the scum on the top of a pond but it's such a beautiful color. By Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen, made in 1966. They call this glaze "Solfatara". 8 inches square.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What Would Don Draper Do.....

.....if he didn't have an iPhone? Well he would look at the Tiffany sterling silver desk barometer with Honeywell engineering sitting on his Knoll desk wouldn't he?
 Early 1960s 4" in diameter.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Box

A beautiful lime green and orange Bitossi ceramic box from the 1960s.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Read All About It

A super rare and stylish Umberto Nason for Carlo Moretti drink set from 1955 with 6 glasses and an ice bucket, with Itaian newspaper decor in black fused into the glass.
 We have never even seen a single glass in this design and I would recommend not using this set due to it's rarity and value but rather displaying it in your bar area or on your Paolo Buffa drinks cart.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Infinity Loop

A very stylish mid century bronze abstract sculpture on a black and white marble base, 14 inches tall.
Looks like something Don Draper might have won for campaign of the year.
 Unsigned but most likely American circa 1960.

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Major Murano

Although we can not say for sure who exactly made this very large, 17.5" tall, vase, it comes to us from a European collector and dates to the mid 20th century.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

German Bison

Created by Ruscha ceramics in the 1960s this pair of Bison are large and magnificent.
The red one is almost 17" long and it's blue brother is 13" long.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Giants of German Industry

We are not talking about BMW or Siemens here but Karlsruhe Majolika, the venerable ceramic studio established in 1901. Here we have a massive floor vase attributed to Friedegart Glatzle and dating to the early 60s, this 20 inch tall masterpiece is a rare and wonderful object.
photo credit Tom Otte.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Vistosi Blues

For 500 years the Vistosi family of Venice have been producing some of the most beautiful glass in the world. Today they are mostly known for their chic Murano glass lighting.
Some time in the 1960s these two 8.5 inch decanters were sold to a gift shop in Belgium where they remained in their original packaging until the shop went out of business and one of my contacts over there was able to purchase them.
 Here they are seeing the light of day for the first time in 50 years and looking for a new home, as beautiful as the day they were made.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chinese Italian

Another historical interpretation by one of our favorite Italian ceramic studios,  Zaccagnini of Florence. A mid century take on a Chinese Tang Dynasty horse in teal and lavender with a beautiful crackle glaze. 11" tall and 10" nose to tail.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Etruscan Regency

From the hills of Tuscany circa 500BC to the Hollywood Hills circa 1960AD This is the definition of a very overused term "Hollywood Regency". Classicism meets modern (The Etruscans did not have access to lavender glazes) with a perfect timeless form.
 Although unmarked we want to say Italy but it could also be American as it has a very Sascha Brastoff look to it. Nine inches tall.

Sascha Brastoff showroom Los Angeles

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Atterberg Aquisition

At 12" tall this large and rare example of Ingrid Atterberg's "Grafika"series is something I've
wanted for a long time. Another spectacular piece of Ekeby from the early 1950s.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Every Penguin Needs........

......a matching bowl!
 While the Swedish penguins go for a stylish yet somewhat severe minimal realism, the Italian penguin about town goes for a chocolate and gold ensemble that would not be out of place on the runways of Milan. Instead of a designer bag as a key accessory this penguin smartly picks an Aldo Londi for Bitossi designed dish to complement his bold plumage.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pop Art

From the island of Murano comes this 60s nod to Pop Art with primary bursts of color and bits of copper sparkle. Large enough to be used as a centerpiece in a Roy Lichtenstein inspired room or in the same room as your Lichtenstein it is 14" in length.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

French Dragon

A small ceramic bowl by French artist Jean Lurçat from the late 1940s or early 50s.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

March Mosaics

Once again we are offering the crackle glazed Aldo Londi for Bitossi ceramics we love so much. On the left the box is 7.5" long and the tray is 9" long. Sold individually but really, who would want to break up this couple?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Crème de la Crème

When it comes to Italian cased glass, this impressive Empoli centerpiece bowl is as good as it gets. Just acquired from an important private Manhattan collection.
 I have wanted to buy this piece for a long time, over ten years, but the collector would never part with it until the new husband who doesn't like chartreuse entered the room, and I left the room with the golden chalice so to speak. 13" wide & 10" tall.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Game of Kilns

With HBO's Game of Thrones about to start it's 4th season, this pair of maidens appear to be plucked from the sub tropical castle gardens of King's Landing, as seen by Pablo Picasso.
 Marked only "Italy" in painted script and clearly hand modeled, they are by an unknown artist.
Aldo Londi, House of Baratheon? It doesn't matter, their stature is royal and surreal. The Queen is 12" tall.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Teenage couple on Hudson Street 1963 by Diane Arbus.

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Fish Dish

This is the largest piece of deep mosaic glazed Bitossi we've ever seen at 19" long and almost one inch thick. In the past we have seen box lids and smaller vases with this rare technique that was developed by Aldo Londi for the luxury American market in the 50s & 60s.
Complete with the original Raymor importers label confirming the manufacturer.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Perfect Pachyderm

From Murano and most likely by Barovier & Toso, this baby Elephant was born in the 1950s.
6" tall and 7" long.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

New Leaf

One of the best Arne Bang vine decorated vases we have ever seen. This time he's using an oak leaf, the first time we've seen this particular motif on one of his vases. Made in the 30s/40s and 6.5" tall, from his own studio.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Venus De Mid Century

Created sometime in the 1950s by Kai Lindborg, the son of the founder of Denmark's Humelbaek ceramic studio, this sculpture is 9" tall and the most beautiful shade of light celadon.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Mod Cased Glass

Bright and bold Italian Empoli jars from the swinging 60s. Each one is 11' tall.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Orange and Gold.......

....are my favorite colors. Bright and bold from Bitossi, made for the American market in the 1950s.
A pagoda lidded jar at 6"tall and a fruit compote with 9" of diameter to display your delicious things.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

He Sells Sea Shells

At 22" in length this giant sea shell is carved out of one piece of pink veined marble and is one heavy duty piece of art. Sculpted by Rusty Hilbert and dated 1980, mounted on it's original black laminate base.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gunnar Goes Wild

Gunnar Nylund created this charming mother penguin and chick for Rörstrand sometime in the 1950s. The characteristic "haresfur" glaze that he was so famous for works well on the chick and is so lifelike that we might have to change the name of the glaze to "chickdown".
Mother is 10" tall and they are sold as a pair.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Designer Bags

Our new custom designed shopping bags have arrived. Photography and graphic design by:

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mini Grand Tour

Circa 1850, this bronze, marble and malachite petite pitcher was made for the 19th century tourists visiting the ancient wonders of Pompei or Rome. Just shy of 5" tall.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mane Mystery

Not Italy, but where are you from my golden blue beauty? We have seen this ceramic horse over the years in a small version but never a giant one like this...At almost 14" tall and unmarked.  This mid century foal is looking for a new stable.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Gunnar Goes Green

Three more beautiful vases from the great Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, all from the 1950s.
The tallest one is 12.5"

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mexico City to Beijing

This pair of sterling silver fluted bowls with dragon legs were made for the legendary Mexico City department store Sanborns circa 1935. just over 4" in diameter and sold as a pair. A delightful synthesis of Chinese and Art Deco styling with Mexican flair and craftsmanship.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Two early career Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997) pieces from his long tenure with Rörstrand, The Swedish factory he is most closely associated with. Because the marks do not include the word "Sweden",  we know these to be from the 30s or 40s - as they didn't start marking the country of origin until after 1951. The concentric circle motif reads very deco to my eye. Lovely deep blue/green glaze on heavy stoneware. Very handsome as a pair.
9.5", 10"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chinoiserie Chic

An elaborately carved jade lid atop a low copper vessel, circa 1930s Chinese Republic period . The floral design represented on the base is mirrored in the jade lid, while the interior is lined with a powder blue enamel. 
3" x 8"

Monday, March 10, 2014

Earning Our Stripes

A sweetly striped petite ceramic zebra from American potter Betty Harrington for Ceramic Arts Studio, Madison, Wisconsin, circa 1940s. In 1942, Betty Harrington visited the Ceramic Arts Studio and asked the owners to fire a figurine she had sculpted from clay found in her backyard.  Recognizing her artistic talent, co-owner Reuben Sand refused a fee, but instead asked Harrington to model more figures.  It was the beginning of Harrington’s career as a potter—in the next 14 years she designed more than 800 figurines for the company.