Monday, March 27, 2017

Zoomorphic Modernism

This amazing pair of bowls are from the great Aldo Londi working for Bitossi in the 1950s. A wonderful pair of donkey headed bowls with color blocked interiors. Sold as originally only as a pair, the largest bowl is 16 inches diameter and both are in mint condition.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Triangular Triumph

A very large scale, one-of-a-kind piece by the hand of Eva Staer-Nielsen for Saxbo, where she worked from 1929 - 1968, placing this piece, circa 1950, at the very middle of her tenure at this Danish studio.
 Hexagonal in shape, but with a most interesting and arresting element - the upright and inverse triangles the shape forms on the surface design.
A substantial piece @ 10" x 9.5"
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

Treat your tabletop or brighten your bedside with a fresh accessory.
Mid-Century glazed and gilt boxes from the South of France bring a much needed touch of spring into the home.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Architectural Digest Design Show

We were pleased to be asked by Shawn Henderson, one of our favorite clients and a superstar in the interior design world, to lend our fine ceramics to his showcase at the Architectural Digest Design Show, happening this weekend at the 92nd and 94th Street Piers, here in Manhattan (March 16-19).
Our fine Scandinavian ceramics accentuate his livable luxury aesthetic.
Info and Tickets:
http://addesignshow.com/ 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Windows to Our World

Spring has sprung at The End of History - whether the weather agrees or not! We are feeling the need to brighten up the neighborhood with shades of yellow, green and blues of all hues.
Stop by and see the display in person and get a respite from all the slush that surrounds.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day!

We are closed due to the blizzard & we will re-open on Wednesday - weather permitting
Have fun and be safe out there!
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Fine French Finds

Moorish is more when it comes to these mid-century ceramics from a French artist named Georges Pelletier. We recently rediscovered his work and, of course, can't get enough. These ceramic dishes are meant for either hanging or for tabletop. The patterns and colors are modern yet reminiscent of Moorish tiles and rugs.
Approximately 3 - 5" Square
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Stunning Stålhanes

Three just acquired items created by the hand of the great Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, circa 1950s, Sweden.
The 11" greenish glazed vase has a lovely smattering of mottled details near the neck and the blue 7.5" vessle is perfectly periwinkle with a thin illuminated lip at the opening.
The just shy of chartreuse bowl is dizzingly decorated -  an impressive size at 13" in diameter
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Pastel Platter

An Italian hand-painted dish, made expressly for hanging, with a rather gamine gal - very much in the manner of Audrey Hepburn - maybe even inspired by her role in 1953's Roman Holiday OR perhaps she's in Dior's New Look in gay Paris.
10" x 10"
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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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