Monday, October 5, 2015


It's been a wondrous 18 years today since we opened shop -  in this same West Village location. We are as excited as ever to offer the most variety and best examples of fine vintage and antique decorative accessories for the home for sale under one roof. Thank you to our many valued clients and happy customers!

above image is our very first postcard

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Monumental Murano

At 41" tall, including the spectacular stopper, this is truly a major piece of Venetian glass. The sparkling effect is created by a mix of both gold and silver leaf dust throughout. A masterpiece of glass blowing techniques from mid-century Italy.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Go For Gold

A stunning and large Barovier & Toso golden centerpiece bowl. Just under 12 inches in diameter and dating to the early 1950s.
 Perfect for your Park Avenue penthouse or Grand Canal Palazzo.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Brutal Beauty

One of the most intriguing categories of modernism is the art and architecture of the Brutalist movement. A defiant aesthetic based on disruptive forms, rough edges, and general rule-breaking. One of intriguing aspects of the free-form movement is the myriad number artists that experimented in all mediums. Here is an example of a wall hanging made of individual puzzle-like pieces of pottery, assembled in a dramatic landscape of textures and colors, set in an artist designed original natural wood frame. It is signed "June" - an unknown American artist, likely made in the late 60s.
 23" x 60 "
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Guess Whooo

An odd, yet cute, figurine of an owl from, would you have guessed - Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s. A great eclectic collectible to add to a desk or bookshelf.
4"x 3" 
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Porcelain Pagoda

Created during the Taishō period in Japan (1912-1926), this traditional blue and white porcelain ornamental pagoda is a perfect time capsule of the Asian architectural aesthetic.
15" Tall, 7.5" wide
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Friday, September 11, 2015


Three ceramic abstract forms on a black painted wood base. Circa 1950s and signed K.W.
The base is 18 by 10.5 inches, the tallest ceramic is 10 inches.
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Windows to Our World

We are always thrilled when we can unveil a new window design. Our current theme is around greys and purples. All shades of smoky charcoal in the south window and plums and aubergine in the north.
As usual, pictures can't do them justice - please come by and see the stunning display in person.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Daninsh Decoration

A large and important Royal Copenhagen crackle glazed lidded jar designed by Thorkild Olsson circa 1940s/50s, 18 inches tall.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Deco-Rate - Italian Style

Created in the 1930s, this Italian ceramic vessel is a prime example of the Art Deco aesthetic. Gio Ponti's influence can be seen here - the very spare and geometric design is elevated by his generous use of gold decoration. As artistic director of Richard-Ginori from 1923, his influence on decorative objects can't be underestimated, and, in turn, informed his interior and architectural pursuits - cementing him as one of the greatest multiple-discipline designers of the 20th century.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Sur la Côte d'Azur 1960

A beautiful ceramic mosaic cubist figural group in a natural wood frame. Based on the signature, "Bezouin", style and general look of this strong piece, we are going with an attribution of 1960s, Vallauris, on the French Riviera next to Antibes. This is a town famous since the 19th Century for it's many small ceramic studios with a strong link to fine arts, most famously this is where Pablo Picasso created his ceramic pieces. The frame is original and plays an important role in the artwork as a whole. 26 by 20 inches.
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rome in the 1st Century AD

An exceptionally fine two thousand year old medium sized Roman deep footed bronze bowl with molded rim, set on three lion paw legs, and two oval swing bale handles, 7 inches diameter.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Timeless Barovier Beauties

When you're talking about Murano lamps they don't come any better than this super-chic pair of ribbon twist Barovier & Toso show stoppers. Golden and as glamorous as the day they were made 60 years ago, they'll fit seamlessly into any 21st Century decor. Just under 40 inches to the top of the shades.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Japanese Minimalism

Once again we return to a place we've visited many times before, Japan in the 19th Century and really what's not to like? Here we have an exquisite pair of bronze candlesticks from the late Edo period, 1850s. Clean minimal and strongly modern. At just under 20 inches tall the perfect pair for your Florence Knoll credenza.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

60s Does Art Nouveau

One of our favorite decade-mashing styles is that gorgeous mix of swinging 60s and Art Nouveau. The look was perfected no better than by the famous London High Street shopping mecca called Biba. We think these Bavarian porcelain vases were part of the same design trend at that moment - yet timeless in their beauty.
Top: 11", Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal
Center: 7.5", Rosenthal Studio 
Bottom: 11", Hutschenruether

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Big on The Isle of Wight

A large and beautifully executed piece of Isle of Wight Glass signed by it's founder Michael Harris and one of a  hundred. This is a large and luminous example.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Big in Germany

A large and beautiful example of one of our favorite German mid century ceramic studios, Wilhelm & Elly Kuch. Wilhelm Kuch opened his studio in Burgthann, near Nuremberg, in 1948 and after marrying Elly in 1953 they worked together producing fine ceramics that won them awards all over Europe. Our example is a unique and large piece, at just over 20 inches tall and dates to the 1960s.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Roman Remains

At 2000 years old this Roman 1st Century glass is the second oldest object in the shop right now.
A perfect example of some of the earliest glass blowing in history, our vase shows typical iridization and patination from two thousand years of burial, 6.75 inches tall.

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Körting Collection

We have discovered an East German artisan by the name of Hans Körting and began collecting an impressive selection. They exhibit a wide range of ceramic techniques, while adhering to a arrestingly contrasting color palette - this earthy yet modern beige and brown look is his bold signature style.
Sizes range from 3"- 11"

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seta Set

We love an instant collection and this is a great 3-of-a-kind find. Purchased together in the 50s and should remain as a set. Designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi - a fine textured trio of mid-century Italian pottery in a pleasing light teal tone.
l to r: 12", 9.5", 6"

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Flights of Fancy

A birds nest of spun blown glass -  an extraordinary item to find in perfect condition. This Murano bowl with attached figural birds is attributable to the house of Seguso, 1950s
The original label indicates that it was made expressly for sale at Gump's (est. 1861) - the jewel of San Francisco retail best known for luxury housewares.
Approximately 14 inches wide, 9 inches tall

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Germany goes Pop

A dramatic pair of 1960s Rosenthal Studio-Line vases in an Op art style attributed to Victor Vasarely (1906-1997). The largest vase is 10 inches tall and they are sold as a pair.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Black is Beautiful

An idealized female form of an African beauty, made in the 50s in Germany by a firm called Cortendorf. This ceramic sculpture represents an artistic fascination for exotica that captured the imagination during the mid-century.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Surreal Ceramics

A lovely pair of Italian ceramic face vases by American designer Ed Langbein from the 1950s, 15 and 12 inches tall. Sold as apair.
 American industrial designer Ed E. Langbein was a designer who produced his own lines of ceramic and glass decorative items and tableware through his company, Edward E. Langbein Giftware in Brooklyn, NY. He operated between the late 1930's and early 60's. He did no manufacturing of his own but had his designs produced in Europe, mostly Italy and Germany.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Stålhane Statement

Another giant and rare example of a Carl-Harry Stålhane design for Rörstrand of Sweden from the 1950s. This vase stands 25 inches tall and is one of the best pieces of his work we've ever offered for sale.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Reaching New Heights

We are thrilled to have found this miraculously monumental piece of Murano glass. Found in mint condition in Belgium, this hand blown masterpiece has never been on the market - until now. Standing at no less than 43 inches tall, it is by far the tallest piece we've ever offered in our nearly 18 years of operation. The classic white bottle with a stretched neck is accented with striations of purple.
This is one plum piece for the serious glass collector.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

China in the 1920s

An outstanding pair of hand carved yellow Peking Glass vases from the 1920s. Each 10 inches tall and sold as a pair.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

18th Century France

Recently acquired from the auction of a prominent English country house we present to you these magnificent neoclassical beauties by noted French sculptor, Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814). A pair of patinated bronze campagna urns depicting classical figures in relief and standing on turned rouge marble bases with gilt interiors. Each signed, 13" tall.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

New Selection at Dover Street Market

Today we are very happy to introduce a new curated collection of European mid-century cased glass in lush shades of green from our stock, the largest selection of vintage cased glass for sale in the world, at Dover Street Market in New York.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

French Abstraction

This small hardwood tabletop sculpture was created in the 1970s by French artist Michel Daön.
Just under 12 inches tall.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Golden Rope

A magnificent example of a Barovier & Toso Cordonato (golden rope) vase from the early 1950s.  
In 1950 they showcased this technique they created at the Venice Biennale.
One of the oldest continually operating glass studios in Venice, they were founded in 1295 as simply "Barovier". It was not until 1936, that the Barovier family merged with the Toso family's Fratelli Toso Glassworks, to form Barovier & Toso. 11 inches wide and 8 inches tall.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Take a Seat

“I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.” 

Oscar Wilde


An exceptional pair of late 19th Century Japanese blue and white porcelain garden seats. Hand painted for the export market, 19 inches tall and just over 11 inches wide.
 They could still be used today on your terrace or in a garden, inside the home they would make a very chic pair of end tables.

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