A wonderfully striated vessel by Gertrud Lönegren for Rörstrand.
Notice the myriad colors throughout her design, giving the piece an almost ombre effect. Her tenure at the renown Swedish factory only lasted from around 1936-1942,
resulting in only a small selection of studio pieces. All this makes her work
during this period rare and highly desirable. At 10" x 10" - a perfectly sphericalshape.
A monumental 1960s gilt bronze sculpture titled:"Sensacion de Vuelo" by Mexican artist,
Leonardo Nierman. Features an abstract design in which Nierman attempts
to depict the "Sensation of Flight". Signed:"Nierman I/VI". Includes original certificate of authenticity
from the artist himself.
An imposing piece at 3 feet tall.
A very good, large 18K yellow gold Sputnik ring by H Stern circa 1955. The legendary Brazilian jeweler established in Rio de Janeiro in 1945 has always been known for cutting edge modernist jewelry designed by well known Brazilian artists and designers such as Roberto Burle Marx who was resposible for the world famous mosaics on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
The dome is
studded with a variety of bezel-set tourmalines, amethysts, citrines,
aquamarines and garnets. Stern popularized the style in the 1950’s to
show off the variety of gemstones mined in the company’s native Brazil.
The rings were made in a variety of dome sizes, and this
example is exceptionally large. The inside of the shank is marked with
Stern’s hallmark and with 18K hallmarks, size 4 3/4.
This is the best pair of cased glass table lamps we've had in 19 years, made in Murano in the 1960s these space age beauties are from the workshop of Carlo Moretti and come complete with original gold foil label. In 20 years I have only ever seen one other and that one is in my own home. Bold and striking at 18 inches tall, sold as a pair.
Our biannual shipment from Scandinavia has just arrived! An embarrassment of riches awaits your in-person perusal. Come see the greatest goods dating from the 19th to the late 20th centuries, amassed from Denmark, Sweden and beyond...
There is no better stamp of approval than a mention in The New York Times. For the upcoming Sunday Travel Section (released early online ) their regular "36 Hours in..." feature focuses on our hometown this time around. According to the writer, Manhattan is the center of the world, and we are in great company as a required stop for the sophisticated traveler to The Big Apple...or the local bruncher-about-town. THANKS NYT - See you this Sunday!
A pair of gilt bronze and marble tazze from the middle of the 19th Century. This beautiful French pair date to the same period when Paris was being transformed into the city we know today.
In 1863 Baron Haussmann's plans to demolish the narrow ancient streets of Paris commenced, with wide boulevards and classically inspired buildings of uniform height. Our pair are 10 inches tall.
We strongly believe in mixing - whether it's decorative objects from various eras or metals that one wouldn't think to pair. Above is a trio of objects from the 60s in metalic tones ranging from copper to bronze to gold.
l: Italian Ceramic with Copper Glaze, Made in Italy for Joseph Magnin - 6"
r: German Porcelain with Gold Decoration - 7"
f: Bavarian Porcelain tray by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal - 5" in width
A monumental sculptural vase by one of the greatest Swedish ceramic artists, Stig Lindberg (1929-2004)
Our unique example has applied figures and fish and is 19 inches tall, with an original paper label and dated 1959, this was made in his studio at Gustavsberg.
This monumental and heavy acid etched sculptural bowl was designed by French/Italian artist CesarBaldaccini (1921-1998) for the illustrious French glass manufacturer, Daum in the 1970s, 12 inches wide.
William Plunkett (1928-2013) made a memorable and lasting contribution to postwar British design in the the 1960s as an artist and furniture designer, some of his designs are still being manufactured
today. Working in a Modernist idiom but in a highly individual style,
he combined engineering skills with sculptural flair to create striking
metal-framed seating and tables that won a string of design awards.
Our sculpture is a one of a kind bronze abstract piece signed and dated 1963, 23 inches tall.
William Plunkett on one of his signature designs the WP01 lounge chair, designed in 1966 and manufactured by his own firm.
A monumental Italian ceramic mid-century table lamp by Antonia Campi. Her works can be found in many museum collections including MoMA in New York, the
Staatliches Museum in Munich, the Museum of Modern Art in Philadelphia,
the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Cerro Museum in Laveno,
Italy. An all over yellow crackle glaze and sensuous biomorphic shape make this giant lamp one of the most spectacular lamps we've ever seen, 42 inches tall.
Sometimes it's all about standing out in a crowd - like this stunning cobalt and white confection from the 1950s. Created in Murano by Fratelli Toso, this stopper bottle has a playful, circus-like, quality...a popular look in the mid-century. Personally, I love how the pattern in the glass accentuates the glass blowing process. You can see the piece being stretched into shape while still molten, and as it cools, the design is set for eternity. 21" to the top of the stopper
No one does abstract art glass better than Mdina - the Malta based glass factory founded by Brits Eric Dobson and Michael Harris. The company, Mdina
Glass, became an active glassmaking company in 1968 and its unique style remains among our favorites. This piece is an unusual shape, a heavy, almost paperweight quality bulb vase with four facets, making the base more square than round. The sophisticated color mix is signature to the company's aesthetic.
Titled "Rooster" & acquired from the artist's own estate, this bronze sculpture is by the late, great, Robert Metzner, circa 1970, who in his near century on earth achieved more than a dozen mere mortals. Aside from his art, which can be found on display at UCLA, Caltech and in private collections, he was a great inventor. He held patents on all sorts of audio equipment from transcribers used by the US Army during WWII, to school audio equipment used by teachers and students nationwide. His Metzner Starlight Turntable is still praised and collected by serious audiophiles. If that was not enough, he also invented the first modern gas/electric hybrid automobile, the prototype which is now at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. This is a chance to own a brilliant sculpture by a true genius.
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An interesting observation from my years as a blogger is that sometimes the camera adds 10 colors. This giant showpiece from the studio of Carl-Harry Stålhanefor Rorstrand has a more monochromatic appearance in person...that is not to say less stunning than pictured, just more nuanced and subtle. What the photo reveals is the many layers of color intrinsic to Stålhane's process. This 20" piece would have been glazed many times to achieve this depth of color and texture. By texture, I mean visual, not tactile, because through a method of pumice rubbing, the surface is as smooth to the touch as glass. Amazing that it can survive that many trips to the kiln - as well as remaining modern in form some 60 years later.
A name synonymous with Swedish ceramics is Lisa Larson.
The still living artist is a national treasure best known for
her admittedly silly, but iconic feline figurines. However, she's also created other, more evolved, wares for
the home such as this late 20th century vase seen above. Marked with her clear signature and '96 - dating this vase from the Gustavsberg Ceramic Studio.
Similar themed works can be
seen in the portrait of the legend at work in her original studio at Gustavsberg,
shown below in the 1950s.
One of our favorite categories here at The End of History is Grand Tour souvenirs, made for wealthy American and English visitors in the 18th & 19th Century touring the classical sites of Italy.
Here we have a large pair of Roman feet after the antique dating to the last half of the 19th Century from Italy. 15 inches long.
This très chic French 50s object features real gold framing a cubist crackled glass glaze interior. Crafted in a town in the South of France called Vallauris - a locale known as a center for pottery. Pablo Picasso created works there during his ceramic years. We've see mirrors, and boxes, but this is our first bowl.
It's not always gold and emeralds that constitute the treasure recovered from shipwrecks, while the Spanish were busy hauling gold from South America, the Dutch and English were transporting something equally as valuable as gold from China, Porcelain. At the time this vase was made in the late 17th Century Europeans were importing porcelain in vast quantities, they had also not yet discovered how porcelain was made, eventually a few decades later the Germans would successfully crack the code after sending spies to China.
Our example is in perfect condition but still retains traces of marine life from three centuries under the ocean. Markings indicate it was made during the Kangxi period (1661-1722). Just over 11 inches tall.
A pair of Italian vases from the Montelupo based factory of Fratelli Fanciullacci - one of the more prolific makers of colorful pottery during the 20th Century - with over 90% of production created for export to the American market or for other European countries. Playful seems to be their prevailing aesthetic, while this cubist twosome have a more sophisticated color scheme and elegant proportions.
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One of the most influential tastemakers in fashion is also a good customer of The End of History. Jeffrey Kalinsky of the eponymous downtown clothing emporium, Jeffrey, came to us for his chic collection of mod Italian cased glass. Featured in the Oct. issue of Elle Decor, you'll see our brightly displayed wares adding a shock of color to an otherwise all white kitchen. His home is close by in the now rather tony West Village. Jeffrey is the very definition of a good neighbor! Follow us on instagram http://instagram.com/theendofhistory
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There is nothing quite like the fabulous vintage hand blown glass , the rare ceramics, and the marvelous mid-century modern furniture found at "The End of History". We opened our shop in Manhattan's West Village in 1997. Since then we have amassed more decorative objects from the 50's & 60's in one room than anywhere in the world. As a result we've become the go-to for top editors from magazines as well as a choice source to the best interior designers in the world. We will update this blog often... and as new publications come out and exciting new items hit our shelves!