Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Beautiful Bitossi

An unusual footed form from Italy's Bitossi, 1950s.  Incised inside and out with their signature symbols, revealing a canary yellow underglaze. This bowl has 5 conical shaped feet giving it a 4" rise. This would be a sweet fruit bowl, but interesting enough as a bright  stand alone mid-century object.
9" in diameter.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

It's The Year of The Monkey - Ours is a 1952 Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen in his signature Sung Glaze (a Danish take on a Chinese finish). The primate seems to be contemplating the proverbial Bird in The Hand. He is flanked by a pair of genuine Chinese Peking Vases, circa 1920.
All around 10"
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Glossy Glass

One of our chicest frequent clients is the lovely Aurélie Bidermann - the famous Parisian jeweler who is set to open her second Manhattan jewelry store this month. She credits us in the latest issue of Vogue with helping inspire the interior spirit of her new Madison Avenue boutique. We are always honored to play muse to fellow fashionable friends.
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nubby Nylund

Known as "Chamotte" (a type of high fired clay) these spectacular textured glazed stoneware vases were designed by Gunnar Nylund, the artist director of Rörstrand from 1931 to 1955, these beauties date to the 1930s. Recently acquired from an important private Swedish collection.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Prestigious Las Poñas

 
We are very pleased to present one of artist BJ Las Poñas' most prized sculptures from his  personal collection. A unique piece comprised of welded bronze panels with a layer of fused and hand-burnish brass - giving it a rich gilt finish. Cubist in theme and feminine in form. This is our latest acquisition from our sole resident contemporary artist.
32" including the white marble base 
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snow Day

There's a big blizzard today and we will be closed. We will reopen on Sunday at 12noon.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Barneys - New Collection

Our latest curated collection for the famously eponymous store on Madison Avenue has just arrived on the gloriously lit shelves of Chelsea Passage. A cheery array of groupings ready to create an instant collection from the 50s and 60s. Mostly Italian with some American classics like Blenko and a few hard to find Scandinavian goodies. It's like an upscale candy shop for the sweetest vintage glass in the city!
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Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie 1947-2016


Brutal Bronze

A massive 1960s American brutalist abstract bronze sculpture. Unsigned and substantial at 22 inches tall, a perfect focal point for your Zaha Hadid High Line penthouse or your Sutton Place townhouse.
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Blue Bubbles

A beautiful blue controlled bubble design vase from Dutch company, Royal Leerdam Glass, producing fine crystal since the 18th Century. Our example is from circa 1960, 7.5 inches tall.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cover Story

Our friends at Real Simple have put us front and center - just in time for the New Year! Set Designer Jeffrey W. Miller pulled a gorgeous grouping of fine vintage glass and ceramics to create this fresh pleasing-to-the-eye tableau.
From the left: Chinese Peking Glass Vase circa 1920, French Opaline Goblet, A pair of powder blue Scandinavian Ceramics flank an Italian hinged harlequin box, 2 Holmegaard vases and another French Opaline covered jar.
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Monday, January 4, 2016

Bronze Beauty

A mid century abstract bronze sculpture on a white marble base by American artist Beatrice Eiges (1914-2004). This piece retains it's original gallery label and is titled "Form in Motion", 14 inches tall.
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

A King of Tables

Circa 1950, a super chic Piero Fornasetti mahogany table inlaid with 22 English King George VI £1 sterling silver coins, 22 inches wide and 20 inches tall on brass legs. This would be a perfect table for one of our gold Barovier & Toso lamps from the same period. Recently acquired from an important private Italian collection.
Aside from it's stunning good looks the best thing about this table is that it is in flawless unrestored original condition.
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Lady of Spain

A suite of 3 1960s vases by Spanish ceramic artists Miquel Duran-Lorgia & Jesus Martitegui, for noted studio Alfaraz. The vase is 12 inches tall.
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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Halston, Bianca Jagger, Jack Haley Jr, his wife Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol at a New Year’s Eve party at Studio 54 in 1978.

We will be closed today, Friday January 1st, we will be open this weekend from 12-6pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Under The Sea

The mermaid is an enduring mythical image. This lovely ceramic relief of a mermaid was made in Turin, Italy by Otto Marani for Lenci, 1930s. The evocative rendering is elegant and classically Art Deco.
18" x 8.25"
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Patinated Perfection

 
One of our most celebrated names in German Pottery is that of Richard Uhlemeyer (1900-1954), whose work enjoyed a 6 month retrospective at the Keramik-Museum-Berlin in 2011. This type of glaze is called a "copper reduction" giving the coloration a patinated look. The purposefully crazed or variegated surface gives the piece an antiqued appeal. At 22"h x 15"w - this large vase is monumental in both scale and as an artistic achievement.
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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

The shop will be closed Today, Friday December 25th in observance of the Christmas Holiday.
We will be open this weekend 12-6pm Saturday & Sunday.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Trim That Tree

Give the gift of vintage!
We have a wide array of golden oldie ornaments.
Trim your own tree or give a glittery bulb away this Holiday.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bejeweled Box

A rarified gift fit for royalty. This artisan made objet d'art consists of faux gemstones created in crystalline glass embedded in a 24k gold glaze. Made in France circa 1960. The heavy lid sits atop a rosewood box lined in felt. This style work is generally seen in similarly bejeweled French mirrors, but this is the only box we've seen. A little treasure designed to hold your other treasured baubles.
5.5" in circumference, 3"h
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Horsing Around

One of the best Aldo Londi for Bitossi mid Century horses ever to occupy one of the stalls at our stables.
Stunning, large, rare and ready for your Rosario Candela penthouse or your Richard Neutra case study house, this is the only horse you'll ever need or want, 13 inches tall.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Think Pink

A rare and unusual pair of Barovier & Toso pink and gold decorative Murano stoppered bottles. circa 1950. 15 inches tall.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

You Have To Urn It

A last gasp of late Deco styling by Thorkild Olsen (1890-1973) for  Royal Copenhagen circa 1950.
Large, exceptionally rare and maybe the best example we've ever seen. In celadon and grey crackle glazed stoneware with 24k gold trim, 18 inches tall. Recently acquired from the estate of a prominent Chicago art collector.
 Thorkild Olsen was a key figure in transforming Royal Copenhagen into one of the world's most cutting edge and luxurious manufacturers of porcelain and stoneware, he started painting fine porcelain by hand in 1908 while still attending art school, he went on to become one of the most important artists at the company.
 His work is represented in the collections of many museums including, The Royal Copenhagen Museum of Art & Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza Italy.
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Galleon Chic

There's a certain subset of Art Deco design that is very sailing ship/galleon influenced, I'm thinking of the lantern at the top of New York's Consolidated Edison Building and Hearst Castle in California.
 Our Art Deco vase was designed by Andre Delatte (French, 1887-1953) in the 1920s.
Sand blasted acid etched glass, side of vase is signed "Jarvil Nancy". Delatte was part of the Nancy school, along with Galle, Daum, and Muller.
  7 inches tall.
The Consolidated Edison Building, New York City.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

More Deco-rations

Art Deco French Polyesian Figurines, circa 1920s/30s, in the manner of Robj, Paris, recently acquired from an important New York City estate. The offering of fruit, especially pineapple, is a traditional symbol of hospitality - and these two are certain to be a welcome addition to any stylish home.
16" each
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Art Deco Argenta

Our collection of "Argenta" series vessels is ever expanding - These deco treasures were created for Swedish firm Gustavsberg & designed by Wilhelm Kage in the 30s/40s. They always feature elaborate sterling silver decorations inlaid on a mottled blue/green stoneware base. The giant presentation piece (17") has an inscription in Swedish that dates the monumental covered jar to 1942.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bergdorf Decor

Once again we're honored to be the source of vintage glass for the visual display team of Bergdorf Goodman, lead by the talented Salvatore Lenzo. The main theme of this seasonal presentation was tortoise shell Italian glass, which we custom curated over a several month period leading up to the current holiday unveiling on their 2nd floor. We just love what they did, placing our glass in these seasonal woodland wonderland vignettes - the result is warm, inviting, cozy and chic.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Glamorous Blasts from the Past

This pair of spectacular and entirely unique candle sticks were made by Claude Victor Boeltz- a self-described "Erosurrealist Master Artist". They were created expressly for Cartier Paris in the 1970s. This signature technique is what Victor refers to as “exploded bronze” - 24KT gold plated bronze, decorated with African quartz crystals. These are certainly as much fine art sculpture as they are candelabras.
14" x 11" each
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Totally Toft

Thomas Toft is one of our favorite mid-century Danish ceramicists and here we have a handsome example in the blue and dove grey glaze that is one of his signatures, a nice large piece at just over 11 inches tall.
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving in Spain

The shop is closed today, Friday November 27th. 
Greetings from Palma De Mallorca, Spain. We are spending Thanksgiving in this magical ancient city with a friend who lives here and I would encourage anyone who's thinking of visiting Spain to include the city and this beautiful island on their itinerary.
Hunting for treasures as always and enjoying some of the most delicious food anywhere in Europe. Check out our instagram for a look at Palma and the island of Mallorca, see you in New York next week with some Spanish treasure!
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

We will be closed on Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th. We will reopen on Saturday at 12noon.