Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Silver Shells

A set of 4 sterling silver, mid century Italian sea shells, the largest is just over 4 inches long. Sold only as a set.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Neoclassical Modernism

Czech this out.  At 15" tall , this is one of the largest examples of Bohemian glass to ever grace our shop.  A dodecagon shaped smokey gray crystal vase by Moser with bands of gilt depicting ancient Roman warriors in pose circa 1930s


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Copper Keepers

Black Italian glass dappled with generous accents of aventurine - handsome for a gentleman's bar or anywhere you need a shot of glitter and glamour - Barovier & Toso circa 1960s.
12'' to 13"


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Beauty & The Beast

Jean Marais was the rare quadruple threat Actor/Ceramicist/Beauty & Beast. The french star of his famous lover Jean Cocteau's film was also an accomplished surrealist in his own right. He created this beastly piece, thrown and signed by his own hand, in the 1950s - no doubt influenced by his most famous role as La Bête. The glaze is a lustrous gun metal grey.
16"tall x 8" (horn to horn)


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Contemporary Freeform Sculpture

A very nice abstract, solid aluminum sculpture, signed Karen Tallyn. Mounted on a wood base. Overall height 10.25 inches. Signed on the underside.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mid Century Marble Maiden

A large mid century unsigned marble sculpture of a seated and partially clothed woman on the original aluminum base. Total height 37 inches (11.5" for the base).


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Skyscraper Vases

A quintessentially Art Deco pair of ceramic vases by Belgium company, Boch Freres, circa 1930. Just over 12 inches tall.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Michael Andersen Rears Again

Another sumptuous piece of Persian glaze from Michael Andersen & Sons of Bornholm Denmark, circa 1930s/40s. Over the years we've had this same sculpture several times, but each example is very different in the way the glaze varies. This example is a particularly beautiful deep shade of celadon and copper, 13 inches tall.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Perfect Purple Pair

As often happens here, we find ourselves in Italy in the middle of the 20th Century. A very handsome pair of purple quartz and bronze oblelisks, 2 feet tall.


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monumental in Finland

A spectacular and large, 22 inches tall, crackle raku glazed vase by Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg for Arabia circa 1950. Recently acquired from a private Swedish collection.


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Magnificent Millefiore

Fantastic heavy glass bookends circa 1950s attributed to Fratelli Toso with a dizzying array of floating florets. The color way and clarity makes these feel like a display of underwater anenomie at play.

6" x 6"

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Terracotta ala Roma

A handsome pair of neoclassical urns from mid-century Italy for Mottahedeh, well known manufacturers of faithful reproductions commissioned by the likes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other cultural institutions around the globe. Red jasper with black decorative details.
12.5" x 8"


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Salviati Bubbles Up

A clear Murano glass mid century sculpture by Salvati & Co. Substantial and heavy at 15 pounds, 13 inches tal.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Roman Rider


We just acquired this magnificent bronze and marble sculpture of a Roman soldier on horseback from the auction sale of a private art collection in Germany. The sculpture is signed F. Peleschlin and dated 1911., 17 inches in length.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Abstract Orange

We recently acquired this stunning orange oil on canvas abstract painting from a Chicago auction, it's signed M. Livingston, 34 by 24 inches.


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Monday, November 10, 2014

A Passage to India

A beautiful example of Indian export furniture in the Regency style, inlaid all over with mother of pearl, mid 20th Century. 


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

More Danish Deco

Another beautiful piece of Michael Andersen ceramic from the 1930s, this time a lidded jar with classical nudes, in the Persian glaze that is a signature of the studio, 9 inches tall.


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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Rarest Bitossi


Although we've seen many examples of the Bitossi Asian bust over the years, we have never seen one in white before, not only that but this is a completely new form that we've never seen in any other color. An all white Aldo Londi for Bitossi mid century bust of Buddha, 14 inches tall.


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Friday, November 7, 2014

Rattan Wrapped Raymor

A nice pair of 1950s matte black ceramic bottles with ratan detail. Signed Made in Italy Raymor.
The tallest one is just over 11 inches tall. Sold as a pair.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Rape of Europa

An important Danish Art Deco ceramic sculpture by Gertrude Kudielka for Hjorth circa 1935, 15 inches tall. Recently acquired from a private Swedish collection.
 Europa was a Cretan moon goddess who was adopted into Greek mythology as a virgin Phoenician princess abducted by Zeus in the form of a bull, raped by him, and subsequently abandoned. Europa was the daughter of the King Agenor of Sidon and the continent of Europe was named after her.
 One night Europa had a dream. In this dream two continents, which were in the forms of women were arguing over Europa. Asia maintained that since Europa had been born in Asia she belonged to it. The other continent, which was nameless, said that her birth was not important, that Zeus would give her to it.
 It was early morning, disturbed by the dream Europa did not go back to sleep. She summoned her companions, who were all daughters of nobility and of her age. It was a beautiful day and they went off gathering flowers by the sea. Zeus noticed this charming group, particularly Europa, who was the prettiest of the maidens. Zeus appeared to the group as a white bull. A white bull more beautiful than any other. A bull that smelled of flowers, and lowed musically. A bull so obviously gentle that all the maidens rushed to stroke and pet it.
The bull laid down in front of Europa. She slid on to its back. Instantly, the bull charged off, plunging into the sea, and began to swim rapidly from the shore. Europa saw that a procession had joined them, Nereids riding dolphins, Triton blowing his horn, and Poseidon. From this she realized that the bull must be a god. She pleaded with him to pity her. Zeus spoke to her and explained his love. He took her to Create, where he had been raised. He promised that she would bear him many famous sons.
Noël Nicolas Coypel (1690-1734), The Rape of Europa. Philadelphia Museum of Art. 


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

West Coast Abstraction

A strong and forceful mid century bronze sculpture by California artist Grace Goodrich, entitled "Earthbound" signed and numbered 1/5, 12 inches in length.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lion's Share

A nice pair of French Art Deco gilt bronze male and female lion bookends, unsigned but of beautiful quality. Each marble base is 9.5 inches in length.


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Arne Bang Collection

We Just acquired this exquisite collection of 8 Arne Bang studio ceramics from a Palm Beach estate.
 The tallest vase is 6.5 inches and the bowl is 8 inches diameter. All pieces date to the 1940s or early 1950s and are priced individually.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Belgium Bling

From the great Belgium glass maker Val Saint Lambert comes this special snowflake. Signed but illegibly and on its own rotating stand, this twinkling star is 10 inches tall, circa 1970s.


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pegasus

Here we have a marvelous representation of the winged horse, Pegasus, from Greek mythology.
Our rare example was made by Hans Henrik Hansen for Royal Copenhagen in 1938. 15 inches wide and 10 inches tall.


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Friday, October 31, 2014

Brutalist Sunburst

An outstanding wall sculpture singed "Enrique Parker", circa 1960s/70s. Constructed from annealed metal and vintage construction nails this piece is 39.5 by 32 inches.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Per Lutken Pair


A beautiful pair of Holmegaard vases by Per Lutken, circa 1960. The tallest one is 14 inches.
The name of Per Lutken (1916-98) is synonymous with Danish glass. He originally trained as a painter at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen and designed his first piece of art glass for a Danish Craft exhibition in Stockholm in 1942. During his 56 year career at Holmegaard he created an extraordinarily broad and innovative range of designs, including the initial design for the famous Gullvase in 1958.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Greek God

A large, almost two feet tall, and handsome late 19th Century Continental Parian ware bust of a Greek God.
 Parian is a type of bisque porcelain invented in the 19th Century to imitate white marble and was named after the Greek Island of Paros, renowned for its fine textured white marble for use in the finest statuary and buildings since antiquity.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pre-Columbian Modernism


Although possibly more than one thousand years old, this carved volcanic stone metate looks like a stool designed by Zaha Hadid or Finn Juhl. Carved from one piece of stone this would have originally been used as a grinding stone for corn.
 We just acquired this from the deaccessioning auction of an arts center in the Midwest and unfortunately it did not come with any provenance. Estimating the age and exact origin of Pre-Columbian artifacts can be difficult but it could be Costa Rican. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metate
 Because it's a large example, at 14 inches tall, it would work well as a stool in any contemporary interior.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Knud Kyhn goes Ape for Royal Copenhagen

A very early, from 1927, Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen seated smiling ape. Powerful and commanding in person this is one of the best Knud Kyhn animals we have ever seen.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bagni's Best


One of our favorite Italian ceramic artists is Alvino Bagni. Here we have an exquisite example of his work from the 1950s. Decorated using a wax resistant technique in a beautiful moss green and lemon yellow, 8.5 inches tall.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Glorious Glaze


Another beautiful example of the artistry of Carl Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand. This vase is from the 1950s and is just over 9 inches tall.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Bohemian Cubism


A fluid and sculptural Czech Art Deco vase in a deep ruby read, cut with swirls and pyramids. Attributed to Moser and unsigned, 6.5 inches tall. Recently acquired from a private German collection.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Faceted Modernism

A fantastic piece of 1960s Czech glass designed by Oldrich Lipsky for Exbor. Just over 10 inches tall, recently acquired from a private German collection.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mid Century Michigan


An organically modern, hand carved wood sculpture by Michigan artist, Donn Enger. Circa 1960s, 35 inches tall.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1961 Barbini Catalog


It's rare to find original catalogs for companies like Barbini, these were discovered by a friend who was doing research at the Corning Museum of Glass in Upstate New York.
 We have or have had all of the items illustrated on these pages in stock over the years.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fluted Fantoni


A monumental Fantoni for Raymor vase from the 1960s. Thick lava glaze and gorgeous colors make this not just a vase but a piece of sculpture. Fluted on one side and not on the other, just over 17 inches tall.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

From Queen to Pharaoh


Cleopatra may be the most famous woman of ancient Egypt, but far more significant was Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh who reigned for nearly twenty years in the fifteenth century B.C., during the early period of the New Kingdom. After acting as regent for her young nephew-stepson Thutmose III, Hatshepsut assumed the title of king and exercised the full powers of the throne as senior co-ruler with Thutmose. In accordance with Egyptian ideology and representational tradition, she was often depicted as a male king. Hatshepsut's reign, fully accepted by a flourishing Egypt, introduced a period of immense artistic creativity. Some twenty years after her death, however, monuments bearing her image were ruthlessly defaced, and her name was erased from historical accounts.
All memory of this fascinating history in pharaonic lore was lost until mid-nineteenth century, when Hatshepsut was rediscovered by Egyptologists and her place in history restored. Excavation began on her most magnificent surviving monument—the temple she built at Deir el-Bahri near the Valley of the Kings, across the Nile from modern Luxor. Thousands of stone fragments found in pits near the temple were reassembled into magnificent statues of Hatshepsut, some of colossal proportions. Discoveries continue even today, and, accordingly, scholars' opinions about the historical role of this controversial female have continued to change. The ongoing debate about her reign has inspired the many authors of this volume, which accompanies a major exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/de Young, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. Recent research on Hatshepsut and the nature of her kingship is presented alongside wide-ranging discussions of the rich artistic production that marked her reign.

Our statue is carved from marble and is most likely French from the late 19th century, 6 inches tall.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brutal Bronze


Two views of "Cantata" a brutalist bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Folke Trudesson (1913-1989). This sculpture is from his first exhibition at the Sture Gallery in Stockholm in 1957. 18 inches tall.
 Trudesson is best known in Sweden for over 50 public sculptures including the 100m concrete absrtact wall at Radiohuset in Stockholm, the headquarters of Swedish Radio, built in 1961. here you can see the influence of this 1957 work on his commission for Radiohuset.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tall Toso


An elegant Fratelli Toso white and copper swirled cane decanter. Made in Murano in the 1950s for the American luxury market, 19 inches tall.

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