Monday, June 20, 2016

Fashion Plates

Mari Simmulson could easily be considered the female Picasso with her playful, almost cubist, illustrative style of painting with glaze on pottery. Made for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden 1950s. Her girls always feel timelessly boho-chic to me.
above: approx. 8" square
below: approx. 6" square
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

French Fifties

In keeping with our color palette, a most gorgeous cubist mosaic topped box from the South of France, circa 1950s. Mixed media, ceramic, crackled glass glaze, and 24K gold decorates the lid atop a black wooden base. Totally artist made and one-of-a-kind. A real gem for holding your gems.
I recommend you 'click' the above image to expand and fully appreciate the masterwork at hand.
11" x 4" x 2.5"
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Towering Acheivement

One of my favorite 1950s patterns by Aldo Londi for Bitossi is called "Finestra", which translated from Italian means windows . Perhaps the reflective nature of the genuine gold decoration is key to the name. Measuring in at 16", this is a rather tall as well as pristine example from the line. The color combination just reminds me of the Mediterranean mix of the sky, flora, and deep blue Italian sea. But, it's the sunken lid that really tops it off for me!
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Beautiful Big Bitossi

At 2 feet tall this is a fine and large example of mid 6os Italian high design by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, a textured unglazed dark brown natural clay top with a sandstone color glazed base make this one of the most appealing large vases in the shop right now.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sunny Side Up

Perhaps frustrating for the regular reader...this piece was so special that it arrived in the shop today and was sold before I could even complete my blog post! "Seta" by Aldo Londi for Bitossi- the ombre coloration goes from chartreuse to charcoal with a bright yellow surface and, of course, the gold striations and rim.
A great scale at 9" x 10"
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Back in Barneys

Never has our glass been used in a more appropriate fashion - the key word being fashion! A finely curated collection, hand-selected by Neo-Mod maven Lisa Perry to coincide with the launch of her new housewares line. Premiering today in the Chelsea Passage section of Barneys New York's flagship on Madison Ave, comes a Summer-of-Love-ly collection of primary colored items to brighten your picnic, BBQ, garden party, or urban terrace get togethers. Our groovy glass and ceramics lend historic reference to the inner-workings of the creative mind of Lisa Perry and her always swinging pop-art style.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Deluxe Accommodations

On occasion we will be asked by an important interior designer, such as Nicole Fuller, to help stage an apartment to illustrate the luxury one might afford when investing in the rarified world of Manhattan real estate. These decked out deluxe apartments at 17 East 12th St are listed through Douglas Elliman, in case you have the inclination (and budget is no object), one could presumably offer to purchase these beautiful spaces fully furnished! All decorative accessories, vases, & sculptures provided by The End of History.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Emerald City

 Three very optic vessels designed by Scandinavian Elis Bergh for Kosta, Sweden, circa 30's/40's
Above: 9" x 5.5", 5.75" x 5.5"
Below: 8" x 3.5"
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Showing Off The Show House

This year, we were doubly honored to be asked by not one, but two renowned designers, to contribute our vintage goods to their beautiful rooms at the 44th annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House which benefits the Boys and Girls Club. Above is Phillip Thomas' "Lady Lair" featuring a virtual alter to our 1950s Bitossi ceramic collection, an emerald green faceted Murano bowl, and an art deco Danish vase.  Below is Timothy Whealon's dreamy bedroom accented by our 19th Century Japanese garden stools topped by a lavender Barbini Murano bowl.
If you can make it, it's well worth a visit! 
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Objet Dujour

Featured in the glamorous glossy's spring issue are an exquisite (and important) obelisk by Flavio Bianconi for Venini, dated 1948 and an exotic patterned vase from Ingrid Atterberg for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, 1950s.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

You Go Swirl

Seguso in triplicate. One of the tastiest colors and patterns to come out of 1960s Italy. Murano glass is rarely this mod and playful. Juicy shades of orange with the coolest ball stoppers. It would be great for these three to stay together after all these years.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cover Story

Proving once again that our wares are glossy worthy, our friends at Time inc. have put us on the cover of Real Simple this month. Featured here is a brilliant, sunny colored Art Deco ceramic vase by Boch Freres, made in Belgium, circa 1920s and a cobalt colored Danish tile mirror from the 60s.
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Seguso Stunners

A perfect pair of Murano lamps, in a golden-minty hue from the Seguso glass studio, circa 1950. The minimalist conical shape make these lamps oh-so-chic in their simplicity. The original bases are an added designer benefit.
39" to the top of the finial
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Goods for a Good Cause

We were happy to contribute once again to the 12th annual Design on a Dime benefit - an event in support of Housing Works, which provides housing to formerly homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS. Designer Andrew Suvalsky rallied his favorite vendors to contribute to the room above. We offered up the 1950s Italian gold lamps on the left, the large olive colored stopper bottle, and some the blue and green vintage glass and porcelain objects populating the shelves. The event was last week and a great success!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Towering Achievements

How lucky are we to find a trio of Aldo Londi's 'Seta' series - complete with golden stoppers in mint condition?! Made for Bitossi from 1957-1965. Seta is from the Italian word for silk. Rare to find one with a stopper, let alone three. The monumentally taller duo are around 26" and the center bottle is 17".

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Venice on Hudson

When looking for all things Venetian, no need to book a plane - look no further than The End of History. We've actually sent our gorgeous Murano glass back to Venice to decorate the homes of Italians who can't find the vintage pieces in Italy - as the really good glass was made for the American market or wealthy mid-century tourists and most of it ended up over here.
Top to Bottom:
Italian Ceramic Vase with Venetian Painted Scene 16" x 6"
Small Oil Painting of Gondolas at Night 10" x 14"
Barovier & Toso Gondolier Lamp 41" tall
Assorted Array of Red Murano Goods
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Egyptian Revivalism

Stylized golden details and nods to ancient art and architecture are to be found on these art deco era vessels from Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg - a fair deduction would find Egyptian Revivalism at play here. Created around 1930 in Sweden, the style would coincide with the Egyptomania design trend that was still raging post King Tut's discovery in the 20s. Notice the shapes and heavy gilt of the handles.  The lids are especially decorative and reminiscent of classical Egyptian columns.
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