A small selection of favorites from our vast Bavarian porcelain collection. The Gemmo series is from the Heinrich factory of Germany, made in the 1950s/60s. This particular line is quite coveted. The artisans used a diamond cutting wheel to carve into the porcelain and then hand gild the grooves with 24k gold - an ingenious process Heinrich pioneered. (top 10" x 12", center 8", bottom 12" & 8")
A Beautiful example of the fluid organic sculpture that Mexican artist, Leonardo Nierman (born 1932) is known for. Dating to the middle of the 20th Century and carved from fine green Mexican onyx with a black marble base, 21 inches tall.
A bit of Egyptian Revivalism is at play with this palm leaf stoppered bottle from Barbini, circa 1950. We have never seen this particular design from the venerable Murano factory - so rare and unique - that we believe that it was likely a special custom order or a limited edition. The off-white glass is laden with gobs of gold and accented with a salmon colored ring at the base and topped with ball detail on the stopper. Fantastic at 25.5 inches.
Another great example of a cross-cultural curiosity, this fantastic and large Indian elephant is carrying what appears to be a Ming dynasty Chinese bronze lidded jar.
Attributed to Aldo Londi for Bitossi from the 1960s. 14 inches tall and 15 inches wide. https://soundcloud.com/history-glass/sets/on-hudson-street
Long before Ettore Sottsass created his famous Memphis line, a factory in Empoli, Italy produced this massive modernist lidded cased glass number in orange with a giant black bubble stopper.
27 inches to the top
We recently acquired this beautiful oil painting titled "Woman at the window", painted in 1954, by American artist Bayard Osborn (1922-2012) from a deaccession auction of the SantaBarbara Museum of Art.
He was well known as a sculptor as well as a painter in his adopted country of Spain where he lived
for the last 40 plus years of his life, his work is in the collections of many prominent Spanish collectors, including King Juan Carlos of Spain.
Here we have a monumental abstract stone sculpture from 1977. The piece is signed with 3 triangles and the date, 77. Although we can't say exactly who the artist is or where he or she is from, the artist produced a finely carved and polished modernist beauty. Large and substantial at 21 inches tall.
We currently have a brilliant array of marbleized glass, designed by Michael Harris for MdinaGlassStudio, Malta, 1970s. His work has a distinctive almost abstract expressionistic quality.
Sizes range from 6"- 11" (caramel colors) 6" - 17.5" (blue), 10" (Fish Vase)
During the dreary days of December, who couldn't use a huge splash of yellow? At 19" x 14" this massive Italian cased vase is one of the largest sizes of Empoli glass we have come across and a glowing display of mid-century cheer.
Striking studio pieces created by Swedish artisanClaesTheil - created some time in the 70s.
The surface texture is a result of his signature technique, referred to as "carbon crystalline" glazing, giving them a beautifully imperfect pitted gunmetal quality. We are most intrigued by the unique, just off center, openings at the top.
Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of
traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in
the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West. If an object or expression can bring about a sense of
serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be
said to be Wabi-sabi, Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple
realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
Our beautiful pair of 18th Century keyaki wood chairs perfectly illustrate the ideals of imperfect and unfinished as aesthetically pleasing. Constructed from old rice mortars, they are 18.5 inches tall and sold as a pair.
The Camusso silver company was established in 1933 in Lima, Peru by Italian silversmith Carlo Mario Camusso Grasso. Today the company is still in business and now run the third generation of the Camusso family.
Our beautiful sterling silver Camusso bowl, from the estate of American actress Polly Bergen, is from the 1960s and presents a finely hand wrought stylized Inca/Art Deco border, 8.25 inches in diameter.
A fine and heavy piece of mid-century sterling silver from an important South American firm, complete with a dusting of celebrity.
An exceptionally rare stylized head of a gazelle in stoneware by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, circa 1950. Just over 16 inches tall including the original painted wood base. To our knowledge this is the only example to appear on the market in perfect condition in many years. Recently acquired from a private Swedish collection.
The annual holiday gift guide has arrived from The Wall Street Journal. Photographed by Martyn Thompson for WSJ Magazine, Styling by Jocelyne Beaudoin Top: 1960s Murano bowl by Cenedese - smartly serving up caviar Center: 1930sSwedish 'Chamote'Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand Bottom:1912Swedish ceramic bud vase by Joseph Ekberg for Gustavsberg
We are as titillated as newlyweds to have been featured on the stylish blog Refinery 29 for a feature titled A Vintage-Inspired Brooklyn Wedding For The Books. Our aubergine colored stems from 1950s Italy play nicely with the haute hipster designs of event planner Melissa McNeeley.
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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 daily... and as new publications come out and exciting new items hit our shelves!