Thursday, February 26, 2015

Czech These Out

These bohemian beauties were featured in the Czech Pavillion of Exbo '67 - the Canadian World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1967. Proof that Czechoslovakia was certainly one of the hubs of great mid-century glass. Both are signed, the lower vase from the company Exbor
Teal - 11.5", Amber 5" x 7"

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Back Under The Sea

We dive deeper with a gorgeous Hertha Bengtson designed and decorated underwater scene, circa 1940s, for Sweden's Rörstrand factory. The other side has a similar motif, albeit with a school of blue fish.
9" x 7.5"

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Tasty Caramel

Another trio of Empoli cased glass exports from the 50s and 60s. The classic ginger jar is flanked by a modernist take on the apothecary jar and a vase in a shape I like to refer to as an 'exclamation point'. l to r: 14", 10.5", 12"

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tremendous Taupe

One of the more pleasing hues of cased glass is that greenish grey we refer to as mushroom or taupe. The grouping gathered here are all Italian from Empoli circa 1950s.
l to r: Dimpled 14", Lidded/Footed 10" x 7", Large Lidded 14" x 9.5"

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Isn't She Lovely?

The female form captured in stone. Carved out of a single slab of marble by American sculptress Mildred Newman, 1972. The contrast of the rough and smooth surfaces make this a must-touch work of art.
21" (including the base)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tutti Fruity Fratelli

Occasionally we acquire a piece that is quintessential Italian design. Everything about this mint condition Fratelli Toso says mid-century Murano - a classic combination of happy candy colored goodness. The base is triangular in shape topped with a perfect pointed stopper.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Under The Sea

Alfredo Barbini created these underwater fantasias of sea life out of glass in the 1950s. The more commonly known variety were done for Cenedese and are amorphic in shape. What makes this gem  commissioned for Salviati so unique is that tne scene is capture in a cube making it feel that much more modernist. Great as a desk accessory or to add interest to a bookshelf.
5h" x 4.5w" x 2.25(deep)"

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gilt-y Pleasures

 The latest members of our compote collective - two black lidded vessels from Zaccagnini, Italy, 1950s.
7"x5", 6"x5.5"

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Abstract American

Another great example of a mid-century abstract sculpture in limestone. This unsigned beauty was purchased from the estate of a prominent Texas collector and is 31 inches tall.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Magnificent Magnolia

Another beautiful example of fine Japanese cloisonne enamel work by one of the most famous  workshops, Ando Jubei. Our vase dates to the Taisho period, 1920s and has a sterling silver base and rim, 9.5 inches tall.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Seeing Things in Black and White

1930's beauties from Svend Hammershoj for Kahler Keramik, Denmark. In a stark contrast-y black and white matte and crackle glaze. This series perfectly invokes the time period - as they look like they jumped right off the silver screen of a silent movie.
Piece in foreground - 11"w x 8.5"h, Back - 11"h x 8"w
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Compote Collective

When it comes to 1950s Italian ceramic compotes - we've got them covered. All of the above are from the Bitossi factory of Italy, the incised variety - from the Seta series by Aldo Londi.
From top 8",7",12"

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Saturday, January 31, 2015


An Art Deco Bronze Sculpture of a Triumphant Man on a black marble base. Unsigned and most likely French or German from the 1920s, 24" tall.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Golden Catch

A beautiful mid century gold glazed ceramic fish by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. 12 inches long.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Citrus Sensations

Blenko bottle in "Amberina" - sometimes called "Tangerine" - with an air twist stopper 23" 
Blenko collection (left to right): Amberina stopper 18" , Rare  "Lemon" (a color only made in 1968) with flame stopper 22" , shorter Amberina stopper (also rare) 16"

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gemmo Jems

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")

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bronze Hand

An exquisite patinated bronze hand of a Buddhist deity, Indian 17th or 18th Century, 7.5 inches long.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

More Big Bitossi

A great example of a classic 1950s graphic design by Bitossi for Raymor, 18 inches tall. Manufactured by Bitossi exclusively for the American luxury market in the post war boom years.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mexican Abstract Futurism

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.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Punk Rock Vessel

We always felt that the prominent repeating pattern found incised here resembles safety pins - hence our punk reference. A rock star piece of mid-century Italian pottery by Bitossi - 16.5 inches

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Cleopatra's Bottle

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.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Aldo Londi Meets Marco Polo

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.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bitossi Beauty

Another beautiful example of the famous stylized horse by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, from the 1960s. This time in lemon and gray, 10 inches tall and 10 inches wide.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Mod Milano

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.
Circa 1960s
27 inches to the top

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Baby Bronze Pair

Although only 4.5 inches tall, this lovely pair of 19th Century Chinese bronze vases, make a strong impression relative to their size.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

"Woman at the window"

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 Santa Barbara 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.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fantoni's Romans

A stylized mid century depiction of a Roman Centurian and his wife, from the workshop of Marcello Fantoni, signed on the back and designed to be hung on a wall, this piece is 12 inches tall.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Lovely in Limestone

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.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas in New York

We will be closed on December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday, we will also be closed on Friday the 26th. We will reopen on Saturday December 27th at 12noon.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let's Dance

A beautiful abstract figural ceramic sculpture by Chicago artist Rosemary Zwick. This piece dates to the 1960s and is just over 16 inches tall.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Funky Cool Mdina

We currently have a brilliant array of marbleized glass, designed by Michael Harris for Mdina Glass Studio, 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)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gunnar Goes Green Again

Another fantastic example of the artistry of Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand. Large and beautiful at 9 inches tall, circa 1950.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

"La Seine Paris"

A delightful mid 20th century view of the Seine. Oil on canvas by Johannes Schiefer (Dutch-American, 1896-1979). In it's beautiful original frame, 33 by 38 inches framed.

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