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.
So, I went to the Paris Flee Market and what did I buy - French ceramics? No. But, I did find one of the most spectacular and monumental pieces of Rörstrand FlambeArt Deco that we've ever seen.
On each side is a scene of a warrior fighting a lion, the decoration is by the artist Oskar Dahl (1902-1966). A very large and impressive unique work of art at 14 inches by 14 inches.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a monumental outdoor bronze sculpture of Buddha located at the Kōtoku-in Temple in Kamakura Japan. The bronze statue was cast in 1252. According to temple records. It was preceded by a giant wooden Buddha,
which was completed in 1243 after ten years of continuous labor, the
funds having been raised by Lady Inada (Inada-no-Tsubone) and the
Buddhist priest Jōkō of Tōtōmi. That wooden statue was damaged by a
storm in 1248, and the hall containing it was destroyed, so Jōkō
suggested making another statue of bronze, and the huge amount of money
necessary for this and for a new hall was raised for the project.
The hall was destroyed by a storm in 1334, and rebuilt again, then was damaged by yet another storm in 1369, and was rebuilt yet again. The last building housing the statue was washed away in a tsunami in 1498, Since then, the Great Buddha has stood in the open air and has always been one of Japan's most visited sites.
The original statue is 48 feet tall, our reproduction which dates to the 19th Century is 7.5 inches tall.
Søren Kongstrand was an entrepreneurial Dane from the town of Esbjerg, Denmark. His original trade was creating copper plumbing for his family owned hardware store. Alongside his practical training, he started to gain interest in copper as an art form. He finally moved on to pottery full time - almost always incorporating copper into his signature lustre glazes. This piece is likely an early career work dating from the time he opened his studio - around 1911. The result is a metallic sheen that exposes layers of oxidation ranging from minty green to a pleasing dusty rose.
A huge statement at 14 inches tall.
An absolutely monumental work attributable to Flavio Poli for Seguso Vetri d'Arte. The autumnal color combination suggests his late 50s period. Heavy and prismatic, this piece is really more sculpture than vase.
11.5 inches x 8 inches wide
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
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)
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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
all the maidens rushed to
stroke and pet it.
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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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!