Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Danish master ceramicist Thomas Toft created this gorgeous bowl in the 1950's. What I love is the contrast between the dark chocolate brown surface and the stark white decorative details. It is surprisingly light to hold, as if made by air. Really delicate and in terrific condition. This one was shipped in from our friends in Denmark.
Posted by The End of History at 9:52 AM
Monday, March 30, 2009
I've got gold dust on the brain. Another Barbini masterpiece for your viewing pleasure. It would make a great statement in a formal dining room, centered on your table or adoning the credenza. UPDATE: NOT Barbini... It's 1940's by Cenedese!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Well, you know the rest. I've always loved that saying. This Lemon paperweight would make a great gift for someone facing these challenging times. OK, so it's not going to bring back the bulk of your 401K...but it is very pretty, no?
Posted by The End of History at 12:12 PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Reminiscent of the surrealist works of Magritte, these heavy Venitian Glass objects have multiple uses. They look incredible together, but are commonly used as bookends or individually as paper weights. They were made in Venice in the 1950's. This particular set is most likely by Barbini (the gold dust is a clue). Delicious!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Remember the Encyclopedia Britannica Black Sea Globe? If you were a kid in the 50's or 60's you may have learned your geography from one similar to this. We try to keep one on hand at all times. They are rare in perfect condition, so prices will vary. What's fun and fascinating is seeing how the names of countries and regions have changed. It's a classic decorative object, and educational too.
Posted by The End of History at 12:07 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This large brass wall hanging would make a great statement above your Knoll sofa or groovy fireplace! It's most likely from the the 60's or even early 70's. Admire the craftsmanship wherein Jasin (whoever he is) annealed the occasional square to create the trippy cubist effect.
Posted by The End of History at 3:24 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
People often ask if we ever come across items that we've never seen in the market before. Sometimes a piece is actually marked "Unique" as is the case with this extraordinary ceramic. The shiny metallic dots on the surface look like an experiment in the firing process, which probably involved the use of some type of ore, not typical to the decorative arts. This studio piece was created by Swedish artisan Claes Theil (incised signature) in 1978. UPDATE further research reveals the process is called a Carbon Crystalline Glaze.
Posted by The End of History at 12:26 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I recently happened upon a review of the shop that I had not seen prior:
FROM TIME OUT NEW YORK (Online)
When its lamps are left ablaze late at night, this gorgeously curated shop is perhaps the most stunning spot in the city. But it’s more than just a pretty face: Though pricey (small pieces start at about $150), its extensive stock of vintage glass and pottery draws collectors from the world over, and its extremely knowledgeable staff can guide and explain the importance of the various vases, lamps and goblets.
THANKS TIME OUT NEW YORK...You say the nicest things!
Posted by The End of History at 10:44 AM
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
THANKS are in order for the much appreciated gesture bestowed upon our humble shop by our friend and longtime supporter, Kevin Sharkey, the Senior Vice President of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (my former employer in fact)! As many of you know we were closed for nearly two months for renovations. Our unveiling did not go unnoticed by our very stylish West Village neighbor in the form of this GORGEOUS bouquet of multi-colored Lilies, which arrived with a note "Wishing you all the best in your "New" Home!" Thanks to Martha for the continued support. They were among the first high end periodical to feature us in their pages over 10 years ago!
Posted by The End of History at 2:35 PM
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Adrift in decorating decisions? Our forecast: invest in fine 20th century ceramics. In this economy, perhaps it's wiser to purchase items that will increase in value than shoveling money into the unstable stock market. How's that for stimulating?
Posted by The End of History at 8:31 AM