Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Many a decorator have asked the measurements of these lamps. FYI...the pair stand at a rather tall 45"(shade included) and are Murano cased glass with brass & marble bases. The long neck gives these lights an elegant line. Deep saturated sky blue matched here with red glass...super-chic!
Posted by The End of History at 12:56 PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This vaguely shell-fishy bowl is HUGE. At just about 12" in width, and weighing what I estimate to be at least 15 lbs., it would make a substantial statement as the centerpiece on your Mid Century modern dining table. The color is a lovely mix of purple and amber.
Posted by The End of History at 11:58 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
With this blog, I spend a lot of time concentrating on individual items or collections, that I am remiss in pulling back and showing the context of our surroundings. The shop is stunning at first sight. For those of you who know us just from the web...when in New York, please pay us an in-person visit. We love to hear that you discovered us via the internet, but we want to meet you too!
Posted by The End of History at 9:40 AM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
From Brant Publications, the same company behind "Interview" and "Antiques" magazines, comes a new glossy quarterly. MODERN is a periodical for the serious collector and fans of modernist designs alike. I just flipped through the premier issue, and it's a welcome addition to my reading list!
Posted by The End of History at 10:19 AM
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A tall vase by Ingrid Atterberg for Upsala Ekeby, circa 1950's. This ceramic piece is from her "Africa" line. By the way, it stands at 15"...nowhere near as large as the one pictured here with the celebrated ceramacist. I wonder where that piece ended up!
Posted by The End of History at 9:17 AM
Monday, May 18, 2009
These wall sconces are the epitomy of glamour. Dripping in tear-drop crystals, they evoke the high-society setting of a penthouse apartment on Park Avenue in the 60's. Add a couple of white taper candles and set them aflame for your next cocktail party.
Posted by The End of History at 10:58 AM
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Sometimes we come across examples of ceramics that can be attributed to a particular potter, but whose work we have not seen prior. Such is the case with this odd triplet from the Swedish studio of Curt M. Addin. The hand-made quality tells me that it is the work of a sort of free form craftsman, not shy about experimentation with texture and non-traditional shapes. I'm pleased that the grouping remained together and was not separated by time and travel.
Posted by The End of History at 11:26 AM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
One category we only dabble in is fine Crystal. These bud vases appeal to us for their simplicity in design. The taller Swedish piece is signed Stromberg 1960's. The shorter one may very well be from the same country of origin if not the same factory.
Posted by The End of History at 2:56 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thrown by the hand of Nils Kahler, born into a venerable Danish ceramic family led by his father Herman August Kahler. These pieces are incised with the family mark HAK and signed by Nils himself. They are 6" tall and are best when grouped together to show the variation in form. These were created in the 1950's just before the factory ceased operations.
Posted by The End of History at 2:19 PM
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Famed Danish potter Jørgen Mogensen created this heavy, earthy stoneware dish in the 1960's. Designed with repetitive rows of Scarabs, perhaps he was making a nod to Egyptian revivalism in design that was all the rage during the Art Deco period.
Posted by The End of History at 9:45 AM
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
A motif you often see in decorative works from the 50's and 60's is MODERN/PRIMITIVE. This vase is the prime example with a very literal reference to cave drawings. I love the joyful stick-man hunting his prey. This piece produced in the 50's is called "Hedenhös" and was designed by Mari Simmulson for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden.
Posted by The End of History at 9:37 AM
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
This month's House Beautiful (May 2009) features a spread of Jonathan Adler's recent interior design project for Fashion Designer Liz Lange's Westchester home. Over the years our relationship with Adler has been one of mutual respect and synchronistic inspiration. His work is a complimentary mirror to our aesthetic and he comes to us for additional accessories when working with clients who, like us, want to collect the original vintage pieces that inform today's ultra-modern look. You'll notice our teal lidded Jar in the forground and yellow vessels on the bookshelf in the first photo. In the second shot, the giant tourquois vase (already sold) was lent from our shop for this fabulous shoot. Thanks and congratz Jonathan!
Posted by The End of History at 11:20 AM
Saturday, May 2, 2009
This ashtray incorporates several signature qualities of the finer Murano factories. The gold dust is mixed with a spattering of controlled bubbles, giving it a sort of ostrich pattern. This look is most often associated with the works of Barbini.
Posted by The End of History at 10:59 AM