Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
This is an extremely rare "Flambe" urn made for Rörstrand/Lidkoping from the Unique ALP-series by Gunnar Nylund & decorated by Oskar Dahl in the early 1930´s. This series came about as a direct competition to Gustavsberg's Argenta series. The classical athletic motif may be a reference to Olympians, for 1932 was an Olympic year, officially called Games of the X Olympiad, it was held in Los Angeles, California. The kneeling figure is waving the Swedish flag while the other male form has what appears to be laurel decorations. This is the kind of piece that would have been made for special exhibition and would be shown as a proud example of superior craftsmanship. Just look at the fine detail and gilded highlights! These urns are rarely seen outside of important auction houses in Sweden.
Posted by The End of History at 9:20 PM
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
It's Christmas Eve and I must admit I've been waiting all year to share these extraordinary works. Produced by Michael Andersen & Sons around 1940, the design is referred to as a "Transmutation" Glaze and reminds me of the" Jack Frost" that occurs on windows during cold Winter days such as these. So innovative a technique, especially for the time period in which they were made, that the family owned studio won international attention and acclaim.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
It's the time of year when we are entertaining the masses...and this HUGE Italian ceramic platter would serve you well. At no less than 15" square, there is plenty of room for many a Christmas cookie. There is a cool sort of modern twist here that makes this design so delicious.
Posted by The End of History at 3:21 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
This is by far the most monumental single Murano lamp ever to grace our shop. Made up of 4 separate hand blown pieces of pitch black glass with 24k gold inclusions in the signature Barbini bullicante (bubble) pattern. Measuring 29" tall and over 13" wide, we are talking a major statement-making light source.
Posted by The End of History at 3:50 PM
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Chamotte earthenware bowl and small vase with impressed decoration and a beautiful translucent blue/green glaze, c. 1957, my guess is that these were made by Annelise & Per Linnemann-Schmidt for Palhus, Denmark. You can really get lost in the glaze and design.
Posted by The End of History at 9:49 AM
Monday, December 14, 2009
A wonderful collection of small vases designed in the 50's by Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, Sweden. What makes this group stand out from the myriad works produced under this master's direction is the high gloss nature of the glaze. His work is more often monochromatic and matte. Also of note is the painterly color pattern...probably influenced by Carl's love of expressionism, while the shapes seem a nod to his study of Chinese antiquities.
Posted by The End of History at 1:34 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
(Re)introducing the masterful work of Swedish ceramicist Per Lilienjren. We are fortunate enough to have acquired more of his mind boggling ingenious designs. Last year we had 3 pieces which sold within weeks of arriving in our shop via our friends in Denmark. We are told that because of the intensity of the labor, these are among the last of this meticulous style of pottery he has produced- some 10 odd years ago.
Each piece is hand-thrown pure white stoneware clay. With a small knife he carves each individual shape (he calls them "leaves"). We estimated around 1000 marks on the tallest vase seen here (around 10"). To organize the pattern symmetrically he draws guidelines with a pencil. He starts carving at the top of the vase and works downward, needing to cut rather quickly before the clay becomes too dry. The method is challenging and demands strong technical skills and incredible patience. Often he works all day and night, going into some kind of meditative state while carving. Well, we certainly are entranced!
Each piece needs to dry before the first firing. The glaze is then applied and fired a second time. Then, yet another coat of glazing before its fired for the third time. JUST SPECTACULAR.
Posted by The End of History at 2:01 PM
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Christmas has arrived at The End of History. Here are our holiday windows ...and believe me when I say that photos do them no justice. Please come see them in person, as the elves worked ever so diligently on them. The detail shot features lovely collectible Murano Christmas Trees.
Posted by The End of History at 5:53 PM