Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gals We Love

Not sure who we love more, Swedish Mari Simmulson or her Dali-esque subject shown here on another fantastical ceramic plate.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Flavio Duo

Two by Flavio Poli for Archimede Seguso. Here's the tall and the short of it...16.5" and 10.5" respectively. The taller of the two has dual color sommerso from Rasperpery to Amber. Delicious.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pretty in Pink

This Archimede Seguso Alabastro Rosa decanter was made between 1950 and 1959 when the soft palette of opaque glass was de rigueur. Very of the era and the definition of feminine. The stopper is just a perfectly pretty bubblegum shape and color.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Funky Cool Mdina

These utterly unique pieces of art glass are the creation of Michael Harris, an imaginative British glass blower who moved to Malta in the late 60's in order to start the Mdina Glass Studio. Eventually the great Harris returned to Great Britain and established Isle of Wight Glass. The gold and opalescent piece you see above is an example of Isle of Wight from the 1970's while the blue/green flask is an early 80's Mdina.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Very Flavia-ful

One of the most recognizable names in modern Italian pottery is that of the Bitossi family, now under the moniker "Bitossi by Flavia". The classic Rimini Blu is the most commonly found...that is not to say it is mass produced in any fashion. Their artisans hand craft in the tradition of the original designs created by Aldo Londi. The Bitossi company started in 1921 and has since employed such Italian design royalty as Ettore Sottsass and Fornasetti. Other color variations shown here are rare and quite collectible.

Friday, September 25, 2009

What's In Store

We have a long history with the grande dame of 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman. Our glass is currently providing colorful context to their shoe boutique. Their merchandisers go as far as matching our glass to the clothing collections for added impact. Years ago, we were honored to provide our wares for an amazing window display.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another Retail Tale

Simon Doonan, the brilliant creative director for Barney's New York, loves his mid-century design...why he even married Jonathan Adler! That is why for the past decade or so, our glass objects have been permanent fixtures of his in-store displays. A fabulous grouping that used to adorn the Madison Avenue cosmetics floor has moved on up to the fine jewelry section. Shoppers often compliment the glass with equal interest as the jewels they display.

NOTE: Barney's even offered us a pop-up shop once upon a time...see post from exactly one year ago today!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

RE: Retail

Back in Manhattan, I visited the new J. Crew Collection store on the tony corner of 79th and Madison. Months ago prior to opening, Ruth Parsons, visual director of merchandising for the company, came in and selected the above glass items to decorate the new flagship store. The clothes are of course worthy of the First Family, and the environs are downtown artsy for the uptown girl.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Day Trippin'

Yesterday I had the pleasure of driving out to the bucolic town of Bridgehampton to visit a blue grouping of glass from our shop currently on display at the very chic Maison 24. Proprietor Louis Marra gave me a tour of the beyond colorful place he and his sister Allison Julius opened after years of designing furniture and home furnishings together. Just because high season is wrapping up doesn't mean that the high life halts in the Hamptons...Maison 24 is open year round! The shop is more of a lifestyle store, selling everything from Fornasetti to cool clothing and the latest books and cd's one must have to feel current, trendy, eclectic, and above all fabulous!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Great Dane

Here is an example of the largest single piece of Marselis we've acquired to date. It's a subtle ox-blood in color. Measuring 12" high and 32" around, it's visual impact is grand. Designed by Nils Thorsen for the Aluminia (read Royal Copenhagen) factory in Denmark.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

What a Stud!

One of the prevailing fashion trends is that of the studded variety. Made long before the association of punk glamour, this Gunnar Nylund white ceramic studded vase was created in Sweden, c. 1950's. Sharp!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


This smoked grey glass decanter is by one of Blenko's most prolific designers- John Nickerson. Made in 1972, there is great interest to be found in the stopper.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Let's Neck

A sumptuous selection for your viewing pleasure of long and tall necked bottles in shades of blue and green. Very top shelf!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chicken of the Sea?

I'm re-thinking my earlier post where I supposed that this glass sculpture by Licio Zenetti, c. 1960's was a chicken. OK, probably not the case! UPDATE: Finding similar sculptures described as fish leads me to humbly retract and say this may be a fishy.

What Are You, Chicken?

Or perhaps Rooster? This Italian green glass pitcher is Empoli from the 30's.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

FLAVIO of the Week

This perfume bottle has all the tell-tale signs of being by Flavio Poli for Archimede Seguso. The coloration of green and amber sommerso are signature to his style. It stands at just under 10" to the tip of the flame shaped stopper. Stunning in its simplicity.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Latest Hang-Up

One does not usually associate Bamboo with Italy, but this gilded wrought iron wall hanging is indeed from there. I love the shadows it casts on the wall. Measuring approximately 42" in length, give or take a gold leaf.

Monday, September 14, 2009


From our good friend at TV's most fashionable network:

"The End of History is an amazing vintage glass and furniture store where it's impossible not to fall in love with something!"
- Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Vast Vase

This is one of the most gorgeous vases I've seen in ages. Standing at 15" tall, this hand blown Murano piece has great presence. Its turquoise color (my favorite hue bar none) is deeply saturated and the weight is impressive. I'm still researching its origins, but it's proving difficult. I do believe this predates the 50's era because of the classical form, but we shall see. I will update if I uncover the mystery of the hand that made this masterpiece of cased glass.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ray of Light

After two drizzly days I beckon the sun back with this Boda piece designed and signed by Elsa Fahlström in 1954. It is my understanding that this type of decorative engraving was done by copper wheel.

Friday, September 11, 2009

In Praise of 'Shrooms!

What fun to be involved in New York City's Fashion's Night Out event! We were happy to help with the inspiring & genius window designs of Lori Goldstein in her whimsical window dressing for famed jeweler Fred Leighton. You'll notice our shimmering glass mushrooms amid the fantastical bejeweled scene. The display is up for Fashion Week, so be sure to see it in person at Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Avenue.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bowls Squared

Johanne Gerber, for Roayal Copenhagen's Fajance series, c. 1960's

Ingrid Atterberg for Upsala-Ekeby, c. 1950's

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hip To Be Square

Geek Chic from the hip-to-be-square hand of Sweden's Mari Simmulson for Upsala-Ekeby. c. 1950's.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How Swede It Is!

I'm attributing this odd nippled number to Wiktor Berndt, given his propensity for molded glass and use of relief-work. He was the Chief Designer for Flygsfors, Sweden from 1956-1974.

He also had a thing for the ladies I assume (see clear piece I found elsewhere on the web)!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day!

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Black & White Part 3

Vicke Lindstand, 1940's

Ingrid Atterberg, "Pylon" line, 1955. Ekeby.