Tuesday, March 30, 2010
This is a particularly fine example of a Geode bowl. At long last we've found one with a clearly legible acid etched logo "IVIMA, Portugal". IVIMA was founded in 1895 by the Count of Azarujinha. Our bowl is likely from the 60's with it's vibrant apple green outer layer and light lavender center.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ever wonder how the Italian artisans at Barbini achieved such uniformity in bubble design? One theory is that the molten glass takes a quick nap on a bed of nails (like so many Swamis) prior to being layered and cooled. The ostrich-like pattern is commonly referred to as "controlled bubbles". This exquisite example is quite large at 6.5" square and just over 3" in height.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
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'Wow' is what I said upon first sight of this 1950's lidded Jar. Handwork this intricate is rare in Italian ceramics of this era. Each drip-shaped detail is hand carved at an angle that creates a surface for the glaze to pool resulting in heavily saturated color. At 17" it is the largest piece of this style that we've acquired to date.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
In our estimation, this Barbini box would have originally been used as a chic cigarette case. It was the '50's after all, when smoking was perceived as glamorous. We feel that, today, it would serve as a sweet little cotton swab container for the powder room.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
With the Oscar's fast approaching, I had to catch "A Single Man"- the much lauded cinematic throwback to the swinging '60's. The film is directed by style icon Tom Ford who gives the movie the ethereal look of a fashion spread. But, the best choice Ford made was the decision to hire Production Designer Dan Bishop of "Mad Men" fame. The modernist sets and locations were divine. Although the story is anything but cheery, I so enjoyed being transported to the era that I love.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
We were delighted to lend some colorful vintage items to premier prop stylist Theo Vamvounakis and the editors of Food & Wine for the March 2010 issue. The turquoise dish featured in the red rice and steak recipe is a studio piece from Knabstrup Atelier. The large teal bowl used for the cornish hen stew is from Rorstrand, Sweden, circa 1960's. Delicious!
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