Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Big in Venice

An important and monumental vase form sculpture by Otello Rosa for San Polo of Venice. San Polo was only in business from 1947 to 1959 and produced some of the most beautiful decorative Italian ceramics in the 50s, exhibiting at the Venice Biennale in 1954. Our example is 24 inches tall.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Continental Classicism

A beautiful pair of fruitwood side chairs inlaid with Greek classical detail in ebony. Not signed possibly Italian, Austrian or French circa 1810. Recently acquired from the estate of a prominent Chicago interior designer.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Another Artistic Expression

We have always said our pieces are works of art, and occasionally they are used as media for current established artists. Such is the case with this bountiful installation by the mega-talented, multidisciplinary artist Andiseh Avini. Showing just through the end of the month at the Marianne Boesky Gallery Uptown, the tablescape includes many of our vessels for flowers and bowls for edible offerings as a symbolic assemblage of Persian culture. The paintings and geodistic rock crystal sculptures are the artists work as well. He is a rising star and we are honored that he choose our pieces to complete his vision.
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Abstract Expression

A spectacular piece of mid-century Italian pottery, very much in the Abstract Expressionist style. Signed by an unknown artist 'D'Arienza, Italy' - you can see the laborious nature of the construction, where nearly two feet of clay was built, ring by ring, from the base up. Then, we can appreciate the decoration - a painterly application of colorful movement centered with bold orange vertical and horizontal bars. A modern artistic mix in a monumental size - 23" tall
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Branching Out

This isn't the first time we've been visited by our colorful and interchangeable feathered friends from Murano, see the bowl below. Five song birds on an extra large clear glass branch by Seguso, circa 1960s, 22 inches long.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY (to us!)

It's been a wondrous 18 years today since we opened shop -  in this same West Village location. We are as excited as ever to offer the most variety and best examples of fine vintage and antique decorative accessories for the home for sale under one roof. Thank you to our many valued clients and happy customers!

above image is our very first postcard
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Monumental Murano

At 41" tall, including the spectacular stopper, this is truly a major piece of Venetian glass. The sparkling effect is created by a mix of both gold and silver leaf dust throughout. A masterpiece of glass blowing techniques from mid-century Italy.
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