20 years ago, on October 5th 1997 we opend our doors for the first time and unleashed the colored glass grouping as an idea to the world.
I will be here providing and procuring all your vase and decorative accessory needs for the next 20 years too.
A gorgeous pair of "Seta" ceramic pieces, designed for the American luxury market in the 1950s by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Seta translates to silk in English and these two look like they're wrapped in Thai silk.
In honor of today's annual Mermaid's Day Parade
on Coney Island, I give you three seductive works depicting the
mythical muses. Above is a plate created in the mid-century by an artist
named Sagittaire in the Valluris region of the South of France and below, a pair of Swedish porcelain figurines created in the 1940s by Harald Salomon for Rörstrand.
The plate is 9" in diameter
The statuettes are 16" in height
This bright and cheerful collection of Bitossi "Tirassegno" (Dartboard) patterned pieces was designed by Aldo Londi, made in Italy from the late 60s into the 70s, and imported by Rosenthal Netter for the American consumer.
6" - Far right planter, 7" - Pair of Candle Sticks, 9" - Vase, 16.5" - Taller Vase
Lovely for a mantle or sideboard, a rare pair of matching 1950s urn shaped vases by Seguso, Italy.
Black Murano glass with silver leaf, unexpected and seen far less frequently than the more common gold.
Bitossi, Italy - extremely rare in solid gold glaze
18" x 15" - The largest size they offered
Sascha Brastoff, USA - 1950s
17" x 10"
Italian (maker unknown) - 1950s
13.5" x 12"
Of Course, of course - unless you are talking about the rare gilded variety shown here! The price of gold was relatively lower in the mid-century, making it possible for artisans to utilize the actual ore in the glazing process.
There was a time when a powder room was not complete without a dash of sparkle on the vanity. Whether you chose to use an apothecary jar or perfume bottle as they were originally intended, or purely for decorative reasons, a bit of glass adds an air of elegance by the bath or near the sink.
No one did whimsy quite as well as Mari Simmulson for Upsala Ekeby
This Swedish miss looks like one of her quirky 1950s characters that she featured on this cubist ceramic cube (6.5" x 6" x 3") decorated with her unique vision of surprised gals observing wild birds and vases. Surreal and wonderful!
Just in time for Mother's Day - a selection of 1970s Rosenthal porcelain vases with a water lily motif designed by Alain Le Foll. A lovely mixed metal tableau - large flowering lilly pads of gold, copper, and platinum, surrounded by pastel flowers and fronds.
Every interior should have a touch of the eclectic and one thing we are known for here is the unexpected. A great example of this type of whimsy is this 1960s Egyptian-style glass bust by Sweden's Erik Höglund for Kosta.