Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Upsala-Ekeby was founded in Karlskrona Sweden in 1886 as a manufacturer of bricks and tiles. In 1910, The Swedish Crafts Association encouraged local companies to create "more beautiful everyday ware". This inspired them to hire artists to increase the popularity and relevance of the company. Among the first was Sven Erik Skawonius. His stunning 1920's porcelain is a most subtle shade of Celadon Green.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Hand welded in the Brutalist style, this wall sculpture can be hung either horizontally or vertically...as we've chosen here. The abstract form is vaguely spinal this way. Its mix of metals and splotchy technique gives this piece great textual interest and multi-dimension. If Jackson Pollock got hold of a soldering gun this might be the result.
Posted by The End of History at 1:06 PM
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This 1960's table by Muller's is pure Mexican Onyx set on an elegant brass base. Measuring 60" X 27" and 16 1/2 " High, Weighing at least 100 lbs., this is a major piece of art. The complex striations in the crystalline quartz top are an awesome example of Mother Nature as divine designer.
Posted by The End of History at 11:32 AM
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Ever eager to share the unusual, I present a decanter with incredible interest in the base! The glassblower has somehow created a very literal interpretation of what the Italians refer to as "Millefiori". The delicate flower display captured in glass baffles the mind. The result is an ambitious and luxurious design.
Posted by The End of History at 11:36 AM
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Among the names to look for in Murano Glass is Seguso. This monumental piece is a signature shape with an unusual twist... Silver leaf! We often see gold leaf, but silver is a rare treat. This heavy vase stands 12" tall and is nearly as wide.
Posted by The End of History at 12:28 PM
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
There is a website and book series called NFT, which stands for "Not For Tourists". It's basically a travel guide with a unique angle... which is to speak to savvy locals and trendy tourists alike who have a taste for the unique. It's sort of a clever reverse-psychological approach. When I'm a tourist, it's the local secret spots I tend to seek out...no offense to Lady Liberty. Well NFT now has an iPhone App and we are high on the list of recommended shopping destinations for Manhattan's West Village. It's nice to be embraced by the latest technology!
Posted by The End of History at 1:57 PM
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Meissen Fine Porcelain figure of Eve (or is it Venus?), circa 1920. Meissen has been producing Europe's finest porcelain since 1710. This is a great example of our shop's ability to find balance between the strictly modern and our love for classical motifs.
Posted by The End of History at 9:19 AM
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In response to yesterday's blog entry...I give you the full sized examples. Whereas the mini's were light as a feather, these blue beauties weigh a ton. The pair of stoneware footed bowls are impressed with rows of fish-scale design under a blue and amber mottled matte glaze. The larger of the two has the design on the interior while it's companion has the pattern on the outside. Both are from the"Verkstad" line, 1940's by Wilhelm Kåge for Gustavsberg, Sweden.
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