Volcanic Italian ceramics in other worldly colors such as phosphorescent yellow (which features an indigo blue interior) and trippy drippy forrest flora.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Jackson Pollock's influence was no doubt in play in the creation of this mid-century bowl. Thrown by some salty ceramic hobbyist named Bev (!) Williams, it's a classic example of the California school of freeform pottery. The outside has the reverse splatter design as the interior. This is one we acquired not for it's perfection, but for its funky handmade appeal.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Although I can't say with all certainty that this vintage piece of Italian ceramics is by the hand of the master Marcello Fantoni, it certainly has the hallmarks of one of his works. The color choice of the glaze and the drippy method in which it was applied lead me to believe that if it wasn't created by him, the signature style of his work would have influenced its creation.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010
We recently lent some very brightly colored cased glass to super stylist and interiors editor Carlos Mota (Elle Decor et al.) for publisher Clarkson Potter's delightful new tome, "Flowers Chic & Cheap". Check out our cased glass pieces on pg. 81 for a color story called "orange for fall" and on pg. 256 for a piece titled "Christmas Without Ornaments". The photos by William Waldron are very editorial, inventive, modern and really a lot of fun!
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Friday, April 16, 2010
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Friday, April 9, 2010
The birds have arrived just in time for the warmer weather. The two largest in blue are Barbini, c. 1950's and would look right at home on a mantel. The bird of paradise in the center also hales from the temperate island of Murano. The loving opalescent cockatiels above is a signed and likely from the Seguso factory c. 1950's.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
Three bicolored vases by Bo Borgström for Åseda, Sweden. Born in 1929, Bo began his glass career at Åseda in the 50's and rose to head designer by the 60's - when these were made. The company ceased operation in '77 and as a result his work has become increasingly collectible.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Attributed to Flavio Poli for Seguso, circa 1950's. This vase is a prime example of the Sommerso technique employed by said artist. Layers of no less than four colors from Emerald Green, Magenta, Yellow, and Cobalt. At 15" tall, this truly is a monolith of Murano glass.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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Monday, April 5, 2010
This elegantly shaped vase was made mid-century in Empoli, a town in the Tuscan region of Italy. The saturated yellow is nearly opaque at the base and gradates upwards with a dreamy clarity at the opening. A tall vessel at 15", its use would make for a striking spring floral statement.
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Saturday, April 3, 2010
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A cross-cultural work of art if there ever was one. This American made 50's era walnut wall hanging with enameled copper panels depicts an African Masai tribal tale while the horses have a vaguely Ancient Roman look. Select picture for closer view.
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