Despite my cheeky title, this is actually a rather important footed bowl from the renown Murano factory of Fratelli Toso called the 'Milleocci' Bowl (considered one of the top glass designs to collect) dated 1962. An ultra-modernist compote, if you will. 5.5" high, 7.5" in diameter
Call it Purple, call it Plum, call it Aubergine, call it what you will...but this "Mauve-u-lous" color is hot for interior designers and, of course, among the most difficult hue to find in Empoli cased glass. Here we present a generous sampling of our vintage Italian wares...just an idea of how to mix shapes in groups of three for an instant plummy collection from The End of History.
A large and fierce hand molded Polar Bear sculpture signed by Michael Andersen, the famed ceramicist himself...made in his studio in the town of Ronne on the Island of Bornholm, Denmark in 1943. 16" from nose tip to tail
A few things we know for sure....it is stoneware in a Sung Glaze. It is an original 1930s prototype for an eventual Royal Copenhagen commission by well known sculptor Helge Christoffersen. It is Danish in design, but is she a Cambodian or is she a Thai dancer? 'Tis a puzzelment.
Another rarity ~ the surprising use of color for Thomas Toft. We generally see from him a strictly brown and white palette, so we are delighted to discover this design departure...with glazed highlights of yellow. Small but significant @ 6" in diameter
An unusually cubist look for the usually austere Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, Sweden ...circa 1970. Olive green with cross hatches of navy, rust and dots and dashes in white. From his atelier numbered 57/200.
A bright light is illuminating our store window at this very moment. 50" of stacked yellow ceramic sections make up this curvaceous stunner. Sure to add a pop of color to the lucky home that inherits this oh-so-sixties Swedish floor lamp.
What a great start to the New Year! We've made the cover of the January 2013 issue of one our most consistent supporters: Real Simple Magazine. Our vintage Rosenthal porcelain piece is put to doubly good use as both a vase and as a bookend. Designed by Bjørn Wiinblad in the 60s, this vase features both shine and a matte floral patterned neck. Still available, by the way, if you'd like to have a published piece for your very own! 7"
Danish dishes in amoebic shapes from Schollert (pair at top) and Michael Andersen & Sons, 1950s. Dark chocolate brown matte pottery with playful lines of contrasting white glossy glaze.
All approximately 8-9" in diameter.
Maybe I've got Oscar on my mind, or maybe it's a happy coincidence, but we just received this very architectural table-top sculptural piece from the 60s in a particularly Niemeyer-like design. An anonymous American welded steel structure, perfect for the fan of both Modernist and Brutalist works alike.
A Danish design collaboration for Royal Copenhagen circa 1940s. The crackle or "Craquelure" glazed porcelain jar is by Thorkild Olsen. The crown...an extraordinary Bronze lid created by Knud Andersen. 9"
We are so lucky to be in the business of uncovering buried treasure. This fluted opalescent grape colored lidded jar was made in Murano for export in the 1950s. Somehow it never made it out of its original box while en route to a fine New York retailer. During this pre-bubble wrap era, the factories in Venice would protect their goods for Trans-Atlantic travel with what appears to be fine wood shavings. box measures 6" high
A suite of subtle yellow pieces by Gertrud Lönegrenfor Rörstrand,Sweden. A lovely striped design enhanced by a crazing of glass glaze which pools in a sort of crystalline effect at the center of the low bowls. Also adding to their visual interest is a touch of rusty oxidation along the rims. Made at the venerable Swedish company during her short tenure there - somewhere between 1936-41. Vases 11", 4.5" high Bowls 5.5", 8" diameter
Thrilled as always to be included in the mother of all "Lifestyle" periodicals...Martha Stewart Living.
For the December 2012 issue - a story on decorating with flowers for
the holidays includes our gilt Bavarian porcelain pieces.
The vase with the coral motif (far left), the sweet bird vase (far right), and the heavily gilded cylinder with "Rorschach" design, filled with Poppies, are all ours.
Svend Hammershøiwas a great Dane who created works of pottery for Kahler in the1930s. This group above feature glazes that are antiqued through a painterly application, giving them a distinctiveaged patina. 13",10", 5.5"