Wednesday, February 29, 2012


While this pattern is called "Ankara" (in reference to the capital of Turkey), this grouping of ceramic vessels are all by A. Seide for Carstens, a West German pottery factory, from 1964.
Sizes range from 6",8",13", 19"

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ocean Blue Bowl

No one does blue quite like Knabstrup! There is a depth to the blue glass glazing on the interior of this marvelously minimalist bowl that just evokes the ocean.
10" in diameter.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Orange Iceberg

This futuristic piece of heavy 1970s German orange cased glass is actually a ceiling lamp. 13" tall.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hip to Be Square

From one of our favorite square girls of the ceramics trade...master potter Mari Simmulson for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, circa 1960.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Playful Plaque

What exactly is going on on this utterly bizarre ceramic wall hanging (wire already embedded for easy display)? Just a bunch of "chicks" in the most vibrant 1950s tableau of super-saturated color. Surreal in the best possible way. From Germany, but feels somehow more Scandinavian to me.
Measures 16"x 6"

Monday, February 20, 2012


An ever-increasing collection of German porcelain lidded jars...from the usual suspects, Heirich, Rosenthal, Thomas...and the like.
Sizes range from 4-8"

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ceramic Set

A matching pair of Italian ceramics created in the 50s by Ceramiche Baldelli in Città di Castello, Italy.
Top piece measures 14" in diameter
Box is 5.5" in diameter

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Trio by Thomas

Oh-So-60s...Pinwheeled and polka-dotted porcelain vases in a variety of sizes from Thomas. First founded in 1904, Thomas eventually came to define the decidedly pop-art & populist division of Rosenthal.
Sizes: 6.5", 8", 11"

Friday, February 17, 2012

Art Deco Humidor

More silver for your viewing pleasure! This beautifully decorated box was created in the 20s by Erhard & Söhne, Germany. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Honey Pot

An incredible Arne Bang from the 1940s, topped with an intricate bee design in silver.
5" to the wingtip

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Atomic Age Artifact

A wonderful work from another quirky master of her craft. Hertha Bengtson was associated with the renown Swedish company Rörstrand for an impressive 23 years. This piece, likely from around 1960, is clearly a unique studio vase. The extreme weight of the stoneware, as well as the hand inscribed sgraffito, lets us know it was not only her design... but her own hand that made this sputnik-like motif.
11" tall.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gold "Leafs"

The application of real gold on these matching German porcelain vases by Heinrich from the 1950s are so generous as to actually pop off the surface creating a gloriously tactile effect!
Both measure 11" tall

Monday, February 13, 2012

Flights of Fancy

Bavarian 'Birds of Paradise' circa 1950s & 60s
UPDATE: Does anyone else feel reminded of "The Hunger Games"...especially the center vase on top?!
  • (l to r) 9", 17" by Heinrich, 8" KPM
  • 13" perched bird by Alka
  • 8.5", 5", 9" by Kaiser

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Publishing News

A favorite magazine in the shelter world will be making a special return from its periodical holding pattern. Domino, a Conde Nast title, folded three years ago to many disappointed readers. We had mentions in the stylish rag and we've missed its unique take on interior design. Come April 2012, a special edition will hit the newsstands...with the likelihood of subsequent seasonal issues in the works!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Colossal Caramel

Another astounding discovery is this 14"bowl with the original sticker and acid etched 'Cenedese'.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Striation Sensation

Porcelain made to look like multi-layered marble from a very special Studio Line series for Rosenthal, marking their centennial anniversary 1880-1979 (or more technically in anticipation of the celebration, I guess). Signed with both the '100 years' mark and the name Rosenthal.
10", oval in shape

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What a Pair

It is rare to find a pair of vintage Italian cased glass candlesticks in such mint condition, especially considering the fact that this turquoise twosome have a separate Bobeche (AKA "wax-catchers" in layman's terms).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Burnt Orange Raymor

A prime example of pop-art perfection in high-gloss glaze. The single polka dot opening of this cylindrical vase, offset in an unpredictable way, makes this piece pure fun over function!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Batik from Bornholm

Lest we forget the 60s wasn't strictly modernist minimal, as flower power and bohemian grooviness abound on the island of Bornholm. It was here that ceramicist Noomi Backhausen created this large centerpiece bowl for Søholm - one of the the oldest pottery factories in Denmark (est. 1878). What impresses me most about this style of decoration is the close approximation to the look batik fabric... realized in stoneware. The sort of feathered effect on the lines gives a blurry softness to the design. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Canary Keepsake

Made mid-century in Murano - this most richly saturated yellow cased glass box...with gold plated fittings. A great place to store your equally treasured valuables.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Grey Gardens

Although we are known as purveyors of fine vintage finds, occasionally we discover treasures of a contemporary nature, such as this Arzberg piece (not current, but certainly made within the last decade). 
We love the grassy motif in greys and green found on this recent acquisition from a German dealer. What it lacks for in age it more than makes up for in design appeal.
shot on location at Hudson River Flowers

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cleopatra's Casserole

Every era seems to have its Egyptian-rival moment (and granted, we are playing a bit of free association here) but considering the fact that this piece of Bavarian porcelain by Prof. Lili Shultz for Hutschenreuther was created in the early was the Elizabeth Taylor epic "Cleopatra"... might it be possible that we are discovering a design inspiration/connection?

13" across

Friday, February 3, 2012

Good Geodes

Two geometrically aligned 'geode' bowls from IVIMA, Portugal, circa 1960. The 4" square has a layers of plum and white, while the 5" triangle's is lined in amber.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gilding By Italy

The amount of real gold decorating this terracotta cylinder from mid-century Italy is quite blinding. No camera-tricks or photoshopping was required to set this beauty ablaze with illumination.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cut to Perfection

This cobalt vessel falls into the category of stunning beauty. The mind-boggling technique used to achieve the very art deco design above was perfected by skilled artisans at the German porcelain company Heinrich in the 50s. The pattern is literally etched through the glaze by hand, using a diamond cutting wheel, to reveal the porcelain body underneath.