Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fifty Shades of Gunnar

A marvelously mottled mix from the great Gunnar Nylund of Rorstrand fame. Swedish mid-century at its finest.
12", 11", 6"

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mixed Media Mari

From Upsala Ekeby, comes this large red clay vase of many textures. Created in the 50's by Mari Simmulson, the top is a chocolate brown, high-gloss glaze, the middle section is speckled like cork and carved to create a fluting that reveals the true brick color of the natural material, and at the very bottom...an unexpected pop of white.
16" tall

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gorgeous Gorham

A stunning silver plated centerpiece from noted American company Gorham with a teal glass interior bowl. With its repetitive polka dots, this 1960s original is giving me a very Yayoi Kusama feeling - With a retrospective at the Whitney Museum and her art seen in public spaces from Manhattan to Japan, to her designs for Louis Vuitton, dots are having their moment.
10" diameter

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kryptonite Super-Glass

Great lime green glass that seem to have arrived from Superman's planet of Krypton. In all actuality, these three glass obelisks are from the Venetian factory of Archimede Seguso.
1950s labels on base
15.5", 14", 10.5"

Friday, July 27, 2012

Let The Games Begin

In honor of the Olympic opening ceremony this evening, we present a French Art Deco sculpture from the 1930s. This mixed-metal man throws the javelin atop a pink marble base.
9" tall, perfect for a gentleman's desk or library shelf

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Reed All About It

Here's an unusual one...this perfectly square shaped Italian bowl is made by fusing dozens of glass rods together to form a solid object. This is the first time I think I've seen this technique, and the result is such saturated color that it appears to be plastic....that is until you touch it. The texture gives it a reed or bamboo look and feel.
12" square

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Arabian Knights

Caged cased glass in a smokey grey tone, created in Empoli, Italy in the 1950s . At 26" tall, there is a certain majestic quality to this pair of stoppered bottles... giving them (in my mind's eye) the look of giant chess pieces.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Retail Reminder

When uptown in Manhattan, do remember to stop into Barneys New York on Madison and 60th and visit our shop-within-a-shop in the Chelsea Passage department. We've recently replenished our goods of exquisite vintage glass to compliment their modern wares.

Photography courtesy of Michael Torres Studios

Monday, July 23, 2012

On Mayan Time

Everyone knows 2012 is the time to collect Mayan...such as this turquoise hued mosaic and brass humidor, c.1950s, from famed Mexican artist and jeweler Salvador Teran.
6" x 7" x 2"high

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hold a Candle to These

Modernist Japanese Brass Candlesticks, 1950s
Taller Pair = 23"
Shorter = 16"

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Horsing Around

A tender moment with mother and foal, dated 1959, by Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen.
 A mottled masterwork in the multidimensional "Sung" glazing technique and another example of size mattering... at 15.5" wide and 13" tall.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Shell Shocking

A super-huge Seguso shell with plenty of gold leaf and bubbles galore...in a size I simply have never seen before. The aqua colored shell in the background is shown for comparison & is a more typical size. The giant Conch measures 14" across and 12" high!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Perfect Parallelograms

Clear glass bowls with a dash of aubergine...from Cenedese, 1960s, etched signature and original labels in tact.
6" x 6"

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I Can See the Future

A rare signed vintage "Crystal Ball" by Nason & Moretti, circa 1960s. The glass content is a mix of hues that gives it a otherwordly  pink and purple glow. My prediction: This item won't last long in the shop!
7" shpere

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tutti Fruitti Bowl

Tremendous both in scale and importance! Jewel tones floating in a sea of gold dust and featuring a biomorphic underside...the signature shape from the factory of Seguso. This is one real centerpiece bowl.
10" X 3"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Why Weight?

With its controlled bubble and generous gold content , this has got to be my favorite paperweight. Italy, 1950s. 
around 3"h x 4"w

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wrapping it Up

We love a pattern reminiscent of wrapping papers...this is just Bavarian at its boldest! The gorgeous grouping is from the West German porcelain factory called Hutschenreuther, 1960s.
heights in descending order: 14.5",13", 10", 9"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

All About Alabaster

This is a truly spectacular selection of never used, vintage, Italian Alabaster bases that we recently turned into the lamps they were waiting to be. The single lamp in the center is like an illuminated Henry Moore. All circa 1950.
heights from l to r: 32", 30", 35"

Friday, July 13, 2012

This Just In

In part an homage to the beloved sculptress Barbara Hepworth, comes our latest masterpiece from future legend (and our own resident contemporary sculptor) BJ Las PoƱas! Measuring 25" X 20" this piece is constructed with hollow welded bronze. The "strings" elements are high-grade stainless steel wire. This sculpture has wonderful movement and is deceivingly lightweight for its size.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Meet Our Latest Twins

We've decided to name this matching pair: "Olive" and "Arabesque". Born of Italian descent, in the 1960's. They strike quite an impressive stance at 30" tall.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Polka Dots Published

Jenny Fischbach, a partner at the venerable NY designers Cullman & Kravis was responsible for placing our Swedish polka dotted Ekeby vases front and center in this tony Upper East Side townhouse...as featured in the May/June issue of recently launched shelter magazine: New York Cottages and Gardens.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Molecular Modernism

This vase is simply stunning in its stark design of a golden molecular motif. The maker is the porcelain company Furstenberg...the design illustrates the meeting of science & industry in the late 20th century.
10" tall

Monday, July 9, 2012

Try Tri Again

Another terrific triple colored light fixture, this time in a softer color palette, from Vistosi, Italy. 1950s
Each shade measures 17" (heights can be adjusted to your needs)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Great Neptune

A wonderful vintage Italian ceramic lidded box decorated with the imagery of Neptune, the mythological god. It is marked on the inside of the lid, quite ironically, BRONZINI...also the name of a Mediterranean Sea Bass.
height 9" width 6.5"

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Designer Destination

When the Japanese magazine "SPUR" asked the award-winning fashion designer Phillip Lim where he recommends their readers shop when in New York City, he pointed to The End of History as one of his must-see spots. It is quite true that he loves our shop...as evidenced by his ongoing patronage.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Marbled Glass

Signed Franco Moretti, an Italian glass piece in tones of teal and rust with a lovely smattering of silver-leaf. The look reminds me so much of that beautiful Italian marbled stationary...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Whole Wide World

Known as a "Teaching Globe" from the 1960s, it was actually drawn on (and erasable) with a special wet marker. HUGE at over 5 feet tall and over 3 feet wide!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Red, White, & Blue

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pleased as Punch

What summer party is perfect without some frosty punch for your festive guests? This satin finish glass bowl and 10 cups is an as yet un-used vintage find...right here in black and white!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Heat Wave

This summer heatwave has me thinking about sunny accessories.
Classic Danish Holmegaard "Gulvases" flank the most unusual Italian ceramic...an odd mix of column and vessel by Mancioli for importer Raymor. So cool they're HOT.
l to r: 17", 14", 14.5"  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bird Bowl

A signed Gambone ceramic bowl from Italy in the 1950s. Most unusual, so you had better move fast, because I have a feeling this bird is about to take-off
8" in width from beak to the tip of its tail-feather