Thursday, January 31, 2013

Trunk Show

A precious pachyderm from mid-century Murano. A generous portion of gold decorates this classic elephant sculpture.
10 x 10 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Patterned Pottery

Gilty pleasures from Bitossi...and always preferable to have a matching set. A box with vase in a blue and green basket weave pattern. Italy, 1950s.
Vase: 14"
Box: top, 7"x 4", 2" high

Monday, January 28, 2013


Bronze and Ebony candelabras from either Denmark or Sweden (country origin unknown). Circa 1930...a period where there was a transition from Rococo to streamline. This fanciful pair certainly seems to tow that particular design line.
12.5" tall

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Winning Horse

The horse ...a classic design motif that spans the millennia. This mid-century version is a reproduction of a classical Roman style Equine and is a major statement maker! Cast bronze mounted to a black marble base. 
31" Tall

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Love Birds

Poultry in pottery...a mid century rendering of a rooster and hen by the masterful Danes Michael Andersen & Son. This sculpture has all the hallmarks of the company's artistic director Marianne Starck's work.
10.5 x 10.5

Friday, January 25, 2013

Turning Japanese

A modernist solid bronze vase from mid-century Japan. A great meeting of aesthetics, the shape is space-age and Asian all at once. Plus an interesting patina that seems to indicate the application of rice-paper, perhaps, in the process. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013


The use of repetition in design is always good for creating visual impact. Turquoise, Emerald and Orange - three classic genie bottles from Empoli, Italy. From our experience, we only see this particular shape stopper from sources in England or Germany. 
21-23" tall

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rare Birds

Two bird figurines in the rarest of styles. Designed in the 50s by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Ecru incised with s-curves, burgundy eyes and beaks, & standing on brass legs.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bowled Over

Like the visage of a natural tidal pool (see below) is the intricate glass glaze design of this enormous stoneware ceramic bowl from Søholm Stentøj (pronounced 'Soorholm Staintooy'). It dates from the 60s, which means it was most likely by the famed ceramicist Noomi Backhausen.
A major statement at 14" in diameter

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hole in One-of-a-Kind

A masterful Murano vase with a multi-tonal sommerso. Lovely in it's organic liquidity, hole included.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Really Good Geodes

1950s Murano Sommerso bowl where blue + fuscia makes purple in a delightful light play.
6.5" in diameter
Another magnifiscent opalescent mix with a major twist - a glass pedestal base
Attributable to Seguso, 1950s
7" diameter, 3.5" high

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Towering Barovier & Toso

Elegance embodied in a Venetian floor lamp. At just shy of 6', a towering achievement indeed...from the venerable Murano factory of Barovier & Toso, circa 1950.  Rewired for the modern world and finished with our own custom Lucite base.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ceramic Sensation

An Italian ceramic lamp with a cork-like texture in a gorgeously golden glaze. Monumental and heavy - if this was a vase, it would certainly be the biggest single piece of Italian pottery we'd have seen. Likely a Raymor import for the mid century American market.
32" tall with shade and 15" wide

Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Still Life"of Pi

A truly unique (as in one-of-a-kind) circa 1960s Murano glass tiger sculpture with a fascinating provenance...from the private collection of the Cenedese family estate itself. This Bengal beauty is grand in both scale as well as importance - 13" tall and 15" from nose-tip to tail!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Lifestyle expert Colin Cowie shares our wares on yesterday's Today show. In a piece on creating Zen in the home, Colin adds the Pantone color of the season - Emerald Green. Our mention comes up in the segment at around 2:15

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ultra-Fine Friberg

Berndt Friberg was one of the great potters at Gustavsberg in Sweden. He began throwing for no less than the likes of Wilhelm Kåge and Stig Lindberg. Eventually gaining enough experience to have his own studio within the company and developing a distinctive aesthetic all his own. The three pieces above are in a surface he developed called "Hare’s Fur" glaze. Known to be a perfectionist, he never allowed for a work to be released that wasn't up to his high standards. As a result, he was an award winning ceramicist and we have museum quality works that hold tremendous value today. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bookmark These Bookends

Attributable to Seguso, this pair of rich amber colored Murano bookends are paperweight heavy and gorgeously bubbled.
6" high each

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Scandinavia Ephemera

Proof positive of the refined nature of Rörstrand pottery. Evidenced by this original advertisement showing that, even in 1951, these works were considered gallery worthy, to be shown on Madison Avenue...the center of the art world at the time.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Feeling Dotty

A return to Upsala, Sweden, for this Ekeby lamp by Ingrid Atterberg. Hand painted with what seems like a thousand yellow glazed dots on matte brown pottery and finished with teak fittings.
36" to the top of the drum shade

Friday, January 11, 2013


You know I love a still life, especially an Italian tile table top such as this, painted by Enzo Borgini for Alvino Bagni. The perfect little occasional pop of color. Cubism with legs.
12" square, 16" high

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Op-Art Opulence

A dizzying pair of amethyst colored Bohemian cut crystal vases from Germany in the 60s - bring to mind the Op-Art works of Victor Vasarely or Verner Panton.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Back to School

UPDATE: A spectacular underwater garden scene or "Havsflora" as the line is called by a way to continue the motif called Spectra that was originally designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson. Matte chocolate brown stoneware decorated with shells and a school of fish with a hand-painted glaze technique - which makes this large charger a true piece of art. 
15" diameter
*Note we have the original Spectra lamps and vases to match.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

More Martha

A lovely way to start the new year...with an editorial in this month's Martha Stewart Living on all things Scandinavian...
3 mottled glaze ceramics, all by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand, Sweden 1950s
from l to r: Blue spherical vase from Marsellis, Sweden, 1940s
Small bud vase from Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden 1950s
Blue vase by Wilhelm Kage for Gustavsberg, Denmark 1950s
Bowl from Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden 1950s

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Horse of a Different Color

It never ceases to amaze that we can be surprised by yet another new iteration of a classic. This 1950s horse by Aldo Londi for Bitossi has never come in this particular glaze - Mottled Chartreuse!
UPDATE: And then there were two...the even rarer Bull just arrived!
10" x 10" (Horse)
12" x 6" (Bull)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Our Latest Twins

Meet the Murano duo that has just arrived stateside. Late 20th Century meets Neoclassicism with gold leaf floating in amber glass. Fabulous for the mantle and a great shape for flowers.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Quan Yin Porcelain

Intended to suggest the Chinese figurines that were once carved from a single ivory tusk, this is, in reality, a rare American porcelain figure created by the Boehm company. While there were only 81 ever made, this is from the first edition from 1956 (1 of 60). Quan Yin is an enduring decorative motif, as she is considered Buddha in female form.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Brightly Bitossi

A perfect pairing of Italian ceramics in yummy lemon yellow, chocolate brown, and a dash of vanilla.
Bitossi, Montelupo Italy, 1950s
12", 9"

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Eighties Oddities

A technique in blown/cut glass we believe is unique to Antonio Daros for Cenedese circa the new wave 1980s! Classic Murano fused caning with an important twist - hand etched with a diamond wheel to create added textural interest to the exterior of the vases.
top: 12"
mid: 9.5"
btm: 12.5"

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Some bubbly from Karl Leutner for Heirich's special Gemmo line.
Germany, 1950s
9" and 11"