Monday, March 31, 2014

Every Penguin Needs........

......a matching bowl!
 While the Swedish penguins go for a stylish yet somewhat severe minimal realism, the Italian penguin about town goes for a chocolate and gold ensemble that would not be out of place on the runways of Milan. Instead of a designer bag as a key accessory this penguin smartly picks an Aldo Londi for Bitossi designed dish to complement his bold plumage.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pop Art

From the island of Murano comes this 60s nod to Pop Art with primary bursts of color and bits of copper sparkle. Large enough to be used as a centerpiece in a Roy Lichtenstein inspired room or in the same room as your Lichtenstein it is 14" in length.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

French Dragon

A small ceramic bowl by French artist Jean Lurçat from the late 1940s or early 50s.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

March Mosaics

Once again we are offering the crackle glazed Aldo Londi for Bitossi ceramics we love so much. On the left the box is 7.5" long and the tray is 9" long. Sold individually but really, who would want to break up this couple?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Crème de la Crème

When it comes to Italian cased glass, this impressive Empoli centerpiece bowl is as good as it gets. Just acquired from an important private Manhattan collection.
 I have wanted to buy this piece for a long time, over ten years, but the collector would never part with it until the new husband who doesn't like chartreuse entered the room, and I left the room with the golden chalice so to speak. 13" wide & 10" tall.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Game of Kilns

With HBO's Game of Thrones about to start it's 4th season, this pair of maidens appear to be plucked from the sub tropical castle gardens of King's Landing, as seen by Pablo Picasso.
 Marked only "Italy" in painted script and clearly hand modeled, they are by an unknown artist.
Aldo Londi, House of Baratheon? It doesn't matter, their stature is royal and surreal. The Queen is 12" tall.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Teenage couple on Hudson Street 1963 by Diane Arbus.

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Fish Dish

This is the largest piece of deep mosaic glazed Bitossi we've ever seen at 19" long and almost one inch thick. In the past we have seen box lids and smaller vases with this rare technique that was developed by Aldo Londi for the luxury American market in the 50s & 60s.
Complete with the original Raymor importers label confirming the manufacturer.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Perfect Pachyderm

From Murano and most likely by Barovier & Toso, this baby Elephant was born in the 1950s.
6" tall and 7" long.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

New Leaf

One of the best Arne Bang vine decorated vases we have ever seen. This time he's using an oak leaf, the first time we've seen this particular motif on one of his vases. Made in the 30s/40s and 6.5" tall, from his own studio.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Venus De Mid Century

Created sometime in the 1950s by Kai Lindborg, the son of the founder of Denmark's Humelbaek ceramic studio, this sculpture is 9" tall and the most beautiful shade of light celadon.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Mod Cased Glass

Bright and bold Italian Empoli jars from the swinging 60s. Each one is 11' tall.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Orange and Gold.......

....are my favorite colors. Bright and bold from Bitossi, made for the American market in the 1950s.
A pagoda lidded jar at 6"tall and a fruit compote with 9" of diameter to display your delicious things.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

He Sells Sea Shells

At 22" in length this giant sea shell is carved out of one piece of pink veined marble and is one heavy duty piece of art. Sculpted by Rusty Hilbert and dated 1980, mounted on it's original black laminate base.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gunnar Goes Wild

Gunnar Nylund created this charming mother penguin and chick for Rörstrand sometime in the 1950s. The characteristic "haresfur" glaze that he was so famous for works well on the chick and is so lifelike that we might have to change the name of the glaze to "chickdown".
Mother is 10" tall and they are sold as a pair.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Designer Bags

Our new custom designed shopping bags have arrived. Photography and graphic design by:

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mini Grand Tour

Circa 1850, this bronze, marble and malachite petite pitcher was made for the 19th century tourists visiting the ancient wonders of Pompei or Rome. Just shy of 5" tall.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mane Mystery

Not Italy, but where are you from my golden blue beauty? We have seen this ceramic horse over the years in a small version but never a giant one like this...At almost 14" tall and unmarked.  This mid century foal is looking for a new stable.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Gunnar Goes Green

Three more beautiful vases from the great Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, all from the 1950s.
The tallest one is 12.5"

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mexico City to Beijing

This pair of sterling silver fluted bowls with dragon legs were made for the legendary Mexico City department store Sanborns circa 1935. just over 4" in diameter and sold as a pair. A delightful synthesis of Chinese and Art Deco styling with Mexican flair and craftsmanship.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Two early career Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997) pieces from his long tenure with Rörstrand, The Swedish factory he is most closely associated with. Because the marks do not include the word "Sweden",  we know these to be from the 30s or 40s - as they didn't start marking the country of origin until after 1951. The concentric circle motif reads very deco to my eye. Lovely deep blue/green glaze on heavy stoneware. Very handsome as a pair.
9.5", 10"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chinoiserie Chic

An elaborately carved jade lid atop a low copper vessel, circa 1930s Chinese Republic period . The floral design represented on the base is mirrored in the jade lid, while the interior is lined with a powder blue enamel. 
3" x 8"

Monday, March 10, 2014

Earning Our Stripes

A sweetly striped petite ceramic zebra from American potter Betty Harrington for Ceramic Arts Studio, Madison, Wisconsin, circa 1940s. In 1942, Betty Harrington visited the Ceramic Arts Studio and asked the owners to fire a figurine she had sculpted from clay found in her backyard.  Recognizing her artistic talent, co-owner Reuben Sand refused a fee, but instead asked Harrington to model more figures.  It was the beginning of Harrington’s career as a potter—in the next 14 years she designed more than 800 figurines for the company.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Winning Horse

A much more literal interpretation of the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD) horse sculptures (below) than we are accustomed to seeing from the Italian factory Bitossi - Realized here in vibrant lemon yellow and emerald green.
13" x 17"

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Groovy Gertrud

A wonderful small pale olive vessel by Gertrud Lönegren for Rörstrand. Her tenure at the renown Swedish factory only lasted from 1937-1942, resulting a small selection of studio pieces. All this makes her work during this period highly desirable. 
Nice proportions at 5" x 5"

Friday, March 7, 2014

Slick Studio Ceramic

A category of German ceramics that we've recently discovered is this kind of two toned 'oil slick' glazed and forced crazed look from the hand of Paul Dressler for Grootenburg. They always seem to incorporate a green that leans either emerald or more turquoise/teal - as seen here, The red underglaze is probably a result of oxidized copper used in the process.
A great size @ 14.5" x 9.5"

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sterling Stunner

A huge faceted quartz crystal embellishes this mesmerizing example of modernist art jewelry. What appears in my photo to be an extravagant engagement ring is in reality a super-sized bracelet. Created by Swedish designer Åke Lindström for Bengt Hallberg - Hallmarked Sterling Silver, 1972.
7" around (2.5" in diameter) with a 1" stone 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Brutal Beauty

A steel tabletop sculpture in the manner of Miró - but with the roughness of the brutalists. A deliberate rustiness adds appropriate age to the material.
American, 1960s 
21" wide x 15" high

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another Really Good Gunnar

Marked 'UNIK" - as in unique - as in one-of-a-kind! This was created for the factory Nymölle in the early 60s when Gunnar Nylund returned to Copenhagen after a stint in Sweden (working for Stromberg). A playful cubist pattern in an unusual purple color pallet - a gradation from lavender to plum.  
Very tall at 18"

Monday, March 3, 2014

Glazed Doughnut

A delicious 50s confection made of clay - this vase from Bitossi features lime and orange stripes. Just yummy!
7" x 4"

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Brilliant Bullicante

The term "Bullicante" is not only closely associated with the effervescent glass of Archimede Seguso, but the technique is in fact an invention of the man himself. First developed in the 1930s, the process was influential to the entire Murano glass trade to follow. This late 1940s piece in emerald and gold is a prime example of the bubbly style.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Flavio of the Week

Another spectacular perfume from Flavio Poli for Seguso Vetri D'Arte, Murano, 1950s in a robust color combination of Raspberry and Cobalt blue - an almost signature palette for the maestro.