Saturday, May 31, 2014

Massive Murano

A grand Venetian centerpiece bowl from the 1970s or 80s in a delicious taupe with silver leaf throughout, on a hobnail base. This piece is unsigned but is clearly from a Murano master.
19 1/2 inches in diameter.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Itaian Big Cat

This floor sized Italian ceramic leopard is 20 inches tall sitting down. Completely hand modeled and made for the American market in the 1960s. We're not sure of the maker because he's just marked "Made in Italy".

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

French African

A striking and beautiful West African style mask in a raku glazed ceramic made in France sometime in the mid 20th Century. We purchased this piece from a dealer in France  and we feel that it's a piece from Vallauris in the South of France. It's signed VY and is 16 inches tall.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

African Money

Bronze currency from Africa, Congo, heavy cast, in an open circular shape with linear incisions and central ridge, early 20th Century. Diameter: 4.5 inches + custom base.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What's Your Sign?

A large 1930s Cowan Pottery Zodiac wall plaque by Paul Schreckengost. Teal. Marked on bottom, " By Paul Schreckengost, Gem Clay Forming Co, Sebring, Ohio. 14 inches diameter.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on May 30th 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. After World War I the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war. It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May.
 The End of History will be closed today.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Handmade Travertine

A travertine marble hand on a walnut base by California sculptor Robert Thomas (1924-1987) dated 1983 and signed. The hand can be displayed up or down and is 14 inches long.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Back to Japan

A fantastic pair of Fukagawa Arita porcelain vases with entwined dragons from the late 19th Century or early 20th Century.
The Fukagawa factory was established by Chuji Fukagawa in 1894 and won many international prizes at worlds fairs into the early 20th Century. Both 12.5 inches tall.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Swiveling Bronze

An abstract swiveling bronze mid century sculpture on a wooden base by an unknown artist. This unsigned bronze beauty is 11 inches wide and 10 inches tall.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Accolades for Accolay

These matte finish variegated blue ceramic vessels were made by Accolay, a french pottery company that was in existence from 1945-1989. All 5 pieces are in the "Gaulois" style from the 1950s and range in size from 6" to 15".
Accolay Pottery was started in the small village of Accolay, France in 1945 by four friends, André Boutaud, Slavic Paley, Louis Dangon and Raude. They were making ceramic buttons, mostly for themselves, when they were approached by fashion designer Christian Dior who gave them an order for 300 pieces.  After Dior's collection was featured in magazines they received additional orders and with this success launched their business. On October 26, 1945 they set up their first shop in an abandoned factory in Accolay. Over the next few years their product offering and business quickly grew.
Accolay sold many pieces from service stations along RN6 and RN7, both major roadways to the South of France. In 1958 they built a large store alongside a Caltex service station on RN6 just outside of Vermenton, which would become a roadside institution for years to come.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Major Meiji Bronze

A wonderful pair of Japanese bronze bamboo form tripod candlesticks dating to the late 19th Century.
12 inches tall.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Just in From Sweden

"Nigeria" vase by Mari Simulsson for Upsala-Ekeby, 1950s in a monumental size 18".

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Barbini Beauty

Whenever anyone asks me about my favorite designer from the vast selection we carry I always say Alfredo Barbini of Murano and of all of his work, the orange pieces with the controlled bubbles and gold top my list. Pieces like this compote were made in Venice in the 1950s for the luxury American market. Nobody else does this color that can only be described as Barbini Orange, a kind of reddish deep coral that is one of his signatures. Thirteen inches tall.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Big in Finland

A large and gorgeous centerpiece bowl by Friedl Holzer-Kjellberg for Arabia dating to the 1950s and a little shy of 15 inches in diameter.

Bob Bennett Bronze

This elegant bronze sculpture on a black marble base is by American sculptor Bob Bennett and is signed and dated 1984, #51 0f 150.
23 inches tall.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hutschenreuther Pearls

The front of this fantastical 1960s Hutschenreuther porcelain vase is covered in porcelain beads with a metalic glaze that make them look like Tahitian pearls, just over eight inches tall.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Royal Copenhagen Perfection

 A ceramic vase designed by Patrick Nordstrom with Knud Andersen, who made the bronze Lid and base. 8.25 inches tall. This example was commissioned by the Royal Copenhagen stoneware studio in 1957. Although Patrick Nordstrom died in 1929 the studio continued to commission important pieces from the great designers into the 1970s when the stoneware studio was closed.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Glen Davis Sculpture

Glen Davis was an active member of Pittsburgh's "Group A". Group A was a group of artists who's purpose was to advance the acceptance of Abstract art in Pittsburgh in the mid 20th Century. Davis was an accountant by trade and sold few works of art during his lifetime.This sculpture was purchased from his estate and is the second one we've had the pleasure of selling.
Date: c. 1960-70s
Medium: welded metal on wood base
Dimensions: 29 x 6 x 6.5 inches

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It's Greek to Me

The Athens based jewelry firm Lalaounis is famous for it's reproductions of ancient Greek classical style jewelry in 24k gold and has been in business since the 1940s. This fantastic hand hammered sterling silver and silver gilt bowl dates from the 1960s and is six inches tall.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Barovier Beads

A beautiful Barovier gold glass bead necklace from Venice circa 1950. Sixteen inches long.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Modernist Murano

A fantastic abstract signed Murano glass sculpture from the 1960s by Livio Seguso.
Thirteen inches tall.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Seguso Stunner

Although it's only nine inches tall, this late 1960s Art Deco style vase from Seguso is a commanding presence.
Thick casing with a polished top and layers of gold over a beautiful light blue make this a perfect piece for your seaside retreat.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Gold Standard

A dramatic centerpiece bowl from one of our favorite  German porcelain makers, Hutschenreuther.
This beauty is covered in 24k gold with a repeating floral pattern. Circa 1920, 12 inches wide and 6 inches tall.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

The End of History in China

Recently we had the pleasure of a visit from Elle Wang, a writer for China's leading luxury travel magazine Voyage. They just came out with their New York issue and we are included on a list of places that are a must see in the West Village.

West Village 纽约西村

The End of History方寸 间的天堂
“历史的尽头”是全 世界拥有最多中世纪玻 璃和瓷器工艺品收藏的 店家。全美顶级的室内设 计师也是这里的常客。 同样是一个小小的单间, 面积也许还不过普通人 家的客厅,却集聚了全世 界各地精品,稍稍走上 几步,小小地原地转上一 圈,你便在不经意见饱览 了欧洲、北美、非洲和亚 洲的精品,每个角度都有 一番独特的风景。恍惚 间,有一种整个世界浓缩 在眼前的华丽。无论你 是世界顶级的室内设计 师还是对收藏知之甚少 的游客,热情的店主人 Stephen 先生都愿意为 你介绍藏品背后的历史 以及他们邂逅的故事, 比如亚洲的设计风格是 怎样传入北欧的瑞典并 与之融合的。 地址:548 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 营业时间:周一~周五: 12:00 pm~9:00 pm; 周六, 周日: 1:00 pm~6:00 pm 电话:(212)647-7598

Another Aquarium

Another beautiful example of one of Alfredo Barbini's Murano glass aquariums for Cenedese.
Circa 1950s, 9" by 6".

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pompeii to Paris

In the late 18th & early 19th Century Europe was enthralled with the recent excavations of Pompeii & Herculaneum. Bronze candlesticks and lamp stands like this were all the rage.
In France this classical revival was known as Empire style and in England, Regency.
 Our pair of bronze lamps were made in France in the mid 20th Century as electric lamps.
27 inches tall.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Venini Obelisk

Purple and white flames inside a clear glass 16" tall glass obelisk make this classical shape into a vibrant modernist sculpture from the 1960s. Designed by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Margot Kempe Sculpture

Margot Kempe (1898-1981) was a German/American sculptor who moved to the United States in 1947 and was associated with Greenwich House here in Greenwich Village, known for it's ceramic arts programs, as a teacher.
This example of her work in a Brutalist/Cubist manner and executed in ceramic was made some time in the 1960s, 15 inches tall including the black painted original wooden base.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Real Red

Just arrived from Europe these 3 Empoli cased glass pieces are the most beautiful bright red.
The vase and the bottle with the ball stopper are both 13 inches tall.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Orange Lacquer

Just in from one of my favorite dealers in Japan is this beautiful burnt orange lacquer dish by one of Japan's most famous lacquer artists, Heian Zohiko. This piece was made sometime in the 1980s and comes with it's original wooden presentation box. 9.5 inches in diameter.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pewter Pair

Bowls that are tables or tables that are bowls? This handsome pair of Danish rosewood and pewter bowl form tables date to the 1960s and are signed Varna.
16" tall and 14" wide.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Artist Unknown

Recently acquired  from a Chicago collection this aluminum freeform sculpture on a travertine base is unsigned but most likely American from the 1960s. At 27 inches tall it would look perfect on your rosewood credenza or your Louis XVI marquetry gueridon.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Once again we are proud to be loaning our wares to the wonderful Kips Bay Decorator Show House that opened today at 457 Madison Avenue through the end of the month.
 This year we partnered with Gideon Mendelson of
Gideon Mendelson crafted his Lady's Lair for a very particular woman: "she's powerful and still beautiful," Mendelson said, "and that's what I think this room is." The design is in many ways a story of dichotomies: hard woods and soft suede (both on the walls), angular geometrics (on the ceiling panel) and soft curves (on the mirror), as examples.
We loaned many of the vases in his room as well as the important Knud Kyhn sculpture of gooming monkeys for Royal Copenhagen.

Funds raised go towards programs for Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club of New York.
To enrich and enhance the quality of life for young people by providing educational and developmental programs, with special emphasis on youngsters between ages 6-18 who come from disadvantaged or disenfranchised circumstances.

Archaic Bronze

In the pre-dynastic period of Chinese history known as the Archaic period (1900 BC-221BC), skilled metalworkers were creating bronze vessels like these for ceremonial use and as burial offerings.
 The example here was most likely made in Japan sometime in the middle of the 20th Century and is 15 1/2 inches tall.