Friday, September 30, 2016

Powered Up

Another one of our favorite categories is architectural models. Here we have a polished aluminum Art Deco model of a power station, 8 inches tall.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gladiator Sandals

One of our favorite categories here at The End of History is Grand Tour souvenirs, made for wealthy American and English visitors in the 18th & 19th Century touring the classical sites of Italy.
Here we have a large pair of Roman feet after the antique dating to the last half of the 19th Century from Italy. 15 inches long.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chic to be Square

This très chic French 50s object features real gold framing a cubist crackled glass glaze interior. Crafted in a town in the South of France called Vallauris - a locale known as a center for pottery. Pablo Picasso created works there during his ceramic years. We've see mirrors, and boxes, but this is our first bowl.
7" square
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Back to Boxes

A staple for our shop is the lidded box...perfect for stashing away a ring or Rolex by the bed.
Above from the top:
A mid-century rosewood box with silver inlayed striations - from Denmark by F. Hingelberg, 1955.
In the center is a classic Art Deco design from the Flambe line created in the 1930s for Rorstrand, Sweden.
The silver inlayed lion is from the Argenta series, 1930s, by Wilhelm Kage for Gustavsberg, Sweden.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trunk Show

An exceedingly rare piece from Denmark's Kahler studio, 1940s. Illuminated by a lustrous magenta copper glaze. Four magnificent pachyderms form the handles on this stunning vessel. 
16" x 13"
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Art Deco Ladies

A stylish pair of 1930s bookends by Florentine ceramic artist Ugo Zaccagnini, each one is just over 7 inches tall, sold as a pair.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shipwreck Treasure

It's not always gold and emeralds that constitute the treasure recovered from shipwrecks, while the Spanish were busy hauling gold from South America, the Dutch and English were transporting something equally as valuable as gold from China, Porcelain. At the time this vase was made in the late 17th Century Europeans were importing porcelain in vast quantities, they had also not yet discovered how porcelain was made, eventually a few decades later the Germans would successfully crack the code after sending spies to China.
 Our example is in perfect condition but still retains traces of marine life from three centuries under the ocean. Markings indicate it was made during the Kangxi period (1661-1722). Just over 11 inches tall.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cubist Ceramics

A pair of Italian vases from the Montelupo based factory of Fratelli Fanciullacci - one of the more prolific makers of colorful pottery during the 20th Century - with over 90% of production created for export to the American market or for other European countries. Playful seems to be their prevailing aesthetic, while this cubist twosome have a more sophisticated color scheme and elegant proportions.
17 inches tall.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Glossy Glass

Photo for Elle Decor by Douglas Friedman
One of the most influential tastemakers in fashion is also a good customer of The End of History. Jeffrey Kalinsky of the eponymous downtown clothing emporium, Jeffrey, came to us for his chic collection of mod Italian cased glass. Featured in the Oct. issue of Elle Decor, you'll see our brightly displayed wares adding a shock of color to an otherwise all white kitchen. His home is close by in the now rather tony West Village. Jeffrey is the very definition of a good neighbor!
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Owellian Orbs

Signed and dated in 1984, a year particularly obsessed with looking to the future. Yet, there is  nothing dystopian about these cheerfully cobalt creations from Murano's Cenedese glass studio. Candlesticks sure, but moderist sculptural objects as well.
10", 13", & 14"
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Monolithic Masterpiece

A monumental achievement in Italian ceramics from the Gambone family - this piece crafted by the famous Guido's son Bruno in the 1960s. A clear case for the theory that talent is indeed hereditary.
Speckled white with a chocolate-brown panel on opposing sides.
21.5" tall
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Vintage Venetian

Mid- century Italian glass with a nod to antiquity, made in Murano by Barovier & Toso. The 1950s minty green and gold flecked fruit bowl above has the most whimsical and unexpected detail - glass pear handles - a modern flourish we have never seen before.
Below is a 1940s bottle and glass with a decidedly Ancient Roman twist - A crest of young warrior pressed into the glass like a recently discovered artifact.
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