Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thorny Design

An iconic piece of mid century Danish ceramic design, the Rosentorn (rose thorn) vase by Knud Basse for Michael Andersen & Sons. Knud Basse worked for Michael Andersen from 1960 to 1963 and produced this stunning design in several sizes for a very limited time, our example is the largest size made at 10 inches tall. A large imposing and important example of Danish design.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

What's in a Lid

Sometimes the value lies in the lid - as evidenced here with this charming bunny pull atop a vessel by Bing & Grondhal from the 1940s - very much in the style of the smaller vessel with a seahorse pull by Royal Copenhagen - I'm guessing they shared a designer in Thorkild Olsen.
Bunny - 11"
Seahorse - 6"
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Barbini for the Ballroom

A very large Alfredo Barbini globe chandelier circa late 1940s, early 50s. Fluted and fabulous this beauty is just in need of a large space. Total length is 42 inches.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Studies in Cerulean

Denmark's Kähler company has been running as a ceramic factory for 175 years. This stunning blue-green grouping from the 1930s was created by a long-term studio artisan by the name of Jens Thirslund. The glaze is a fabulous mix of blues and greens - an intriguing variation in the viscosity of the glaze application gives the surfaces their textural complexity.

The most impressive of the group is urn shape on the left - 14.5" tall and 12" in diameter
The vase next to it is 15" and the smallest is 9" tall
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trés Chic, No?

In the British Telegraph Sunday newspaper feature titled "Inside Jeweller Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s Bijoux New York Apartment", we get a nice mention for the glass objects from our shop, which we know she covets. The occasional residence and private showroom of one of our most stylish clients - this pied-à-terre, is designed as a jewel-box, with our gem-stone colored glass bottles and Barbini Murano lamp (below) serving as literal jewels for the home.
Photo credit: Mark C. O'Flaherty 
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Danish Masterpiece

A large and perfect Carl Halier for Royal Copenhagen urn with a custom gilt bronze lid and stand by Knud Andersen in the very desirable Sung glaze developed by Axel Salto. Our beauty was made in the 1930s and is 12 inches tall. Purchased from a private collection in Sweden this is it's first time on the market since the 1960s.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Fantastic Figures

Animals and birds add a element of fantasy or whimsy to even the most elegant of interiors. We love mixing figural fauna into our shelves and tablescapes as an added element of interest - the cabinet of curiosities effect.
These are not your granny's tchotchkes!
Above are by from mid-century Spain by Alfaraz - Canine is 12" x 5", Pony is 9" x 7"
Below is a rare Bird by Guido Gambone for Bitossi - 8" x 5"
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trompe L'Oeil Treasures

We commonly refer to our decorative items as 'Jewellery for the Home' - but in these instances, the term holds a more literal meaning. The beads in each example are attached to the object - giving them a surreal sensibility that is very End of History.
  • 12" x 9" Vase, Italy , 1950s by Zaccagnini
  • From 6-12" - Mirrors made in the South of France in the 50s
  • 7"h Vase and 5"w Bowl, Italy, 1950s,  by Batignani
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

France in the 1920s

A large and impressive Art Deco ceramic vase by Joseph Mougin (French, 1876-1961), Nancy vase, signed and numbered on base, 12 inches tall x 12 inches diameter.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Living In The Fast Lane

We are very excited that our decorative objects are well represented in the upcoming February issue of Architectural Digest. In a profile of designer Shawn Henderson's wonderful interior for Nascar Driver Jimmie Johnson's West Village apartment, which he shares with wife Chandra and two adorable daughters. Many of the vases and bowls are now a part of this couple's collection of 20th century objects, adding to the playfully chic look of their Manhattan pad.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Italy in the 1940s

A magnificent Italian black bisque ceramic with glazed hair and laurel wreath bust of Julius Caesar, circa late 1940s. Marked "Made in Italy", 13 inches tall.
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Monday, January 2, 2017


It is our sincere desire for a New Year filled with peaceful meditation on prosperity, well being, inspiration and enlightenment. The Buddha is an enduring symbol of all these intentions and more.
Top to Bottom:
  •  12" Gold/ Blue Ceramic Buddha by Gambone, Italy, 1950s
  • 5.5" Polished Bronze, Japan, 19th Century 
  • 7.5" Natural Patina Bronze, Japan, 19th Century 
  • 15" White Ceramic Buddha by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, 1950s 
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