Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stunning in Silver

Lovely for a mantle or sideboard, a rare pair of matching 1950s urn shaped vases by Seguso, Italy.
Black Murano glass with silver leaf, unexpected and seen far less frequently than the more common gold.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Geometry from Italy

Brightly colored Murano lidded canisters in gorgeous geometric shapes make a bold modernist statement on a drinks trolley or curated counter. All vessels by Vistosi, 1960s
Sizes range from 5 - 8"
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Horse is a Horse

 Bitossi, Italy - extremely rare in solid gold glaze
18" x 15" - The largest size they offered
Sascha Brastoff, USA - 1950s
17" x 10"
Italian (maker unknown) - 1950s
 13.5" x 12" 
Of Course, of course  - unless you are talking about the rare gilded variety shown here! The price of gold was relatively lower in the mid-century, making it possible for artisans to utilize the actual ore in the glazing process.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Vanity Fair

Barbini, circa 1950s Italy
Barbini, circa 1950s Italy
Empoli Apothecary Jars, 1960s Italy
 Empoli Apothecary Jars, 1960s Italy 
Perfumes by Portieux Vallerysthal, 1950s France 
  Perfumes by Portieux Vallerysthal, 1950s France
There was a time when a powder room was not complete without a dash of sparkle on the vanity. Whether you chose to use an apothecary jar or perfume bottle as they were originally intended, or  purely for decorative reasons, a bit of glass adds an air of elegance by the bath or near the sink.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Swedish Sensation

No one did whimsy quite as well as Mari Simmulson for Upsala Ekeby

This Swedish miss looks like one of her quirky 1950s characters that she featured on this cubist ceramic cube (6.5" x 6" x 3") decorated with her unique vision of surprised gals observing wild birds and vases. Surreal and wonderful!
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Bookmark These Bookends

A classic Barbini pair - an Apple and Pear
 This Barbini set gets right to the point
A wave of excitement for this Murano pair
Heavy weighted Murano glass bookends from mid-century Italy add color to your bookshelf, beautiful with or without books in between.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Raging Bull

A beautiful Italian ceramic mid-century bull with removable iron horns by Alvino Bagni, 10" 25cm  long.
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pretty in Pastels

Just in time for Mother's Day - a selection of 1970s Rosenthal porcelain vases with a water lily motif designed by Alain Le Foll.  A lovely mixed metal tableau - large flowering lilly pads of gold, copper, and platinum, surrounded by pastel flowers and fronds.
5.5"- 9"
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