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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Friday, April 28, 2017

About Body

Greco Roman Wrestlers by Bela Farkas for Herend, Hungary, made prior to 1939
Classical male athleticism captured for posterity in glorious porcelain.
15" tall
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

About Face

Every interior should have a touch of the eclectic and one thing we are known for here is the unexpected. A great example of this type of whimsy is this 1960s Egyptian-style glass bust by Sweden's Erik Höglund for Kosta.
10" x 5.5"
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Glossy Glass

We just sort of rediscovered this periodical called Philistine, which is edited by one of our favorite prop stylists - David de Quevedo - and little did we know he had put us on the cover! While this copy, Winter 2015, is a past issue, it just turned up on the magazine rack of a recently opened West Village specialty shop called Clover Grocery. Featured above is a chic collection of cased glass from Empoli, Kastrup, and Murano in a color palette that remains very much in fashion.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hot Pink

Every once in a while certain colors will trend. This year, for whatever reason the muses have decreed, pink is the hue of the season.
Top l to r: Barbini bubble gum pink bowl, Flygsfors hot pink bowl, Barbini fuchsia square bowl
Center: Cenedese blush glass candlesticks from the 80s
Bottom: Two cotton candy confections from Barbini
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Rare Pair

Conical vases by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, circa 1950s - notice the fine fluting, or 'sgraffito' in Italian, and the nice shot of shiny saffron colored glaze inside to contrast the chocolate brown matte exterior.
24" and 16" tall
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Egg-cellence

Hostess gift ideas for your holiday gathering - and there's no need to hunt for these, as we have them in stock for your Easter needs.
Top: Malachite eggs, mid-century
Center: Murano Glass, likely Fratelli Toso, 1950s
Bottom: Murano "Scavo" glass paperweights from Cenedese, circa 1960s
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Fruitful Find

Miraculously intact and shown here as it would have been presented originally (sold at the Murano factory shop or here on 5th Ave at the Camer Showroom) as a complete fruit and bowl collection from Barbini,  1950s.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tri-Colored Treasures

Murano hanging pendants - in beautifully saturated jewel tones -  the mix of Cobalt, Emerald and Amethyst makes for a most elegant color combination.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

In The Manner of Alberto Giacommeti

Fresh from a Connecticut mid-century estate, this pair of 21 inch tall gilt bronze figures on marble bases are looking for a new home.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Zoomorphic Modernism

This amazing pair of bowls are from the great Aldo Londi working for Bitossi in the 1950s. A wonderful pair of donkey headed bowls with color blocked interiors. Sold as originally only as a pair, the largest bowl is 16 inches diameter and both are in mint condition.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Triangular Triumph

A very large scale, one-of-a-kind piece by the hand of Eva Staer-Nielsen for Saxbo, where she worked from 1929 - 1968, placing this piece, circa 1950, at the very middle of her tenure at this Danish studio.
 Hexagonal in shape, but with a most interesting and arresting element - the upright and inverse triangles the shape forms on the surface design.
A substantial piece @ 10" x 9.5"
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

Treat your tabletop or brighten your bedside with a fresh accessory.
Mid-Century glazed and gilt boxes from the South of France bring a much needed touch of spring into the home.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Architectural Digest Design Show

We were pleased to be asked by Shawn Henderson, one of our favorite clients and a superstar in the interior design world, to lend our fine ceramics to his showcase at the Architectural Digest Design Show, happening this weekend at the 92nd and 94th Street Piers, here in Manhattan (March 16-19).
Our fine Scandinavian ceramics accentuate his livable luxury aesthetic.
Info and Tickets:
http://addesignshow.com/ 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Windows to Our World

Spring has sprung at The End of History - whether the weather agrees or not! We are feeling the need to brighten up the neighborhood with shades of yellow, green and blues of all hues.
Stop by and see the display in person and get a respite from all the slush that surrounds.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day!

We are closed due to the blizzard & we will re-open on Wednesday - weather permitting
Have fun and be safe out there!
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Fine French Finds

Moorish is more when it comes to these mid-century ceramics from a French artist named Georges Pelletier. We recently rediscovered his work and, of course, can't get enough. These ceramic dishes are meant for either hanging or for tabletop. The patterns and colors are modern yet reminiscent of Moorish tiles and rugs.
Approximately 3 - 5" Square
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Stunning Stålhanes

Three just acquired items created by the hand of the great Carl-Harry Stålhane for Rörstrand, circa 1950s, Sweden.
The 11" greenish glazed vase has a lovely smattering of mottled details near the neck and the blue 7.5" vessle is perfectly periwinkle with a thin illuminated lip at the opening.
The just shy of chartreuse bowl is dizzingly decorated -  an impressive size at 13" in diameter
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