In honor of today's annual Mermaid's Day Parade
on Coney Island, I give you three seductive works depicting the
mythical muses. Above is a plate created in the mid-century by an artist
named Sagittaire in the Valluris region of the South of France and below, a pair of Swedish porcelain figurines created in the 1940s by Harald Salomon for Rörstrand.
The plate is 9" in diameter
The statuettes are 16" in height
This bright and cheerful collection of Bitossi "Tirassegno" (Dartboard) patterned pieces was designed by Aldo Londi, made in Italy from the late 60s into the 70s, and imported by Rosenthal Netter for the American consumer.
6" - Far right planter, 7" - Pair of Candle Sticks, 9" - Vase, 16.5" - Taller Vase
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Follow us on instagram http://instagram.com/theendofhistory
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. Follow us on instagram http://instagram.com/theendofhistory
Murano hanging pendants - in beautifully saturated jewel tones - the mix of Cobalt, Emerald and Amethyst makes for a most elegant color combination. Follow us on instagram http://instagram.com/theendofhistory
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There is nothing quite like the fabulous vintage hand blown glass , the rare ceramics, and the marvelous mid-century modern furniture found at "The End of History". We opened our shop in Manhattan's West Village in 1997. Since then we have amassed more decorative objects from the 50's & 60's in one room than anywhere in the world. As a result we've become the go-to for top editors from magazines as well as a choice source to the best interior designers in the world. We will update this blog often... and as new publications come out and exciting new items hit our shelves!