Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Raymond Loewy for Mengel Furniture, Tall Chest

Raymond Loewy was one of the most important industrial designers of the twentieth century, designing everything from automobiles to logos for cigarette packaging.





Please check out his official website for more information on his very interesting life and career. https://www.raymondloewy.com/

We have been fortunate to have had a number of his pieces pass through the shop over the last decade.  Below are a few of our favorites.  

The cerused oak chest below, designed by Loewy for Mengel Furniture, is a 10 out of 10 in terms of design, quality and condition.  It's pretty rare to find cerused oak pieces from this period in such excellent original condition.  Due to wear, they usually get refinished.  The color of this six drawer chest is a warm grey with olive tones.  The chest has its original polished chrome bar pulls.  It's a beauty.  45" h., 34" w., 19" h.  American, c. 1950's  $975.00  
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.


  

Laurel Brutalist Lamp


Very stylish Brutalist table lamp by the Laurel Lamp Company.  The brass body has a nail relief sculpture mounted on the front and back.  It comes with its original shade but would look great with a black parchment shade.  32" h., 17" diam. (as shown)  American, c. 1960's  $350.00
Condition:  Lamp is in very good vintage condition.  Shade is in good-fair, usable vintage condition with a few creases on the back.  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Beacon Hill Louis XV Style Desk



Coup de foudre!  What's not to love?  This elegant, finely crafted desk was made in France for Beacon Hill.  The desk has a single drawer with patinated bronze acanthus handles, cabriole legs, a lightly distressed/ antiqued finish and square head nails.  Above are shelves and two drawers with patinated bronze pulls.  44" w., 23" d., 40" h.  French, c.1960's  $695.00      
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Charles Carman Trunk

This is a pretty special piece.  The trunk is almost 200 years old and was made by Charles Carman, Saddle, Harness, Cap and Trunk Makers.  At the time it was made, they were located at 27 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Poughkeepsie was still fairly small with a population of about 3,000 and no paved roads at this point.  Commerce was carried on by sloops, and four sailing ships left for New York City each week.  Charles Carman would likely have exported these to NYC.  He may have also retailed them in Poughkeepsie.  Steamboats landed at the foot of Main Street every night to take passengers to Albany and New York City.  A smaller trunk such as this one would have been perfect for shorter steamboat trips.
This domed top trunk has a wood body covered in hide with leather straps and metal tacks.  It has an iron lock and iron handles.  Both handles are in tact.  The interior of the trunk still has its original blue paper lining and even retains its original label.  This outstanding historical, museum worthy, object would make quite a showpiece in a home or cottage.  28" l., 14 1/2" w., 12" h.  American, c. 1820's  SOLD







Thursday, January 11, 2018

Baughman Style Tub Chair


Going round in circles.  We couldn't decide whether to reupholster this super stylish Baughmanesque tub chair by Broyhill Premier.  It has great lines and great bones.  It's extremely comfortable and the polished chrome frame is in excellent condition.  The original upholstery is passable, but it would look fantastic with a 2018 refresh.  We'll let you decide.    36" w., 28" d., 27" h.  American, c. 1970's SOLD
Condition:  Upholstery in fair vintage condition.  Chrome and frame in excellent vintage condition.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bullseye Mirror


Handsome, gold gilded, carved wood, Federal style convex mirror with eagle and acanthus decoration.  30" h.,  22" w.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Pair of Brass and Glass Sconces


Smart and sophisticated pair of Hollywood Regency style patinated brass, glass and smoked mirror sconces.  They have newer electrical cords, but could also be hardwired.  20" h., 6" w., 5"d.  American, c. 1960's SOLD  
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

F.B. Decorative Arts; Mirror and Console




Classic beauty.  F.B. Decorative Arts of N.Y.C., early 20th c. mirror and console.  Mirror has classical plaster frieze with carved and ebonized wood frame with Greek key design.  Console has hand painted faux marble top, Greek key and ram's head decoration.  Stunning pair!  Mirror 46" h., 28.5" w.  Console 31.5" w., 12" d., 27" h.  American, c. 1920's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Henry C. Steul & Sons Art Deco Chest



Henry Christian Steul was born in N.Y. in 1859.  He and his brother Conrad became partners in the furniture business, Steul Bros., in 1882.  Over the next several decades, there were various partners and name changes.  In 1920, the company became Henry C. Steul & Sons.  A 1933 ad in the Buffalo Courier-Express notes... "They have never made anything but the very best furniture. Custom-made pieces. Faithful reproductions of the enduring Early American styles. Their fellow-craftsmen recognize that for this style furniture, which they have made peculiarly their own, there CAN be nothing finer . . . Every piece is a heirloom piece. The turnings are smooth as silk. Most meticulous care is given to the smallest detail. Hand-work .. every bit of it!"  They were best known for their high quality reproduction pieces, but this handsome Art Deco chest exemplifies their fine craftsmanship on an original modern piece.  The three drawer chest has bookmatched burl drawer fronts with patinated brass and Bakelite pulls.  It looks great with or without the original round mirror.  46" w., 20" d., 36" h.  (mirror, 36" diam.)  American, c. 1930's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

WINTER WHITE/ BOMBOGENISALE

Our annual Winter White/ a.k.a. BombogeniSale 2018 starts today!  While we'd love to see you in the shop, it's so cold and snowy out there, we want you to stay warm and dry.  So this year, we are bringing the majority of the sale to you.  If you would like more information on a piece listed and can't make it into the shop, please email or phone and we would be happy to answer any questions.
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Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2018!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Set of 4 Panton Chairs and Glass Top Table

The Panton Chair is a classic in the history of modern furniture design.  From the early 1950's, Danish designer Verner Panton had desired to create a stackable, cantilevered chair out of a single piece of moulded plastic.  In 1960, the chair was developed to the point where it could go into production.  It was the first chair to be manufactured completely out of a single piece of plastic.  Since its introduction to the market, it has undergone a number of design modifications and been produced by various manufacturers including Herman Miller.  While this set has been attributed to Herman Miller,
https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/tables/dining-room-sets/mid-century-modern-verner-panton-cream-dining-set-card-table-herman-miller/id-f_8364553/#0
it doesn't have a Herman Miller stamp or label, so we can't confirm the manufacturer.
The chairs are very comfortable due to the cantilever structure and the flexibility of the polystyrene.  The table has a glass top and hollow tubular legs.  It would make a great breakfast or kitchen set.
The Panton Chair has received many international design awards over the years and resides in the collections of many prominent museums including the MoMA.
Chairs, 32" h., 20" w., 20" d.  Table, 41" diam., 27" h.  American, c. 1970's  $1,275.00 for the set  SALE $950.00 for the set
Condition:  3 Chairs and table are in good - very good vintage condition with some typical age appropriate marking and color variance in the polystyrene.  1 chair has a small piece missing from the side of the seat, but it does not affect the structure and still shows well.  The chair could be restored.
 Verner Panton
 Verner's wife Marianne Pherson-Oertenheim




Brno Chairs




Brno to go.  Nice pair of Mies Brno style chairs with flat bar chrome frames and newer wool herringbone upholstery, priced to go.  22.5" w., 27" d., 31" h.  American, c. 1970's  $750.00 for the pair  SALE $495.00 for the pair
Condition:  Very good-good vintage condition.