Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Gunlocke Furniture Co." Bookcases

Handsome pair of Gunlocke bookcases.  Each well constructed bookcase has glass doors and three shelves.  The cases are nicely finished on the backs so they can be floated in a room.  42" l., 15" w., 51" h.  American, 2nd half 20th c.  SOLD

Gunlocke Furniture Company

John F. Kennedy (who would have turned 95 today) in his Gunlocke chair

The Gunlocke Furniture Company was started in Wayland, N.Y. in 1902.  It originally specialized in high quality seating for homes, libraries and lounges.  They survived the depression in part due to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's endorsement by choosing Gunlocke Furniture for the White House.  Subsequent Presidents have chosen Gunlocke for custom pieces.  Notably, John F. Kennedy made some of the most significant decisions of the twentieth century, including Cuban Missile Crisis decisions, from his Gunlocke chair in the oval office.  They are still producing fine quality furniture today and are still producing it in New York State.

"Gunlocke Furniture Co." Chairs

Great color and great craftsmanship.  These ultramarine blue chairs were made by the Gunlocke Furniture Company of New York.  They have oak frames and nail head decoration, and make great office or occasional chairs.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD

"American of Martinsville" Rattan Chest

As the mercury approaches 90 degrees, it seems like a great time to showcase this chest by American of Martinsville.  This three drawer chest has a faux bamboo frame, base and drawer pulls.  The drawer fronts are wicker.  40" l., 20" w., 30" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Monday, May 28, 2012

"Baker Furniture Co." Chippendale Chest

Classic Chippendale style chest by Baker.  This handsome three drawer chest features burled drawer fronts, Chippendale style brasses, detailed carving, and an inlaid top.  30" l., 16" w., 31" h.  American, c. 1960's SOLD

"Kittinger Furniture Co." Side Tables

Elegant yet modern, these very fine mahogany side tables were made by Kittinger.  They have gracefully tapered legs, a 3 1/2" skirt and inlay stringing borders on the tops.  28" l., 19" w., 25" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Sunday, May 27, 2012

"Union National Furniture Co." Chinoiserie Chest and Mirror

Pretty, hand painted, six drawer Chinoiserie chest by the Union National Furniture Co. of New York.  This chest comes with a coordinating mirror.  60" l., 19" w., 32" h.  American, c. 1950 SOLD

Friday, May 25, 2012

"Sungott Art Studios" Cameo Wall Plaques

Set of four cameo wall plaques by Sungott Studios of New York.  Each ceramic plaque features a different neo classical scene set in brown velvet within an ebonized and gilt wood frame. 10" diam.  American, c. 1940 SOLD

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Big Head Todd and The Monsters - Bittersweet (Live at Red Rocks 2008)

More music from the road.....I had never heard this song until this week.  It is sweet.  It is bittersweet.  It is a nice tune to usher in the weekend and the warm weather.  Enjoy.

"Tomlinson Furniture Co." Chest of Drawers

Tomlinson, established in North Carolina over one hundred years ago, is still one of the top notch furniture makers world-wide today.  This handsome eight drawer chest or credenza is made of rock maple and features six inverted obelisk feet and carved pulls.  60" l., 20" w., 32" h.  American, c. 1950's SOLD

Mirrored Tall Chest

This very chic tall chest was custom made and is of very high quality.  The frame is lacquered wood and the four drawer fronts, cabinet doors, sides and top are all mirrored.  The cabinet doors open to reveal glass shelves flanking a center compartment, and three additional small drawers with chrome knobs.  37" l., 21" w., 57" h.  American, c. 1970 SOLD

"John Van Koert for Drexel" Credenza

Designed by noted 20th c. designer John Van Koert (see earlier posts for more information on designer) this credenza was part of the Drexel Profile Collection.  It has four drawers and two cabinets for storage.  The design of the case as well as the hardware is very sculptural, and the piece has beautiful lines.  60" l., 21" w., 32" h.  American, c. 1950's SOLD

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Roman Emperor Plaques

Nicely executed, very decorative cameo plaques depicting Domitianus and Nero.  12" h. 9" w. 1 1/2" d., c.1950  SOLD

Monday, May 21, 2012

"La Barge" Mirror

Fine, Italian made Georgian style mirror by La Barge, with burled walnut inlay and gilt foliate decoration.  The mirror is bevelled and in perfect condition.  Italian, c. 1950's 49" h., 28" w. SOLD

Chinoiserie Sideboard

Striking, ebonized sideboard with hand painted and embossed decoration.  This custom sideboard has four center drawers flanked by a small drawer and cabinet for storage on each side.  Top drawer is divided for cutlery storage.  54" l., 21" w., 37" h.  American, c. 1950 SOLD

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Victoria Day Weekend Hours

Michael Thomas will be open Saturday May 19, 10-5; Sunday May 20, 12-4 and Monday May 21, by chance or appointment.  Enjoy your long weekend!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Brass Wall Hanging

Very decorative large brass charger makes a great wall decoration for a vintage Hollywood style home. 26" diam.  c. 1960's SOLD

"Casa Bique" Slipper Chairs

Casa Bique was a furniture and decorative accessories company based in Thomasville, North Carolina.  They were at their height during the seventies and eighties, and were enlisting some of the more significant designers in the U.S. at that time.  These very stylish slipper chairs have pierced white lacquered bases and are upholstered in black silk fabric.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Brass Vase

Impressively sized, heavily decorated, Hollywood Regency style brass vase.  29" h.  c. 1960's SOLD

Italian Ceramic Lamp

This Italian table lamp has a charming classical scene that runs around the full circumference of the lamp.  The background has a mottled, textured glaze in a soft blue and the scene is done in pastel pinks, greys and creams.  It is signed on the base.  Some chipping to the base.  24" h.  Italian, c. 1940's SOLD

Mirrored Chest

This unique piece was custom made and is of very high quality.  The frame is lacquered wood and the four drawer fronts, sides and top are all mirrored.  There is a pair available.  38" l., 20 1/2" w., 29" h.  American, c.1970 SOLD

Mirrored Chest (Companion piece)

There is an identical chest to the one listed above available. SOLD

Oli Goldsmith "Daisy Field"

A very lively mixed media on canvas from Oli's "wild life" series.  This piece depicts a large deer/ moose on a 1970's inspired geometric and floral wallpaper background.  SOLD

Monday, May 14, 2012

Modern Chest of Drawers

Custom made for Sibley's of N.Y., this nine drawer (three over six) mahogany chest has a unique modern design and a very interesting arrangement of drawers. 60" l., 20" w., 32" h.  American, c. 1950 SOLD

"Henredon Furniture Co." Chest

Marble top, paint and gilt decorated, mahogany chest by Henredon.  In the style and of the period of Dorothy Draper, this elegant chest has three divided drawers with nicely patinated escutcheons and pulls.  44" l., 19" w., 32" h.  American, c.1950 SOLD

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Brass Teardrop Lamp

These substantial brushed brass table lamps have a graceful teardrop form and come with black fabric shades.  28" h., 20" w.  New  $350.00 each

Friday, May 11, 2012

Club Chairs

Nice contemporary take on a classic club chair, these chairs have tufted backs, turned front legs on casters and decorative upholstery tacks framing the sides, back and base.  New $650.00

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Curtis Jere" Schooner Sculpture

Large and impressive brass sculpture of a sailing ship by Curtis Jere.  The Curtis Jere design house was founded in California in 1963 and produced sculptural works ranging from the representational to the highly abstract.  Works produced by the company, particularly those of the 1960's and 70's, have become highly praised and sought after today.  Writer Mitchell Owens wrote a two page article on the history of C. Jere for the November 2010 issue of Elle Decor.  In it he remarks that "Today those pieces are attracting the admiration of leading dealers in vintage chic".  He goes on to note that after launching in 1963 Jere sculptures were distributed by Raymor, a cutting edge studio in New York City, and retailed at Gump's in San Francisco and other high end retailers in several major cities across the U.S.  This ship sculpture is signed and dated 1976.  It can sit on a table or mantle, and can also be wall mounted.  It would make a great modern nautical addition to home, cottage, beach or boathouse.  46" l., 8" w., 41 1/2" h.  American, c. 1976 SOLD

"Telechron" Electric Clock

Telechron is known for designing some of the most iconic clocks of the thirties and forties.  This wood case electric clock has a great streamlined design, ebonized wood and brass elements and an easy to read dial with a sweep second hand.  It is in good working order.  8" l., 7" h.  American, c. 1940 SOLD

Walnut Center Table

Very handsome and very versatile walnut table.  The octagonal top is made of burl walnut.  The pedestal and base are intricately carved.  This table would make a great center, breakfast or games table.  36" diam. 30" h.  American, c. 1940's  Sold

Bergere Chair

Smart and sophisticated paint and gilt decorated cane back Bergere chair.  This chair is upholstered in black linen and has an oversized seat cushion, making it very comfortable.  American, c.1950's SOLD

Wood Urn Lamp

Classic mahogany urn lamp with parchment shade.  30" h., 19" w.  American, c.1940's  SOLD

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mother's Day

If you're looking for a beautiful gift for Mother's Day, we have lots of great ideas.  One idea is our hand-made, decoupage wooden serving trays.  We have many new styles for spring and summer, and most have matching napkins.  SOLD

Pair of Tropical "Louis" Chairs

These chairs have a fun, casual feel for a style that tends to be a bit more serious.  The fabric on the chair backs is reminiscent of a vintage bark cloth and it is paired with a very cheerful stripe on the seats.  American, 2nd half 20th c. (2 pairs available) SOLD

Friday, May 4, 2012

"Drexel Furniture Co." Chest

Nice clean, simple design and hardware on this smart chest of drawers by Drexel.  45" h. 34" l. 18" w.  American, c.1956  SOLD

Italian Dining Table and Chairs

Exceptional, hand-carved dining table and set of six chairs.  The table has a pedestal base with two rows of very detailed leaf carving.  It has two large leaves.  The chairs are also beautifully hand-carved and are upholstered in a lively green and cream chintz fabric.  The table is 52" in diameter and each of the two leaves is 18" wide.  When fully extended, the table is 88" long.  Italian, mid-20th c.  SOLD