Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oli Goldsmith; Faux Foe


Faux Foe, 2017
60" x 24" unframed
Mixed media on board
$2,850.00

Kroehler Furniture MCM Wardrobe




It's all in the details....  While Kroehler produced some great looking case goods pieces, including several lines designed by Gilbert Rohde, we don't come across them very often.  This wardrobe is the third piece we have featured from what seems to be a fairly rare series.  We couldn't find any other examples.  The series is sharply designed and each piece has interesting design details.  This wardrobe has two doors which open to a compartment with six pull out drawers, four shelves and a pull out, flip mirror.  There is an electrical outlet as well.  Below are two full size drawers.  The drawer pulls and knobs are patinated brass with turquoise enamelled inset centers.  The legs have ebonized decoration with circular brass discs.  63" h., 38" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1960's  $795.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Modernist Chandelier

Elegant, Modernist glass rod and brass flush mount Sciolari, Lightolier style fixture.  This small chandelier has attenuated clear glass rods supported by a square brass frame.  It would be a great addition to a small hallway, powder room, etc.  7" square.  c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.


Chinese Chippendale Style Pagoda Mirror

Beautiful carved giltwood Chinese Chippendale/ Hollywood Regency mirror.  This hand carved, highly decorative mirror has an outer frame composed of small flowers, columns and scrolling acanthus leaves, and is topped with an intricately carved pagoda.  40" l., 33" h.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Good Common Sense

I came across this post tonight while I was looking something up on the blog.  I posted it a little over 5 years ago, but it seems particularly relevant today, so I thought it might be worth another look.



Over the last few weeks, there have been some particularly interesting conversations had in the shop.  The topics have been wide ranging, but there has been lots of talk about how much the world has changed over the last twenty some years.  Art, pop culture, the media, pace of life, towns vs. cities, work and family have all been lively topics of conversation.

A little while ago, after a wonderful dinner where lots of the same topics were discussed, a friend sent me two letters written by Sherwood Anderson to his son.  Sherwood Anderson is one of my favorite American writers and the letters are very poignant.  One line that really resonates in these letters is  "If I had my own life to lead over I presume I would still be a writer but I am sure I would give my first attention to learning how to do things directly with my hands. Nothing gives quite the satisfaction that doing things brings."  As I was working on my February window last night and drawing out the design and painting the letters, etc. by hand, I thought about these letters again and thought I would share them. Please share with anyone you think might enjoy reading them.  There's nothing like some good common sense to put what at times seems like a frenetic world into perspective.  Also, please don't consider me posting this as advice.  I would prefer not to be guilty of what Sherwood Anderson says of small businessmen.  



From Sherwood Anderson to his son John:

The best thing, I dare say, is first to learn something well so you can always make a living. Bob seems to be catching on at the newspaper business and has had another raise. He is getting a good training by working in a smaller city. As for the scientific fields, any of them require a long schooling and intense application. If you are made for it nothing could be better. In the long run you will have to come to your own conclusion.
The arts, which probably offer a man more satisfaction, are uncertain. It is difficult to make a living.
If I had my own life to lead over I presume I would still be a writer but I am sure I would give my first attention to learning how to do things directly with my hands. Nothing gives quite the satisfaction that doing things brings.
Above all avoid taking the advice of men who have no brains and do not know what they are talking about. Most small businessmen say simply — ‘Look at me.’ They fancy that if they have accumulated a little money and have got a position in a small circle they are competent to give advice to anyone.
Next to occupation is the building up of good taste. That is difficult, slow work. Few achieve it. It means all the difference in the world in the end.
I am constantly amazed at how little painters know about painting, writers about writing, merchants about business, manufacturers about manufacturing. Most men just drift.
There is a kind of shrewdness many men have that enables them to get money. It is the shrewdness of the fox after the chicken. A low order of mentality often goes with it.
Above all I would like you to see many kinds of men at first hand. That would help you more than anything. Just how it is to be accomplished I do not know. Perhaps a way may be found. Anyway, I’ll see you this summer. We begin to pack for the country this week.
With love,
Dad
The following year, after Sherwood took eighteen-year-old John and his sister Marion to Europe, John remained in Paris to study painting.  Drawing on his own artistic experience and the parallels between writing and painting, Sherwood sent John another poignant letter of advice in April of 1927, adding to history's finest definitions of art and stressing the importance of discipline in cultivating "talent"
In relation to painting.
Don’t be carried off your feet by anything because it is modern — the latest thing.
Go to the Louvre often and spend a good deal of time before the Rembrandts, the Delacroixs.
Learn to draw. Try to make your hand so unconsciously adept that it will put down what you feel without your having to think of your hands.
Then you can think of the thing before you.
Draw things that have some meaning to you. An apple, what does it mean? The object drawn doesn’t matter so much.
It’s what you feel about it, what it means to you.
A masterpiece could be made of a dish of turnips.
Draw, draw, hundreds of drawings.
Try to remain humble. Smartness kills everything.
The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself.
Any cleanness I have in my own life is due to my feeling for words.
The fools who write articles about me think that one morning I suddenly decided to write and began to produce masterpieces.
There is no special trick about writing or painting either. I wrote constantly for 15 years before I produced anything with any solidity to it.
[...]
The thing of course, is to make yourself alive. Most people remain all of their lives in a stupor.
The point of being an artist is that you may live.
[…]
You won’t arrive. It is an endless search.
I write as though you were a man. Well, you must know my heart is set on you. It isn’t your success I want.
There is a possibility of your having a decent attitude toward people and work. That alone may make a man of you.

Heritage Chinoiserie Console


Just the right size.  Handsome, Heritage Chinoiserie console with walnut inlay top with Greek key border and black lacquered base with floral decoration.  30" h., 30" w., 15.5" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

F B Decorative Arts Mirror

Elegant yet simple, gilt wood framed bevelled mirror by Friedman Brothers of N.Y.C.  32" h., 24" w.  American, c. 1960's  $225.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Maison Jansen Style Gueridon Table



Sophisticated Gueridon table in the style of Maison Jansen with brass ram's heads, brass hoofed feet and a glass top.  26" h., 25" diam.  Italian, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with minor wear to finish on base.

Oli Goldsmith; Brother Twain



Brother Twain, 2017
48" x 36" unframed
Mixed media on board
$1,850.00

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Yasha Heifetz; Abstract Lamp

Heifetz Manufacturing Company of New York began in 1938 as primarily a lighting company, but they also produced decorative accessories, sculptures and some furniture.  In 1950 Yasha Heifetz, in response to Marcel Breuer commenting that he could not find a well designed modern lamp, co-sponsored a national lamp design competition with the MoMA.  The competitors included Richard Schultz from Knoll, Frank Greenhaus and Kevin Roche from Saarinen as well as Alexy Brodovitch, art director for Harper's Bazaar.  There were fifteen winning designs of which Heifetz began producing ten.
https://www.moma.org/documents/moma_press-release_325770.pdf
It doesn't look like this lamp was part of the competition, but it is one of the most interesting lamps we have featured in a while.  The Modernist, sculptural base is composed of hand carved, cerused oak and copper.  The tall fiberglass shade is original.  The lamp is signed on the back of the base.  30" h., 16" w., 9.5" d.  American, c. 1950's  $295.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.




1970's Mirror Framed Mirror

1970's chic, large bevelled square mirror with rounded corners framed by a larger bevelled square mirror with rounded corners.  36" square.  American, c. 1970's  $350.00
Condition:  Excellent (near mint) vintage condition.

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
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




Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Oli Goldsmith; Join Us


Join Us, 2016
Mixed media on canvas
36" x 36" unframed
SOLD

Oli Goldsmith


Reunited.  Oli Goldsmith was the first artist we represented in our Port Hope shop nearly a decade ago.  After a bit of a hiatus, we couldn't be happier to be working with him again and showcasing this vibrant body of new work.

Oli was born in Toronto in 1979 and has been showing his work publicly since the age of 16.  His collage paintings combine digital output and transfer processes with paint, ink and other traditional media-combining the old with the new.  Disparate and often bizarre elements combine and play off of one another in surprising, provocative and often humorous ways.  How the mind plays into subtext and suggestion, the subliminal elements often explored in surrealism and automatism, are directly connected to Oli's working process.  The constant surprise of the results and the satisfaction derived from the creative act are what motivates his work.

Oli's paintings reside in private, public and corporate collections worldwide, including Maple Leaf Foods, Johnson & Johnson and The Sagamihara City Collection in Japan.  In 2000, he was commissioned to design the packaging, with original artwork, for Canadian rock-band Our Lady Peace's Spiritual Machines.  He also directed and animated the award winning music video for the song  In Repair from the album.  The album packaging was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Album Artwork and the video was nominated in six categories and won awards for Best Post-production, Best Director and Best Video.



Contact Patches (Barber Shop Sunset)
Mixed media on board
60" x 48" unframed
$4,900.00


Uni-Polar Order
Mixed media on board
60" x 48" unframed
SOLD

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Italian Mirror



Tall, gold and handsome, Italian gilt wood mirror with paint decorated frieze and fluted columns.  It has a shelf and a secret(ish) compartment with painted seagulls on the flip-down door.  It would make a great hall mirror.  57" l., 22" w., 6" d.  Italian, c. 1940's  $325.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Keri Davis of Toronto!  She is the winner of the $500.00 MTA gift certificate.  The bag containing the gift certificate was the 'A' in ART HISTORY.  Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Another Happy Customer




How much is that doggie in the window....NFS, but he bought a pair of chairs, a lamp, and entered the contest.  He thought he might sniff out the $500.00 certificate.

Saturday

We will be opening and closing a little early tomorrow.  We will be opening at 10:00 a.m. but closing at 1:00.  Apologies for any inconvenience.  Also, tomorrow is the last day to enter our contest to win a $500.00 MTA gift certificate.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

World Globe


It's a smalls world after all.  Restocking this week with lots of smalls like this nice MCM globe with hairpin metal base.  30" h., 17" diam.  American, c. 1963  $150.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.  

Good Form Chair



Cool and comfortable, Streamline Moderne aluminum chair by Good Form.  The seat and back rest are adjustable and the chair retains its original aqua leatherette upholstery.  We paused for a photo-op en route back from the states over the weekend.  Something just felt wright about the shot.  32" h., 26" w., 21" d.  American, c. 1940's  $395.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.  The upholstery is in excellent condition and the aluminum is in very good vintage condition with no dents or scratches.  Some marks on the bars next to the base of the seat and on the back support, but no rust or pitting.