Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Blanc de Chine Lamp

Beautiful Hollywood Regency, Chinoiserie style, Blanc de Chine pierced porcelain lamp on an ebonized wood base.  It comes with the silk shade pictured, but would look fantastic with a black parchment shade.  33" h., 18" diam.  American, c. 1960's  $165.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Mont Style Figural Lamp

Handsome James Mont style Asian Modern figural lamp of patinated brass and ebonized metal.  The fabric shade is new.  29" h., 14" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.  

Frederick Cooper Lamp

Elegant, Asian inspired ginger jar lamp by Frederick Cooper.  The ceramic body, which sits on a wood base, has floral decoration in tones of terracotta on a cream background.  The silk shade is original and the top and bottom of the shade are framed with a band of terracotta ribbon.  35" h., 13" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent original condition.

F. B. Decorative Arts Mirror

Splendor in the grass ....and in the shop.  This magnificent and very large mirror was made by Friedman Brothers of New York.  It has a carved and gilded ribbed wood frame with fleur-de-lis decoration.  52.5" h., 34" w.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition
The first shot of the mirror was taken on our way back to Canada yesterday for our Instagram page.  If you would like to check out our posts or follow us on Instagram, it's  

Wassily Kandinsky, Galerie Berggruen, Exhibition Poster

This lithograph was issued for the 1972 exhibition of Wassily Kandinsky's work at Galerie Berggruen in Paris.  It was printed by Atelier Mourlot and the lithograph was executed by Henri Deschamps.  The frame is a vintage clip frame with glass front.  25.25" h., 14" w.  French, c. 1972  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.  

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Federal Style Mirror

Handsome, gold gilded, carved wood, Federal style convex mirror with eagle and olive branch decoration.  We've featured a number of similar style mirrors over the years, and this is one of the smaller ones.  It would be a great piece to add a little light and life to an art wall, hallway, powder room, etc.  19" h.,  14" w.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD
Condition:  Good vintage condition with minor paint loss.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Kindel Chest

Classic Kindel sophistication.  Asian Modern three drawer chest with faux bamboo accents and polished brass hardware.  Great size and style, perfect for a living room, foyer or bedroom.  38" w., 18" d., 31" h.  American, c. 1970's  $850.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with minor surface marks.

Laurel Cork and Chrome Lamp

Another cool lamp by Laurel..... this one has a cork and polished chrome base and its original shade.  35" h., 14" diam.  American, c. 1970's  $225.00
Condition:  Very good to good vintage condition.  

John Mascheroni for Swaim; Upholstered Bench

John Mascheroni is a Pratt Institute educated, American designer whose father was an Italian craftsman.  Mascheroni is a descendent of generations of Italian artisans and learned woodworking by making European reproductions at his father's studio in Brooklyn.  In the 1960's he developed an interest in contemporary furniture influenced mainly by the work of George Nelson and Charles Eames.  He believed both men were "true designers" who understood the manufacturing process.  In 1973, he partnered with Swaim Inc. to create their first contemporary collection.  It was very well received, and so successful that Bloomingdale's gave it exclusive space in its 59th and Lex., Manhattan store.  We're not sure if this piece was part of that collection, but it dates to about the same time, mid-seventies.  The style is modern yet timeless.  The original velvet upholstery feels modern as well, in rich tones of blues and browns.  It is very comfortable, with or without the removable bolster cushion.  48" w., 22" d., 33" h.  American, c. 1970's  $575.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.
"Designing upholstery is not just playing with shapes, it's playing with scale and proportion.  The three things that are paramount for success are style, fabric, and the experience of sitting in it.  If you fail the last of the three, as a designer, you're dead."  -John Mascheroni

Maurizio Tempestini for Laurel; Table Lamp

Carole Radziwill's SoHo duplex as featured in Architectural Digest, August 2017

Impressive and monumental Brutalist lamp by Maurizio Tempestini for Laurel.  The lamp is cast bronze with a painted metal base.  And....if it could talk....The sole owner was a prominent NYC psychiatrist and it was in his office until he closed his practice 20 years ago.  It has been in his home since then.  If you can't afford $140 million for a Giacometti sculpture, this is a wonderful sculptural alternative.  There are a pair currently available (without shades) in NYC for just over $11k.
This one has the original shade and is a little more reasonable.  52" h., 19" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Lamp is in excellent vintage condition.  Shade is in very good vintage condition.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

"In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy." - Albert Clarke

Wishing our American family, friends and clients a very Happy Thanksgiving, safe travels and a holiday filled with love, peace and time to reflect on all those things that make us grateful. 

We will be closing a little early tomorrow for turkey travel.  We will be open from 11-3

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Red Lion Stand

The little Red Lion.  This is the companion piece to the previously posted Red Lion chest.  It is a three drawer (bottom drawer is double depth) stand in blond mahogany with patinated brass pulls.  Nice little bedside stand.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD
Condition:  Good vintage condition with some marks and wear to the finish.

Mushroom Floor Lamp

Back by popular demand.....we picked another mushroom floor lamp/ table.  This one is brushed chrome with a lucite table.  The original white plastic mushroom shade gives off a soft warm light.  51" h., 15" diam.  American, c. 1970's  $250.00 
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with minor marking on the shade and base.

Pair of Tufted Velvet Chairs

"Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette."  That color description, borrowed from Pantone, seems to work for this smart pair of tufted velvet, chrome cantilevered chairs.  We're not sure if they qualify as 'Chili Oil' or plum, but the brown based red color is very rich and particularly luxurious in velvet.  Unfortunately the original label is missing, but they are very high quality (Patrician?), very comfortable and in excellent vintage condition.  30" h., 24" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Chrome and Glass Table Lamps

Bold and Beautiful.  Colossal pair of Seventies chic, polished chrome and smoked glass table lamps with original shades.  42.5" h., 18" diam.  American, c. 1970's  $350.00 for the pair
Condition:  Bases in excellent vintage condition.  Shades in usable vintage condition with some marks but no tears.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Empire Console

As a kid, growing up in Pennsylvania, my best friend's grandmother was an antique dealer.  From about the age of six or seven, we were on her coattails most weekends checking out tag sales, antique markets, auctions, etc.  When a piece was very special, she used to say it "has the magic."  This piece is the whole magic show.  This early 19th century Empire console features a large handcarved giltwood eagle with outstretched wings atop a giltwood ball.  The carved and gilded top has a thick inset piece of marble with beautiful coloring and pattern.  The carved and gilded base has faux finished decoration.  The piece is in very good vintage condition and has been professionally restored with some moulding expertly recreated and replaced.  Most likely American (but possibly English) Early 19th c.  32.5" h., 32.5" w., 17.5" d.  $2975.00  SALE $1450.00

Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougall for Drexel Declaration; Dining Set

We love finding original catalogs/ ads/ literature for pieces.  In addition to the pleasure of getting to see pieces in their vintage settings, it makes the blog posting a breeze. We can never match the word play of Mid-Century advertising execs., so we just respect and repeat their copy.  Below is an original ad for the Declaration series designed by Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougall for Drexel from the late 1950's...."Declaration represents a new frontier in American Furniture fashion." ....."a contemporary approach to Early Americana!  Designs as pure and honest as homespun, inspired by Shaker simplicity, interpreted in time-honored, deep brown walnut.  Details as smart as silk." The details on this set are pretty smart.  Our favorite is the chair spindles.  The set has three side chairs and one arm chair.  The table is a drop-leaf and comes with one additional leaf.  The simplicity of the set is reminiscent of Shaker designs and is part of what makes it just as fresh and contemporary, but also as timeless, today as when it was designed in the late 1950's.  The chairs and table are in excellent vintage condition.  Table; Leaves down, 42" w., 26" l., 29" h.  Leaves up, 62" l. Leaves up with 22" leaf, 84" l.  American, c. 1950's  $1,275.00  SALE  $975.00

Century Furniture Company Asian Modern Chairs

Pair of Century Furniture Company black lacquered Asian Modern chairs with brass accents and silk upholstered seat cushion in the style of James Mont.  30" h., 27" w., 26" d.  American, c. 1960's  $1,250.00 for the pair  SALE $795.00 for the pair

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

It's our Hamiversary

Today marks two years since we opened in Hamilton.  Thank you to our clients old and new for your continued support, friendship and encouragement.  There are so many ways and places to shop these days.  We are grateful to all of you who choose to shop with us and visit us regularly on the blog and on social media, but very happy that so many of you still take the time to come into the shop for a visit, a chat and the 'old school' shopping experience.  You keep it real, interesting and fun..... and I'm sure we will figure out the answers to the American political situation, the best place to live in North America, how to deal with the effects of A.I., and the meaning of life very soon.
To celebrate our two year anniversary we will be having an anniversary sale.  The sale starts tomorrow and below is a sampling of pieces that will be included in the sale.  This is just a sampling.  So please stop in, give us a call or send us an email if there is a piece you are interested in that is not listed.  Thanks very much!

Opening eve at MTA

Johnson Furniture Console

Classic Johnson Furniture mahogany console from their handcrafted Guild Collection.  It has a green marble top and green leather inset door panels.  The key lock doors open to a compartment with one adjustable shelf.  The definition of classic "fine furniture".  42" l., 15" d., 32" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Barnard and Simonds Table and Chairs

The Barnard and Simonds Furniture Company was founded in New York in 1898, moved to Michigan in 1959, and was purchased by Baker Furniture in 1967.  They specialized in very fine quality American and English Country reproductions and adaptations.  We love this classic leather games/ library/ breakfast table and chairs with brass tacks and mahogany faux bamboo legs.  The table has gold embossing and a slightly scalloped skirt.  A set of four chairs without the table in similar condition recently sold on Chairish and was listed at $3,800.00 U.S.
A set of two similar chairs is also available currently.
Two of the chairs we are featuring are in good vintage condition with some cracking but no tears and the leather is still very soft.  Two of the chairs are in very good vintage condition with a very small amount of cracking, no tears, and very soft leather.  The table is in excellent vintage condition.  We have only ever come across one other piece by Barnard and Simonds which we sold a few years ago.  It was a screen (pictured) and it was also very handsome and beautifully crafted.
Table; 32.5" square, 28" h.  Chairs; 25" w., 22" d., 29" h.  American, c. 1940's  $1,950.00 for the set  SALE $1,450.00

Louis XVI Style Bouillotte Table

Elegant Louis XVI style mahogany double drawer table with gold embossed leather-top slides.  The Carrara marble top is trimmed with a mounted brass gallery and the tapered, fluted legs have brass capped feet.  24.5" diam.  29.5" h.  American, mid-20th c. $595.00  SALE $395.00