Saturday, October 13, 2018

Councill Chippendale Style Pembroke Table

Fine furniture.  Handsome mahogany Chippendale style Pembroke table by Councill Furniture.  The table has a single drawer with a polished brass pull.  It would pair nicely with the Pembroke table by Century posted earlier.  28" w., 21" d., 27" h.  American, c. 1960's  $350.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Pair of Charlotte Chair Co. Neoclassical Chairs

Sophisticated pair of Neoclassical/ Empire style chairs with carved and gold paint decoration, original upholstery and brass-capped feet.  34" h., 20" w., 17" h.  American, c. 1950's  $450.00 for the pair
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Henredon Ottoman

Pretty Henredon tufted ottoman in original ivory silk upholstery with salmon and green fringe and salmon piping.  18" w., 18" d., 18.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  $225.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Italian Bar Cart

Elegant, well-crafted and very substantial Italian three-tier bar cart with brass gallery and floret decoration on the handle and wheels. 33" h., 36" w., 17.5" d.  Italian, c. 1950's  $775.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and a warm, aged patina.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Pair of Hollywood Regency Style Lamps

If you would like to make decorating a little more affordable, we've got you covered.  These lamps pretty much decorate a room on their own.  They are monumental and spectacular!  The polychromed plaster king and queen figures stand on ornate bases.  The gold leafed parchment shades are original.  49" h., 16" diam.  American, 1960's  $875.00 for the pair
Condition:  Bases are in very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  Shades are in good condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dorothy Draper for Henredon; Bombe Cabinet

Designed by Dorothy Draper as part of the Viennese Collection for Henredon, an original ad called out this "exceedingly impressive bombe cabinet" as the "pride of the collection."
In 1923 Dorothy Draper established the first interior design company in the United States.  During her long and very successful career, she designed fabric lines for Schumacher, furniture for Henredon and Ficks Reed, interiors for hotels (including The Drake in Chicago and The Carlyle in NYC), restaurants, department stores, corporate offices, jets and automobiles.  Dorothy Draper and Company is still in business today under the leadership of legendary designer Carleton Varney.  Their website is well worth a look.  It includes a history of Ms. Draper and the company, as well as some historical images of her work.
Dorothy Draper is credited with inventing a style known as "Modern Baroque", and elements of that style are apparent in this exuberant piece she designed for Henredon.  The two-piece cabinet has a bombe base with three drawers.  Each drawer has a pair of patinated brass acanthus drawer pulls and a decorative escutcheon.  The lit display cabinet has glass doors and sides, and two shelves with scalloped edges.  "Unusual and dramatic, it will adapt to most any decor...a handsome addition to your dining room, or be a focus of interest in your living room or foyer."  86" h., 67" w., 14.5" d.  American, c.1963 $2,750.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Snail with Cushion

If you visit The Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, don't miss the new addition to their collection, Jeff Koons' Snail with Cushion.  Just kidding.  This is a new addition to the shop.  It is an indoor/ outdoor stool in the form of a snail with cushion, generally described as Italian.  24" w., 12" d., 18.5" h.  Italian, c. 1960's  $250.00 
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with some flaking.

Leonid Gechtoff; The Mystic Orient (Cairo)

When I first saw this painting it reminded me of Orientalist works by Louis Comfort Tiffany that I had seen over the years.  The painting is entitled The Mystic Orient (Cairo) and it was painted by Leonid Gechtoff in 1938.  Leonid Gechtoff (1883-1941) was born in Odessa and that is where he recieved his early art education.  When he was in his twenties, he and his parents fled Odessa because of the possibility of conscription into the army.  They moved to Cairo and lived there for several years.  While he was in Egypt, he painted many city and genre scenes that brought him acclaim in the "Orientalist-enamored European art world."  He was heavily influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh, and on a pilgrimage to Holland to see van Gogh's work, he met his future wife, Etya.  After they married, they lived in Holland, Indonesia, Java, and Manila before eventually settling in Philadelphia in 1921.  Gechtoff had a very successful career in America that lasted up until his early death at the age of 58 in 1941.  His wife went on to success in the art world as a gallerist in San Francisco with the East-West Gallery.  One of his daughters, Sonia, went on to become an acclaimed Abstract Expressionist and a mainstay of the New York art scene.  She was married to the ground-breaking Abstract Expressionist, James Kelly.
This beautiful Cairo street scene is an oil on canvas done in Gechtoff's trademark heavy impasto style.  His handling of color and light is wonderful as he moves from dark, rich jewel tones in the foreground back to bright pastels.  The ornate, gilded frame is original.  Canvas, 29" w., 24" h.  Frame, 38" w., 34" h.  American, c. 1938  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.  


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb; Dining Table and Chairs

Sometimes you just have to have it.  This exquisite dining suite, by the incomparable T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, has had one owner since it was purchased in the early 1950's.  The owner saw the set in a spread in House Beautiful and knew she had to have it.  The designer, Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings was arguably the most important designer in America in the 1930's through the 1950's.  After opening a shop on Madison Avenue in 1936, he became the designer of choice for such prominent Americans as tobacco heiress Doris Duke, Alfred A. Knopf and Thelma Chrysler Foy.  His style would best be described as modern historicism.  He was heavily influenced by Ancient Grecian design and the vocabulary of the classical world.  That being said, his designs did, during his time, and still do feel fresh and completely modern.  Some of his best known and most iconic pieces were produced during the time he worked as a designer for Widdicomb Furniture, from 1943-1956.  There is a casual elegance and rich simplicity to his work during that period that few others have been able to achieve, but many have tried to copy.  Gibbings designed this dining table and chairs for Widdicomb.  The table has saber legs and a contrasting mahogany banded border.  It is shown without any leaves but comes with two.  The chairs have a rich blue, textured velvet upholstery and are extremely comfortable.  Table; 68" l., 40" w., 29" h.  Leaves; 18" each.  Fully extended, 104"  Arm chairs; 34" h., 23" w., 24" d.  Sides; 34" h., 21" w., 24" d.  American, c. 1950's  $5,400.00 for the set.
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  One chair leg has an older repair.  

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fulton Lamp Co. of NY, Art Deco Torchiere

A few of our favorite things.  This substantial and impressive floor lamp, by the Fulton Lamp Company of NY, combines Art Deco and Chinoiserie design for a gorgeous result.  The base is ebonized metal with gold pagoda decoration.  The column is patinated brass and the tube is ebonized metal.  The torchiere holder is patinated brass with ebonized metal leaves decorated with gold.  The milk glass torchiere shade is original and has an Art Deco floral design.  It has newer wiring.  American, c. 1930's  $450.00 SOLD
Condition:  Good vintage condition with wear to the base and patination of the brass.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Chapman Frog Lamp

No guarantees of a princely future, but it is charming, this frog lamp by Chapman.  The base is patinated brass and the frog is a composite which is finished to look like cerused wood.  The pleated shade is original.  26.5" h., 15" diam.  American, c. 1970's  $225.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Robinson Furniture Desk

Lovely French Provincial style desk by Robinson Furniture.  The desk has three drawers, a leather top with gold embossing, and it's just the right size.  31" w., 21" d., 29.5" h.  American, c. 1960's  $425.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.