Friday, May 25, 2018

Renzo Rutili for Johson Furniture; Asian Modern Cabinet

Our May showstopper comes from Renzo Rutili (1901-1966).  Renzo Rutili was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Carnegie Institute.  He also studied design in Europe for several years before becoming a designer for Johnson Furniture Co.  He served as their head of design from 1933 into the 1960's.  In addition to creating his own extraordinary designs for the company, he oversaw the design and production of works contracted by such iconic Modern designers as Paul Frankl and Eliel Saarinen.  This stunning cabinet by Renzo Rutili is composed of two units which sit in a separate base.  It has been newly restored with the exception of the doors and the backs which are in original condition.  The doors are gold leafed and handpainted with subtle landscape scenes.  The backs are ebonized and handpainted, and there is a single hole for a cord in the lower right corner of one unit.  The feet have their original patinated brass caps.  Inside each cabinet is one full length adjustable shelf.  One of the shelves has the original Johnson label.  As always, the trifecta of quality, design and value here at MTA.   68" l., 19" d., 25" h.  American, c. 1950's  $1,950.00
Condition:  Doors and back are in very good original condition with age appropriate wear.  Base, sides and top are newly restored.

Asian Modern Console

This chic, Asian Modern style console offers form and function.  It works nicely as a console and does double duty as a desk.  The body is a high gloss black lacquer with gold painted details and the top is gold leafed with a marbleized finish.  58.5" l., 15" d., 29" h.  c. 1970's  $550.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

DeGroot Brutalist Fish Sculpture

Go Fish!  Seaside or city, this wonderful modern Brutalist sculpture by DeGroot would be right at home.  The kinetic, mixed metal sculpture features five fish on metal rods attached to a bone-like base.  The piece is signed on a copper tag attached to the base.  36" h., 7" w., 6" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Leather Chair

Handsome and elegant leather occasional/ desk chair with a wooden frame and a tapered back and legs.  While the original label is gone, it is very high quality with web and spring construction.  Very comfortable as well.  40" h. back, 19" h. seat, 19" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Brass and Faux Bamboo Bar Cart

Very attractive and very versatile bar/ serving cart with a brass frame, glass shelves and black lacquered wood faux bamboo accents.  The cart rolls very smoothly on original ball casters.  30" h., 28.5" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Curtis Jere "Yacht Race"

"I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea.  And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.  We are tied to the ocean.  And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or watch it -  we are going back from whence we came."
(Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14, 1962)
- John F. Kennedy
If you are tied to the ocean and go back to the sea to sail, swim or watch it, you will appreciate this wonderful Curtis Jere wall sculpture.  It features two racing yachts, the 'Yanks' and the 'Aussies' with polychromed sailors and patinated brass sails.  Brass rods suggest the turbulent sea and the boats round a flagged buoy.  31" h., 48" w., 5" d.  American, c. 1970's  $475.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Holiday Hours

The shop will be closed on Saturday.  Wishing everyone an enjoyable and relaxing long weekend!

Pair of Carver's Guild Mirrors

Majestic pair of top-quality, carved giltwood mirrors by Carver's Guild.  Each beveled mirror has a frame with rope twist decoration, acanthus swags, pineapple finials, and is topped with an intricately carved flower basket.  43" h., 22" w., 1.75" d.  American, c. 20th c.  $650.00 for the pair  
Condition:  Near mint.

Koch and Lowy Floor Lamp

Sleek chrome floor/ reading lamp by Koch and Lowy with adjustable height, dome shade that tilts and swivels and a dimmer switch.  Base 9.25" w., 6.25" d. 34.5" - 45.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Good vintage condition with some surface wear.  

Pair of Daystrom Stools

So livable.  A great pair of stools made by Daystrom with polished chrome frames and original black faux crocodile seat upholstery.  21" h. seat, 28.5" h. back, 19" w., 21" d.  American, c. 1970's  $450.00 for the pair
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Pair of Haeger Elephants

A lucky find times 2.  The elephant is generally considered a symbol of good luck and good fortune.  In China, India and Africa, the elephant is a symbol of beauty, power, dignity, intelligence and peace.  We're not making any promises regarding good fortune, but we can guarantee this pair of Modernist Royal Haeger ceramic elephants will add a nice decorative element to your home (apologies in advance)... for relatively peanuts.  16.5" h., 16.5" l. 6" w.  American, c. 1950's  $195.00 for the pair 
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with original labels on bases.

Mies Barcelona Style Coffee Table

Late 20th century, high quality, classic Mies van der Rohe Barcelona style coffee table.  The square glass top is 1/2" thick.  The 'X' base is solid polished chrome and very substantial.  A decorating classic.  40.25" square, 18" h.  American, c. late 20th c.  $750.00  
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.