Friday, February 15, 2019

Family Day/ Presidents' Day Weekend

We will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday for the long weekend.  If you're celebrating Family Day or Presidents' Day, have a happy and safe long weekend!  In honor of Presidents' Day is this (partially) presidential offering.  These are limited edition sulphide paperweights, or cameos, by Baccarat.  They are 20th century versions of the 19th century paperweights for which Baccarat is famous.  The cameos were carved by various French sculptors and are signed.  They depict Kennedy, Hoover, Monroe, Thomas Paine and Napoleon Bonaparte.  J.F.K. has a garnet red background, Hoover's is cobalt blue.  Monroe's is deep orange.  Napoleon's is garnet and Paine's is blue opaline.  Appx. 3" diam., 1.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  $50.00 each
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

John Kazann; Abstract Paintings

John Kazann was an original member of Phoenix Gallery in N.Y.C.  Phoenix Gallery opened in 1958 and was one of what would come to be known as The 10th Street Galleries.  In the 1950's and early 1960's, younger artists decided to stop trying to court the favor of more established uptown galleries and began opening artist-run cooperative spaces on and around East 10th Street in the East Village.  A number of older and more established artists like Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline already had studios in the area and their presence was a draw for emerging artists.  The founders and original artist members of the galleries that made up the '10th Street Scene' were relatively unknown.  However, many established artists joined early on and many important careers were begun and nurtured while members at one of the 10th Street Galleries.  Members at the various galleries in the 1950's and 1960's included Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstien, George Segal, Rudy Burkhardt, Al Held, Al Jensen and Philip Guston.  Imagine what an exciting time this must have been in New York as America was overtaking Europe as the capital of modern art and the Village was at the epicenter.
This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a piece of  N.Y.C. and American Modern Art History.  These large, impactful, bold abstract paintings were done by John Kazann prior to his membership at Phoenix Gallery.  One was painted in 1953, one in '54 and one in '55.  They are oil on canvas and each has been newly professionally cleaned, varnished, restretched on new stretchers and framed (black wood frames).  51" w., 53" h.  American, c. 1953, 1954, 1955  SOLD
Condition:  Very good - good vintage and restored condition with age appropriate wear.




Wednesday, February 13, 2019

West Michigan Furniture Company; Baughman/ Campaign Style Desk

A winning campaign by West Michigan Furniture Company.  This Baughman/ Campaign style modern beauty features bookmatched olive burl veneers and two flush mount drawers.  The brass X-base has a soft warm patina, but could be polished to a brighter shine.  It is finished on all sides so it can float in a room.  54" w., 24" d., 28.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  $1,750.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and patina with minor marks on brass base.  

Friday, February 8, 2019

Curtis Jere 'Skyscraper' Lamp

Elevating the table lamp to fine art and taking our Curtis Jere Collection to dramatic new heights.....The 'Skyscraper' Lamp.  It's's's's for sale.  The lamp is composed of a series of stacked chrome cubes on an ebonized wood base.  It is topped with an oversized, substantial chrome shade.  The body of the lamp is up-lit from a bulb within the base which is operated from a toggle switch on the cord.  The shade is illuminated independently by a switch on the socket.  The lamp is signed with a metal tag on the base.  36" h., 17.5" w., 17.5' d.  American, c. 1970's  $2,250.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Cleo Baldon/ Campaign Style Chair

From our 'fotos of furniture in fields' series......a unique and very cool Cleo Baldon/ Campaign style arm chair by Continental Furniture of California.  The frame is painted metal with wooden bar arms and feet.  The seat cushion and back rest are upholstered in their original olive Naugahyde.  32" h., 22" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1960's  $375.00  On Hold
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Curtis Jere 'Raindrops' Sculpture

The Holy Grail.  The Curtis Jere 'Raindrops' sculpture is arguably the most sought after of their designs.  It has become an interior design favorite as seen here in interiors by designers including David Hicks, David Jimenez, Emma Jane Pilkington, Palmer Weiss and Sara Gilbane.  We've been on the lookout for one for years and have finally acquired one.  This one is a beauty.  It's the largest size they made, the copper/ bronze/ brass version, and it's signed.  Purchased by an interior designer in the early 1970's, it has had only one owner since it was purchased.  It's a pretty magnificent sculpture with its scale and mix of materials, colors and textures.  The piece can be hung horizontally, vertically or at an angle, and the drops and 'arms' are adjustable.  Versions of this piece average into the 4 to 5 thousands, and a very similar version is currently listed at over $10,000.00 CAN.  
We feel confident that for this version, in this size, and in this condition, its about the best value out there.  64" l., 28" w., 8" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD 
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

David Jimenez
Emma Jane Pilkington

Palmer Weiss and Sara Gilbane
David Hicks

Palecek Chinese Chippendale Style Arm Chair

Expertly hand-crafted Chinese Chippendale style arm chair by Palecek.  Palecek's quality and craftsmanship are on par with McGuire as seen in this handsome arm chair with rattan frame, legs and back. The rattan is accented with leather bindings.  The fixed seat cushion is upholstered in a rich, red leather.  38" h., 24" w., 20" d.  American, late 20th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Italian Lily Table

Gilding the lily??  Actually the lilies are enameled.  The rest of this very pretty Italian table is gilded.  The table is composed of three life-like metal lilies enameled in gloss white with gilded metal stems and leaves.  The stems are tied with gilded rope.  Three scrolls form the supports for the glass top.  22" h., 20.5" diam.  Italian, c. 1950's  $375.00  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Paul Chelko; Untitled Abstract Oil on Board

Paul Chelko (1933-2007) was an American (Georgia) artist who was active for more than 40 years.  In addition to a long and very successful artistic career, he also taught art at various institutions in the U.S. and was a member of the White House Art in the Embassies Program.  His work has been featured in the High Museum of Art and The Smithsonian, and his collectors included Oprah Winfrey, Frank Sinatra, Vincent Price, and Coretta Scott King.  This signed abstract oil on board was likely painted in the late 1970's.  27" w., 22" h.  $395.00

Verner Panton Cone Chair

The first Cone Chair was designed by Verner Panton for the Kom-igen (Come Again) restaurant in the heart of the Langeso Park in Denmark.  The chair consists of a cone-shaped metal frame which rotates at its base on a cross-shaped chromed metal foot.  The cone and the removable cushion are upholstered in black vinyl.  This iconic chair can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan in N.Y.C.  The chair was originally designed in 1958.  This is a 1970's production.  33" h., 23" w., 23" d.  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.