Thursday, September 20, 2018

Blackwood

Our new windows celebrate the art of master printmaker David Blackwood.  The inspiration came in part from works he has done based on nautical flags.  (The handpainted canvas flags in the windows spell out his name.)  Inspiration also came from a great affection for David.  Some of the best memories of the Port Hope shop revolve around conversations about art and life shared during his regular visits.  His generosity with his knowledge, advice, stories and humor have added so much to the shop experience over the years.  Often when I brought a historical piece of Canadian art into the old shop, he had a story about, knew, worked or studied with the artist.  Nothing beats a living, first-hand art history lesson.  The history lessons sometimes included an intriguing trip to Yorkville and the Toronto gallery scene during the 1960's and 1970's.  Sometimes it was Vancouver, other times the east coast.  In addition to invaluable art lessons, he has been an inspiration, through example, in life lessons....marching to the beat of your own drum, following your passions, working hard and staying the course.  Through his art, teaching, championing and mentoring young artists, he has and continues to make the art world a kinder, more beautiful and more authentic place.
The etchings displayed in the windows are Dante's Barque, 2011 and The Wesleyville Under Construction, 2012




 The International Code:  Flags for David Judah, 2005


The Wesleyville Under Construction, 2012
Etching
17.75" x 20.5" framed
$2,650.00

 Dante's Barque, 2011
Etching
20.5" x 17.25" framed 
$2,650.00

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Gordon Furniture Company; Pair of Side Tables


It's all about the mix with this very handsome pair of side tables by Gordon Furniture Company.  Two tiers of burl with inset beveled glass and cane are joined by polished brass, faux bamboo rods.  Decorative brass balls and wooden ball feet complete the mix.  26" d., 22" w., 20" h.  American, c. 1960's  $495.00 for the pair
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Baker Furniture Etagere


Saturday classics....more fine furniture.  Beautiful five-shelf mahogany etagere with a single drawer with polished brass pull and a glass top.  55" h., 17" w., 17" d.  American, c. 1960's  $395.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Century Furniture Pembroke Table




Certified fine furniture.  This classic, single-drawer, mahogany Pembroke table was made by Century Furniture based on a design from a piece in the Henry Ford Museum.  When Henry Ford opened his museum of Americana in 1929 he said "I am collecting the history of our people as written into the things their hands made and used."  The museum was created to give greater appreciation of an outstanding history of craftsmanship and design in America.  Century Furniture has, and continues to this day, to add to the outstanding history of craftsmanship and design in America.  32" w., 18" d., 28" h. (30" d. with leaves extended).  American, c. 1960's $450.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.    

Friday, September 14, 2018

Italian Table


Sweet side/ drinks table with a gilt metal floral base and a glass top.  18" h., 18" diam.  Italian, c. 1950's  $225.00  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Italian Bar Cart


Form and function.  Handsome fruitwood bar cart with inset brushed brass panels and brass decoration on the handle.  33" w., 17" d.,  28.5" h.  Italian, c. 1960's  $295.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and patination to the brass.

Italian Chair

Nice legs!  This Italian chair has an ebonized metal frame with elegant lines and a rush seat.  Great desk/ occasional chair.  33" h., 16" w., 16" d.  Italian, c. 1960's  $150.00  On Hold
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fornasetti Style Nesting Tables




Pretty, set of three, Fornasetti style nesting tables with ebonized wood frames and decorative tops.  The tops have lifelike butterflies and leaves pressed between a background fabric with woven metallic gold threads and clear vinyl.  Each table, 17" h., 15" diam.  American, c. 1950's  $150.00 for the set of three.
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.  

Jacob Jacobsen for Luxo; L-1 Task Lamps



Classic pair of polished chrome Luxo L-1 architect's/ desk lamps originally designed by Jacob Jacobsen in 1937.  The spring-balanced arm allows for complete freedom of movement and the ability to place light wherever it is needed.  The weighted bases are removable.  While they were originally designed as desk lamps, they would work very well as bedside lamps or beside a sofa.  Base is 10" diam., Arm extends up to 42" h.  American, c. 1950's  $895.00 for the pair.
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.    

Cini Boeri for Knoll International; Pair of Lounge Sofas

Cini Boeri (b. 1924, Milan) is an Italian architect and designer.  Early in her career, her designs were produced by Gavina, SpA.  Dino Gavina founded the Italian production company which produced the work of many important Italian modernists in the 1950's and 60's.  "Despite being a dedicated supporter of modern design, ultimately Gavina lacked the bookkeeping and business skills to prevent his company's bankruptcy."  In 1968 Knoll bought the company and its portfolio of designs.  Included in the portfolio was the 'Gradual System' by Cini Boeri.  The modular group included upholstered sofas and chairs as well as tables.  This super chic pair of two-seater lounge sofas are very early production models and retain the Gavina labels.  The bodies are dark brown fiberglass and are fitted with casters.  The backs have book/ display shelves.  The cushions are caramel leather and are completely removable including the arm rest cushions which slide into the fiberglass sides/ arms.  The leather is perfectly patinated from nearly 50 years of gentle enjoyment.  10 on the comfort scale.  54" l., 37" d., 27" h.  Italian, c. 1960's  $2,450.00 for the pair.
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.      

 Cini Boeri in her 'Ghost Chair'

Gradual System in an Italian vacation home

Knoll International catalogue pages







Sunday, August 26, 2018

End of Season/ Pre-Vacation Sale

We're making some room for early fall arrivals!  Before we head out on vacation, we are starting our end of season sale.  If you subscribe to the blog, these pieces won't show up in your email feed.  Please check out the blog directly and scroll the first few pages for a sampling of sale items. 

This week we will be open by appointment (or chance) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  If you are interested in a particular sale, or a non-sale item, please feel free to text or phone us at 416.407.1269 to inquire, purchase or make an appointment to stop into the shop.  If you would like delivery on a piece, we would be happy to arrange local deliveries this week, and out of town deliveries when we return from holidays.  The shop will be closed beginning Thursday August 30th and reopen on Thursday September 13th.   

K.E.M. Weber for Lloyd Chrome; Arm Chair

K.E.M. Weber (1889-1963) was born in Berlin but immigrated to the U.S. in the early teens.  He moved to Hollywood in the early twenties and established his own design studio there.  He went on to design a wide variety of products for many of the top makers of the period, and was at the forefront of creating what came to be known as the Streamline Moderne style.  His iconic designs, including the "Zephyr" desk clock, "Airline" chair and "Springer" chair can be found in museums throughout North America as well as internationally.   There was a great article on his life and work in a 2015 issue of 'Elle Decor' (below).  This tubular chrome arm chair was designed by Weber for Lloyd Chrome.  It is all original including the dark green Naugahyde with white piping.  The chair retains the original Lloyd label.  35" h., 26" w., 33" d.  American, c. 1930's  $650.00  SALE $450.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.