Friday, March 15, 2019

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller; Two-Tier Table

Gilbert Rohde is one of my all time favourite designers. In the past 10 years we have only featured a few of his designs.  Amongst many accolades, he is credited with turning Herman Miller into a modern furniture company. A bedroom group we featured a few years ago was designed by Rohde for Herman Miller.   This two-tiered glass table is another of his designs for Herman Miller.  It still looks as fresh and modern today as it did in 1939.  The two thick glass circles are graduated and held in place by the two-piece wood legs and rounded wood caps.  24.5" h., 22" diam.  American, c. 1939  $595.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Italian Giltwood Mirror

This one has it all.  The decoration on this elegant Italian giltwood framed mirror includes wheat, ribbons, acanthus leaves, florets and even a little Greek key ornamentation thrown in for good measure. 47" h., 28" w., 1.5" d.  Italian, c. 1950's  $450.00  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pair of Eames Herman Miller DSSN Stacking Chairs

The classic Eames, Herman Miller production DSS stacking chairs upholstered in a beautiful slate blue.  32" h., 22" w., 22" d.  American, c. 1960's  $575.00 for the pair  On Hold
Condition:  Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear to the chrome and very minor imperfections to the vinyl.  

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville; Tall Chest

 Original Dania collection pages from the American of Martinsville catalogue
Handsome chest of drawers designed by Merton Gershun for the Dania line by American of Martinsville.  The chest has three smaller square front drawers with brass hardware over three long, louvered front drawers.  A long shallow top drawer has six divided compartments.  The legs are tapered with brass accents.  38" l., 19" w., 44" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Pair of Design Institute of America Tub Chairs

Super seventies chic and super comfortable pair of Design Institute of America (Baughman?) tub chairs on casters.  They are zipped in with their original leatherette upholstery.  It's hard to believe it's not leather.  It's the best faux we've felt and it looks very genuine in texture and finish.  The chairs are appealing from every angle and their casters make them perfect for parties and conversation.  31" h., 31" w., 24" d.  American, c. 1970's  $1,250.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Neoclassical Screen

The big screen!  It's big (8 feet high).  It's beautiful.  It's dramatic.  It's neoclassical.  This three-panel screen has 6 antiqued mirror panes and 6 panes with giltwood rope and ebonized ball decoration.  We couldn't find a designer or maker.  It feels a little like a Donghia piece.  The only other example we could find is on 1stdibs and that one has a fruitwood frame. The quality and construction are top-notch.  The design possibilities are limitless.  8' h., Each panel is 2' wide and 1.5" d.  American, c. 20th c.  $1,975.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.      

Overman Pod Chair

Fresh-overman on campus.  This smart little Overman pod-swivel chair was photographed yesterday at the University of Michigan.  No undue influence was wielded to get it there.  It is now in the shop and ready for you to take it for a spin.  It's very comfortable and in very good vintage condition.  26" h., 33" w., 26" d.  American, c. 1970's  $550.00

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Arthur Court Lily Table

The lilies are in bloom again.  This very decorative lily table was designed by Arthur Court and has a gilt metal base and glass top.  The base is composed of a large lily in full bloom which holds the glass, two buds, stems and leaves.  32" diam., 16.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

John Risley Duyan Chair

Cradle yourself in modern art.  The 'Duyan Chair' (duyan translates to cradle/ hammock) was designed by John Risley in the early 1950's.  Risley (1919-2001) was an American artist and designer whose work ranged from functional objects and furniture to sculpture and fine arts.  His academic resume included the Rhode Island School of Design and the Cranbrook Academy which is where he met his wife, ceramicist Mary Kring Risley.  In the early 1950's the couple were hired by the State Department and traveled to the Philippines and Taiwan where they worked to pair local craft industries and contemporary design.  The experience was instrumental in Risley's work as it led him to incorporate indigenous techniques and materials into his own sculpture and manufactured pieces.  That influence of techniques and materials is clearly seen in his 'Duyan Chair'.  This iconic chair blurs the line between furniture and sculpture and has stood the design test of time beautifully.  The base of the chair is iron.  The sling seat is woven rattan and is easily removed from the base.  It's appealing from every angle and a perfectly artful addition to a modern interior, patio or garden.  45" l., 36" w., 33.5" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Edward Wormley; Pair of Precedent Chairs

Edward Wormley (1907-1995) was an American furniture and interior designer who was born in Chicago and started his career as an interior designer for Marshall Fields.  As a furniture designer he worked with major makers including Dunbar and Drexel, and is recognized as one of the leaders in bringing Modernism to the American public.  His furniture designs were shown in the early 1950's at the Good Design Exhibitions put on by the MoMA.  The exhibitions showcased top cutting-edge designers of the period including Eames, Nelson and Bertoia.  His work has been shown in other major exhibitions including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1951, the Triennale XIII in Milan in 1964, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1983.  His designs can be found today in the MoMA, the M.F.A. in Boston and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Montreal.  This handsome pair of chairs were designed by Wormley as part of the Drexel 'Precendent' collection.  There was a 20 page pull-out featuring the collection in the August 1947 issue of House and Garden.  The pieces were described as livable, suitable, matchable and interchangeable, amongst other "bles".  The ads are fantastic and artfully illustrated.  In addition to being livable, likeable and comfortable, these chairs are also available!  They have been expertly restored and newly reupholstered in a rusty gold boucle.  The new cording is a thick nylon in keeping with the original design.  Also in keeping with the original design, the piping on the cushions is rounded and the cushions are reversible.  Modern classics.  24.5" w., 28.5" d., 31.5" h.  American, c. 1947  $2,950.00 for the pair
Condition:  Excellent restored conditon.

 Wormley with a later, similar chair design for Dunbar

Playboy, July1961  
Nelson, Wormley, Saarinen, Bertoia, Eames, Risom

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Italian Wheat Lamp

Cream of the wheat crop!  This mid-century Italian dazzler has gilt metal spikes, leaves and stems emanating from root referencing scrolls.  The body of the lamp rests on a marble and gilt metal base.  3-way switch.  (base only) 33" h. 13" diam. (appx.) Italian, c. 1950s  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier; Brass and Glass Rod Lamps

Stylish pair of Sciolari 70's table lamps with brass bases and caps, and bodies composed of suspended glass rods.  The lamps have 3-way switches so the bodies and shades can be illuminated individually or together.  I believe the shades are original.  17" h., 9" w., 9" d.  American, c. 1970's  $395.00 for the pair
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.