Wednesday, February 19, 2020

This week...

This week, the shop will be open by appointment Thursday-Saturday.  To make an appointment, please phone or text us at 416.407.1269.  Thank you!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

American of Martinsville Tall Chest

Tall, dark and handsome six drawer chest by American of Martinsville.  This tall chest has two short top drawers and the two long drawers below each have dividers.  45" h., 40" w., 19.5" d.  American, c. 1960's  $850.00 SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and very minor top restoration. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Victorian Ship Diorama

Winner:  Best ship in a lead role in a diorama.....’The Fanny’.  This is the most beautiful ship diorama we have seen. The hand carved ship was hand painted, as was the background.  The Victorian diorama is in its original faux tortoise frame with the original glass.  With Valentines four days away, this is the ultimate expression of love for the sailor in your life or a girl named Fanny. 25” w., 22” h., 5” d. American, c. mid-19th c.  $975.00  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Genco 'Junior' Table Pinball Game

Old sKOOL gaming.  This exceptionally cool Genco 'Junior' pinball game is functioning art.  With its quintessential Art Deco style, this small table game was "designed for any spot in your locations".  If you don't have a candy counter or a cigar counter, we suggest a coffee table or side table.  Not sure if it ever had a backrack or a coin slot.  It likely did, but it's kind of perfect just as it is now.  The mechanism functions and it's got all five of its "full size 1" balls"!  ORDER NOW! ORDER TODAY!
29" l. 16" w., 8.5" h.  American, c. 1937  $475.00
Condition:  Perfectly patinated.

Bust of Marcus Aurelius

"Very little is needed to make a happy life;  it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." 
-Marcus Aurelius 
This has always been a favorite quote.  It's one of many by the Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius.  This large and very handsome bust of a young Marcus Aurelius looks so much like stone, it's hard to believe it's ceramic.  I'm still not 100%.  Great addition to your Classics collection.  24" h., 15" w., 10" d.  American, 20th c.  $375.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jean Faber Himbert; "Snowtide"

This is one of the most fascinating pieces I have found during my time in this business.  I fell in love with this painting and won't be able to let it go, but I have to tell the story of what I discovered while researching it.  It involves a number of fine artists, several name changes, many marriages, a few affairs, a famous rock promoter and a murder.  Initially, I found very little information on the artist, but as I dug deeper into old newspaper articles, things became clearer.  I'm also sharing this information in the hope it will help others when researching the artists involved online.

My first clues about this wonderful 1950's oil on canvas came from the back of the painting.  There is a label from The Galleries of The Roosevelt Field Art Center in Long Island which identifies the artist as 'Fabert Himbert'.  The canvas has a handwritten N.Y.C. address of 30 E. 14 St. and the name Himbert. 

30 E. 14th St.  N.Y.C.

The signature on the front of the painting looks like 'Limbert' and there are quite a few pieces listed online incorrectly identifying 'H'imbert as 'L'imbert. 

In researching works, I found a number of pieces that looked similar stylistically to the Jean Faber Himbert paintings that were signed Jacques Fabert.  The signatures looked similar too. 

An article in 'The El Paso Times' from 1957 was very helpful in answering some big questions.  A photograph shows "Mr. and Mrs. Jaques Hibert, known to the art world as Jean Faber Himbert and Jean Hyson".  The article gives some good background information on the couple, both of whom were artists.  They were in Texas to paint before going on to Mexico and then South America.  At the time, he was 32 and represented by the Little Studio in N.Y.C. as well as Galerie Drouant-David in Paris.  The article mentions that he had already shown in N.Y.C., Washington, Chicago, Beverly Hills and Boston, and his patrons included Pamela Woolworth, Vincent Price, Clifton Fadiman and Hal March.  Himbert was born in Paris and studied at the Beaux Arts for four years.  Hyson was born in the U.S.  She was working in a New York gallery that handled Himbert's work, and met him on a trip to Europe after having seen his paintings in the states.  The article closes stating "The artistic pair hope to settle down eventually in a part of the U.S. appearing as nearly like the Riviera as possible.  Himbert also plans to become a U.S. citizen."

The 1957 El Paso article is the only piece I could find in which he is referred to as Jean Faber Himbert.  After that, he becomes Jacques Fabert.  A November 1961 article from 'The San Francisco Examiner' refers to him as "Jacques Fabert, a San Franciscan who has studied with Leger and Andre Lhote".   There are occassional mentions of shows by Fabert and Hyson during the sixties.  Fabert and Hyson divorced sometime prior to April of 1974.  A notice in 'The San Francisco Examiner' announces Hyson's fourth marriage to photographer Tony Fabert.  "Which is interesting because her last husband was Jacques Fabert.  Tony's daddy."  She married her stepson. Tony was Jacque's son from his first wife in France. some point prior to 1972 Jacques Fabert developed a relationship with Bonnie Maclean in San Francisco.  Bonnie Maclean is an artist and the former wife of rock concert promoter Bill Graham.  She is perhaps best known for her late 1960's poster art advertising Graham's concerts.  MacLean and Graham married in 1967 but had a difficult marriage.  After finding out about several affairs, MacLean left Graham and later moved to Bucks County with her son David and Jacques Fabert in 1972.

Fast forward a bit to August of 1978.  Jacques Fabert's ex-wife, Jean Hyson, and his son Tony have been married for about four years and are living in a home in San Francisco.  On August 13, 1978, she fatally shot Tony.

"On the day before the homicide, August 12, defendant and her husband saw her psychiatrist, Dr. Harris. Defendant had seen Dr. Harris on at least three other occasions. Defendant became panicky because of the many hours her husband spent away from home. At the August 12 session with Dr. Harris, defendant's husband denied that he was seeing another woman.
When defendant arrived home on the evening of August 12, her husband was not home. However, he left a note stating he would return in a few hours. When he had not returned by midnight, defendant unsuccessfully tried to locate him by telephoning the police and several of his work colleagues. He finally returned about 8:45 a. m. and they talked. He told defendant that he was seeing another woman, someone “he had met on the street.” Defendant felt as if she had been hit on the head; everything went white. The next thing she remembered was coming up the stairs with the police.

She was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.  The judgement was later reversed on appeal that her constitutional right against self incrimination was violated.  She is in her late eighties and still lives in San Francisco.

Jacques Fabert and Bonnie MacLean married in 1981.  He died in October of 2013 in Bucks County where he had lived with Bonnie since 1972.

The art world is a fascinating place to spend some time.  Living there, is another story.  And another.  And another. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Arne Vodder Armchair

'Elle', 'Ella' and 'Ellen'...this chair is listed by various names, but the one certainty is that it was designed by Arne Vodder in Denmark and manufactured by Vamo.  It's super stylish and super comfortable, with a pivoting backrest and armrests that have a slight downward tilt.  The tilt to the armrests also makes it perfect for tucking under a desk if you want to use it as a desk chair.  The frame is teak and it has been newly upholstered in a nice quality naugahyde.  30" h., 25" w., 22" d.  Danish, c. 1960's  $650.00
Condition:  Very good restored condition with a minor repair to one back leg.

Wheat Sheaf Table

Wheat sheaf.....the coffee table of decorating champions.  Perfect for a breakfast room, sun room, living room or den.  The arrangement of wheat and beveled glass top make this one feel particularly modern.  16" h., 37" diam.  Italian, c. 1950's  $595.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and light surface wear to the glass. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Jens Risom; Pair of Lounge Chairs

'The Answer is Risom'.  Jens Risom had a wonderful design philosophy... "good design means that anything which is good by itself will go with other things."  Jens Risom began his career in his home country of Denmark, but emigrated to the United States in 1939.  In 1941 he began collaborating with Knoll.  The "Jens Risom Collection" was featured in Knoll's first catalogue.  After his service in WW II, Jens Risom ended his relationship with Knoll and started his own firm, "Jens Risom Design".  Over his illustrious 70 year career, he designed some of the most beautiful pieces of modern American furniture.  In addition to being an exceptional designer, he was also a great marketer.  In the early 60's he collaborated with famed fashion photographer Richard Avedon to produce the 'The Answer is Risom' campaign.  These lounge chairs were featured in the campaign.  They were also featured in the 2014 'The Answer is Risom' exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT.  This pair of lounge chairs are understated yet elegant, simple yet sophisticated, modern yet warm...and very comfortable.  The frames are walnut and the seat and back cushions are upholstered in their original deep chocolate brown fabric.  31" h., 23" w., 23" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good original vintage condition with age appropriate wear.
Examples of Jens Risom's work can be found in many major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, and the National Design Museum.

Soren Ladefoged; Set of Four Dining Chairs

They mix well with others.  This set of four dining chairs by Soren Ladefoged would be just as at home with primitive or country as they are with modern.  The beautifully designed chairs have teak frames and their original paper cord seats.  36" h., 19.5" w., 17" d.  Danish, c. 1950's-60's  $975.00 for the set of 4
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and minor spotting to the paper cord.   

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Edna Reindel 'Summer Day'

Edna Reindel (1894-1990) was an American artist who worked in a variety of media and experimented with a number of styles during her long career.  After graduating from Pratt in 1923, she began working as a commercial illustrator mainly in book and magazine illustration.  Her work included many commissions for House and Garden magazine during the 1930's.  During the same period, her career as a fine artist began to take off.  Her work was exhibited throughout the 1930's and 40's at a number of noted galleries and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art and in 1938 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She spent many years working in California and her work was collected by some of Hollywood's old school elite including Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Ray Milland and Hedda Hopper.  This lovely, somewhat Surrealistic, loosely drawn and painted gouache on paper by Reindel is entitled 'Summer Day'.  The frame is original with a new mat and glass.  It likely dates to the late 1940's.  Frame, 23" h., 28" w.  Image, 12" h., 14" w.  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition. 

 House and Garden Covers by Reindel

 Martha's Vineyard Paintings by Reindel

Painting by Reindel from Elizabeth Taylor's Collection