Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Leo Jarinek Chest of Drawers

Leo Jarinek was one of the forefathers of  the American Modern Movement.  He began his design career after graduating from Princeton University, and in 1934 became the first president of the American Designers Institute.  It was about that same time that he designed this exceptional chest of drawers.  This striking honey-colored chest, with its sleek and curvaceous lines, is the epitome of "streamline moderne".  It has four very ample drawers with vertical pulls, and is in mint condition.  The condition is completely original and it looks like it just came off a 1930's showroom floor!  It's a beauty.  42" l., 20" d., 34" h.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD

Brasilia by Broyhill, Credenza

As the world begins to look to Brazil, so do we.  The Brasilia Collection was first introduced by Broyhill at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.  The collection was inspired by Brasilia, the newly erected capital city of Brazil.  The thoroughly modern city of Brasilia, with its buildings of abstract forms and curves, owes it's design and architecture in large part to architect Oscar Niemeyer.  The inspiration of his distinctive forms is quite apparent in the architecture of Broyhill's Brasilia Collection.  This pecan and walnut credenza from the collection has three center drawers with sculptural brushed brass hardware which are flanked by doors on either side.  The door fronts have raised sculptural decoration which serve as the pulls.  46" l., 17" d., 28" h.  American, c. 1962  SOLD

Palacio da Alvorada

Brasilia's Cathedral

Hickory Furniture Credenza

Cool and casual with a nice cottage/ beach house feel, this credenza by Hickory has three center drawers with patinated bail pulls which are flanked by doors.  Each door opens to a compartment with one shelf.  Below two large drawers provide additional storage.  60" l., 19" d., 32" h.  American, c. 1960's  $850.00

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Willett Furniture Co. Desk

Beautifully crafted and striking a nice balance between classic and modern, this handsome desk by the Willett Furniture Company has a top composed of solid cherry planks, four drawers, elegantly tapered legs and is finished on all sides.  52" l., 25" w., 29.5" h. American, c. 1950's  $1,150.00

Friday, July 22, 2016

Kittinger Furniture Company Credenza

The Kittinger Furniture Company has a long history of producing some of the world's finest handcrafted furniture.  They were established in 1866 and are still producing furniture with the same care, detailing and innovation for which they have been known for a century and a half.  Kittinger Furniture is found in some of the world's finest homes and establishments including the White House.  Pieces can be found in the West Wing, Roosevelt Room, Cabinet Room and several other locations throughout the White House.  The blue chair that President Barrack Obama sat in on Inauguration Day was made by Kittinger.  It takes company craftsmen over 50 hours to make a single chair.  Kittinger fine craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident throughout this impressive cabinet.  The pagoda style "birdcage" display top features a faux bamboo hand carved frame, metal cage work, a mirrored glass back, two stationary glass shelves and a crown of brass feathers.  The base has two key locking center doors that open to a compartment with two adjustable shelves.  The key locking side doors also open to compartments with two adjustable shelves.  72" l., 18 1/2" w. 80" h.  American, c. 1960's  $1,950.00   SALE  $950.00

Stanley Furniture Shelving Unit

Clean modern lines, decorative inlay, and lots of storage are a few of the features that give this shelving unit/ bookcase by Stanley Furniture great form and function.  It would work well in a living room, dining room, family room, den or office.  The top portion of the unit has two doors with checkerboard inlay that slide to reveal a compartment on each side.  There is an open compartment in the center with two drawers below.  The drawers are flanked by an open compartment on either side.  The base has doors with patterned inlay which open to a compartment with one adjustable shelf on the left side and a compartment with three drawers on the right.  72" l., 18" w., 70 1/2" h.  American, c. 1960's  $1,650.00  SALE  $895.00

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quatrefoil Pouf

Large, luxurious and elegant quatrefoil tufted pouf in grey velvet.  This piece would work beautifully in a foyer, living room or even a large bedroom.  Great for those who love to entertain, it seats eight.  American, last quater 20th. c.  SOLD

Fresh Fish

Fish out of water?  Actually, a fish above water.  This new addition to the shop takes its place above Britt Randle's Water and seems very much at home.  We're still trying to figure out exactly what type of fish it is... other than the very decorative variety.  54" l., 12" h. SOLD

Kem Weber Chrome and Naugahyde Chairs

While Kem Weber is still relatively unknown outside of collecting circles,  pieces he designed can be found in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Above is an article in which he was featured from the August 2015 issue of Elle Decor.  "Long before midcentury modernism became popular, this German born designer and architect brought streamlined style to Hollywood."  He was well ahead of his time as a designer and his designs were pretty cutting edge for the period as exemplified in these 1930's streamlined modern chairs which were produced by Lloyd Manufacturing Company.  The chairs retain their original naugahyde upholstery which is in very good condition. 31" h., 21" w., 21" d.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD

Circles Coffee Table

Going round in circles, this chic coffee table has a base composed of a chromed center cylinder which joins six large chromed circles.  44" diam. 16.5" h.  The base supports a thick, circular, bevelled glass top.  American, c. 1970  $795.00

Friday, July 15, 2016

Olexander Wlasenko; Stairwell

Fresh from our framer, this is one our favorite works by Olexander.  The mood is beautiful.  The drawing was inspired by a scene in a 1961 French mystery film Paris nous appartient, sometimes translated as Paris is Ours.  It was directed by Jacques Rivette and stars Betty Schneider.  Begun in 1957 and completed three years later, it was then-critic Rivette's first full-length film as a director and one of the first works of the French New Wave.

Olexander Wlasenko; Stairwell, 2016
Charcoal on paper
44" x 32" framed

Blue Steel

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