Monday, February 25, 2013

New Works by Helene Cenedese

We are pleased to present a wonderful collection of new works by Helene.  Included in this collection is a particularly powerful piece from her "Headphones" series as well as several works from her "Hoarding" series and a new, very evocative "Boat" painting.

 "Boat #6";  Mixed media on board  30" l., 24" h.  $950.00

"Headphones #11";  Mixed media on canvas  36" l., 36" h. SOLD

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscar Picks

As the 85th annual Oscars quickly approach, here are a couple of our best picture picks by Olexander Wlasenko.......

Olexander Wlasenko; "Arcade"

Eye candy.  This new work by Olexander was inspired by the film "Lola" which was the directorial debut for Jacques Demy.  Anouk Aimee starred in the title role of Lola.  The film is set in a coastal city in France.  A young man, Roland Cassard, played by Marc Michel, is at a crossroads in his life and floundering when he falls for the lovely Lola, who is still consumed with her former lover.  In this scene, the very handsome Roland is walking through an arcade to rendezvous with his lover Lola. Charcoal on paper.  Framed, 42" l., 24" h. SOLD

Olexander Wlasenko; "Anna"

Strikingly beautiful new work by Olexander entitled "Anna".  The image is of  Marie-France Pisier in the role of Anna from the 1965 thriller Le Vampire de Dusseldorf.  Marie-France Pisier was a French actress, screenwriter and director who appeared in many films of the French New Wave, and such noted later films as Cousin Cousine, which won her a Best Supporting Actress award.  This work is truly dazzling.  Framed, 42" l., 24" h.  SOLD

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Paramount Furniture Co.," Dining Table and Chairs



Made by the Paramount Furniture Company of Warren, PA, this dining table with six chairs has an overall modern feel but with warm, more traditional, Biedermeier influences.  The set matches the credenza listed below and has an equal level of quality and design.  The wood is the same rich, nicely patinated, ribbon stripe mahogany.  The table has two attached leaves which drop and three additional loose leaves.  It has a very handsome four pedestal base which separates as the loose leaves are added.  There is one arm chair and five side chairs which retain their original teal fabric upholstery in good condition.  As shown with the leaves extended the table is 55" l, 40" w., and 29" h.  With the leaves down it is 25" l.  Each loose leaf measures 12" w., and fully extended with all leaves added, the length is 91".  American, c. 1940 SOLD

"Paramount Furniture Co." Credenza


par-a-mount:  adj., superior to all others.  With a name like "Paramount" much is expected.  This exceptional piece is worthy of the name.  In terms of design, quality and condition, this credenza is up there amongst the finest pieces we have had in the shop.  The wood is a rich, ribbon stripe mahogany with a warm patina and beautiful graining.  It has four drawers with unique, streamlined modern, patinated brass pulls.  The top drawer is divided and felt lined.  Two sliding glass doors open to a compartment with one shelf.  It's a show stopper.  56" l., 20" w., 32 1/2" h.  American, c. 1940 SOLD

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Family Day Weekend

Parker

Kitt

Michael Thomas will be open today and Sunday, but closed on Monday for Family Day.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Crystal Ball

Did you miss the opportunity to buy Apple stock when you were in college, or pass up the chance to buy a Keith Haring painting for $1,000. in the eighties?  Well, we have just the item to make sure you don't miss out on the next big thing.....your very own crystal ball.  This crystal ball comes with it's own stand and measures 7" in diameter.  New, $150.00

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Modern Plant Stand


Plant stand as art.  This tall walnut plant stand has a wonderful scupltural/ architectural feel.  It is unsigned, with the exception of carved numbers, but is similar in feel to pieces from the "Brasilia" collection.  The heavily oxidized and textured metal pot holder has a warm, handcrafted look and holds a 9 1/2" clay pot.  50" h., 12" w.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Baroque Style Mirror

Very ornate double mirror with scroll and ribbon design,  lacquered in a white satin finish.  The mirror has a fairly large display shelf which measures 13 1/2" l., 6" w.  The full mirror is 48" l., 18" w.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Chrome and Brass Occasional Table

Maison Jansen style, elegant, highly polished brass and chrome occasional table.  Great decorative details on this versatile table which has a very thick bevelled octagonal glass top.  18" w. 18" l.. 27" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Monday, February 11, 2013

Brass Purse Magazine Holder

If you are looking for a good purse to go with a pair of satin slipper chairs, we have just the one. This brass magazine holder in the form of a purse has a thick twisted brass handle and rope and tassel decoration on it's front.    Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD

"Maitland-Smith" Tessellated Marble Table

Ultra chic tessellated marble table by Maitland-Smith.  This very versatile drum table is composed of small squares of marble arranged in a mosaic pattern.  The gently bevelled top is inlaid with a decorative brass band.  20" diam., 26" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Italian Hot Air Balloon Mirror


We have had lots of interesting mirrors in the shop over the last few years, but never one quite like this one.  This mirror was made in Italy and is carved and gilded.  It features a fanciful three dimensional hot air balloon as well as other very attractive decorative carvings.  50" h., 30" w.  Italian, mid-20 th c. SOLD

Pair of Sultan Girandoles


Here is another set of girandoles, perfect for adding a highly decorative element and a bit of punch to almost any interior, including even the most modern.  Imagine these in a very clean space on a living room mantle or in a dining room.  This rare pair of prism-hung, three-arm candle holders are gilt-bronze.  Each figure is modeled after a Middle Eastern sultan in traditional garb with a turban on his head and his hand resting on an Aladin style lamp.  The bases are Danby marble.  19" h, 15 1/2" l., 4 1/2" w.  American, c. 1850 SOLD

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Leather Director's Chair

A very good quality vintage leather director's chair in great condition.  The frame is substantial and of good construction.  The tan leather seat and back have contrasting cream stitching.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Pair of "Drexel Furniture Co." Side Tables

Smart pair of Drexel two-tiered side tables with inset glass tops and inlaid bases.  When placed side by side, they make a great coffee table.  19" square, 14" h.  American, c. 1962  SOLD

Pair of Cloisonne Lamps


Beautiful and finely crafted pair of Chinese, double handled urn lamps.  These bronze lamps are decorated with bands of colorful cloisonne work on a turquoise background and rasied on a wooden base.  The colors are striking and the condition of the enamel work is excellent.  The fabric shades are vintage and of very high quality.  31" h., base is 9" w.  Chinese urns, U.S. electrification.  c. early 20th c.  SOLD

Friday, February 8, 2013

"Baker Furniture Co." Bench

Timeless Neoclassical style bench by Baker Furniture Co.  The seat is upholstered in a saffron silk as is the loose pillow.  The pillow has cord and tassel decoration on all four corners.  22" l., 16" w., 20" h.  American, c. 1970  SOLD

Gilded Server

This elegant gilded mahogany server has one center drawer with brass ring pulls.  The metal grilled locking doors open to a compartment with one adjustable shelf.  The corner shelves are also adjustable and flanked by columns with fluted feet.  The Nero Portoro marble top has beautiful veining and variation of colors.  48" l., 18" w., 35" h.  American, c. mid-20th c.  SOLD

Baltimore Chair




Baltimore was an early and important center for the production of American "fancy-chairs".  The chairs were based on a Roman klismos form with turned rather than saber front legs.  This very fine example of a Baltimore chair retains it's original sage green paint and gold and black stenciled decoration.   Back is 34" h., seat is 17 1/2" h.,  18" w.  American, c. 1830  SOLD

Pinnochio d'Italia


I won't lie, this is one particularly cute Pinnochio.  He is a very large version of the main character from Carlo Collodi's 1883 children's novel, The Adventures of Pinnochio.  He is hand painted and has a wooden body with a movable head, arms and legs.  He stands 30" high and would make an original and very special decorative accessory for a kid's (young or old) room.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD

"Marks Chair Co." Campaign Chaise



A former boss and great mentor once told me "....there are no bad colors, only bad applications".  I think the same holds true for design styles. Victorian is definitely not one of the more popular periods for interior design right now.  However, there are some amazing Victorian pieces out there that, when peppered into a room, can make a great impact and add some real visual interest.  This is one of those pieces. It was made by the Markga Chair Co. of N.Y.C. in 1878 and is a unique and beautiful object.  The frame is made of painted and decorated iron and stained oak, and the body is caned.  It is on casters and folds down to a very compact, transportable size.  It's simplicity and style would allow it to tie in with many styles seamlessly.   78" l., 26" w.  American, c. 1878 SOLD

Pair of Mid-Century Colonial Lamps

There's something about mid-century colonial pieces that just feels warm and comfortable.  This pair of brushed brass lamps are of very high quality and have thick, amber glass shades and frosted inner shades with clear tops.  I think Samantha Stevens had the same lamps in her Connecticut home.  21" h., 10" w.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Empire Mahogany Secretary

Handsome flame mahogany secretary with classic, clean Empire lines.  The top has two key lock doors with original glass, four adjustable shelves and two drawers.  The base has one key lock drawer and a pair of key lock doors below.  It has a deep rich tone and is a great piece to store and display "volumes" of books and or decorative objects.  92" h., 45" l., 21" w.  American, c. 1860  SOLD

Let it Snow



Last night while driving home from a couple of days on the road, I caught the beginnings of the snow storm.  I also heard this song, which I hadn't heard in years, on the radio.  For those who have seen "Bagdad Cafe", it will be familiar.  I think it may be the best song for driving through a snow storm.....a little melancholy but so beautiful.  I discovered this live version and like it a lot.  No lip synching here.  If you like the song, the Jeff Buckley and Holly Cole versions are pretty terrific as well.

If you don't have to go out today, enjoy the snow day.  We are in the shop and will be posting lots of great new pieces throughout the course of the day.  Please stop in over the weekend to see them in person if you have a chance.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Glass Beehive Lamp

Hip lamp of graduated ribbed glass in the form of a beehive.  The lamp sits on a chrome base and has a chrome support rod through the center.  (sold sans shade) 25" h., 8" diam.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

"Wallace Bros. Silver Co." Art Deco Vase

Classic Art Deco form on this pewter vase by "Wallace Bros. Silver Co."  It has engine turned decoration on the vase and base and ball feet which rest on a disk of jade-like bakelite.  9" h., 4" w.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD

"Edward Zajac" Table Lamp


The peak of chic.  Fresh out of Parson's Design School in NYC, Edward Zajac landed a job with and became the protege of legendary interior decorator Billy Baldwin.  He worked for Baldwin for nine years before venturing out on his own and eventually partnering with Richard Callahan.  During the 1970's, Zajac and Callahan interiors were known for their bold and daring mix of color and pattern.  In addition, Edward Zajac was also known for designing his own pieces.  This rare and very unique lamp was designed by Zajac in 1972 and retains it's original paper label.  The body of the lamp is made up of two sections of textured composite with a lucite center piece.  It would look fantastic with a variety of shade types and perhaps would be best suited with a long, flat conical shade.  28" h., 15" w.  American, c. 1972  SOLD

Monday, February 4, 2013

Asian Modern Tall Chest

The combinations of woods and tones as well as the hardware provide lots of visual interest to this Asian influenced tall chest.  The parquetry doors are burled, the base is stained a rich dark brown and the top features a dark border and inlaid center.  The two doors open to a compartment with one adjustable shelf and one drawer and there are two drawers on the bottom.  40" l., 19" w., 60" h.  American, c. 2nd half 20th c.  SOLD

Sunday, February 3, 2013

We Love American Style



This month our shop window had three sources of inspiration, Valentine's Day, American style and a 1970's comedic television anthology.  "Love American Style", for those who don't remember was a Friday night prime-time t.v. show that ran from 1969-1974.  For several seasons it was part of a Friday night ABC line up that included Room 222, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch and The Odd Couple.  It had a very catchy theme song and featured several different stories of romance each week, usually with a comedic spin. The focal point of our February window is the large heart from the show.  Also featured is our tulip dining set.  A large red painted Valentine heart serves as a nice backdrop for the tulip chair with it's bright yellow seat cushion.

"Love American Style" Love and the Particular Girl



This is an original episode of Love American Style featuring Agnes Moorehead..also known as Endora, Samantha's mother on Bewitched.

Good Common Sense


Over the last few weeks, there have been some particularly interesting conversations had in the shop.  The topics have been wide ranging, but there has been lots of talk about how much the world has changed over the last twenty some years.  Art, pop culture, the media, pace of life, towns vs. cities, work and family have all been lively topics of conversation.

A little while ago, after a wonderful dinner where lots of the same topics were discussed, a friend sent me two letters written by Sherwood Anderson to his son.  Sherwood Anderson is one of my favorite American writers and the letters are very poignant.  One line that really resonates is  "If I had my own life to lead over I presume I would still be a writer but I am sure I would give my first attention to learning how to do things directly with my hands. Nothing gives quite the satisfaction that doing things brings."  As I was working on my February window last night and drawing out the design and painting the letters, etc. by hand, I thought about these letters again and thought I would share them. Please share with anyone you think might enjoy reading them.  There's nothing like some good common sense to put what at times seems like a frenetic world into perspective.  Also, please don't consider me posting this as advice.  I would prefer not to be guilty of what Sherwood Anderson says of small businessmen.  



From Sherwood Anderson to his son John:

The best thing, I dare say, is first to learn something well so you can always make a living. Bob seems to be catching on at the newspaper business and has had another raise. He is getting a good training by working in a smaller city. As for the scientific fields, any of them require a long schooling and intense application. If you are made for it nothing could be better. In the long run you will have to come to your own conclusion.
The arts, which probably offer a man more satisfaction, are uncertain. It is difficult to make a living.
If I had my own life to lead over I presume I would still be a writer but I am sure I would give my first attention to learning how to do things directly with my hands. Nothing gives quite the satisfaction that doing things brings.
Above all avoid taking the advice of men who have no brains and do not know what they are talking about. Most small businessmen say simply — ‘Look at me.’ They fancy that if they have accumulated a little money and have got a position in a small circle they are competent to give advice to anyone.
Next to occupation is the building up of good taste. That is difficult, slow work. Few achieve it. It means all the difference in the world in the end.
I am constantly amazed at how little painters know about painting, writers about writing, merchants about business, manufacturers about manufacturing. Most men just drift.
There is a kind of shrewdness many men have that enables them to get money. It is the shrewdness of the fox after the chicken. A low order of mentality often goes with it.
Above all I would like you to see many kinds of men at first hand. That would help you more than anything. Just how it is to be accomplished I do not know. Perhaps a way may be found. Anyway, I’ll see you this summer. We begin to pack for the country this week.
With love,
Dad
The following year, after Sherwood took eighteen-year-old John and his sister Marion to Europe, John remained in Paris to study painting.  Drawing on his own artistic experience and the parallels between writing and painting, Sherwood sent John another poignant letter of advice in April of 1927, adding to history's finest definitions of art and stressing the importance of discipline in cultivating "talent"
In relation to painting.
Don’t be carried off your feet by anything because it is modern — the latest thing.
Go to the Louvre often and spend a good deal of time before the Rembrandts, the Delacroixs.
Learn to draw. Try to make your hand so unconsciously adept that it will put down what you feel without your having to think of your hands.
Then you can think of the thing before you.
Draw things that have some meaning to you. An apple, what does it mean? The object drawn doesn’t matter so much.
It’s what you feel about it, what it means to you.
A masterpiece could be made of a dish of turnips.
Draw, draw, hundreds of drawings.
Try to remain humble. Smartness kills everything.
The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself.
Any cleanness I have in my own life is due to my feeling for words.
The fools who write articles about me think that one morning I suddenly decided to write and began to produce masterpieces.
There is no special trick about writing or painting either. I wrote constantly for 15 years before I produced anything with any solidity to it.
[...]
The thing of course, is to make yourself alive. Most people remain all of their lives in a stupor.
The point of being an artist is that you may live.
[…]
You won’t arrive. It is an endless search.
I write as though you were a man. Well, you must know my heart is set on you. It isn’t your success I want.
There is a possibility of your having a decent attitude toward people and work. That alone may make a man of you.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pair of Modern Chests

A very well made matching pair of custom walnut chests.  Each chest has nine drawers and the row of top drawers have slightly bowed fronts.  This is a great opportunity to own a matching pair of long chests which you don't see often.  63" l., 18" w., 31" h.  American, c. 1962  SOLD

Friday, February 1, 2013

Jean Cocteau; "Head of Faun and Portrait of Arthur Rimbaud"


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was a poet, artist, writer and film maker.  In addition to his writings, including "Les Enfants Terribles" and his films including "Beauty and the Beast" and "Orpheus", he is known for his associations with many of Europe's top artists, writers, actors and musicians.  His circle included Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf.  This lively original lithograph depicts the French poet Arthur Rimbaud and Faun, the forest god.  It is a stone lithograph, and was signed and dated in the stone and printed at the Atelier Mourlot.  It is matted with a complimentary pale blue velvet mat and framed in a carved silver leaf frame.  Framed, 17" h., 14" w.  French c. 1959 SOLD