Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Bloomingdale's Book of Home Decorating"

I just purchased an original copy of  "Bloomingdale's Book of Home Decorating" from 1973.  Where has all the fun and originality gone?  What incredibly wild rooms!!  Anyone remember Bloomingdale's on Lex. in the late '70's and early '80's?  I remember going there as a kid and being blown away by the amazing displays.  They used to do the whole store in themes based on countries.  It was really inspiring.  SOLD

Saturday, October 26, 2013

"Kittinger Furniture Co." Thistle Tables

This is a very special pair of tables.  In terms of design, quality and condition, they are about as good as it gets.  They were designed and handcrafted by the Kittinger Furniture Company of New York.  They have come to be known as the "Thistle Tables" because of the hand carved design.  The tables have ebonized faux bamboo bases and honey mahogany tops with brass hardware.  They have been professionally restored to pristine condition.  39" l., 31" w., 18" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Friday, October 25, 2013

Brass Tea Scale

This brass tea scale, with original pine base and scoop, would make a great decorative accessory for a kitchen, den, bookcase or mantle.  Both the brass and wood are beautifully patinated.  16" l., 19" h., 8" w.  American, c. late 19th c.  SOLD


It's the Great Mushroom Charlie Brown.  Nothing says Happy Halloween better than an orange vinyl mushroom!  Based on a 1960's design, these mushroom stools mix organic form and retro cool .....and are really comfortable as well.  They are hand made in Canada and are available in vinyl or leather.  They may also be custom ordered in a wide variety of colors and sizes.  18" h., 18" w.  SOLD

"Butler" Magazine Holder

We were happy to come across another of these stylish Mid-Century blonde oak magazine holders with metal mesh panels by Butler Furniture.  16" l., 9 1/2" w., 12" h. American, c. 1950's

Pair of Pheasant and Mallard Lamps

Charming pair of enamelled metal lamps.  One of the lamps is in the form of a pheasant and the other a mallard.  Both lamps retain their original fiberglass shades with feather design, and both lamps are in pristine condition.  20" h., 11" dim.  American, c. 1950  SOLD

"Gladys Brown" Horse Head Bookends

Designed by Gladys Brown for Dodge, Inc., these bronze bookends are beautifully detailed and have a rich warm patina.  If you are an early shopper, they would make a wonderful Christmas gift for the equestrian in your life.  7" l., 7" h., 5" w.  American, c. 1946 SOLD

Tole Candlestick Lamp

Classic and elegant triple candlestick lamp with antiqued brass base and tole shade.  American, c. 1950's SOLD

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Maitland Smith" Console Table

This elegant and very decorative console table by Maitland Smith has a black marble top with beautiful veining and an antiqued ivory wood base and legs with gilded decoration.  50" l., 18" w., 30" h.  American, c. 2nd half 20th c.  SOLD

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller" Streamline Bedroom Group

If you had the opportunity to watch the Cooper-Hewitt video posted earlier this week, you likely have a clear understanding of the impact Gilbert Rohde had on modern design.  If you are a Herman Miller fan, you were probably quite surprised to see what their furniture offerings looked like prior to Rohde's influence.  This rare and important bedroom grouping from 1934 comes from the early years of their partnership.  The group is comprised of a pair of asymmetrical chests, a desk or dressing table, and a head and foot board with side rails.  The set is made of sycamore and mahogany.  It has been professionally restored by expert craftsmen and still retains a beautiful aged patina.  This ranks high in our all time "top ten" at Michael Thomas.  We will be including a copy of "Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living" by Phyllis Ross.  Chest (l.) 36" l., 19" w., 34" h.  Chest (r.) 32" l., 19" w., 41" h.  Desk/ Dressing Table 38" l., 19" w., 41" h., Head and Foot Board 56" l.  American, c. 1934  SOLD

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cooper-Hewitt: Gilbert Rohde and Design Now

Later this week we will be posting and offering for sale a rare and important bedroom grouping designed in 1934 by renowned 20th century designer Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944) for the Herman Miller Furniture Company.  In his relatively short lifetime, Rohde produced some of the most iconic designs of the 20th century.  His exceptional furniture, lighting, clocks and decorative objects may be found in important private collections worldwide as well as many museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the M.O.M.A. in N.Y.C., the Brooklyn Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  With the bedroom grouping, we will be including a copy of the 2009 book by Phyllis Ross, "Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living."  Below is a video from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum: Gilbert Rohde and Design Now with Phyllis Ross speaking.  If you have an interest in 20th century design, it will be twenty minutes well spent.  Please make sure to check back later this week for the posting.


Lucite and Glass Coffee Table

If you're getting the impression that we are very much liking lucite and glass, you are absolutely correct.  This is another beautifully designed and well constructed glass top coffee table with a lucite base.  The base is composed of two sets of four lucite rectangles joined by a rectangular lucite stretcher. The glass top is quite substantial and has a bevelled edge.  54" l., 24" w., 16" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Sunday, October 13, 2013

"James Mont" Style Lamp

Wonderful modernist form on this cerused oak lamp in the style of James Mont.  The lamp has it's original cream and gray striped shade which gives off a soft warm light.  20" l., 11" w., 31" h.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD

Lucite and Glass Table

Chic lucite and glass table with a square,stepped, lucite base and a thick bevelled glass top supported by four rectangular lucite columns.  21" h., 24" square.  American, c. 1970  SOLD

Pair of Copper Candlestick Lamps

Elegant and unusual pair of copper and crystal candlestick lamps.  The lamps have pierced copper shades and copper columnar bases decorated with etched crystal prisms and a crystal ball at the base.  22" h., 4 1/2" diam.  American, c. 1950  SOLD

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Italian Tulip Table

A graceful bouquet of tulips form the base for this Italian gilded tole table with glass top.  22" diam., 16" h.  Italian, c. 1950's SOLD

"Century Furniture Co." Pair of Asian Modern Chests

Bold and beautiful, these chests were made by Century Furniture Company.  They are lacquered in a deep coral and each chest has one drawer over a pair of doors which open to a large compartment.  The very decorative bronze hardware has a soft greenish brown patina.  36" l., 18" w., 30" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Art Deco Stand

For a plant, sculpture, etc., this marble top stand would serve as a sophisticated spot to display a variety of objects.  43" h., 12" diam.  American, 20th c. SOLD

Monday, October 7, 2013

"J. Chatillon & Sons" Art Deco Scale

The J. Chatillon & Sons company was formed in New York in 1835 and still exists today under the Ametek banner.  They are the makers of  fine force measurement and weighing products.  This smart Art Deco chrome scale is in working order and would make a great display piece in a kitchen, office, etc.  14" l., 7" w., 6" h.  American, c. 1930's SOLD

"Lenker Mfg. Co." Surveyor's Rod

Early surveyor rod made by the Lenker Mfg. Co. of Sunbury, PA.  It would make a great decorative accessory, and it still works.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD

Cool Stool

Great advertising stool with original "Vacu-matic" graphics.  The stool is well made, very comfortable and the seat height is adjustable.  American, c. 1940  SOLD

Slant-Top Metal Work Desk and Stool

This is the perfect work desk.  It is very well constructed and quite substantial.  The desk has a pull-out drawer, a slanted work surface, four cubby holes and a bottom shelf.  It has it's original jade green paint which has patinated beautifully to a soft jadeite color.  It comes with a coordinating wood stool.  34 1/2" l., 30" w., 49" h.  American, c. 1940  SOLD