Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pair of Marble Column Lamps

Sensational Greek revival fluted column with Ionic capital table lamps.  The lamps are made of white veined marble and have marble plinth bases.  The black parchment shades are new.  32" h., 17" diam.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

"Tiffany & Co., Blair House" China

Blair House is the President's guest House in Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Government purchased Blair House in 1942 at the request of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Prior to the purchase of Blair House, guests of the President usually spent one night in the White House followed by a hotel or embassy for the remainder of their visit.  In 1988, Tiffany designed and created a range of pieces for Blair House including 100 place settings of fine china to coincide with the completion of a major restoration project.  For a limited time, the "Blair House" pattern was offered by Tiffany in its' retail stores.  The design is very pretty and fresh, and definitely timeless.  This set consists of four place settings and serving pieces.  Each place setting is made up of a dinner plate, luncheon plate, bread and butter plate, and a cup and saucer.  There are six additional serving pieces; 2 large oval platters, 1 oval vegetable bowl, 1 coffee pot and a cream and sugar.  American, c. 1980's  SOLD

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pair of "Weiman Furniture Co." End Tables

Weiman Furniture was comparable in quality to the best makers of the period.  They were known for mixing fine woods with other materials, most often leather or marble.  This smart pair of end tables features a combination of blond woods with tooled and aged inlaid leather tops.  The decorative handles and feet are patinated brass.  28" l., 24" h., 20" w.  American, c. 1950  SOLD

"Weiman Furniture Co.," Leather-top Table

Mid-century sophistication.  This handsome blond mahogany occasional table by Weiman has a gold embossed leather top, a drawer with a patinated brass pull and brass capped tapered legs.  24" square, 24" h.  American, c. 1950  SOLD

Coffee Table

This custom coffee table has nice lines and great details.  The slightly rolled edge and tapered legs give it a sophisticated feel, but the warm tones of the wood keep it somewhat casual.  30" square, 17" h.  American, c. 1950  SOLD

Asian Modern Cocktail Table

This table isn't for everyone, but if you've got an adventurous decorating style, it would make a real statement and add a big decorative punch to a room.  The top is reverse painted and mirrored glass with a hand painted design of blooming trees, a pagoda and a male and female figure in the foreground.  The painted wood base has a scroll and acanthus design.  34" diam., 17" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Faux Bamboo Coffee table

Sophisticated yet casual, two-tiered coffee table with wood carved to resemble bamboo, and natural fiber covering both tiers.  48" l., 24" w., 21" h.  American, c. 1960  SOLD

Embroidered Chinese Triptych

This magnificent three panel work of art was hand embroidered using gold thread on silk over 150 years ago.  The composition and craftsmanship as well as the condition are truly remarkable.  It's hard to imagine how much time went into the design and execution.  The design features ten birds and many different types of flowers and foliage.  Each panel is 49 1/2" high and 20 1/2" wide and when hung as a triptych make quite a statement.  The pieces were reframed in the 1960's.  As shown, 66" l., 49 1/2" h.  Chinese, c. 1860's  SOLD

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thank You

As we wind down and get ready to close our Port Hope location, we are feeling extremely grateful for a community that has been very supportive over the past six years and we want to give a little back.  It didn't take too long to figure out how to do this.  One of the best things to happen to us in Port Hope was adopting our dog Parker from the Shelter of Hope a little over four years ago.  Before Parker found her permanent home with us, she was adopted twice and sent back to the shelter twice.  For those of you who have met Parker in the shop, you might find that hard to believe.  While she does shed more than your average pack and does have the energy of five dogs, she is one of the sweetest (and prettiest) dogs around.  So, we want to give a little back to the Shelter of Hope.  For the next month, 15% of all profits from Michael Thomas will be donated to the Shelter so that more cool animals like Parker can find their way home.

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Posts" Drafting Table and Stool

Cool adjustable drafting table made by Posts of Chicago and coordinating stool.  While the table is still perfect for drafting, it could serve a variety of other functions as well.  It would be great for a kid's room, as an artist's easel or as a decorative piece to display art.  It comes with a coordinating stool with lots of patina.  42" l., 31" w.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mirror Framed Mirror

Big and chic.  This large and very stylish mirror has a wood and beveled mirror frame and would make a dramatic statement in a powder room, living room, dining room or bedroom.  48" l., 34" w.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Sprague and Carleton" Caned Seating Group

All you need is a covered front porch or a back porch overlooking a stream and this wonderful set, and you're set for the rest of the season.  Actually, going with that same scenario, a couple of Hudson Bay blankets and you are good for almost four seasons.  This three piece seating group was made by Sprague and Carleton of Keene, New Hampshire and is comprised of an arm chair, a rocking chair and a two-seater settee.  It has a warm, comforting nostalgic feel and has stood the test of time very nicely.  The set is perfect as it is but would also be nice with some custom made seat cushions in a soft beige/cream or blue/cream cotton ticking stripe fabric.  We can do that for you.  American, c. 1920's  SOLD

"Stiffel" Bouillotte Lamp

Classic, elegant, bouillotte style table lamp with a finely crafted, patinated brass base and pleated, signed shade which is original to the lamp  22" h., 14" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Empire Chest

Handsome Empire bonnet chest with contrasting flame mahogany veneers and a stylized, removable back splash.  The chest looks great with the back splash attached but feels a bit more modern and clean-lined without it.  44" l., 22" w., 48" h.  American, c. 1870's  SOLD

Brass and Glass Console

Brass frame console with glass top.  It is fairly long and low and fairly simple, so it would accommodate a large painting or mirror above it without detracting from the piece.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

"La Barge" Chinoiserie Mirror

Understated sophistication best describes this beautiful beveled mirror with hand painted frame by La Barge.  The silver leaf and hand painted frame depicts flora and fauna and the gallery style surround is chrome anodized aluminum.  42" l., 38" w.  Italian, c. 1970's  SOLD

Friday, July 18, 2014

Port Hope Sidewalk Sale

Port Hope is having its' annual sidewalk sale this weekend and we will be continuing our sale as well.  This weekend, everything in the shop will be 25% off  (with the exception of most art) and some pieces will be as much as 70% off.  We have lots of new items that have arrived over the last two days and we will try to post all of them.  We will be listing them at their regular prices, but all of these items will also be 25% off this weekend.  If you have a chance to make it to Port Hope, it is promising to be a beautiful weekend.  If you can't make it out, please check out our blog as we will be updating it all weekend.

"Heywood Wakefield, Sculptura" Chest

The Sculptura collection by Heywood Wakefield was designed in the early fifties and was the collaborative work of noted 20th c. American designers, Ernest Hermann, Leo Jiraneck, Frank Parrish and W. Joseph Carr.  This tall, five drawer chest from the collection has the signature drawer fronts with built-in pulls that curve in and out like folded ribbons.  It is apparent why this collection was called "Sculptura".  The finish is the popular H.W. original "wheat" finish.  38"l., 19" w., 48" h.  American, c. 1952  SOLD

Rattan Dining Table and Chairs

Cool and casual McGuire style rattan table with glass top and set of four rattan arm chairs with leather strapping.  This would be a great set for a kitchen, sun room, casual dining room or an enclosed porch.  Table, 40" diam., 29 1/2" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Sunday, July 13, 2014

We Will Go The Extra Mile....

or several hundred to make our clients happy!  When a client from New York wanted to purchase this light fixture, we investigated and found it would be a little tricky and expensive to ship it.  As we were coming down here anyway, we arranged to hand deliver it to Brooklyn.  We are on our way this morning and looking forward to visiting my old hood after the delivery.  At Michael Thomas, we will do whatever we can to get you what you want!  We currently have lots of beautiful very small items in the shop and if any of our Tuscan clients are interested..........

Friday, July 11, 2014


Even though we are on vacation, we have had a pretty busy go of it this past week.  There has been a fair bit of travel, we've hit a few of our favorite spots, we have negotiated the sale of a house, the purchase of another, announced and made some plans for the moving of the shop.... but now we relax.  We have reached our final vacation destination and will be spending the next few days relaxing in the Hamptons with good friends.  After an early morning walk on the beach, we are ready to call that pool home from now until we head back to Canada.  Yesterday we told you to expect some special things over the next month, and there is no time like the present.  We haven't even told Marilyn yet, but we have decided to take some pretty significant markdowns on some pretty sensational pieces in the shop.  We don't think these items will hang around too long, and that is our intent, so if you are interested, you might want to give Marilyn a call this morning.  

Figural Table and Chairs

In the style of metal artist John Risley, this playful three piece table and chair set is made of glazed wrought iron.  The set is bar height and the stools have slat seats with figural backs.  One back is in the shape of a woman and the other, as well as the table, in the form of a man.  The glass table top is beveled and quite substantial.  It is a really fun, well made set and has already been getting lots of attention in the shop.  Table, 42" h., 36" diam.  Chairs, backs 48" h., seats 28" h., 18" diam.  American, c. 1970  SOLD

Pair of Wheat Sheaf Tables

Made iconic by Coco Chanel (as seen in her Rue Cambon apartment above), the wheat sheaf table has remained a decorating classic.  Each table has a nicely toned gold finish, a substantial, well-crafted bundle of wheat and a thick rope tie.  They work nicely individually as side tables or together as acoffee table.  16" h., 21" diam.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD

"Weiman Furniture Co." Console Table

Finely crafted, sophisticated console table by Weiman.  The two-tier burl walnut and brass console has two long drawers with brass handles, brass and wood Corinthian columns and a wood framed cane base.  60" l., 16" w., 24" h.  American, c. 1970  SOLD