Michael Thomas, Port Hope is now no more. It has been a great six years and a great week. Thanks to everyone who stopped in to say goodbye and for the cards, notes, emails and gifts?!? I am sincerely grateful for all the warm wishes. I want to take this opportunity to also thank Marilyn Moore, Cynthia Chiasson, Sharifa Chivers, Alan de la Vigne, my big bro. and of course Richard Lane for all of their support and hard work in the shop over the years. The best is yet to come. Stay tuned!
Friday, August 22, 2014
She's a grande old dame. She's got a few more wrinkles, but her character and beauty are incomparable to newer models. This early production (turn of the century) Louis Vuitton steamer trunk is all original and retains its original leather strap and buckle which is very rare for a trunk of this vintage. It has its original lining with Louis Vuitton label and serial number 132816. The interior of the trunk is in very good condition and odorless. The brasses have the appropriate stamps. As an added bonus, this trunk comes with a number of fantastic vintage travel stickers including White Star Line, Canadian Pacific and the Carlton Hotel in London. This would make a very special coffee or side table or piece at the foot of a bed. French, early 20th c. SOLD
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Friday, Saturday and Sunday are our last three days, and it is Michael Thomas like you have never seen it before (and we liked it that way). It is our Paris Flea Market in Port Hope and there will be lots of clutter and lots of fantastic bargains! We have brought in and up a slew of "new" items that were retired for a while, or that are less than perfect, or that just didn't seem to make their way to the selling floor. It will include many smaller items; ceramics, glass, picture frames, etc. as well as vintage oil paintings, mirrors, occasional chairs, tables and more. Everything (exluding contemporary art) is at least 50% off with many items as much as 75% off. If you make it in at the right time, you may even be treated to a glass of Veuve or some good vintage French pop music.
Monday, August 11, 2014
It was 6 years ago this week that Michael Thomas opened it's doors. Our first window was this "Taking Flight" installation. We used lots of leftover canvas drop cloths and hung them in layers from the front to the back of the window (with concentric cut-outs). Our big aviary featured bird pieces that would later be for sale in the shop, and a paint can and splattered wall to give that "coming soon/ under construction" vibe. We have had lots of fun creating our Windows on Walton and we hope you have enjoyed them too. Sunday August 24th will be our final day, and this will be our last window at 56 Walton.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
This sensational custom made vintage sofa was inspired by the 1940's designs of Jean-Michel Frank. The lines are clean and modern and the hardwood construction is exceptional. You would be hard pressed to find a better quality sofa at any price. It is newly reupholstered in a hip, mid-tone gray fabric which is a much truer gray than represented in the photos. 76" l., 34" w., 30" h. SOLD
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
The Curtis Jere design house was founded in California in 1963 and produced sculptural works ranging from the representational to the highly abstract. Works produced by the company, particularly those of the 1960's and 70's, have become highly praised and sought after today. Writer Mitchell Owens wrote a two page article on the history of C. Jere for the November 2010 issue of Elle Decor. In it he remarks that "Today those pieces are attracting the admiration of leading dealers in vintage chic". He goes on to note that after launching in 1963, Jere sculptures were distributed by Raymor, a cutting edge studio in New York City, and retailed at Gump's in San Francisco and other high end retailers in several major cities across the U.S. This large and very decorative patinated brass sculpture by C. Jere was made in the seventies and features clusters of animated maple leaves emanating from three substantial branches. 46" l., 34" w. American, c. 1970's SOLD
Bijan was born in Iran in 1936 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1959. In 1962 he moved to L.A. where he attended the Art Center School of Design. That same year he opened his own art studio. Bijan's metal sculptures were seen worldwide in the sixties and seventies, and at the time he was referred to as the "Father of Metal Sculpture". This is an exceptional signed wall sculpture from that period in the Brutalist style. 36" l., 16" h., 4" d. American, c. 1970's SOLD
Thursday, August 7, 2014
As we wind down in the shop over the next two and a half weeks and Parker winds down in our temporary home in the country, we will still be bringing in new pieces. We probably won't have a chance to photograph everything and update the site, so stop in to see what's new. We will be updating the blog regularly though with some pretty significant markdowns.