Sunday, October 30, 2016

New Shop Hours

Beginning this week, we're going to be spending even more time on the road sourcing beautiful things for the shop.  As a result, we are going to be changing up our hours a little bit.  Starting November 1st, the shop will be open from Wednesday through Saturday from 11- 5.  We will be open by chance (as always, you'll often find us in the shop outside of regular business hours) or by appointment.  For an appointment, please email michael@michaelthomasantiques.com or phone 416.407.1269.  Otherwise, if the flag is out, we're in.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Curtis Jere Leaf Sculpture



Well, it seems wall sculptures have been our thing this month.  Here is the earliest Curtis Jere we have featured and one of the earliest we have seen.  Please check out the Jere piece listed last week for a history of the design house.  This leaf sculpture has great color and patination.  The leaves have a beautiful mix of copper, brass, gold, red and verdigris tones.  There are three sprigs of berries with red and gold tones.  The piece may be hung vertically or horizontally.  44" h., 36" w.  American, c. 1968  SOLD

La Barge Mirror

Elegant simplicity.  This modern mirror framed mirror by La Barge has a bevelled center panel framed in a silver and gold satin finish metal.  It is surrounded by four flat mirrored panels framed in metal.  42" h., 28.5" w.  Italian, c. 1970's  SOLD

Friday, October 28, 2016

Chippendale Style Arm Chair

It could become your favorite chair!  This Chippendale style arm chair has carved wooden arms and claw and ball feet.  It is comfortable, stately and the silk velvet is perfectly patinated.  40" h., 27" w., 25" d.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD

Leaf Wall Sculpture

In the style of Curtis Jere, this large leaf wall sculpture has a nice play of texture and tone and can be hung either vertically or horizontally.  44" h., 35" w.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Louis Chair

Smart, wood frame Louis chair with leatherette upholstery and brass tacks.  American, c. 2nd half 20th c. SOLD

Wheat Sheaf Table



Made iconic by Coco Chanel (as seen in her Rue Cambon apartment above), the wheat sheaf table has remained a decorating classic.  We have had quite a few pieces with the wheat sheaf motif over the years, but this is likely the nicest table we have featured.  It has a beautifully toned gold finish, a substantial, well-crafted bundle of wheat and a thick rope tie. 36" diam., 16" h.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD

Friday, October 21, 2016

RWay Furniture Chest of Drawers


Strange bedfellows?  Not really. More like super stylish bedfellows.  This is the companion piece to the long dresser listed earlier this week.  With a nod to Saarinen and some of the finer Mid-Century Italian furniture we have seen, this chest by RWay is on our list of favorite pieces that have made their way into the shop.  It was a custom made piece for the client who purchased it in the 1950's.  She ordered a production piece, but with ivory colored drawer fronts.  In our research we have not found any other pieces with contrasting drawer fronts by RWay.  The addition of the contrasting fronts serves to enhance the already sophisticated styling of the piece with its cool lines, sculptural hardware and brass legs.  We found these cards in the back of one of the drawers.  When furniture used to come with thank you notes!  The cards are in as good of condition as the chest.  34" l., 18.5" d., 42" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Pair of Chinoiserie Ceramic Lamps


Very smart and very decorative pair of celadon glaze, ceramic, Chinoiserie figural lamps with pierced brass bases.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD

Hickory Chair Leather Wingbacks

They wore blue leather.  This handsome pair of leather wingbacks were made by Hickory Chair of North Carolina.  Exceptional quality, very comfortable and in great vintage condition.  They have studded backs, sides and fronts.  31" w., 29" d., 43" h.  American, c. 2nd half 20th c.  SOLD

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Modernist Fireplace Tool Set

Modernist black iron and brushed and polished brass fireplace tool set with shovel, brush and poker.  30" h., 9" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Mid-Century Log Holder

Looking for a new look for your logs?  Perhaps this smart wrought iron Mid-Century holder will fit the bill.  28" l., 20" w., 19" h.  American, c. 1960's  $175.00

Chinese Chippendale Style Pagoda Mirror


Sensational carved giltwood Chinese Chippendale/ Hollywood Regency mirror.  This ultra-stylish, highly decorative mirror has an outer frame composed of small flowers, columns and scrolling acanthus leaves, and is topped with an intricately carved pagoda.  44" l., 36" h.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pierre Cardin Table Lamp





Disco meets heavy metal in this 1970's chic, heavy cast aluminum lamp designed by Pierre Cardin.  It is signed with the signature "C" and comes with both its original pleated gray fabric shade as well as a new shade (pictured) which brings it a little more up to date.  Anyone remember this great Cardin set from the Port Hope shop?  One of our all time favorites.  28" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/table-lamps/rare-pierre-cardin-logo-cast-aluminum-table-lamp/id-f_797589/

Peter Protzman for Herman Miller, Pair of Chairs


Pop!  Can you see these chairs below a Warhol, Lichtenstein or Hockney?  We kind of like them below a Britt Randle!  Either way, they will bring a great pop of color and pattern to any room.  They were designed by Peter Protzman for Herman Miller and retain their original fuchsia and tangerine striped upholstery which was designed by Alexander Girard.  Girard was a celebrated fabric designer whom in addition to collaborating with Protzman also worked with George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.  32" h., 23" w., 28" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/seating/armchairs/pair-of-peter-protzman-herman-miller-armchairs-new-upholstery/id-f_2296172/

Curtis Jere Leaf Sculpture


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 by collectors.  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 (Jere) 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 signed and dated leaf sculpture is one of the largest and finest of the many wall sculptures by Jere that we have featured over the years.  5' h., 3' w.  American, c. 1979  SOLD

RWay Furniture Chest of Drawers



With a nod to Saarinen and some of the finer Mid-Century Italian furniture we have seen, this chest by RWay is on our list of favorite pieces that have made their way into the shop.  It was a custom made piece for the client who purchased it in the 1950's.  She ordered a production piece, but with ivory colored drawer fronts.  In our research we have not found any other pieces with contrasting drawer fronts by RWay.
https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/storage-case-pieces/commodes-chests-of-drawers/pair-of-mid-century-chest-drawers/id-f_2252122/
The addition of the contrasting fronts serves to enhance the already sophisticated styling of the piece with its cool lines, sculptural hardware and brass legs.  There is a matching tall chest available as well.  56" l., 18.5" d., 32" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD


Friday, October 14, 2016

Mid-Century Coffee Table

It's a little bit modern, a little bit Arts and Crafts.  This unique two-tiered coffee table has three window pane legs and an inset glass top.  36" diam., 15.5" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Brass and Glass Column Lamps

Classic glass column lamp with warm brushed brass base and capital and a natural colored fabric shade.  27" h., 15" diam.  $325.00 each

Henredon Console Table


Handsome, Asian Modern console/ sofa table by Henredon with inlay top framed in burl wood.  Great size and height for behind a sofa.  50" l., 16" w., 25" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Britt Randle; Untitled

Britt Randle; Untitled, 2016
Mixed media on paper
45" x 37" framed
SOLD

Gold Leaf Parsons Side Table

This well constructed gold leaf Parsons table offers simplicity with a nice decorative punch.  30" l., 16" d., 19" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Bouillotte Lamp

Keeping it classic today, this small, two-candle Bouillotte lamp has a brass base and adjustable burgundy tole shade with gold interior.  16" h., 9" l., 6" w.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Drexel Chippendale Style Table

Mid-century traditional, classic claw and ball foot side table from the "18th Century" Collection by Drexel.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville, Pair of Stands


Designed by Merton Gershun for the Dania line by American of Martinsville, each stand has a drop-down door which opens to a divided compartment with one drawer.  The door backs and drawer fronts retain their original paint finish.  25" h., 22" w., 17" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Glass Table Lamp

Handmade gray glass table lamp with a natural linen colored shade.  25" h., 13" diam.  New, $275.00 each