Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mastercraft Vitrine Cabinet




Mastercraft was founded in 1947 and was known for producing high quality furniture with bold, innovative designs which were rooted in classic forms.  In 1974 Mastercraft was acquired by Baker Furniture.  They continued with the tradition of making statement pieces and some of their most interesting and decorative furniture was made during this period.  This black lacquered, brass and glass cabinet is a great example of some of their more stylish seventies work.  It has three glass shelves and is lit by two spot lights.  It works nicely as a display cabinet but would also work well as a bar or bookcase.  Some of the other pieces from this series are worth a look.  Please click on the links to check them out.  https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/storage-case-pieces/cabinets/mastercraft-black-lacquered-patinated-bronze-cabinet/id-f_6728403/  https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/storage-case-pieces/credenzas/black-lacquered-brass-credenza-mastercraft/id-f_3262012/   https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/tables/console-tables/mid-century-modern-mastercraft-brass-console-table/id-f_6834593/        
80" h., 36" w., 15.5" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Friday, March 24, 2017

Toni Hamel; Works from "The Land of Id"

 The Weathermen, 2016
Oil on canvas
24" x 24" framed
$3,100

Opening Night, 2016
Oil on canvas
24" x 24" framed
$3,100.00

Faux Bamboo Table

The perfect little drinks table, this small burl finish table has a scalloped top and faux bamboo legs.  18" diam., 18" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

John Wisner for Ficks Reed Far Horizon Collection, Nesting Tables

Great form and function on this set of three nesting tables designed by John Wisner for Ficks Reed's Far Horizon collection.  The tables have rattan frames and their original laminate tops.  Largest, 25" l., 17"d., 24" h.  American, c. 1950's  $250.00 for the set

John Wisner for Ficks Reed Far Horizon Collection, Table

Ficks Reed was founded in 1885 and produced rattan furniture on par with McGuire.  Over its long history, it collaborated with noted designers such as Dorothy Draper, Paul Frankl and John Wisner.  This Asian Modern rattan, faux stone, glass top table was designed by Wisner for the "Far Horizons" collection and would work well as a small coffee table or side table.  26" l., 20" d., 16" h.  American, c. 1950's  $350.00
 Ficks Reed ad from House and Garden, c. 1955

 Dorothy Draper for Ficks Reed at The Greenbrier Hotel

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lane Tall Chest

More campaigning!  This is the handsome companion piece to the previously posted Lane campaign style chest.  The tall chest also has six drawers and patinated brass pulls with decorative brass hardware.  They make a great looking pair.  American, c. 1970's  48" h., 36" w., 18" d.  SOLD

Lane Furniture Campaign Chest

We're making room this week for some great pieces like this classic campaign style chest by Lane Furniture.  The chest has six ample drawers with patinated brass pulls and decorative brass accents.  62" l., 18" d., 30" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Spring Cleaning

It's not feeling too much like spring out there today, but we are starting our spring cleaning anyway.  We have a few beautiful pieces that didn't find a new home during our sale, so we are reducing the prices a little further in hopes of making some room for new arrivals.  We are also taking some new markdowns.  If you subscribe to the blog, these won't show up in your inbox as they are not new listings, so please check out the blog directly.

Curtis Jere (attr.) Sunburst with Geese


Some fly south.  These guys drove north yesterday.  In our continued effort to be the leading Canadian retailer of cool wall sculptures, and particularly pieces by Curtis Jere, we bring you this mixed metal sunburst sculpture with Canadian Geese.  To our knowledge, Jere pieces are usually signed.  This one is not, but we have consistently seen it attributed to Curtis Jere.  https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/wall-decorations/wall-mounted-sculptures/beautiful-curtis-jere-mixed-metal-starburst-wall-mounted-sculpture-birds/id-f_5277793/  Either way, it is a sensational piece.  39" l., 20" h.  American, c. 1970's  $495.00  SALE  $375.00

Faux Bamboo Armoire



This spectacular armoire was made in Brooklyn, NY in the late 19th century and has been in the same family ever since.  It features a pair of key locking mirrored doors and two key locking drawers below.  It has hand carved faux bamboo detailing throughout and turned finials on the pediment and corners.  The interior is currently outfitted for hanging clothing, but shelves could be added easily.  Modern or Victorian, modest or grand, whatever the size and style of your home, this piece would make a warm, wonderful and functional addition.  93" h., 54" l., 24" w.  American, c. 1890  SOLD

Casimir Szarkiewicz; Still Life with Bust

Casimir Szarkiewicz (1906-1972) was a Polish artist who lived and painted in Upstate New York for most of his life.  When I first saw this painting, something about it reminded me of the work of one of my favorite artists, Giorgio de Chirico.  I'm not sure if it is the subject matter, the way he has handled the light, or the colors he has chosen for this still life with Beethoven, a piano and a violin.  In any case, it is a very appealing oil on board that is nicely painted, and it packs lots of decorative punch.  The painting retains it's original hand-carved, hand-painted frame.  45" x 32"  American, c. 1940's  $775.00  SALE  $495.00


American of Martinsville Cabinet


Known for their innovative modern designs and interesting combinations of materials, American of Martinsville pieces have become increasingly collected over the last decade.  This two-piece, blond mahogany cabinet by American of Martinsville has a base with two doors and pulls with caned inserts.  The doors open to a compartment with one stationary shelf.  The top has sliding glass doors that open to a compartment with three stationary shelves.  39" l., 15" w., 63" h.  American, c. 1950's.  $750.00  SALE  $550.00

Chrome and Glass Console

Sleek, modern chrome console/ sofa table with thick glass top.  54" l., 18" w. 27" h.  American, c. 1970  SOLD

La Barge Mirror

Bold and beautiful, this impressive Italian Rococo mirror has a gilded and silvered carved wood frame and packs a big decorative punch.  55" h., 39" w.  Italian, c. 1970's  SOLD

Stakmore Faux Bamboo Folding Table and Chairs

Faux bamboo + Faux patent leather = Real cool.  With the holidays approaching, add some hip to extra dining/ seating.  This faux bamboo dining or games table has a patent leatherette top and the chairs have patent leatherette seats and caned backs.  The set is so good looking it seems a shame to store it away.  However, if you have to, the table and chairs all fold for easy storage.  The set is very well made and while the table and chairs fold, they are very sturdy.  Table, 34.5" square 29" h.  American, c. 1960's  $695.00 for the set  SALE $425.00

Century Furniture Server



This one is a stunner.  Pristine, Chippendale style mahogany server/ sideboard/ console table by Century Furniture.  It has one long center drawer flanked by short side drawers.  The drawer fronts are handsomely carved and have polished brass pulls.  Inlaid banding frames the top.  69" l., 17" d., 29.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Old Colony Furniture Marble-Top Table

Classic Regency style side table with a marble top and wood base.  The top is supported by three columns with patinated brass decoration.  26" diam., 24" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Curtis Jere Bicycle

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 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 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 high wheel bicycle is made of painted metal with a painted wood seat.  It is signed and dated and able to be hung on a wall or stand freely.  34" h., 29' l., 6" w.  American, c. 1982  $450.00  SALE $195.00 

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, Coffee Table

Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings was the most important decorator in America in the 1930's and 40's.  After opening a shop on Madison Avenue in 1936, he became the designer of choice for such prominent Americans as tobacco heiress Doris Duke, Alfred A. Knopf and Thelma Chrysler Foy.  His style would best be described as modern historicism.  He was heavily influenced by Ancient Grecian design and the visual vocabulary of the classical world.  That being said, his designs did, during his time,  and still do feel fresh and completely modern.  Some of his best known and most iconic pieces were produced during the time he worked as a designer for Widdicomb Furniture, from 1943 to 1956.  There is a casual elegance and rich simplicity to his work during that period that few others have been able to achieve, but many have tried to copy. Designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, this coffee table is cool, clean and very modern.  48" l., 22" d., 15" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD




Faux Ostrich Console Table


Parsons style console wrapped in tan faux ostrich.  48" l., 18" w., 25" h.  American, c. 1970's  $595.00  SALE $295.00

1970's Chest


Seventies chic, custom five-drawer chest of white laminate over wood with lucite and chrome pulls.  There is a matching two-drawer bedside stand available as well.  32" w., 21.5" d., 42" h.  American, c. 1970's  $595.00 for the chest, $195.00 for the stand  SALE $295.00 for the chest

Asian Modern Cabinet


Asian Modern table/ cabinet which would function nicely as a side table, coffee table or TV stand.  The cabinet has two doors, with interesting patinated brass hardware, which open to a large storage compartment.  28" square, 21" h.  American, c. 1970  SOLD

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mount Airy Cabinet with Platform


On our last buying trip, we were fortunate to find a smaller version of one of the favorite pieces we have featured in the shop. This impressive piece by Mount Airy Furniture is in the style of Renzo Rutili.  The cabinet has a mahogany frame and gold-leafed doors with ornate filigree pulls.  The doors open to a compartment with an adjustable shelf.  The platform may be used with cushions as a bench or for placement of sculpture, plant or books.  68" l., 20" d., 30" h.  American, c. 1960  SOLD

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dixie Furniture Campaign Stands

Nice form and great function on this pair of two drawer stands by Dixie Furniture.  They work well beside a bed or sofa.  26" w., 17" d., 24" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Friday, March 17, 2017

Toni Hamel; Works from the Land of Id

 The Specimen, 2015
Graphite on paper
22" x 30" unframed
$3,500.00
 As Beautiful as Rainbows, 2015
Graphite, watercolor, sequins on paper
22" x 30" unframed
$2,600.00
 The Gardeners, 2016
Graphite, watercolor on paper
16" x 20" unframed
$2,000.00
 How the Leopard got its Spots, 2016
Graphite, watercolor, sequins on paper
16" x 20" unframed
$2,000.00
 The Loot, 2016
Graphite, watercolor on paper
22" x 30" framed
$2,800.00
 The Grove, 2016
Graphite, watercolor on paper
16" x 20" unframed 
$2,000.00
The Guardian, 2016
Graphite, watercolor on paper
16" x 20" unframed
$2,000.00

The Land of Id; Toni Hamel

We have just received and are pleased to present works from The Land of Id by Toni Hamel.  The Land of Id is a body of work that explores, through symbolism and satire, man's complex relationship with nature.  The Cove is the largest work from the series and one of the most evocative.
The Cove, 2015
Oil, latex on canvas over panel
48" x 48" framed
$5,000.00

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chinese Gourd Lamps


Classic and timeless pair of double gourd lamps made from early 20th c. Chinese vases.  The lamps have a crackle glaze with figural decoration, carved Cinnabar finials and wooden bases.  The custom shades were made by Eric and Susan, Toronto.  28" h., 16" diam.  Chinese, Early 20th c.  SOLD