Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Empire Console

As a kid, growing up in Pennsylvania, my best friend's grandmother was an antique dealer.  From about the age of six or seven, we were on her coattails most weekends checking out tag sales, antique markets, auctions, etc.  When a piece was very special, she used to say it "has the magic."  This piece is the whole magic show.  This early 19th century Empire console features a large handcarved giltwood eagle with outstretched wings atop a giltwood ball.  The carved and gilded top has a thick inset piece of marble with beautiful coloring and pattern.  The carved and gilded base has faux finished decoration.  The piece is in very good vintage condition and has been professionally restored with some moulding expertly recreated and replaced.  Most likely American (but possibly English) Early 19th c.  32.5" h., 32.5" w., 17.5" d.  $2975.00

Stroupe Federal Style Mirror

"Mirrors make a room a reflection of your personality."  We always like to find original ads and documentation, especially when we're not familiar with a designer or maker.  This Federal style mirror was made by Stroupe of North Carolina.  The frame is gilt wood with fluted columns and acanthus leaf decoration.  The ebonized panel features a carved and gilded eagle and 13 stars.  It has its' original label and price.  In 1974 the mirror cost $88.00 U.S.  That would equate to about $450.00 U.S. today.  36.5" h., 24.5" w.  American, c. 1974  SOLD  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ico Parisi for Fratelli Reguitti; Valet

Fine Italian Design.  This handsome wood and woven rope valet was designed by Ico Parisi for Fratelli Reguitti.  The valet has a tray for change, cufflinks, etc. and a bar for ties.  Attached to the bar is a knob that pulls out for hanging hats.  Below is a hanger for jackets and shirts.  The woven seat lifts to reveal another storage compartment, great for shoe shine accessories, jewelry, love letters, etc.  The piece is in very good vintage condition with slight wear to the finish and one wooden ball missing.  As always, shopping in Hamilton has its advantages.
46" h., 19" w., 23" d.  Italian, Mid-20th c.  SOLD

Laurel Cork and Brass Lamp

Very large and unique MCM cork and brushed brass table lamp with 3-way socket by Laurel.  The fabric shade with cork banding is original and retains the original paper tag.  The lamp and shade are both in very good vintage condition with minor age appropriate wear.  45" h., 18" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Marcel Breuer Cesca Style Set of 4 Stools

Iconic, but never patented, the Cesca chair by Breuer remains a decorating classic.  An interesting article from The New York Times in 1991 gives some great information on the history of the chair and the various companies that produced it over the years.  This set of four counter height stools was made in Italy in the 1970's.  They are in good vintage condition with some pitting on the chrome and minor wear on the wood frames.  The caning is perfect with no breaks.  Seat, 28" h.  Back, 39" h.  Italian, c. 1970's  $350.00 for the set of 4

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Neoclassical Magazine Holder

Elegant Neoclassical style magazine holder of patinated brass with an ebonized wood base.  20" w., 13" d., 21" h.  c. 1950's  $150.00

Hollywood Regency Gilt Stool

Gilt metal Hollywood Regency style stool with rope and tassel design and stretcher base.  Vintage upholstered seat fabric is in good condition, but easily reupholstered.  15" diam., 15" h.  Italian, c. 1950's SOLD

Lane "Tuxedo" Table

Handsome and versatile table by Lane Furniture from their "Tuxedo" line.  The walnut table has rosewood bow-tie/ butterfly inlay detailing and works nicely as a small coffee table or side table.  21" w., 28" d., 20" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Donald Deskey for AMODEC, Tall Chest

Donald Deskey (1894-1989) was an innovative American industrial designer best known for designing the interiors of the Art Deco jewel, Radio City Music Hall.  "Donald Deskey was among the leading figures to introduce modern design in the United States in the late 1920's, said David A. Hanks, the author of "Donald Deskey:  Decorative Designs and Interiors", published in 1987.  "Even though he looked to Europe for inspiration, his concerns were more practical and characteristic of the best of American furniture design."  I have been an admirer of Deskey's work for a very long time and purchased Hanks' book about a decade ago.  Until now, I have only seen Deskey pieces in museums.  His work is in many museums internationally including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MOMA.  This very rare and pretty exceptional example of Art Deco furniture design was part of a collection for AMODEC.  The American Modern Decoration Co. was Deskey's venture into the manufacturing and promotion of his own designs.  The line made its' debut at special showings at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York in 1930 where thirty-five rooms were rented as showrooms.  The line was very well received and an "innovative experiment in the design and promotion of modern furniture", but problems in marketing caused the line to be short lived making the pieces quite rare today.  An AMODEC catalogue is in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.  This chest, which has been expertly restored to near showroom condition, has a rosewood top and base, and ebonized sides.  The lacquered drawer fronts have chrome and ebonized wood pulls.  The drawers all operate smoothly and the chest is on casters.  This is a rare opportunity to welcome a piece of American and Art Deco History into your home!  50" h., 34" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1931  $1975.00  
 Donald Deskey in the second mezzanine's men's lounge at Radio City Music Hall

 Radio City Music Hall Interiors

 AMODEC bedrooms in the Deskey book.  The photo on the left shows other pieces from the line of the chest we are featuring

Pair of KEM Weber for Lloyd, Lounge Chairs

Power Couple!  Electrifying pair of upholstered chrome frame lounge chairs by KEM Weber for Lloyd.  We've featured other similar lounge chairs by KEM Weber over the years.  These are a little more compact, but very comfortable.  The upholstery and leather piping are in very good vintage condition.  24" w., 24" d., 33" h. American, c. 1930's  SOLD