Monday, August 7, 2017

Century Furniture Bombe Chest

Finely crafted and very decorative bombe three drawer chest with an ivory paint finish by Century Furniture.  42" l., 19" d., 33" h.  American, c. 1960's  $695.00  SALE  $495.00

Baker Furniture Chippendale Style Table

Timeless pie crust edged, tilt-top tea table by Baker Furniture.  This elegant, Chippendale style table has handsomely carved claw and ball feet and a carved column.  29.5" diam., 29.5" h.  American, 2nd half 20th c.  $650.00  SALE  $450.00

Preppy Pagoda Windows

Strange bedfellows.  Our June windows marry two of our favorite (if somewhat incongruous) styles, East Coast Prep and Asian Modern.  We've always loved the pagoda shape and decided to Pulitzer it up with preppy pink and green.  The side panels reference the simplicity of the Japanese flag.  The Asian Modern black lacquered chairs, in the style of James Mont, are by Century Furniture, c. 1970's.  $1,250.00 for the pair  SALE  $895.00 for the pair


Salterini Style Table and Chairs

We've still got lots of summer left, but this cool Salterini style patio set would be just as at home in a kitchen or casual dining room.  The set is in very good vintage condition with original paint and upholstery.  Table 58" l., 32" w., 30" h.  American, c. 1950's  $595.00 for the set (table and 4 chairs)   SALE  $350.00 for the set

A Few for the Road

We will be closed for vacation this week and reopening Wednesday, August 16th.  We will be checking emails daily and available by phone for immediate assistance at 416.407.1269.  We will be opening on the 16th with lots of new pieces in the shop, and thought we'd leave with a few additional markdowns.  Have a great week and check back for some posts during the week!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Harvey Probber Side Table

Harvey Probber was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1922 and began working as a designer immediately after graduating from high school.  He established his own design firm, Harvey Probber, Inc. in 1945 and soon became one of the leading modern designers in America.  Unlike many of his contemporaries, his approach to modernism tended to reject austerity and typical materials, and favor exotic woods, hand-rubbed finishes and luxurious fabrics in his upholstered pieces.  This can be seen in this handsome side table designed by Probber.  It has a Terrazo marble hexagonal top with inlaid patinated brass and three sculptural bleached mahogany legs.  17.25" h., 19" diam.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD


Kent Coffey Credenza

Great looking companion piece to the tall chest listed earlier.  Sleek, twelve drawer credenza in Vicuna Mahogany by Kent Coffey.  This photo shows off the finish and coloring more accurately than in the picture of the tall chest.  60" l., 19" d., 31" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Kent Coffey Tall Chest

Tall, blond and very sharp.  Unfortunately this handsome Vicuna Mahogany chest by Kent Coffey doesn't look nearly as good in photos as it does in real life.  The finish, graining and color are beautiful.  On the functional side, there are six ample drawers for storage.  40.5" w., 19" d., 43.5" h.  American, c. 1950's  $750.00  SALE  $550.00

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Continental Art Co. Figural Lamps

Travelling to the beat of a different design drum...If you Love Lucy, late 40's/ early 50's Hollywood, wanted to dance all night at the Tropicana to Ricky Ricardo's band, you may love these lamps by the Continental Lamp Co.  The male and female figural plaster lamps and chenille shades are in mint vintage condition.  The Continental Lamp Co. produced and wide variety of styles during the mid 20th century and lamps by the company have become quite collectible.
33" h., 24" diam.  American, c. 1950's  $550.00 for the pair  SALE  $350.00

Curtis Jere Bridge Sculpture

We have had a few clients in the shop this week suggest we retake the photo of this piece as they didn't think our original shot did it justice.  We always appreciate feedback!

San Francisco.  Open your Golden Gate.  Don't wait, this exceptional and striking Golden Gate Bridge wall sculpture by Curtis Jere has just arrived in the shop and it's a beauty.  It's almost 5 ft. long, signed and dated, and depicts the Golden Gate with a large ship and five sailboats in front of a smaller bridge as well as a group of seagulls.  57" l., 27" h., 8" d.  American, c. 1985  $695.00  SALE  $350.00

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, Sofa

Cool and sleek tufted sofa designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin.  The sofa retains its original faux leather upholstery, in near mint condition, and has a chrome base and legs.  It has all of its original labels including one with the manufacture date.  72" l., 31.5" d., 31.5" h.  American, c. 1969  SOLD

Milo Baughman for the Design Institute of America; Dining Table

Milo Baughman for the Design Institute of America, expandable chrome and glass dining table.  "Leaves" on each side separate to reveal center section which lifts up to add 2 feet in length to the table.  While it is a sleek and chic yet very functional dining table, especially where space is a consideration, it would also make a fantastic desk.  61" l. expanding to 85", 39" w., 29.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  $1,175.00  SALE $695.00

Finn Juhl for France and Son, Rosewood Desk

Finn Juhl was a Danish architect, interior and industrial designer credited with bringing Danish Modern to America in the 1940's.  He had a long and successful design career and among his achievements were lines of furniture for Baker, collaborations with General Electric, and designing the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber in NYC.  His honors include five gold medals at the Milan Triennale in the 1950's, a 1978 Royal Designer for Industry Award in London, and a 2010 Wallpaper Design Award.
This stunning rosewood desk was designed by Finn Juhl for France and Son of Denmark and retailed by John Stuart in New York.  It retains both the France and Son as well as the John Stuart metal labels.  This impressive piece of furniture is a testament to Danish Modernism and fine design.  Every detail has been carefully thought through down to the bowtie drawer pulls.  Originally, the desk was able to be ordered in different configurations and sizes.  This piece has one bank of drawers which may be positioned on either the left or right side.  Another example of a larger model may be seen here.  
If you're looking for a desk which is also a statement piece with a perfect mix of form and function, look no further.  63" l., 31.5" d., 28" h.  Danish, c. 1960's  $3,400.00  SALE $1,450.00
 Finn Juhl
 Finn Juhl pieces at the Design Museum, Denmark


Drexel Bar Cart

Rare single drawer bar cart by Drexel.  While only marked with the Drexel label, this cart looks to be part of their Profile Collection designed by John Van Koert.  We haven't been able to find another example of this particular cart, but it has virtually identical lines and design elements as other pieces we have featured from the Profile Collection over the years.  The cart comes with its original Certificate of Inspection which states it has been "produced under the exacting standards of craftsmanship that merit the brandmark 'by Drexel'."  40" l., 18" w., 32" h.  American, c. 1960's  $795.00  SALE  $550.00

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 $225.00

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Sale

Our Annual Summer Sale starts tomorrow.  Most items in the shop are reduced by 25 to 60 percent!  This year we are including selected pieces of art.  We will be posting lots of the markdowns on the blog throughout the week, so check back tomorrow and Friday as well.  

Brasilia by Broyhill, Tall Chest

The Brasilia Collection was first introduced by Broyhill at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.  The collection was inspired by Brasilia, the newly erected capital city of Brazil.  The thoroughly modern city of Brasilia, with its buildings of abstract forms and curves, owes it's design and architecture in large part to architect Oscar Niemeyer.  The inspiration of his distinctive forms is quite apparent in the architecture of Broyhill's Brasilia Collection.  We've had a number of pieces from the collection over the years.  This is a great one.  This chest has two doors which open to a divided compartment with two shelves on the left and four drawers on the right.  Below are two full length drawers.  50" h., 44" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1963  $950.00  SALE  $595.00

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.  Either way, it is a sensational piece.  39" l., 20" h.  American, c. 1970's  $495.00  SALE  $250.00

Curtis Jere Covered Bridge Wall Sculpture

In case you are new to the blog, 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 sculpture has a nice nostalgic feel to it.  The focal point is the weathered covered bridge.  In the foreground, an old rowboat is at rest between some cattails and grasses.  Fencing, a road sign and some foliage lead up to the entrance to the bridge.  45" l., 16" h., 6" d.  American, c. 1973  $450.00  SALE  $250.00

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  SALE  $125.00