Thursday, May 31, 2018

Curtis Jere Abstract Sculpture

Large and very dramatic table sculpture by Curtis Jere.  The thick polished brass bands turn independently on a brass rod.  The rod sits in a marble base capped with a brass plate.  The brass plate is signed and dated.  American, 24" w., 17" d., 22" h.  c. 1987  $795.00
Condition:  Excellent restored condition.

Lane Furniture Cabinet

Very versatile piece which would be great in a dining room, bedroom or as a television stand.  The cabinet, made by Lane, has four ample drawers and a pair of doors that open to a compartment with one drawer and an adjustable shelf.  60" l., 19" w., 31" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Yasha Heifetz; Pair of Abstract Figural Lamps

Heifetz Manufacturing Company of New York began in 1938 as primarily a lighting company, but they also produced decorative accessories, sculptures and some furniture.  In 1950 Yasha Heifetz, in response to Marcel Breuer commenting that he could not find a well designed modern lamp, co-sponsored a national lamp design competition with the MoMA.  The competitors included Richard Schultz from Knoll, Frank Greenhaus and Kevin Roche from Saarinen as well as Alexy Brodovitch, art director for Harper's Bazaar.  There were fifteen winning designs of which Heifetz began producing ten.
It doesn't look like these lamps were part of the competition, but they are a couple of the most interesting we have featured in a while.  The Modernist, sculptural, abstract figural, bases are composed of hand carved, cerused oak.  The finials are original.  The fabric shades are new and compliment the bases very nicely.  33" h. to top of finial, 17" diam. shade,  American, c. 1950's  $750.00 for the pair
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Edward Wormley for Dunbar; Pair of Riemerschmid Chairs

Wormley for the win.  Subtle sophistication, understated elegance.  The 'Riemerschmid' chair was originally designed by Richard Riemerschmid for the Dresden Exhibition of 1899, and adapted and detailed for Dunbar by Edward Wormley in 1947.  Riemerschmid approved of Wormley's modifications and complimented him on the "improvements to form and comfort."  This pair of Riemerschmid chairs by Wormley for Dunbar have mahogany frames which have been beautifully restored.  The black leather seats are original.  One chair retains the original metal Dunbar tag.  31" h., back, 19" h., seat, 23.5" w., 24" d.  American, c. 1947  SOLD  
Condition:  Frames newly restored, leather seats in very good vintage condition.

Richard Riemerschmid
MoMA collection

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Renzo Rutili for Johson Furniture; Asian Modern Cabinet

Our May showstopper comes from Renzo Rutili (1901-1966).  Renzo Rutili was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Carnegie Institute.  He also studied design in Europe for several years before becoming a designer for Johnson Furniture Co.  He served as their head of design from 1933 into the 1960's.  In addition to creating his own extraordinary designs for the company, he oversaw the design and production of works contracted by such iconic Modern designers as Paul Frankl and Eliel Saarinen.  This stunning cabinet by Renzo Rutili is composed of two units which sit in a separate base.  It has been newly restored with the exception of the doors and the backs which are in original condition.  The doors are gold leafed and handpainted with subtle landscape scenes.  The backs are ebonized and handpainted, and there is a single hole for a cord in the lower right corner of one unit.  The feet have their original patinated brass caps.  Inside each cabinet is one full length adjustable shelf.  One of the shelves has the original Johnson label.  As always, the trifecta of quality, design and value here at MTA.   68" l., 19" d., 25" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Doors and back are in very good original condition with age appropriate wear.  Base, sides and top are newly restored.

Asian Modern Console

This chic, Asian Modern style console offers form and function.  It works nicely as a console and does double duty as a desk.  The body is a high gloss black lacquer with gold painted details and the top is gold leafed with a marbleized finish.  58.5" l., 15" d., 29" h.  c. 1970's  $550.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

DeGroot Brutalist Fish Sculpture

Go Fish!  Seaside or city, this wonderful modern Brutalist sculpture by DeGroot would be right at home.  The kinetic, mixed metal sculpture features five fish on metal rods attached to a bone-like base.  The piece is signed on a copper tag attached to the base.  36" h., 7" w., 6" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Leather Chair

Handsome and elegant leather occasional/ desk chair with a wooden frame and a tapered back and legs.  While the original label is gone, it is very high quality with web and spring construction.  Very comfortable as well.  40" h. back, 19" h. seat, 19" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Brass and Faux Bamboo Bar Cart

Very attractive and very versatile bar/ serving cart with a brass frame, glass shelves and black lacquered wood faux bamboo accents.  The cart rolls very smoothly on original ball casters.  30" h., 28.5" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Curtis Jere "Yacht Race"

"I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea.  And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.  We are tied to the ocean.  And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or watch it -  we are going back from whence we came."
(Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14, 1962)
- John F. Kennedy
If you are tied to the ocean and go back to the sea to sail, swim or watch it, you will appreciate this wonderful Curtis Jere wall sculpture.  It features two racing yachts, the 'Yanks' and the 'Aussies' with polychromed sailors and patinated brass sails.  Brass rods suggest the turbulent sea and the boats round a flagged buoy.  31" h., 48" w., 5" d.  American, c. 1970's  $475.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Holiday Hours

The shop will be closed on Saturday.  Wishing everyone an enjoyable and relaxing long weekend!

Pair of Carver's Guild Mirrors

Majestic pair of top-quality, carved giltwood mirrors by Carver's Guild.  Each beveled mirror has a frame with rope twist decoration, acanthus swags, pineapple finials, and is topped with an intricately carved flower basket.  43" h., 22" w., 1.75" d.  American, c. 20th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Near mint.

Koch and Lowy Floor Lamp

Sleek chrome floor/ reading lamp by Koch and Lowy with adjustable height, dome shade that tilts and swivels and a dimmer switch.  Base 9.25" w., 6.25" d. 34.5" - 45.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Good vintage condition with some surface wear.  

Pair of Daystrom Stools

So livable.  A great pair of stools made by Daystrom with polished chrome frames and original black faux crocodile seat upholstery.  21" h. seat, 28.5" h. back, 19" w., 21" d.  American, c. 1970's  $450.00 for the pair
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Pair of Haeger Elephants

A lucky find times 2.  The elephant is generally considered a symbol of good luck and good fortune.  In China, India and Africa, the elephant is a symbol of beauty, power, dignity, intelligence and peace.  We're not making any promises regarding good fortune, but we can guarantee this pair of Modernist Royal Haeger ceramic elephants will add a nice decorative element to your home (apologies in advance)... for relatively peanuts.  16.5" h., 16.5" l. 6" w.  American, c. 1950's  $195.00 for the pair 
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with original labels on bases.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Milo Baughman for Directional; Open Arm Lounge Chair

Mint Milo.  This one is a Wow!  In the last decade, I don't think I have seen an upholstered piece of this age in such unbelievable original condition.  It's showroom fresh and has perhaps become even more stylish with age.  The fabric is a beautiful cut velvet in tones of cream, taupe and beige.  It was designed by Milo Baughman for Directional.  Directional was founded in 1950 by Bud Mesberg, and was one of the first companies to embrace original furniture design.  Included in their roster of designers were Paul Evans, Kip Stewart, Paul McCobb, Vladimir Kagan and Milo Baughman.  It's finds like this that make all those miles worthwhile.  29" h., 29" w., 26" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Near mint.

LaBarge Eglomise Mirror

This is the largest size, and a less common horizontal format, of the LaBarge eglomise style mirrors.  This one is a stunner.  The glass frame is reverse painted and gold leafed with a floral, Chinoiserie design.  The piece is artist signed and dated in the lower left corner.  The mirror is beveled and the outer and inner metal borders of the frame have a gold finish.  51" w., 41" h.  American, c.1980's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with very minor surface wear.