Sunday, August 26, 2018

K.E.M. Weber for Lloyd Chrome; Arm Chair

K.E.M. Weber (1889-1963) was born in Berlin but immigrated to the U.S. in the early teens.  He moved to Hollywood in the early twenties and established his own design studio there.  He went on to design a wide variety of products for many of the top makers of the period, and was at the forefront of creating what came to be known as the Streamline Moderne style.  His iconic designs, including the "Zephyr" desk clock, "Airline" chair and "Springer" chair can be found in museums throughout North America as well as internationally.   There was a great article on his life and work in a 2015 issue of 'Elle Decor' (below).  This tubular chrome arm chair was designed by Weber for Lloyd Chrome.  It is all original including the dark green Naugahyde with white piping.  The chair retains the original Lloyd label.  35" h., 26" w., 33" d.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Normandie Ship Model

Ship shape!  Normandie was arguably the greatest passenger liner ever built.  She was launched in 1932 and was a design marvel with state of the art engineering and the most beautiful interiors, fixtures and accommodations France could devise.  She was a work of art.  This sensational hand built Normandie model is a folk art marvel.  It was completely crafted by hand by Ted Gelinas and is highly detailed.  The custom glass case has a mirrored back and chrome frame.  An absolutely unique show stopping centerpiece for the cottage, beach, city or country home.  If you are looking for a pair of ship models, the Lusitania is available in Colorado or online.
40" l., 9.5" d., 13" h.  American, c. 1936 $4,500.00  SALE $2,250.00
Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Leslie Diamond for Conant Ball; Lounge Chair

Newly reupholstered lounge chair designed by Leslie Diamond for Conant Ball.  There's a definite nautical feel, especially in royal blue, to this comfortable spindle back chair.  It would be a great cottage or beach house addition, but would add a nice colorful punch to any home.  34" h., 29" w., 26" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Furniture; Cube Chair

Seventies chic cube chair 'floating' on wood platform base, designed by Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Furniture of San Francisco.  The chair is all original and the camel colored upholstery is in very good vintage condition.  It is a well constructed chair and very comfortable.  The timeless, modern design and high quality will make this a candidate for reupholstering down the road.  30" h. (to cushion top) 34" w., 34" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Maitland Smith Coffee Table

Seventies chic tessellated stone coffee table by Maitland Smith.  The table has inlaid mosaic stone tiles with a patinated brass inlaid banding and brass capped feet.  American, c. 1970's  35" square, 15.5" h.  $495.00  SALE $350.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and a few minor flea-bites.

Faux Bamboo Ceramic Lamps

Palm Beach chic pair of Hollywood Regency style ceramic table lamps with faux bamboo raised latticework and original wooden finials.  30" h. to finial top, 9" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Mies Barcelona Style Coffee Table

Late 20th century, high quality, classic Mies van der Rohe Barcelona style coffee table.  The square glass top is 1/2" thick.  The 'X' base is solid polished chrome and very substantial.  A decorating classic.  40.25" square, 18" h.  American, c. late 20th c.  SOLD  
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Baughman Style Burl Mirror

Cool MCM Baughman style burl and brass framed, elongated hexagonal mirror.  48.5" l., 19.5" w., 1.5" d.  American, c. 1960's  $295.00  SALE $195.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

MCM Executive Desk/ Table

This large, modern and sophisticated walnut desk/ table has a minimalist form with maximum function.  It has a simple thick plank top supported by parallel rectangular plank/ slab legs with contrasting banding on the bases.  It functions nicely as a desk, dining or work table.  While unsigned, it is very high quality.  The underside is stamped with a maker's '19' and dated Aug. 1950.  66" w., 36" d., 29.5" h.  American, c. 1950  $695.00  SALE $495.00
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  SALE $495.00 for the pair  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

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  SALE $350.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Curtis Jere; Kinetic Abstract Wall Sculpture

Striking, large kinetic abstract wall sculpture by C. Jere.  The sculpture has a metal body with a verdigris finish.  Three groups of polished brass rods of various lengths radiate from the body.  It has three hooks on the back and can be hung in a variety of different positions.  It's signed and dated.  21" h., 41" w., 12" d.  American, c. 1988  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

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  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

American of Martinsville Chest

American Beauty.  We've had many beautiful pieces by American of Martinsville over the years, and this is one of the best!  Six drawer walnut chest with great modern lines and nice details like the wrap around drawer pulls and the faceted feet.  Normally we don't show the mirrors with chests as they can feel a little dated.  This is the exception.  The mirror feels very modern and is shown attached with brackets.  It also has hooks for hanging, but if you would rather not use the mirror, it is removable.  60" l., 18.5" d., 30.5" h.  Mirror, 43.5" h., 25.5" w., 2" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with very minor restoration.

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 SALE $125.00 for the pair 
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with original labels on bases.

Pair of Stangl Horse Head Vases

Rare and regal pair of ceramic horse head vases by Stangl Pottery.  Stangl began in N.J. in 1814 and produced both dinnerware and decorative ceramics until 1978.  This pair of rare horse head vases were produced from 1942-1944.  They are large, very decorative and nicely detailed with a beautiful variegated green glaze.  13.5" h., 13" w., 6" d.  American, c. 1940's  $595.00 for the pair  SALE $350.00 for the pair

Curtis Jere; Pair of Spray Wall Sculptures

Large and very decorative pair of abstract wall sculptures by C. Jere.  Each sculpture is composed of two substantial "bundles" of painted and patinated steel rods that are joined to form a wave/ spray/ fan form.  36" h., 33" w., 5.5" d.  American, c. 1970's  $650.00 for the pair  SALE  $395.00 for the pair
Condition:  Good vintage condition with patina to rods.  One sculpture has a replaced hanger.