Thursday, March 28, 2019

Curtis Jere Ribbon Sculpture



Apologies for potentially too much of a good thing.  But we've been pretty lucky lately in our hunting and collecting of all things Jere.  And you keep liking them.  This one is striking.  Graceful.  Elegant.  Kinetic.  30" h., 16" diam.  American, late 20th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Robert Sonneman Mirror


This handsome, tailored mirror was designed by Robert Sonneman as part of his 'Modern Classics' collection.  The maple frame has a recessed 'mat' of black grass cloth and the mirror is beveled.  39.5" h., 29.25" w.  American, c. 20th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb; Biomorphic Cocktail Table

Furniture collecting.  In the early 1950's, if you had exceptional style, ample space and a plentiful decorating allowance, you might have chosen (or at least coveted) the 'Mesa' table designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.  Today, the same holds true.  But your plentiful allowance would have to be exuberant.  Last year a 'Mesa' table sold at auction for $143,000.00 U.S.




In the early 1950's, if you had exceptional style, and fell in love with the 'Mesa' table, but your space didn't allow for its monumental 72" x 50" size, you might have opted for a smaller and sleeker of Gibbings' biomorphic designs for Widdicomb.  Today, the same holds true.  In store now is a fully restored Model 1759 biomorphic cocktail table designed by Gibbings for Widdicomb.  It's one of his most desirable tables and an elegant beauty from every angle.  It's signed and dated.  54" l., 28" w., 16" h.  American, c. 1952  SOLD
Condition:  Very good restored condition.






Thursday, March 21, 2019

Le Bertetti; Penida and Bantang

Italian Art.  Clelia Bertetti (1904-1995) was an Italian ceramic artist and art director who was most active during the 1930's.  She received her training at l'accademia di Belle Arti in Torino, and in Florence at the studio of sculptor Guido Cadori.  She was the most famous of the art directors at Lenci Pottery where she worked from 1927 to 1930.  In 1929, her work was shown at Gallery Pesaro in Milan.  In 1932 she left Lenci and partnered with Piero Ducato to open Le Bertetti studio in Torino.  Her work was featured in many prominent exhibitions in Italy during the 1930's including Mostra degli Amici dell'Arte (Exhibition of Friends of the Arts) in Torino in 1933, Mostra dell'Artigianato (Exhibition of Crafts) in Florence in 1935 and Mostra d'Arte Sacra (Exhibition of Sacred Art) at the Vatican.  The studio closed in 1942 but Bertetti continued with her career in the arts focusing primarily on sculpture.  She died in Torino in 1995.
This large and rare pair of Le Bertetti figures are exquisitely executed.  The Indonesian girl, Penida, is playing a tambourine and dressed in a skirt with handpainted animals, fish and human figures.  She wears a colorful necklace and flowers in her hair.  Her skin is done in a matte glaze while her hair and dress are gloss.  The Indonesian boy, Bantang, plays a sitar and is dressed in white pants with a printed belt.  He is wearing a patterned kerchief.  He also has contrasting matte and gloss glazes.  Penida, 17" h., 14" w., 9" d.  Bantang, 15" h., 20" w., 10" d.  Italian, c. 1930's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent-very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  Penida has two tiny glaze flakes, one to the tambourine and one to a flower.  Bantang has a repair to the tie on the kerchief and a small glaze flake on his shoulder.











Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Paul McCobb Wing Chair

If you would like to invest in the best, this is the real (and rare) McCobb.  Paul McCobb (1917-1969) was an American furniture designer and interior decorator.  He studied fine art in Boston and later moved to N.Y.C., where by 1945 he had established his own design company, Paul McCobb Design Associates.  By 1950 he had become a household name and earned himself the nickname of "America's Decorator".  His work has been exhibited at museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  He was a five time recipient of the MoMA's Good Design Award between 1950 and 1955.  Today his designs can be found in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum, amongst others.

I've never really taken to describing architecture or furniture as 'sexy'.  That being said, when it comes to this rare wing chair designed by McCobb, it seems to fit perfectly.  Those curves.  That back and body.  Those arms and legs.  It's a bit of a super model (model 3015).  It's newly outfitted in a Knoll-like (Rivington), nicely textured, neutral upholstery.  If you decide to take it home, don't feel shallow if initially you just want to show it off to your friends.  Soon enough you will realize it isn't just about its looks.  Sitting in it is pure pleasure.  This is your forever chair.  39" h., 32" w., 29" d.  American, c. 1957  SOLD




Paul and Mollie McCobb

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

John Widdicomb; Pair of Etageres



Color!  After a long winter, nothing reinvigorates like color.  Mix a deep shade of teal with the exceptional craftsmanship and design of Widdicomb and the recipe for a spring refresh is complete.  These faux bamboo etageres are beautifully carved and finished in their original Widdicomb teal lacquer.  They are perfect to house and display a collection of ceramics, glass, or books....and add a sophisticated shot of color and fine design to a room.  84" h., 28" w., 12" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD  
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller; Two-Tier Table




Gilbert Rohde is one of my all time favourite designers. In the past 10 years we have only featured a few of his designs.  Amongst many accolades, he is credited with turning Herman Miller into a modern furniture company. A bedroom group we featured a few years ago was designed by Rohde for Herman Miller.   This two-tiered glass table is another of his designs for Herman Miller.  It still looks as fresh and modern today as it did in 1939.  The two thick glass circles are graduated and held in place by the two-piece wood legs and rounded wood caps.  24.5" h., 22" diam.  American, c. 1939  $595.00  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Italian Giltwood Mirror


This one has it all.  The decoration on this elegant Italian giltwood framed mirror includes wheat, ribbons, acanthus leaves, florets and even a little Greek key ornamentation thrown in for good measure. 47" h., 28" w., 1.5" d.  Italian, c. 1950's  $450.00  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pair of Eames Herman Miller DSSN Stacking Chairs


The classic Eames, Herman Miller production DSS stacking chairs upholstered in a beautiful slate blue.  32" h., 22" w., 22" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear to the chrome and very minor imperfections to the vinyl.  

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville; Tall Chest


 Original Dania collection pages from the American of Martinsville catalogue
Handsome chest of drawers designed by Merton Gershun for the Dania line by American of Martinsville.  The chest has three smaller square front drawers with brass hardware over three long, louvered front drawers.  A long shallow top drawer has six divided compartments.  The legs are tapered with brass accents.  38" l., 19" w., 44" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Pair of Design Institute of America Tub Chairs





Super seventies chic and super comfortable pair of Design Institute of America (Baughman?) tub chairs on casters.  They are zipped in with their original leatherette upholstery.  It's hard to believe it's not leather.  It's the best faux we've felt and it looks very genuine in texture and finish.  The chairs are appealing from every angle and their casters make them perfect for parties and conversation.  31" h., 31" w., 24" d.  American, c. 1970's  $1,250.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Neoclassical Screen


The big screen!  It's big (8 feet high).  It's beautiful.  It's dramatic.  It's neoclassical.  This three-panel screen has 6 antiqued mirror panes and 6 panes with giltwood rope and ebonized ball decoration.  We couldn't find a designer or maker.  It feels a little like a Donghia piece.  The only other example we could find is on 1stdibs and that one has a fruitwood frame.  https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/home-accents/screens-room-dividers/three-panel-neoclassical-style-mirrored-screen/id-f_12622272/ The quality and construction are top-notch.  The design possibilities are limitless.  8' h., Each panel is 2' wide and 1.5" d.  American, c. 20th c.  $1,975.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.      

Overman Pod Chair

Fresh-overman on campus.  This smart little Overman pod-swivel chair was photographed yesterday at the University of Michigan.  No undue influence was wielded to get it there.  It is now in the shop and ready for you to take it for a spin.  It's very comfortable and in very good vintage condition.  26" h., 33" w., 26" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD