Friday, November 30, 2012

"Henredon" Nesting Tables

Classic to a tee.  This set of three mahogany nesting tables was made by Henredon and each table has a tooled and gold embossed leather top.  The leather is in exceptional condition as are the mahogany frames.  The largest table is 24" l., 18" w., 24" h.  American, c.1954  SOLD

"McGuire" Wheat Sheaf Table

This beautiful table by McGuire is made of rattan which has been cinched and shaped into a sheaf of wheat.  It has it's original glass top, but it would also work well with a larger piece of glass.  24" w. 17" h.  American, c. 1970 SOLD

"Lawrence Peabody for Nemschoff" Pair of Barrel-Back Chairs

Lawrence Peabody (1924-2002) was a noted architect, interior designer and furniture designer who trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen after serving in the Navy in W.W. II.  Every decision he made was in the name of art, even his decision to serve in the Navy during the War.  According to his daughter "He chose the Navy because he liked the uniforms.  He loved those bellbottom trousers."  She went on to remark "I really think his mission in life was to beautify everything."

This beautiful pair of cotton velvet barrel-back club chairs was designed by Lawrence Peabody for Nemschoff Furniture of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The chairs retain their original bright yellow, gold and cream patterned upholstery which is in excellent vintage condition.  The chairs have smart modern oak bases and are on casters.  American, c.1950's SOLD

Pair of Bronze Marly Horses (after Guillaume Coustou)

This impressive pair of Marly Horses are old and very large casts of the Horses of Marly, originally scuplted by Antoine Coysevox and inspired by the statues of Fame and Mercury.  The original horses were commissioned by Louis xiv from Coysevox for the horse pond at Marly.  In 1739, Louis xv commissioned two groups from Guillaume Coustou (Coysevox's nephew) for the Chateau de Marly.  This pair of bronzes (after Coustou 1677-1746) have their original and undisturbed patina.  Each base has the cast signature "Coustou".  They are a truly grand and commanding pair of bronzes.  Each sculpture measures 30" h., 26" l., 13" w.  French, late 19th c. SOLD

Rococo Mirror

Magnificent and massive, this very ornate gilded mirror is decorated with shell, acanthus and floral motifs and has a rich warm patina.  The thick bevelled glass is original.  52" l., 38" w.  French, 19th c.  SOLD

Pair of "Henredon" Chests

From their "Artefacts" collection, this handsome pair of Asian modern chests was made by Henredon.  Each chest has two doors with great looking brass hardware which open to one drawer and one adjustable shelf.  Single chests measure 39" l., 18" w., 31 1/2" h.  American, c. 1970 SOLD

Monday, November 26, 2012

Urn Lamp

Classic ceramic urn shaped lamp with a silver metallic glaze and black fabric shade.  New.  21" h., 14" w. with shade.  SOLD

Olexander Wlasenko; "Record Player"

This phenomenal new work by Olexander was inspired by the 1962 Truffaut film "Antoine et Colette".  "Antoine et Colette" is the second of five films by Truffaut that follow the character Antoine Doinel from boyhood to adulthood.  Antoine, who is played by the French actor Jean-Pierre Leaud, made his screen debut in the 1959 Truffaut film "400 Blows" (also captured by Olexander in an earlier work).  In "Antoine et Colette" Antoine is a solitary seventeen year old who works in a record factory manufacturing LPs.  He spends most of his time listening to classical music and opera in his one room apartment.  He falls in love with  the beautiful Colette, but unfortunately for poor Antoine the love is unrequited.

 "Record Player" by Olexander Wlasenko
Jean-Pierre Leaud in another scene from "Antoine et Colette"

In the moment from the film captured by Olexander, Antoine is shown playing records in his room.  He is pensive and melancholy as he spins a record that reminds him of his love.  Charcoal on paper 78" l., 46" h.  framed.  Canadian, 2012  SOLD


Michael Thomas is very pleased to welcome Marilyn Moore.  Marilyn joins us with an extensive background in both design and antiques.  In addition she literally brings a world of experience, both personally and professionally, to us which includes considerable travel, lots of varied interests and a significant career in the health care world.  While she will no longer be able to prescribe anything for what ails you, she will certainly be more than able to help prescribe just the right fix for your home.   

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pair of Gilt Floral Candle Sconces

Highly decorative pair of gilt metal floral candle sconces.  Each sconce has three candle holders and eight rose buds on a background of delicate leaves.  22" h., 14" w.  Italian, c. 1950's SOLD

Chrome Table

Very well constructed, clean lined, chrome and glass table.  27" l., 21" w., 22" h.  American c. 1970 SOLD

"Lightolier" Pendant Lamp

Sunny, lemon yellow enamelled metal pendant light fixture made by Lightolier.  The fixture has chrome accents and a white inner shade.  14" diam. 9" high  American, c. 1970

Italian Bar Cart

Tis the season.  The newest addition to our collection of bar carts is this smart, modern, wood and glass cart with sharp lines and great style.  33" l., 17" w., 29" h., Italian, c. 1960  SOLD

M. T. G. C.

As the holidays swing into full gear and thoughts turn to gift giving, we have got it all wrapped up for you.  If you are looking for the perfect gift that is exactly the right shape, color, size, and shows you are a thoughtful and style savvy gift giver, how about a Michael Thomas gift certificate?  They are available in any denomination over $25.00 and they never expire or go out of style!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of our American family, friends, and clients a very happy Thanksgiving!  We have so much for which to be thankful.  We are thankful to call so many of our clients friends.  We are thankful to be doing what we love every day, and that so many of you are enjoying what we are showcasing in the shop.  We are very thankful to be representing the wonderful and extremely talented artists that we represent.  Right now we are very thankful to Patsy from Ottawa!  Patsy sent us her pumpkin chiffon pie recipe with ginger whipped cream as a thank you for forwarding my mom's famous apple custard pie recipe (she saved it from the Oct. '08 Canadian House and Home but misplaced it).  We are making Patsy's pie right now.  By the way, you can find Evelyn's (mom's) apple custard pie recipe on this blog under the "recipes" category.

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
Thornton Wilder

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hollywood Regency Candle Holder

Perfect for adding a little drama to a dining room, living room or bath, this Hollywood Regency style floor candle holder is made of patinated gilt metal and holds a classic chapel candle.  19" diam., 54" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Murano Glass Ducks

While we wouldn't recommend them for the tub, these ducks are certainly as cute as any rubber ducks we've seen. They have lots of character and are hand blown of clear and gold glass.  The taller is 11" high and the shorter stands 10".  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD

Faux Bamboo Nesting Tables

Great form and function. These three faux bamboo nesting tables are gilt metal with glass tops.  They are a very nice accessory for entertaining especially when space is an issue.  The largest is 20" square, 19 1/2 " h.  American, c. 1950's SOLD

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Rembrandt Lamp Co." Floor Lamp

Smart and sophisticated floor lamp by the Rembrandt Lamp Co. of Chicago.  The lamp is of ebonized and cerused oak with a brass cover on the base.  It is a tri-lite, and is being sold with the original glass dome inner shade and original fiberglass and brass outer shade.  Both shades are in great condition.  61" h., 17" diam.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Helene Cenedese; Hoarding #4"

New work from Helene's Hoarding series, Hoarding #4.  Oil on Board, 30" l., 22" h.  SOLD

Murano Glass Bowl

Rich emerald green and gold heavy Murano glass bowl or ashtray.  7" l., 6" w., 2 3/4" h.  Italian, c. 1960  SOLD

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Modern Floor Lamp

Hip chrome floor lamp with white enamel shade.  There are two sockets and a tri-lite feature so you can have each bulb lit individually or both together.  58" h., 15 1/2" w.  American, c. 1970  $150.00

"Baccarat" Crystal Decanter

Classic and refined, this etched crystal decanter was made by Baccarat and is signed on the base.  It is vintage, but in perfect condition.  Today Baccarat decanters start at about $450.00 and range up to well over $1000.00.  10 1/2" h.  5" w.  French, 20th c.  SOLD

"Baccarat" Crystal Decanter

Classic and refined, this faceted crystal decanter was made by Baccarat and is signed on the base.  It is vintage, but in perfect condition.  Today Baccarat decanters start at about $450.00 and range up to well over $1000.00.  9 1/2" h.  5" w.  French, 20th c.  SOLD

Friday, November 16, 2012

Italian Cart

Very elegant, Italian made cart.  The smaller size of this cart makes it perfect in a bathroom, or as a side table, or for a room where a sophisticated hit is needed but space is limited.  It is two tiered, solid brass and has fluted columnar legs and a pierced gallery.  It is nicely patinated, but can be polished to a high sheen if desired.  The glass is marked SIMILFER.  17 1/2" square, 25" h.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD

Pair of Murano Glass Birds

Striking pair of Murano glass birds.  This large pair, with their very confident, even cocky, appearances have pink colored iridescent inner casings with gold flecks and clear outer casings.  They are hand blown and in perfect condition.  The taller measures 13 1/4" h. and the other is an inch shorter.  Italian, c. 1950's SOLD

"Knoll" Waste Basket

Simple is beautiful.  This teak waste basket was made in Sweden for Knoll.  The wood veneer has beautiful tone and graining.  It's a smart little accessory for office, bath, etc.  11" h., 9 1/2" diam.  Swedish, c. 1960  SOLD

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Gaetano Sciolari" Chandelier

Magnificent 1970's super chic chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari.  This nine light chandelier of brushed brass, chrome and mirrored glass truly sparkles as the light is reflected by the many mirrored panels.  It retains it\s original paper "Sciolari" label.  26" h., 20" diam.  Italian, c.1970  SOLD

"Curtis Jere" Crane Sculpture

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 wonderful early Jere sculpture features a nicely patinated bronze crane on a quartz rock and is signed and dated 1969.  25" h., 10" l., 6" w.  American, c. 1969  SOLD

"Archimede Seguso" Fish

Very cute little Murano glass fish by Archimede Seguso.  The piece has it's original foil label.  4" h., 4" diam. Italian, c. 1950's SOLD

"Ben Seibel" Bookends

Sculptural, organic pair of polished copper and ebonized bookends designed by Ben Seibel. Signed.  8" h. 6" w.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

"Bruce Fox" Bowl

Bruce Fox was an artist and sculptor who founded his own design company in 1938 after returning to the U.S. from Central America.  He was very influenced by the art and crafts and the methods of metal working he saw while in Central America and particularly Panama.  This biomorphic, hand finished aluminum bowl is signed and dated 1955.  11" diam., 4 1/2" h.  American, c. 1955  SOLD

Chrome Bar Cart

Sleek, two tiered, chrome and glass bar cart in the style of Milo Baughman.  Perfect rolling condition.  34" h., 29 1/2" l., 18" w.  c. 1970 SOLD

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Horn Picture Frames

Natural, modern and sophisticated, these horn frames have beautifully variegated tones of black, brown and cream.  New. 4" x 6" $44.95 5" x7"  $54.95

Good to Gift

It's back!  We had very positive feedback to our "Good to Gift" postings last year, so we're doing it again.  During the next few weeks we will be posting pieces that we think would make great holiday gifts in a category called "Good to Gift".  We will feature a wide variety of items.  Some will be vintage and some will be new.  Most will be under $100.00, but all will be pieces we think are terrific!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Federal Style Mahogany Mirror

Handsome mahogany Federal style mirror with gold gilt decoration.  43" l., 25 1/2" w.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD