Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to all!  A beautiful blanket of snow has fallen to make our picture perfect Canadian town.....well....picture perfect.  Our 1837 place is decked with remnants of home in the states. The Moravian Star and all the candles in the windows are reminiscent of Bethlehem, PA, near where I grew up.  The first Moravian Star was believed to have been made around 1820 in Germany.  The Moravian Bookshop, where this star came from, was where I worked as a kid and through University (or College as we say in the states).  It is the oldest continuously operated bookstore in the world, founded in 1745.  I believe it was the inspiration for Indigo and Chapters, Borders and Barnes and Noble ;  ) books since 1745, best gifts and gourmet foods since 1979!  If you have a chance to visit historic Bethlehem at Christmastime, you will find most homes lit with stars on the porches and candles in the windows.....very simple, very beautiful.  While it has been a great break, we are looking forward to getting back to the shop for business as usual tomorrow! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Cheer

Fun and festive hand painted ceramic Santa shot glasses.  1 1/2" h., 1 1/2" diam.  Japanese, c. 1950 (12 available)  SOLD

"NOEL" Mugs

Set of four very playful hand painted ceramic Santa mugs with a seasonal greeting.  3"h., 3" diam.  Japanese, c. 1950  (2 sets available)  SOLD

Two More Sleeps

"Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


In response to a very difficult week, both personally and globally, a friend in NYC came up with this idea which I thought was wonderful.  She is calling it the "human experience".  The human experience has now made it's way to Canada and Port Hope.  I am on my second sheet this morning.  The best part is watching people's reactions and smiles.  Feel free to try it.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

Chrome and Brass Table Lamp

Chrome and brass segmented column table lamp with brass rings, base cap and finial.  (new shade)  28" h.  American, c. 1970  SOLD

"Oh Deer"

We have got a bevy of deer here that are in need of good homes for Christmas.  Each handmade twig deer is appx. 18" l. and 24" h. and has it's own unique personality. They have been reduced from $28.00 down to $14.00 for quick adoption.  All adopted

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Amaryllis Are In Bloom Again

"The amaryllis are in bloom again at Michael Thomas. Such a strange flower, suitable to any occasion......"  Well technically it should be calla lilies, but seems to work with amaryllis as well.  By the way, it's from "Stage Door", a fantastic 1937 film starring a young Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden and Ann Miller, amongst other notable actors.  If you haven't seen it, it is worth a watch.

Also worth a look are our "Fleur de Noel" wooden decoupage trays available in several sizes and patterns.  Coordinating tea towels and napkins are also available.  SOLD

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

There's No Place Like Home

Once again this year, our Christmas window was inspired with our December charity in mind.  The idea was based on the Habitat vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
This year, we wanted to keep it Swedish simple.  After painting the back wall a beautiful shade of pale gray, and building the house framing with 2 x 4's, the outside was lit. Then the kid's Christmas decorating began.  As one of the children hangs the lights, the other gets ready to place the gold star atop the tree. Soon after, the snow began to fall and Christmas was complete.

Wouldn't it be a wonderful life if this were the way everyone experienced the holiday.


Home for the Holidays

Everyone deserves a home for the holidays...... and all the days.  This is something we believe in very strongly.  That is why we have chosen Habitat for Humanity as our charity to support this December.  Habitat for Humanity's mission is "To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty."  Their vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

During the month of December, 10% of the profits from each sale at Michael Thomas whether a candle, piece of furniture or piece of art will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity in support of their efforts to give everyone a safe and decent home for the holidays and everyday.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"James Mont" Style Asian Modern Credenza

Striking mahogany credenza in the style of James Mont.  This very handsome cabinet has four center drawers which are flanked by doors with carved Asian motif plaques.  Each door opens to a compartment with one divided and lined drawer and one shelf.  The original brass hardware adds a nice, clean, modern element.  The base features carved Greek key decoration.  62" l., 20" w., 32 1/2" h.  American, c. 1950  SOLD

Friday, December 7, 2012

Olexander Wlasenko; "Altered States"

This work was inspired by the 1965 Italian film, "Fists in the Pocket", which was directed by Marco Bellocchio.  It follows a young man, Lou Castel, who takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.  In this scene, the group of alter boys look off camera, judging someone outside of their grouping.  Charcoal on paper.  Framed, 28" l., 21" h.  SOLD

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pair of Candle Sconces

Elegant pair of double arm, silver leafed metal candle sconces.  This pair of sconces has a warm, rich patina and beautiful detail.  Each candle has a toggle switch to turn off/ on.  They are hard wired and currently are adapted to plug into a wall outlet.  They come with pleated fabric shades.  c. 1960  SOLD

Silk Tie Frames

Handsome "silk tie" frames with wooden backs and detail.  They are available in a variety of patterns.  New, 4" x 6" opening $39.50  5" x7" opening $47.50

"La Barge" Italian Regency Mirror

Very chic La Barge double framed, carved wood and gesso, Italian Regency style mirror.  The frame is silver leafed with gold and black accents.  43 1/2" h., 27" w.  Italian, c. 1960's SOLD

Life Aquatic Magnifying Glasses

Novel assortment of aluminum and glass water creature magnifying glasses in the form of a frog, turtle and crocodile.  New, SOLD

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pair of Blanc de Chine Lamps

Exceptional pair of highly decorative, reticulated porcelain, covered jar lamps with a traditional design of blossoming fruit trees.  The base as well as the top may be lit individually or they may be lit together.  Base  is 17" h.  (sold with new black hardback shades)  c. 1950's  SOLD

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fleur de Lis Bookends

Smart pair of fleur de lis bookends in a high gloss white finish.  8" h. 5 1/2" l., 4" w.  New, SOLD OUT

Face Lamp

With a modernist, Picassoesque feel, this black wire lamp is both sculptural and playful.  It comes with a black parchment shade with white lining.  26" h., 12" diam.  New,  SOLD

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mahogany Three Tier Table

Elegant three tier table/ stand with beautiful inlay and brass mounts.  16" diam., 22" h.  American, c. 1950's SOLD

Helene Cenedese; Boat #3

New work by Helene Cenedese, Boat #3.  Oil on board, 30" l., 24" w.  SOLD