Friday, December 18, 2015

Olexander Wlasenko; Salon

Salon was inspired by the 1965 Italian film Io la conoscevo bene, which translates as I Knew Her Well.  The film follows a small town girl who wants to make inroads into the Roman entertainment industry.  With Salon, Olexander had Edward Hopper's isolated paintings in mind.  The deserted scenario feels evacuated of a human presence.  Inner dramas are concealed behind closed doorways and urban portals.

Olexander Wlasenko; Salon, 2014
Charcoal on paper
82" x 30.75" framed

Hollywood Regency Coffee Table

If you are looking for a piece to add a little Hollywood Regency style drama to a room, this substantial coffee table would fit the bill.  The gilded metal base has four double scroll legs with decorative ring accents which support a 3/4" thick piece of circular glass.  40" diam., 15" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


We've been in our new home in Hamilton for just over a month now and we are sincerely grateful for the enthusiastic welcome and all the good wishes and support from the community.  It has been a wonderful month filled with visits from old clients and friends and lots of interesting conversations and great interactions with our new neighbors.
For this year's Christmas window, we decided to go old school and traditional with handmade wreaths and garlands, fresh fruit, early antiques and art, and packages tied up with string.  With all that is happening in the world today, we felt a little comfort was in order.  'Tis the season for comfort and joy, tradition and nostalgia.One tradition which is very important to us and we are happy to continue, is donating a portion of our December sales to charity.  For this year's charity, we will be giving to the Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton. Habitat for Humanity Hamilton is an independent, not-for-profit housing program which has been dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need since 1991.  Five percent of profits from every sale in December will be donated to HFHH.
We wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season and thank you again for making our introduction to Hamilton so warm and welcoming.

Kittinger Side Tables

These timeless and elegant side tables by Kittinger Furniture Company feature lustrous satinwood veneers, patinated brass galleries with Greek key design, and each table has two double-sided drawers.  25" l., 17" w., 25 1/2" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Hickory Chair Company Caned Table

Classic two-tiered, caned, walnut table with faux bamboo legs on casters.  27" l., 22" w., 22" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Friday, December 11, 2015

Gold Leaf Console Table

Long, lean and gleaming, gold leaf Parsons style console table.  72" l., 14" w., 26" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mitchell Gold Parsons Chairs

Set of six tufted Parsons chairs by Mitchell Gold.  These vintage chairs have newer upholstery in a rich cream, gold and silver ikat fabric.  American, 2nd half 20th c. SOLD

Empire Drop-Leaf Table

Handsome drop-leaf Empire table with pedestal base.  This classic table would be great for a condo. or smaller space as it works well as a console table when not in use as a dining table.  When fully extended the table measures 54" l., 42" w., 30" h.  When closed, 22" l., 42"w., 30" h.  American, c. mid 19th c.  SOLD

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mid-Century Cabinet

Striking in both its pristine condition as well as its sleek lines, this gorgeous cabinet has two doors which lock individually.  The hinges were designed as part of the decoration and define the gently curved corners.  The interior of the cabinet has six shelves and two drawers.  44" h., 42" l., 21" w.  2nd half 20th c.  SOLD

Kem Weber Chrome and Naugahyde Chairs

We were very happy to find an article on one of our favorite 20th century American designers in the July/ August 2015 "Elle Decor".  We were even happier to recently find these two pairs of chairs that he designed for Lloyd Manufacturing Company.   While Kem Weber is still relatively unknown outside of collecting circles,  pieces he designed can be found in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  "Long before midcentury modernism became popular, this German born designer and architect brought streamlined style to Hollywood."  He was well ahead of his time as a designer and his designs were pretty cutting edge for the period as exemplified in these 1930's streamlined modern chairs.  The chairs retain their original naugahyde upholstery which is in excellent condition.  Two of the chairs have rectangular back rests and two have oval rests.  They are being offered in pairs.  31" h., 21" w., 21" d.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Walter Von Nessen Desk Lamp

Originally designed in the early 1930's by Walter Von Nessen, this iconic, brass, swing-arm desk lamp is a mid-century model by Nessen Studios.  It retains its original linen drum shade which is in excellent condition.  17" h., 15" diam.  American, 2nd half 20th c. SOLD

Edward Wormley for Drexel Furniture, Tall Chest

Edward Wormley was an American designer at the forefront of introducing Modernism to the American public.  His furniture was shown in the early fifties at the Good Design Exhibitions put on by the Museum of Modern Art.  The Exhibitions showcased top cutting edge designers of the period including Eames, Nelson and Bertoia. This seven drawer tall chest was designed in 1947 as part of The Drexel Furniture Company's Precedent line.  We have had a number of pieces from this collection over the years, but this is the first in the darker finish.  43" h., 32" l., 19" w.  American, c. 1947  SOLD

Baker Furniture Tables

Smart little pair of two tiered tables by Baker Furniture with inset engraved brass tops.  The tables are on casters and may be used separately as side tables or together as a small coffee table.  Each table is 18 1/2" square, 15" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Heywood Wakefield Cabinet with Bookshelf

Very versatile, rarer piece from Heywood Wakefield in their sable finish.  The lower cabinet has a drawer and two doors which open to a compartment with an adjustable shelf.  The top unit also has a drawer and three shelves for books or display.  63" h., 46"l.,  20 1/2"w.  American, 1950's  SOLD

Pineapple Sconces

The pineapple has been a universal symbol for hospitality and welcome for many centuries.  These nicely patinated, bronze pineapple candle sconces would make a perfect addition to a foyer, dining room or especially an entry way with their positive symbolism.  15" h., 9" w.  American, 1st half 20th c.  SOLD

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville, Chest of Drawers

Over the past few years we have had a number of great pieces designed by Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville, but this is the first one from the "Urban Suburban" line.  The clean lined, nine drawer chest has contrasting drawer handles with patinated brass accents and contrasting legs and stretchers.  It definitely has a more urban than suburban feel to it, but would work just as nicely in a bungalow in Brampton as a loft in Leslieville.  62" l., 19" w., 29" h.  American, c. 1960's SOLD

Friday, December 4, 2015

Umbrella Stand

Umbrella form umbrella stand in chrome with a weighted base and enamelled metal water catcher.  New,  30" h., 12" diam., $95.00

Old Colony Furniture Chairs

This fine set of four chairs (2 arm and 2 side) was made by the Old Colony Furniture Company.  The frames are walnut with caned backs and upholstered seat cushions.  The turquoise patent leatherette upholstery is original and in excellent condition.  The punch of color gives these classic chairs a nice contemporary feel.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Henredon Faux Bamboo Dining Table

Anytime we see an original box with a piece of furniture that is over fifty years old, it is a definite kick.  It was just an added bonus with this exceptional Henredon dining table.  The pecan table has a faux bamboo apron and legs, and is incredibly versatile.  When closed it is only 39 1/2" in diameter.  It has two leaves (in their original box, and still in the factory wrapping) which measure 20" each.  When fully extended, the table opens to 80".  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Bert England for Johnson Furniture, Pair of Side Tables

If you're getting the impression that we are fans of the designs of Bert England, you would be correct.  This pair of tables was designed by England for the Johnson Furniture Company 'Forward Trend' Collection.  Each features a polished Carrara marble top with a drawer below.  The legs have brass accents and brass capped feet.  28" l., 20" w., 23" h.  American, c. 1960  SOLD

Black Lacquered Bar Cart

Black lacquered Chinoiserie bar cart on casters with hand painted decoration and mother of pearl inlay.  Bottom doors open to a compartment for storing bottles or glasses.  33" l., 18" w., 31" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Marble Trefoil Table

Smart little trefoil marble top table with wooden legs and patinated brass stretcher and feet.  19" diam., 18" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Drexel Furniture Console


Baker Furniture Company Credenza

This piece comes from the Milling Road Collection by Baker Furniture and has a cool and casual, almost beachy vibe.  The two center doors with natural woven seagrass open to a compartment with one adjustable shelf.  The doors are flanked by three drawers on either side.  The top drawers have patinated brass handles.  81" l., 19" w., 30" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

David Blackwood

We are pleased and privileged to present a selection of etchings from David Blackwood, one of Canada's most accomplished and respected artists.  Through his etchings, this internationally acclaimed master printmaker takes us on a voyage to the Newfoundland of his youth, a world that is essentially non existent today, and certainly unfamiliar to most.  While the world of Blackwood's work might exist only in memory and imagination, the themes of family, home, community and man's relationship to nature that he explores are current and real, and resonate universally.

David Blackwood was born in Wesleyville, Newfoundland in 1941.  At the time, Newfoundland was still a British Dominion, with little electricity and few roads.  Life revolved around the sea, religion, family and community.  It was a world inhabited by sea captains, boat builders, sealers and mummers.  It was also a world where the harshness of the land and the reliance on the sea instilled in its people a sense of resilience and fearlessness and a resolute acceptance of adversity.  Community was important and there was a strong reliance on neighbors and family in the people of Wesleyville.  There was also an understanding and appreciation for the importance of generosity, sharing, and putting others before oneself.  These qualities were given heightened significance by the strong religious roots of the community.

While the people and landscape of Newfoundland are the inspiration and subjects for Blackwood's work, it is perhaps the qualities and values ingrained in him by those people that allowed him to chart his creative course and guide him through his career.  When Blackwood began his career, the art scene emphasis was on Abstract Expressionism.  His work, with its focus on community and a strong storytelling narrative, was worlds away from that of the Expressionists and their abstract reflections of their own individual psyches.  The labor intensive and physically demanding process of printmaking was also in stark contrast.  He didn't follow the course of many of his contemporaries, but Blackwood did have very early critical success.  By the age of twenty-three, one of his etchings had been purchased by the National Gallery of Canada.  Over the course of his career, Blackwood has received many honours including the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.  In 2003, he was named Honorary Chairman of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the first practising artist to be so honoured.  In 2011 a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario "Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland" showcased a large body of his work.  Today his work may be found in virtually every public gallery and corporate art collection in Canada as well as major public and private collections around the world including the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Bragg's Island, 2007
14.5" x 13" framed

Young Mummer, 2012
20.5" x 16.5" framed

Cape Harrison, 2004
16" x 20.5" framed

The Wesleyville Under Construction, 2012
17.75" x 20.5" framed

Passing the 'Rostellan', 2013
21" x 26" framed

Dante's Barque Crossing, 2012
27" x 30" framed