Friday, December 30, 2016

David Blackwood

We are very pleased to present this outstanding selection of etchings by David Blackwood.  Included in this grouping are works with some of his most iconic imagery including Ephraim Kelloway's Door and a whale and glacier image.  The etchings span a sixteen year period and date from 1999 to 2015.

Ephraim Kelloway's Door (triptych), 2012
12" x 24" unframed

Twilight Sounding, 2010
8" x 12" unframed

Gram Glover's Tree, 1999
15" x 18" unframed

Flatty, 2015
10" x 14"

For David Judah: Home from Bragg's Island, 2005
15" x 36"

Thursday, December 29, 2016

David Blackwood

  We just opened the portfolio of works that we received this week and are thrilled to have this wonderful selection of etchings to present.  While we are still cataloguing and photographing, we wanted to post these two very special pieces today.  Both etchings depict majestic schooners at sea.  In Barbour's 'Seabird' Leaving Newtown, the commanding 'Seabird' makes its' way confidently through calm waters with its' sails full and its' flags unfurled.  In the much moodier 'The Flora L. Nickerson' Leaving for the Labrador, the scene is not as serene.  Both the sea and sky are much more energetic and turbulent, and the whole seascape is made a little more foreboding by the looming iceberg.

David Blackwood
Barbour's 'Seabird' Leaving Newtown, 1998
24" x 36" unframed

David Blackwood
'The Flora L. Nickerson' Leaving for the Labrador, 2011
24" x 36" unframed

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Royal Flush

This posting is a bit out of our normal realm, but we just finished season one of  "The Crown" and it inspired this holiday offering of Royal ephemera.  The royal flush includes a large (65" h., 75" w.) British Empire map which was "constructed and engraved by W. and A.K. Johnston of Edinburgh and London" in 1930.  Next is a 1950's lithotone print of the Royal Family by one of the masters of 20th c. photography, Yousuf Karsh.  Then, a rare retail display card of  King Edward VIII which was printed in England for E.Griffiths Hughes Ltd.  We are also including a print of George V as well as a Toronto Star commemorative pull out print of Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her coronation in 1955.  A perfect holiday gift for the Anglophile on your list.  SOLD

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Hours

We hope everyone is having a happy holiday season and taking time from the hustle and bustle to enjoy time with friends and family.  Please find our holiday hours listed below.  If you would like to visit the shop outside of these hours, please phone 416.407.1269 to reach us and we will do our best to accommodate.

Wednesday Dec. 21,  11-5
Thursday Dec. 22, 11-5
Friday Dec. 23, 11-5
Saturday Dec. 24, 10-1
Sunday Dec. 25, Closed
Monday Dec. 26, Closed
Tuesday Dec. 27, Closed
Wednesday Dec. 28, 11-5
Thursday Dec. 29, 11-5
Friday Dec. 30, Closed
Saturday Dec. 31, Closed
Sunday Jan. 1, Closed

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Chinoiserie Pagoda Chandelier

My inner Mrs. Robinson is showing again.  Just brought this fantastic Hollywood Regency, faux bamboo, pagoda chandelier into the shop tonight.  I'm hoping someone claims it tomorrow, otherwise it might find itself under our Christmas tree.  It's pretty special.  The baby sister is very nice too.
21" h., 24" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Chinoiserie Tole Tray

Beautiful handpainted tole tray with a Chinoiserie scene.  It would look great on a coffee table or it can be easily hung as it already has a metal hanger.  25" l., 17" h.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD

Lurelle Guild for Kensington Aluminum, Bowl

No one really wants a fruit basket for Christmas.  Instead, a more thoughtful and lasting gift would be this cool, Machine Age Modern fruit bowl designed by Lurelle Guild for Kensington Aluminum.  11.5" diam., 5" h.  American, c. 1930's  $75.00

Wolfgang Hoffmann for Howell, Pair of Tables

Designed by one of the leaders in American Modernism, these chrome and black Micarta tables are quintessential Art Deco.  The tables were designed by Wolfgang Hoffmann and marketed through Howell Designs of St. Charles, Illinois.  26" l.,  13" d., 22" h.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Build Love Not Walls

Our Christmas windows this year were inspired by current events and by our December charity.  We have had lots of conversations over the past year with clients, friends, and family, many of whom are parents, about things that are happening in the world.  Many times during the course of these conversations, parents have talked about the ways in which they are discussing current events with and explaining world issues to their children.  With these conversations top of mind, the 'Build Love Not Walls' window came into being.  The idea was to present our message with very big (but not huge) kid's alphabet building blocks.  We began by cutting wood and assembling the nine plywood blocks.  Next we made stencils for the letters and cut, painted and attached them to the blocks.  The house was taken over as a window workshop for a few days.  When installing the blocks in the windows we wanted to literally build 'love' and tumble 'walls'.  This afternoon at 3 when the elementary school next to the shop let out, it was great to see so many kids looking at the windows with their parents.  I heard a couple of kids yelling "Build love!"
This year, our December charity is UNHCR Canada.  The Canadian UN Refugee Agency helps refugees and other displaced people "survive, recover and rebuild better futures".
86 cents of every dollar donated to UNHCR goes directly to uprooted families.  As of this month, the monthly federal stipend for the first wave of Syrian refugees comes to an end as they enter their second year in Canada.  If you would like to donate to the UNHCR, please click on the link above.  It's easy.  During the month of December we will be donating 10 percent of the profits from each sale to UNHCR.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Mid-Century Arm Chair

Handsome and very comfortable mid-century arm chair with a walnut frame and caned back.  The tan and black herringbone upholstery is new.  29" w., 33" d. 29" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Curtis Jere Seagulls Wall Sculpture

A flock of seagulls.  Graceful, sweeping, signed and dated wall sculpture in polished brass and chrome by Curtis Jere.  This very beautiful piece may be hung in a variety of positions from vertical to horizontal.  27" h., 28" w., 4" d.  American, c. 1981  SOLD

Buddha Lamp

We have seen some interesting Buddha head lamps over the years, but none quite like this one.  It is in the style of James Mont and features a large ceramic Buddha head with a natural matte glaze which sits on a lucite base.  The finial is also lucite.  34" h., 18" diam.  American, c. 1970  SOLD

Curtis Jere Racing Sailboats

 It depicts three racing sailboats on the water.  It is very large and beautifully patinated.  It is signed and dated.  55" l., 33" h., 10" d.  American, c. 1977  SOLD

Friday, November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday

Thank you for shopping small and local!

American Eagle Lamp

This classic candlestick lamp has a brass base, crystal ball, American Eagle with ball and chain and a brass arrow above which sits a candlestick.  The black tole shade is decorated with a gold laurel.  16.5" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MCM Bar Cart

Unassuming, smart little wrought iron and glass two-tiered bar cart that would also function nicely as a side table.  27" h., 17.5" w., 14.5" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Lipowicz Art

Holiday gifts.  We've got you covered.  Original, affordable art/ illustrations by New York artist and illustrator R/E Lipowicz.  These are all original, handpainted, signed works that have been newly professionally framed with brushed silver metal frames and acid free backings.  One stop shop for the art loving record industry/ music loving guy or girl, golfer, animal lover, Asia/ America enthusiast.  Framed, 30" h., 20" w.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Bronx SOLD


Teak Wastebasket

Substantial faceted teak wastebasket with handsome graining.  11.5" diam., 12" h.  American, c. 1960's SOLD

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all of our clients, friends and family in the U.S. and our American friends, family and clients here in Canada a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We would like to thank everyone for making our first year (which we celebrated last week) here in Hamilton a great one.  We are grateful for the warm welcome by neighbors and clients, many of whom we are happy to now call friends.  We are also grateful for the continued support and friendship of our clients from Port Hope.  It is a time when we are especially thankful to be living here in Canada and as always, we feel lucky that we get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice.

We will have shortened holiday hours tomorrow 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For the next two weeks we will be posting lots of smaller items, many of which are great for gifting.  But remember, nothing says Happy Holidays like original art!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Arthur Umanoff for Raymor, Set of Three Bar Stools

Cool stools.  California Modern bar stools with wrought iron bases, wood slat seats and rush backs designed by Arthur Umanoff for Raymor.  41" h. back, 18w., 17" d., 29" h. seat.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Friday, November 18, 2016

Frederick Cooper Floor Lamp

Very fine, adjustable, telescopic, swing-arm, brass pharmacy lamp by Frederick Cooper.  36 - 57" h., base 10" l., 7" w.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Iggy Perrelli; Embrace

We are very pleased to be working with our first Hamilton artist, Iggy Perrelli.  Iggy is a young, very gifted emerging talent as exemplified in this mixed media work, Embrace.  50" h., 31.5" w. framed.  SOLD

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lucite and Glass Coffee Table

I've seen this table attributed to Lion in Frost by Leon Frost, but there is no signature on this one.  Either way, it is a super stylish and beautifully crafted piece.  The butterfly base is composed of two pieces of clear beveled lucite with a metal joiner concealed in frosted lucite. The thick glass top has a beveled edge as well.  52" l., 30" w., 15" h.  American, c. 1970  SOLD

Mid-Century Bench

Great for a bedroom or bath, this very decorative and curvaceous bench has a gold metal frame and it's original leatherette upholstery.  38.5" l., 17" w., 20" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Sheaf of Wheat Table

We have had quite a few pieces with the wheat sheaf motif over the years, and posted one recently.  They are all slightly different and this one has an extra little bundle of wheat in the center.  It has a beautifully toned gold finish, a substantial, well-crafted bundle and a rope tie. 36" diam., 17.5" h.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dorothy Thorpe Magazine Holder

Sculptural magazine holder with a mirrored base, six lucite rods, and twelve chrome holders designed by American mid-century designer Dorothy Thorpe.  10.5" h., 13" w., 9.5" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD