Friday, September 30, 2016

Bert England for Johnson Furniture, Credenza

Exceptional quality and design on this handsome credenza designed by Bert England for the "Forward Trend" Collection by Johnson Furniture Company.  In one of the original ads from 1959,  the collection is described as "original designs of unusual distinction to please more perceptive clients".  This unusually distinctive piece has two sets of doors which open on the left to three drawers and on the right to an open compartment.  Above are two long shallow drawers.  The cylindrical legs feature patinated brass capped feet. 61"l., 20" d., 33" h.  American, c. 1960  SOLD

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Maine Thing

Time flies!  It seems like just yesterday I was a young 40 something embarking on the Michael Thomas adventure.  This week we are ringing in my new half century in Maine, and other parts New England.  While we are away, the shop will be closed from Tuesday through Friday, and we will resume normal business hours on Saturday, October 1st.  If you would like immediate assistance, please phone 416.407.1269 or email us at  Thanks and have a great week!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Otto Gerdau Sling Chair and Ottoman

Not a follower?  Don't want the same Eames chair and ottoman that all your friends have?  How about this pair?!  The Otto Gerdau Company was established in 1872 in New York.  During the mid-twentieth century, they were known for their innovative designs and high quality.  This very stylish and comfortable chair and ottoman were made in Italy for Gerdau. Both pieces are padded and ribbed and the chrome frames have a satin finish.  Italian, c. 1960's  SOLD

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Louis Salon Chair

Louis XVI style salon chair with caned back and seat, and upholstered seat cushion in chartreuse velvet. 20" w.  16" d., 38" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Brass Carriage Lamp

Large, handsome and very classic, this brass carriage lamp with an American Eagle finial, is electrified and may be used on a table or hung on a wall.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Mid-Century Cube Chair

Fall color.  This cool MCM cube chair has its original pumpkin velvet upholstery which is in great vintage condition.  The sides are framed in pecan with chrome corners.  The square base is also pecan.  The original labels have been removed, so not sure of the designer or maker, but the quality is very good.  33" l., 34" d., 27" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Tole Lamp

Continuing with our Mid-Century Trad. theme today is this classic tole lamp with ornate bronze base.  The body of the lamp has a black background and Asian influenced, gold foliate and bird decoration.  The newer black parchment shade has a gold foil lining.  24.5" h.  15" diam.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD

Marble Drinks Table

Charming little side/ drinks table; just the right size for a cocktail and a few hors d'oeuvres.  The top is Carrera marble and has a pierced, patinated brass gallery.  The skirt and fluted legs are antiqued and gilded wood.  15.5 l., 12.5 w., 18.5 h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Century Furniture Louis XVI Style Chair

Pretty, very decorative, Louis XVI style bergere chair by Century Furniture.  The chair has an antiqued wood frame and its original polished cotton upholstery which is in very good vintage condition.  36" h. (back) 24" w., 21" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD

Pair of Bronze Louis XV Style Sconces

Elegant pair of gilded bronze Louis XV style three-arm wall sconces.  They have new wiring and new candles.  19"h., 13" w., 9" d.  French, c. early 20th c.  $650.00 for the pair

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Billy Haines Barrel-Back Chair

Designed by Billy Haines, this beautiful (and very comfortable) fruitwood barrel-back chair has newer upholstery in a cool icy blue velvet,  30" h., 26" w., 21" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cushman Furniture Deacon's Bench

We're feeling "Bewitched" by Mid-Century American Colonial Revival today.  I think Samantha would approve.  This beautifully crafted bench was made by Cushman Furniture of Vermont.  Cushman was founded in Bennington VT in 1892 and originally made novelty items.  They invented the pencil and eraser combination as well as the first children's pencil box.  They started making fine furniture just before the turn of the century and really came into their own during the Arts and Crafts era.  In the early thirties, at the start of the Colonial Revival, they introduced a line called Colonial Creations.  It became extremely popular and they continued to produce it into the 1960's.  This handsome bench was part of that collection.  It would be a perfect addition to a cottage, country house or any home in need of a great looking bench for a entry way, hall way, bedroom, etc.  62" l., 21" d., 33" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

La Barge Georgian Style Mirror

If you follow our blog, you know we are pretty fond of La Barge pieces.  This is one of  our favorite La Barge mirrors to date.  It is classic, elegant and Georgian in style with burl walnut inlay and gilt Acanthus and foliate decoration.  If you were mirror shopping on lately, you may have already seen it (at a slightly higher price).
We purchased it with a couple of favorite clients in mind who love the classics.  You know who you are.....
49" h., 29" w.  Italian, c. 1960's  SOLD

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

James Mont Style Cabinet

Mahogany, Chinoiserie cabinet in the style of James Mont.  This very stylish cabinet has two doors with carved and polychromed decoration which open to a storage compartment with one stationary shelf and a divided, felt lined drawer.  38" l., 17" d., 32" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Pair of Hollywood Regency Knights

Knight in shining armour you ask?  How about a pair in aluminum?  These Hollywood Regency wall hangings are the perfect decorative accessory for your mid-century grotto.  They are quite large and very substantial.  Larger, 34" h., 11" w.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD

Mid-Century Jacobean Style Chair

Handsome Jacobean style arm chair newly reupholstered in an oxblood leather with patinated brass upholstery tacks.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Filming/ Parking

This week the Nickelodeon Network is filming the Pilot episode for a new television show on Dundurn Street.  The shop is open and completely accessible.  However, there are lots of trucks and vehicles associated with the show using the parking spots in front of the shop as well as on much of Dundurn.  As always, clients of Michael Thomas are invited to park in the senior's residence next door.  The Aberdeen Gardens parking lot is located just south of 318 Dundurn.  It is your first right past the shop when you are travelling south on Dundurn.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Willett Furniture Co. Desk

Beautifully crafted and striking a nice balance between classic and modern, this handsome desk by the Willett Furniture Company has a top composed of solid cherry planks, four drawers, elegantly tapered legs and is finished on all sides.  52" l., 25" w., 29.5" h. American, c. 1950's  SOLD

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Heritage Credenza

In keeping with the classics theme, we present this classic and sophisticated credenza by Heritage.  The piece has a black granite top, three drawers, one of which has a felt flatware insert, and four doors below.  The key-lock center doors open to a large compartment with a stationary shelf.  The key-lock side doors each open to a smaller compartment with one stationary shelf.  The credenza has rich, contrasting burl inlay, lion's head brass pulls and fluted pilasters with brass and ebonized decoration.  70" l., 20" d., 32" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD