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