Monday, April 30, 2018

New Shop Hours

Starting this week, we are going to be spending more time on the road sourcing great pieces for the shop and personal shopping for clients' special requests.  Beginning May 1st, our new shop hours will be Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  As always, we are also open by appointment or by chance.  When we are in town, we are usually close by and always happy to open up the shop during off hours.  If you would like to get in touch for immediate assistance, please call 416.407.1269.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Halfred Tygesen; Untitled Landscape

Halfred Tygesen (1890-1951) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and came to Canada in 1926.  He had attended art school in Denmark and became a member of the Danish Royal Academy.  In Canada, Tygesen introduced a technique for pastel "painting".  He travelled across the country painting scenes from Stanley Park in Vancouver to the Ontario countryside.  He also painted Danish landscapes and seascapes based on drawings he had done before he moved to Canada.  While he was quite prolific and sold through a wide variety of channels, including the Eaton College store, his paintings are becoming increasingly harder to come by.  We featured many pieces by Tygesen in the old shop, but I think this is the first one we have shown in Hamilton.  This oil pastel painting depicts a scene which feels like a late summer Ontario landscape.  It is signed in the lower left corner and retains its original frame.  28" w., 24" h.  Canadian, c. 1940's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Period Writing Desk/ Library Table

Antiquing!  While we love modern, there's really nothing that adds layers, texture and character to a home like some nicely placed true antiques.  This very handsome early 19th c. mahogany writing desk/ library table, with original embossed leather top, has tapered legs with inlaid banding and patinated brass casters.  The drawers also have inlaid banding, their original wood pulls and very fine dovetailing.  Inside one of the drawers is a tag marked "THE WARDROOM LTD" and a price of $2,945.00.  An old tag from the heyday of true antiques?? The desk comes with a custom glass top (not pictured)  44" w.,  26" d., 30" h.  c. early 19th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Ernest Fredericks; Untitled Landscape

Ernest Fredericks (1877-1959) was born Frederick Ernest Swedlum to Swedish parents on a farm near McPherson, Kansas in 1877.  Farm life was not very appealing to him, and as a young adult he moved to Chicago and began his studies at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.  He was heavily influenced by Western American master painter Birger Sanzden, another Kansan of Swedish descent.  Fredericks' subject matter was always the landscape and his paintings usually focused on a simple path, stream or mountain cabin.  Following his studies at The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Swedlum exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and in the All Illinois Art Shows.  His paintings were often accompanied by either a typed biographical sketch or a reprint of a 1940 edition from the Chicago Daily News pertaining to a Swedlum exhibition.  This very appealing oil on canvas by Fredericks was painted in a primarily pastel pallette.  A stream flanked by Birch trees meanders toward a cabin in the distance.  Beyond the cabin, tree tops are outlined by a patch of pale blue sky.  The painting is signed in the lower right corner.  He was a fairly prolific artist and there are quite a few examples of his work online from various galleries and auction houses across the U.S.  This is one of his larger and better pieces.  A comparable work in terms of period, quality and size sold recently in Cincinnati.
Newly framed.  34" l., 28" h.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Rope Pendant Light

Natural light.  Cool and casual MCM rope pendant light on a wire frame with wood strip band.  The chain and cord are 12 ft. long with newer wiring.  16" h., 16" diam.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Henry Links Wicker Desk and Chair

Desk Set.  This is the companion desk and chair to the chest posted yesterday.  Also by Henry Link, and also the same high quality construction, it has four drawers and a glass top.  Once again, perfect for a cottage or casual bedroom, office, kitchen, etc.  46.5" w., 19" d., 30" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Victorian Peacock Rocker

An old boss and design mentor once said to me....."There are no bad colors, just bad applications."  I think the same can be said about design styles (although I'm still trying to make sense of Memphis).  Nothing like a little Victorian to add some texture and layers to your modern, boho, or eclectic interior.  Or garden.  This Victorian peacock wire rocker looks great with its original paint and patina, but could be easily freshened up or have its color changed.  45" h., 32" w., 34" d.  Late 19th c.  SOLD  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Henry Link Wicker Chest

It's a nice day for white wicker.  High quality, nicely detailed, five drawer wicker chest by Henry Link.  The chest has five wooden drawers with wicker fronts.  They open and close smoothly on metal runners.  Great piece for a cottage or casual bedroom.  48" h., 34" w., 19.5" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pair of Campaign Style Chests

Winning pair of campaign style chests.  Each chest has two drawers with original brass pulls, brass handles on either side, and a dovetailed top.  Very nice for bedside stands or used together as shown.  32" w., 17.75" d., 21" h.  20th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Pair of Royal Haeger Ram's Head Lamps

Very decorative, with a Deco influence, pair of ceramic ram's head lamps in a high gloss black glaze.  The lamps were made by Royal Haeger and retain their original gold foil labels.  (Bases only)  26" h., 8" w., 6" d.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Italian Bergere Armchair

Molto bello.  Made in Florence by B & D Italia, this classic Bergere is upholstered in a deep cognac, perfectly patinated, leather.  The back is upholstered in a light grey suede.  It's got a wrapped feather seat cushion and is very comfortable in addition to being a classic beauty.  41" h., 30" w., 27" d.  Italian, 20th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Chrome and Lucite Chandelier

Cool polished chrome and lucite five arm/ six bulb chandelier.  The cylindrical body takes a bulb as well.  20" diam., 15.25" h.  American, c. 1970's.  $295.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Chrome and Marble Floor Lamp

Sometimes the simplest is also the most elegant.  Floor lamp with a square marble base marked "Made in Italy", chrome rod and newer parchment lined white fabric shade.  55" h. 15" diam.  c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with minor wear to corners of marble base.

Curtis Jere Flower Cart

Flower Power!  Charming Brutalist table sculpture by Curtis Jere of a flower cart with bunches of flowers in containers and bells that work.  The sculpture is of mixed, patinated and polychromed metals.  The Jere signature is on a brass tag on the painted wood base.  13" w., 8.5" d., 17" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Avante Studios Seascape

Avante Studios was a production studio in San Gabriel, California that was active from 1967 until 1980.  They commissioned numerous California artists for oil paintings that were sold across the U.S.  This very decorative oil on canvas seascape has a distinctive 1970's feel and would add a cheerful beachy punch to a cottage, beach house or MCM home.  37" square.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Rembrandt Lamp Co. Table Lamp

Rembrandt with a spattering of Pollock.  Produced at roughly the same time as Jackson Pollock's "drip period", this artful lamp by the Rembrandt Lamp Company has a base composed of a rounded metal cone and a metal disc which are joined by a brass rod and black enamelled metal rods.  The black enamelled cone and disc have a white paint drip design.  The parchment lined fabric shade and milk glass diffuser are original.  This lamp is definitely in the top 10 of cool lamps to come through the shop.  27" h., 18" diam.  American, c. 1950  SOLD
Condition:  Base is in very good condition with age appropriate wear and very minor paint loss.  Shade is in very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and patina to the parchment lining.    

Morris Louis Exhibition Poster

Morris Louis Bernstein (1912-1962) was an American painter and a pioneer of Color Field painting.  This framed lithograph is a 3rd edition printing from 1978.  The original printing was for a 1968 exhibition at the Andre Emmerich gallery in NYC.  37" h., 12.25" w.  American, c. 1978  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Globe Lamp

Modern milk glass globe lamp with a laminate base.  The globe nests on the base.  18" h., 8" diam.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Interlubke Stands

These are the Seventies, simply sophisticated pair of three drawer stands by Interlubke that coordinate with the credenza posted earlier.  Each has a lacquered wood case and  three drawers with Rosewood veneer fronts.  The legs are enamelled metal.  23.5" w., 16.75" d., 24" h.  German c. 1970's  SOLD
 Condition:  Very good-good vintage condition with age appropriate wear to the finish and minor paint restoration.

Interlubke Credenza

While crafted in Germany, this very stylish credenza by Interlubke speaks the universal language of fine design.  It has a lacquered wood case and a door with Rosewood veneer that opens to a compartment with one removable shelf.  There are three drawers which also have Rosewood veneer fronts.  The legs are enamelled metal.  The lower profile makes it a perfect stand for a television or stereo components.  47" l., 16.75" d., 24" h.  German, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear to the finish, minor paint restoration and one small veneer repair to a corner of the center drawer.  

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Wendell Castle; Castle Chair

Your home.....your Castle.  Our April windows celebrate Wendell Castle (1932-2018).  Wendell Castle was "the most important postwar American furniture designer, by a long shot".  (Glenn Adamson, senior research scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and the former director of New York's Museum of Arts and Design.)  His work often blurred the line between furniture and art, and he was known as the "father of art furniture".  "I thought of the work as sculpture, not furniture" he told The New York Times in a 2010 interview.  His career spanned more than a half-century and his works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.  This month's Architectural Digest pays tribute to Castle with a six page article featuring his work and his Scottsville, NY home.  We are featuring his iconic, organic "Castle Chair" in orange.  It was designed in 1969 as part of the molar series and is made of molded fiberglass.  It's art, but it's also extremely comfortable....and functional, with its cup/ snack/ remote/ etc..... holder platform.  24" h., 44" w., 36" d.  American, c. 1970  SOLD


Friday, April 6, 2018

Whitney Side Table

On the warmer side of modern, this MCM side table by Whitney Furniture has a walnut top, skirt and legs and brushed aluminum stretchers.  24.5" h., 20.75" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Candlestick Table Lamp

Classic table lamp with a columnar ebonized and gilded metal base which sits on a circular marble plinth.  The parchment shade is original.  25" h.  14" diam. (shade)  American, c. 1940's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good - good vintage condition with age appropriate wear to both the base and shade.