Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lane Furniture Cabinet

Very versatile piece which would be great in a dining room, bedroom or as a television stand.  The cabinet, made by Lane, has four ample drawers and a pair of doors that open to a compartment with one drawer and an adjustable shelf.  60" l., 19" w., 31" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Edward Wormley for Dunbar; Pair of Riemerschmid Chairs

Wormley for the win.  Subtle sophistication, understated elegance.  The 'Riemerschmid' chair was originally designed by Richard Riemerschmid for the Dresden Exhibition of 1899, and adapted and detailed for Dunbar by Edward Wormley in 1947.  Riemerschmid approved of Wormley's modifications and complimented him on the "improvements to form and comfort."  This pair of Riemerschmid chairs by Wormley for Dunbar have mahogany frames which have been beautifully restored.  The black leather seats are original.  One chair retains the original metal Dunbar tag.  31" h., back, 19" h., seat, 23.5" w., 24" d.  American, c. 1947  SOLD  
Condition:  Frames newly restored, leather seats in very good vintage condition.

Richard Riemerschmid
MoMA collection

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Renzo Rutili for Johson Furniture; Asian Modern Cabinet

Our May showstopper comes from Renzo Rutili (1901-1966).  Renzo Rutili was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Carnegie Institute.  He also studied design in Europe for several years before becoming a designer for Johnson Furniture Co.  He served as their head of design from 1933 into the 1960's.  In addition to creating his own extraordinary designs for the company, he oversaw the design and production of works contracted by such iconic Modern designers as Paul Frankl and Eliel Saarinen.  This stunning cabinet by Renzo Rutili is composed of two units which sit in a separate base.  It has been newly restored with the exception of the doors and the backs which are in original condition.  The doors are gold leafed and handpainted with subtle landscape scenes.  The backs are ebonized and handpainted, and there is a single hole for a cord in the lower right corner of one unit.  The feet have their original patinated brass caps.  Inside each cabinet is one full length adjustable shelf.  One of the shelves has the original Johnson label.  As always, the trifecta of quality, design and value here at MTA.   68" l., 19" d., 25" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Doors and back are in very good original condition with age appropriate wear.  Base, sides and top are newly restored.

DeGroot Brutalist Fish Sculpture

Go Fish!  Seaside or city, this wonderful modern Brutalist sculpture by DeGroot would be right at home.  The kinetic, mixed metal sculpture features five fish on metal rods attached to a bone-like base.  The piece is signed on a copper tag attached to the base.  36" h., 7" w., 6" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Leather Chair

Handsome and elegant leather occasional/ desk chair with a wooden frame and a tapered back and legs.  While the original label is gone, it is very high quality with web and spring construction.  Very comfortable as well.  40" h. back, 19" h. seat, 19" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Brass and Faux Bamboo Bar Cart

Very attractive and very versatile bar/ serving cart with a brass frame, glass shelves and black lacquered wood faux bamboo accents.  The cart rolls very smoothly on original ball casters.  30" h., 28.5" w., 19" d.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Holiday Hours

The shop will be closed on Saturday.  Wishing everyone an enjoyable and relaxing long weekend!

Pair of Carver's Guild Mirrors

Majestic pair of top-quality, carved giltwood mirrors by Carver's Guild.  Each beveled mirror has a frame with rope twist decoration, acanthus swags, pineapple finials, and is topped with an intricately carved flower basket.  43" h., 22" w., 1.75" d.  American, c. 20th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Near mint.

Koch and Lowy Floor Lamp

Sleek chrome floor/ reading lamp by Koch and Lowy with adjustable height, dome shade that tilts and swivels and a dimmer switch.  Base 9.25" w., 6.25" d. 34.5" - 45.5" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Good vintage condition with some surface wear.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Milo Baughman for Directional; Open Arm Lounge Chair

Mint Milo.  This one is a Wow!  In the last decade, I don't think I have seen an upholstered piece of this age in such unbelievable original condition.  It's showroom fresh and has perhaps become even more stylish with age.  The fabric is a beautiful cut velvet in tones of cream, taupe and beige.  It was designed by Milo Baughman for Directional.  Directional was founded in 1950 by Bud Mesberg, and was one of the first companies to embrace original furniture design.  Included in their roster of designers were Paul Evans, Kip Stewart, Paul McCobb, Vladimir Kagan and Milo Baughman.  It's finds like this that make all those miles worthwhile.  29" h., 29" w., 26" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Near mint.

LaBarge Eglomise Mirror

This is the largest size, and a less common horizontal format, of the LaBarge eglomise style mirrors.  This one is a stunner.  The glass frame is reverse painted and gold leafed with a floral, Chinoiserie design.  The piece is artist signed and dated in the lower left corner.  The mirror is beveled and the outer and inner metal borders of the frame have a gold finish.  51" w., 41" h.  American, c.1980's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with very minor surface wear.

Edward Wormley for Dunbar; Burl and Glass Coffee Table

10/10.  Invest in the best.  Edward Wormley (1907-1995) was an American furniture and interior designer who was born in Chicago and started his career as an interior designer for Marshall Fields.  He left Marshall Fields for the Dunbar Furniture Company, and in 1944 was charged with modernizing Dunbar's furniture lines.  He had a long and successful career as Dunbar's director of design until the company was sold in 1970.  He is widely recognized as one of the leaders in bringing modern design to America.  His work has been shown in major exhibitions, including the Boston Museum of Art in 1951, the Triennale XIII in Milan in 1964, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1983.  His designs can be found today in the M.F.A. in Boston and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Montreal.  This table was designed by Wormley for Dunbar and is perfectly timeless in its simplicity and balance of modernity and warmth.  The base is Olive burl and the top is 3/4 inch thick glass.  The table is in nearly mint condition and retains its metal Dunbar tag.  This table is currently retailing for up to $15,000.00 CAN.  But as always, quality, design and value are our hat trick here in Hamilton.  17" h., 41.5" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD  
Condition:  Near mint.
Wormley in the 1950's with a Dunbar chair

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Iggy Perrelli; "Rise"

Iggy Perrelli; Rise, 2018
Oil on canvas
48" x 36" unframed

Friday, May 11, 2018

Curtis Jere; "Outfold"

Curtis Jere.  We're fans, but we've never found a piece with the original tag until now.  This wall sculpture titled Outfold is bold and dramatic.  It has polished chrome concave folds and polished brass convex folds.  Joined together, they form a large and very decorative undulating fan.  52" l., 29" h., 2" d.  American, c. 1980  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear, minor marking and surface wear.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wheat Sheaf Table

Made iconic by Coco Chanel, the wheat sheaf table has remained a decorating classic.  This one has a substantial, well crafted bundle of wheat and a nice rope tie.  The  base will accommodate a larger top as well if a cocktail table size is desired.  15.5" h., 26.5" diam.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Kanpo Shiozawa; Hand Painted Screen for Fuji-torii

Kanpo Shiozawa was born in Nagano Japan in 1925 and currently lives in Tokyo.  He is a graduate of the Tokyo Arts University.  He has been creating screen and framed paintings for Fuji-torii since 1950 and is still working for them today at the age of 93.  He has received numerous awards for his work, and in 1996 was commissioned to make fusuma paintings for the Zenkoji Temple in Nagano.  This four-panel screen with the understated 'White Plum' design was made of multi-layered Washi paper pasted onto a wooden frame and then gold leaves were added and hand painted.  It is signed and the original Fuji-torii labels are on the back.  The same design is still available for special order and retails for about $1,200.00 CAD.  66.25" w., 36.25" h., .75" d.  Japanese, 2nd half 20th c. SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.