Sunday, August 26, 2018

K.E.M. Weber for Lloyd Chrome; Arm Chair

K.E.M. Weber (1889-1963) was born in Berlin but immigrated to the U.S. in the early teens.  He moved to Hollywood in the early twenties and established his own design studio there.  He went on to design a wide variety of products for many of the top makers of the period, and was at the forefront of creating what came to be known as the Streamline Moderne style.  His iconic designs, including the "Zephyr" desk clock, "Airline" chair and "Springer" chair can be found in museums throughout North America as well as internationally.   There was a great article on his life and work in a 2015 issue of 'Elle Decor' (below).  This tubular chrome arm chair was designed by Weber for Lloyd Chrome.  It is all original including the dark green Naugahyde with white piping.  The chair retains the original Lloyd label.  35" h., 26" w., 33" d.  American, c. 1930's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Normandie Ship Model

Ship shape!  Normandie was arguably the greatest passenger liner ever built.  She was launched in 1932 and was a design marvel with state of the art engineering and the most beautiful interiors, fixtures and accommodations France could devise.  She was a work of art.  This sensational hand built Normandie model is a folk art marvel.  It was completely crafted by hand by Ted Gelinas and is highly detailed.  The custom glass case has a mirrored back and chrome frame.  An absolutely unique show stopping centerpiece for the cottage, beach, city or country home.  If you are looking for a pair of ship models, the Lusitania is available in Colorado or online.
40" l., 9.5" d., 13" h.  American, c. 1936 SOLD
Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Leslie Diamond for Conant Ball; Lounge Chair

Newly reupholstered lounge chair designed by Leslie Diamond for Conant Ball.  There's a definite nautical feel, especially in royal blue, to this comfortable spindle back chair.  It would be a great cottage or beach house addition, but would add a nice colorful punch to any home.  34" h., 29" w., 26" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Furniture; Cube Chair

Seventies chic cube chair 'floating' on wood platform base, designed by Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Furniture of San Francisco.  The chair is all original and the camel colored upholstery is in very good vintage condition.  It is a well constructed chair and very comfortable.  The timeless, modern design and high quality will make this a candidate for reupholstering down the road.  30" h. (to cushion top) 34" w., 34" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Faux Bamboo Ceramic Lamps

Palm Beach chic pair of Hollywood Regency style ceramic table lamps with faux bamboo raised latticework and original wooden finials.  30" h. to finial top, 9" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Mies Barcelona Style Coffee Table

Late 20th century, high quality, classic Mies van der Rohe Barcelona style coffee table.  The square glass top is 1/2" thick.  The 'X' base is solid polished chrome and very substantial.  A decorating classic.  40.25" square, 18" h.  American, c. late 20th c.  SOLD  
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Yasha Heifetz; Pair of Abstract Figural Lamps

Heifetz Manufacturing Company of New York began in 1938 as primarily a lighting company, but they also produced decorative accessories, sculptures and some furniture.  In 1950 Yasha Heifetz, in response to Marcel Breuer commenting that he could not find a well designed modern lamp, co-sponsored a national lamp design competition with the MoMA.  The competitors included Richard Schultz from Knoll, Frank Greenhaus and Kevin Roche from Saarinen as well as Alexy Brodovitch, art director for Harper's Bazaar.  There were fifteen winning designs of which Heifetz began producing ten.
It doesn't look like these lamps were part of the competition, but they are a couple of the most interesting we have featured in a while.  The Modernist, sculptural, abstract figural, bases are composed of hand carved, cerused oak.  The finials are original.  The fabric shades are new and compliment the bases very nicely.  33" h. to top of finial, 17" diam. shade,  American, c. 1950's  $750.00 for the pair  SALE $495.00 for the pair  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Curtis Jere; Kinetic Abstract Wall Sculpture

Striking, large kinetic abstract wall sculpture by C. Jere.  The sculpture has a metal body with a verdigris finish.  Three groups of polished brass rods of various lengths radiate from the body.  It has three hooks on the back and can be hung in a variety of different positions.  It's signed and dated.  21" h., 41" w., 12" d.  American, c. 1988  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.

Pair of Daystrom Stools

So livable.  A great pair of stools made by Daystrom with polished chrome frames and original black faux crocodile seat upholstery.  21" h. seat, 28.5" h. back, 19" w., 21" d.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

American of Martinsville Chest

American Beauty.  We've had many beautiful pieces by American of Martinsville over the years, and this is one of the best!  Six drawer walnut chest with great modern lines and nice details like the wrap around drawer pulls and the faceted feet.  Normally we don't show the mirrors with chests as they can feel a little dated.  This is the exception.  The mirror feels very modern and is shown attached with brackets.  It also has hooks for hanging, but if you would rather not use the mirror, it is removable.  60" l., 18.5" d., 30.5" h.  Mirror, 43.5" h., 25.5" w., 2" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with very minor restoration.

Jasper Chair Co.; Pair of Arm Chairs

The Jasper Chair Co. of Indiana was founded in 1921 and is still a family run company today, four generations later.  This pair of MCM chairs by Jasper are well crafted, clean-lined and very functional as occasional seating for dining, office, etc.  30" h., 20.5" w., 20" d.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Red Lion Furniture Chest

Ava Gardner's chest!  In 1949 when Movieland magazine visited the actress in her Nichols Canyon, L.A. home, she was photographed in front of the same Red Lion chest of drawers.  The writer reported that Gardner opted for a room-by-room approach to decorating, and selected blond-wood "modern" furniture.  The home was also featured in the March 2006 issue of Architectural Digest.
    The Red Lion Furniture Company was founded in 1907 in Red Lion, PA and produced pieces of exceptional quality and design.  During the period this chest was made, Red Lion was in collaboration with designers such as Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen as well as other leading designers of the period.  Pieces produced by Red  Lion were amongst the first pieces to be exhibited through The MoMA's  Department of Industrial Design.  The Department was established in 1940.  We have featured a number of pieces by Red Lion in the past, including this same chest.  It was a favorite then and still is now.  The blond mahogany six drawer chest has nice modern lines, great proportions and  handsome patinated brass hardware.  60" l., 20" d., 31" h.  American, c. 1940's  SOLD
Condition:  Front and sides are in very good vintage condition.  Top is in good-fair vintage condition with some color variance and marks.

Curtis Jere Covered Bridge Wall Sculpture

In case you are new to the blog, the Curtis Jere design house was founded in California in 1963 and produced sculptural works ranging from the representational to the highly abstract.  Works produced by the company, particularly those of the 1960's and 70's, have become highly praised and sought after today.  Writer Mitchell Owens wrote a two page article on the history of C. Jere for the November 2010 issue of Elle Decor.  In it he remarks that "Today those pieces are attracting the admiration of leading dealers in vintage chic".  He goes on to note that after launching in 1963 Jere sculptures were distributed by Raymor, a cutting edge studio in New York City, and retailed at Gump's in San Francisco and other high end retailers in several major cities across the U.S.  This sculpture has a nice nostalgic feel to it.  The focal point is the weathered covered bridge.  In the foreground, an old rowboat is at rest between some cattails and grasses.  Fencing, a road sign and some foliage lead up to the entrance to the bridge.  45" l., 16" h., 6" d.  American, c. 1973  $450.00  SALE  $250.00  SOLD

Baker Furniture Chippendale Style Table

Timeless pie crust edged, tilt-top tea table by Baker Furniture.  This elegant, Chippendale style table has handsomely carved claw and ball feet and a carved column.  29.5" diam., 29.5" h.  American, 2nd half 20th c.  SOLD

Tomlinson Furniture; Pair of Side Tables

Casually sophisticated pair of side tables by Tomlinson.  We've had a few pieces by Tomlinson over the years and they have all been elegant, understated and finely crafted.  No exception here. Great attention to detail both in design and crafting.  24.5" h., 26" square.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with very minor age appropriate wear.

Asian Modern Console

This chic, Asian Modern style console offers form and function.  It works nicely as a console and does double duty as a desk.  The body is a high gloss black lacquer with gold painted details and the top is gold leafed with a marbleized finish.  58.5" l., 15" d., 29" h.  c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.