Friday, September 28, 2018

Pair of Frederick Cooper Lamps

Lights fantastic!  Truly exceptional pair of Frederick Cooper lamps.  These monumental James Mont style lamps have bronzed metal bodies and ebonized wood bases and ball finials.  The hard-back fabric shades are new.  43" h., 16" diam.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

MCM Bench

This one is red hot.  MCM Pearsall/ Kagan style modernist, sculptural bench.  It has been professionally restored and reupholstered in a vibrant Maharam fabric.  54" l., 20" d., 17" h.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Mint restored condition

Pair of Chapman Table Lamps

Stunning pair of Hollywood Regency style Chapman table lamps.  The lamps have oil rubbed parchment shades accented with gold banding and gold marbleized interiors.  The columnar bodies have a leather finish with brushed brass accents and scroll bases.  36" h., 18" diam.  American, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Pair of Pineapple Lamps

The pineapple has a long and rich history as a symbol of hospitality.  In colonial America, pineapples were rare, expensive and considered the most beautiful of exotic fruits.  If, as a guest, you were treated with pineapple at a dinner party, it meant you were held in high regard.  I am not sure about the rarity of this pair of glass pineapple lamps, but they are certainly beautiful.  The body is faceted glass and the leaves and base are gilded metal.  The hardback fabric shades are new.  33" h., 18" diam.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Maison Jansen Style Bench

Sophisticated Maison Jansen style Campaign bench with a frame of brushed nickel over steel with patinated brass hoof feet, pineapple finials and ribbed center bar.  The leather seat is new.  21" w., 15" d., 21" h.  c.1970's  $450.00 SOLD 
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Lee Reynolds Zebra Painting

The zebra symbolizes freedom, balance and individuality....also some traits of great decorating.  This very decorative zebra painting is from the Lee Reynolds studio.  Reynolds was born Lee Reynolds Burr in Los Angeles in 1936.  He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and by 1965 had started his Vanguard Studios in Beverly Hills.  The studio's mission was to produce decorative works of art in the form of avant-garde sculptures and paintings.  Vanguard employed a variety of artists to meet this goal, but all pieces are signed with the 'Lee Reynolds' signature.  Works from the prolific studio have become quite collectible in the last few years.  This framed oil on canvas is 50" w. and 40" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD Below are some ideas for decorating with zebra art.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Modern Bar Cart

Raising the bar cart.  Cool, clean, Baughman style two-tier polished chrome and glass bar cart on casters.  29" w., 18" d., 28" h.  American, c. 1970's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Mastercraft Table

Another September show stopper!  This will be your 'forever table'.  It is truly timeless and mixes well with modern or classic.  Mastercraft mastery is exquisitely displayed here in design, quality and function.  The table starts as a round.  It is pictured as a round and with one leaf.  There are two more leaves!  Each leaf is skirted.  There are four legs which drop from the top of the base for additional support when more than one leaf is added.  The top is solid wood with burl veneer and a patterned inlay border.  The base is ebonized with gold leaf decoration.  10/10.  50" diam. as a round, 30" h., Each leaf is 20" and when fully extended the table is 110" long.  American, c. 1960's  $2,750.00  SOLD
Condition:  Top and leaves are in excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  Base is newly, professionally re-ebonized and leafed.  

Friday, September 21, 2018

Italian Tassel Table

Tassels and tiers.  Lovely three-tiered, gilded, twisted metal tassel table.  Two tiers have glass shelves and one is mirrored.  31" h., 17" diam.  Italian, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and some loss of silvering on the mirror edges.

Chinoiserie Secretary

"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!  Live!  Live!  Live!"  -Auntie Mame  I think the same can be said about design.  This magnificent Chinoiserie Secretary is an 'all you can eat' kind of design feast!  It had me at the finials.  Gilded Chinese figures adorn the top of this two piece, ebonized, embossed and hanpainted secretary.  The two key-lock doors open to an array of drawers, secret compartments, cubby holes and shelves.  Below, the key-lock, drop-front desk opens to reveal more drawers, cubby holes and secret compartments.  Below that are two small and two large drawers.  This one really has to be seen to be fully appreciated.  I was told it was purchased about 20 years ago for $10,000.00 U.S.  90" h. (top of finial) 29" w., 32" d.  20th c.  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Our new windows celebrate the art of master printmaker David Blackwood.  The inspiration came in part from works he has done based on nautical flags.  (The handpainted canvas flags in the windows spell out his name.)  Inspiration also came from a great affection for David.  Some of the best memories of the Port Hope shop revolve around conversations about art and life shared during his regular visits.  His generosity with his knowledge, advice, stories and humor have added so much to the shop experience over the years.  Often when I brought a historical piece of Canadian art into the old shop, he had a story about, knew, worked or studied with the artist.  Nothing beats a living, first-hand art history lesson.  The history lessons sometimes included an intriguing trip to Yorkville and the Toronto gallery scene during the 1960's and 1970's.  Sometimes it was Vancouver, other times the east coast.  In addition to invaluable art lessons, he has been an inspiration, through example, in life lessons....marching to the beat of your own drum, following your passions, working hard and staying the course.  Through his art, teaching, championing and mentoring young artists, he has and continues to make the art world a kinder, more beautiful and more authentic place.
The etchings displayed in the windows are Dante's Barque, 2011 and The Wesleyville Under Construction, 2012

 The International Code:  Flags for David Judah, 2005

The Wesleyville Under Construction, 2012
17.75" x 20.5" framed

 Dante's Barque, 2011
20.5" x 17.25" framed 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Baker Furniture Etagere

Saturday classics....more fine furniture.  Beautiful five-shelf mahogany etagere with a single drawer with polished brass pull and a glass top.  55" h., 17" w., 17" d.  American, c. 1960's  $395.00  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Italian Table

Sweet side/ drinks table with a gilt metal floral base and a glass top.  18" h., 18" diam.  Italian, c. 1950's  $225.00  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.

Italian Bar Cart

Form and function.  Handsome fruitwood bar cart with inset brushed brass panels and brass decoration on the handle.  33" w., 17" d.,  28.5" h.  Italian, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and patination to the brass.

Italian Chair

Nice legs!  This Italian chair has an ebonized metal frame with elegant lines and a rush seat.  Great desk/ occasional chair.  33" h., 16" w., 16" d.  Italian, c. 1960's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fornasetti Style Nesting Tables

Pretty, set of three, Fornasetti style nesting tables with ebonized wood frames and decorative tops.  The tops have lifelike butterflies and leaves pressed between a background fabric with woven metallic gold threads and clear vinyl.  Each table, 17" h., 15" diam.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.