Friday, December 23, 2011
New York has been amazing so far... I've been so lucky to do so many amazing things. Amongst those was attending the opening night party for the Duncan Phyfe show at the Met. While stumbling mesmerized around the exhibit, I rounded a corner and made eye contact with the above gentleman, John Laurence Manning. I quickly realized that I knew him from his South Carolina plantation, Milford, now owned by Dick Jenrette. A number of Duncan Phyfe pieces original to Milford were included in the show as part of illustrating Phyfe's later exploration of Gothic and French restoration motifs.
I loved everything, specifically Phyfe's pieces from the 1820s and 30s... here are some of my favorites
A sampling of Phyfe consoles... it's hard to choose a favorite, but those ebonized and gilt griffins are particularly amazing.
A deconstructed example illustating how Phyfe used bolts from beds to attach the legs of the console. I really enjoyed the simplicity and honesty of this piece... and the antique mirror was pretty great too.
This table takes it... original finish, a stained marble top... what more could a boy ask for? When the exhibition is over this piece can definitely find refuge in my apartment.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I've been doing a lot of sleeping lately.
New York is keeping me extremely busy and with little time or energy to post. But don't fret! I'll be back very soon with some images of my new finds as I begin decorating my first New York apartment!
Endymion, Nicolas Guy Brenet, 1756
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
While running errands a week ago I stumbled upon Maison Gerard and this amazing pedestal by Marc Bankowsky in their window...
I then checked 1stDibs to see what the pedestal was selling for... instead of a price I found a "price upon request" which is obviously never a good sign. However, I did find a matching screen...
These pieces are like Serge Roche meets draped Victorian funerary monuments...
Two of my favorite things, so it's only natural I would love these as well.
It appears that Maison Gerard is the only outlet to purchase Bankowsky's work from unless you're requesting a custom commission. These draped pieces are my favorite, but they're also just the tip of the iceberg.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This vestige of the interior design business from another era always brings a smile to my face when I walk by it on 2nd Avenue near 59th Street. That graphically painted sign always reassures me that I'm in the right place doing the right things.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
after a series of less than spectacular sales, and some pretty horrendous faux leather and plaid furniture, One Kings Lane is finally back! Tonight's sale with items from Lauren Copin left me drooling.
The things I could do with this chest...
Love, love, and love...
This frame is pretty amazing...
I think it's safe to say I could house almost all of these objects... well I could maybe do without some of the females nudes.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
After a Sunday of shopping, I headed back to my friend's place where I'm temporarily staying and passed by this amazing Art Deco eglomise panel...
I don't know that beautiful is the right word, but these panels are definitely amazing in their severity. This building stands at 570 Lexington Avenue and was designed by Cross & Cross and built between 1929-1931. It was built for RCA but later deeded to General Electric before the building was even finished.
I will definitely want to borrow this motif later on... especially the intertwined lightening bolts.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
So are you obsessed with the painted Empire screen, the cast bronze leaf, or the taxidermy bird? They're all amazing and they're all available at my favorite Charleston antiques store, John Pope Antiques. John has had the shop for the last 4 or 5 years and has done amazingly well... from museum quality antiques to really affordable pieces, you'll definitely find something to take home.
Normally most people would be worried about the extra expenses of living in New York... I'm actually going to be saving money since I will no longer be able to regularly frequent this shop.
A collage of paintings from every period... I've always loved the St. Sebastian on the demi-lune table...
I love everything about this combination... the painting, that tribal fabric, and the blown glass light fixture...
This pair of lamps are definitely my favorites right now. Cast metal painted to simulate marble? I don't care if they're Jansen or not, I'll take them!
A detail of my lamps...
What is there not to like about this?
Well... actually I can understand someone hating it, but that's fine, just means it'll have a better chance of ending up with me.
I love the vibrant glazes of these Asian statues... instant collection. I'm particularly obsessed with that turquoise color right now.
and finally, something I wouldn't normally go for... but I love the purples and blacks in this painting, especially combined with that pop of chartreuse
Basically you have to stop by if you're ever in Charleston... I mean, he carries around an 18th century chalice to drink out of with his Pope costume every Halloween... I'm pretty sure it doesn't get any more sybaritic than that.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Ever since I was little I remember a set of early 19th century Coalport Finger and Bow patterned plates that hung on the wall of our living room. I was intrigued by these plates because each one had been broken into about ten to fifteen pieces and had been reassembled with staples. These repaired objects have always held more interest to me because of how loved they were to be repaired rather than discarded. After spotting a teacup with a stapled saucer while in an antiques store in Asheville my interest was renewed.
and then I found this great little Minton creamer...
and then this fabulous Flight & Barr plate...
The collection is still expanding... stay tuned.
I have also discovered a wonderful blog by designer Andrew Baseman called Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair (please click here to be directed to his blog). All the following images come from his blog
A plate repaired with 35 staples... the reverse is much more interesting than the front of the plate which leaves something to be desired...
A Crown Derby polychrome tray for a teapot... much more my aesthetic. I love everything about this... the colors and decorative devices. The reverse exposes a stapled repair...
Baseman even features a crystal ewer repaired with staples... amazing.