Category Archives: Rare & Beautiful

Rare & Beautiful : Fulvio Bianconi Glass Vase

On auction at Phillips de Pury later this month; ‘A macchie’, a 1950’s Murano glass vase designed by Italian artist and designer Fulvio Bianconi for Venini. Auction details here. Photo via phillipsdepury.com. ___ Can you honestly think of another vase … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Blue Resin Mirror by Louis Durot

I absolutely love the color and shape of this circa 1980’s, blue resin mirror by French designer Louis Durot. If only I had the right client, I would enthusiastically convince them to buy this one of a kind piece. Interested?

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Rare & Beautiful : Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat

La Nuit, 1894: A green art nouveau stoneware vessel by French potter and ceramicist Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat. See more Dalpayrat pieces at Jason Jacques gallery in NYC. ___ I simply am in love with pieces like this. In general there is something … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Napoleone Martinuzzi Sconces

Glass on bronze mounts; a rare pair of signed, mid-century scavo sconces by Murano born Italian sculptor Napoleone Martinuzzi for Gino Cenedese. Scavo = A frosted glass technique first developed in the 50’s on the island of Murano by glass … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Cristal by Jean Arp

Cristal : A mid-century cast bronze sculpture by French born artist Jean (Hans) Arp. Originally conceived in 1938 and cast as a limited edition of 5 in 1959. ___ I love how architectural this piece is and I am paralytically … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Blow Chair

Blow: A 1967 inflatable plastic armchair designed by Italian architect and designer Jonathan De Pas. ___ I absolutely love blow up chairs and would encourage more designers, myself included, to design more of these in fun and unique shapes. Please … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Royere Dressing Table

“Quilles” dressing table and stool, ca. 1956. Made of oak, brass, and fabric, this sensually carved wood set was designed by the popular 50’s french furniture designer Jean Royere. To give you a sense of its significance, this set recently … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Cabinet-Vitrine

Cabinet-Vitrine 1899: A masterfully carved wood Art Nouveau style cabinet designed by the Belgian architect and furniture designer Gustave Serrurier-Bovy. Currently this on display at the MET in gallery 556. Copyright © 2000–2011 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : ‘Uncut’ Chair

Uncut: A anodized aluminum and stainless steel chair designed by Israeli born architect, furniture and industrial designer Ron Arad.

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Rare & Beautiful : The Rhino Desk

Large Rhino Shaped, brass metal desk, ca. 1967, designed and built by french artist and designer François-Xavier Lalanne. ___ François-Xavier worked together with his wife Claude, both artists who sculpted with metal,  her works mostly inspired by plant forms, and his, … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Guimard Chair

Rare carved wood, c. 1904, art nouveau chair by French designer Hector Guimard.

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Rare & Beautiful : Japanese Style Cabinet

This Japanese style wood cabinet, c. 1902-05, is by English furniture designer and architect Ernest William Gimson. Today, Gimson is known as one of the most influential designers of the English Arts and Crafts movement. ___ I am saddened by … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Zsolnay Vase

An art-nouveau, openwork organic vase circa. 1900 by Hungarian manufacturer Zsolnay. ___ I am intrigued by the futuristic and alien like features of this vase . Like any good art-nouveau design, surely her design was inspired by earths flowers and … Continue reading

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Rare & Beautiful : Armchair by Hans Vollmer

This rare and beautiful, ca. 1901, modern armchair is by Austrian furniture designer Hans Vollmer, pupil of Joseph Hoffman. Available March 3d 2011, via auction at Philips de Pury & Company. Please credit responsibly! Image: Philips de Pury & Company … Continue reading

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