French cobalt art deco ice bucket. 6 x 6H. $85.
Early 19th c. Tilt Top Candlestand with Ebony Inlay. 19 x 22 x 29H SOLD
Square silverplate serving dish. 6 x 6 x 3.5H. SOLD
French cobalt art deco ice bucket. 6 x 6H. $85.
As the hideous Polar Vortex turns our world into a frigid snow globe, who doesn't want to hide under a blanket with a good stiff drink until it's all over? I know I do. If you are thinking the same, perhaps you might need a small piece of furniture on wheels to keep all your libations close to hand. If so, you are in luck. Before hunkering down, outfit your home with one of these bar trolleys, just in.
This beauty has is all going on — literally. Shapely legs, gallery edge, removable tray top, 3 bottle-stabilizing rings for the bottom shelf, ball finials, elegant handles — nothing about this piece is left plain or simple, and yet it somehow manages to be delicate and understated. Perfect for a traditional space or to add some American Hustle glam to a mod minimal room.
And now for something completely different. The riveted steel construction of this piece is 100% anti-glam. The colour is fantastic and an extra shelf is always a boon. This is a good-looking little work horse.
I needn't tell you, but I will anyway, that if wheeling around liquor is not on your must-do list, either of these is just as handy as a side table, or pulled up next to the tub with chocolates and towels while you settle in for a looooong soak. Take that Polar Vortex!
It's always best to mix in a few accessories on a trolley. These vases look just as great with or without flowers, but for pete's sake, get some. You deserve them (the vases AND the flowers).
I first saw this image several years ago in a magazine called Find, a print companion to a TV show of the same name hosted by Leslie and Leigh Keno, whom you may know from the US version of The Antiques Roadshow. Alas, I can't find my copy of that issue, but was happy to see the image reprinted in the book Inspired Styles, a designer profile book featuring talents who have collaborated with Kravet fabrics. The image depicts the design work of Alexa Hampton. It's one of the finest examples I have come across of the art of tablescaping. Ms. Hampton's pedigree in this specialty is unparalleled: after all, she if offspring of Mark Hampton, who worked with David Hicks, the master of tablescapeing himself. One thing I love about this image is that it is utterly timeless. This could just as easily be a 1960s tableau as a 1990s or early 2000s (which is when it is from). It looks absolutely right for today as well. It's what I call a Moment. This artful assemblage is meant to be consumed together as a whole. Where someone else might have chosen to hang one large artwork or mirror, Ms. Hampton has opted to build a story out of items with colour and texture and dimension and history. This gesture speaks to the whole raison d'être of Vintage Fine Objects. Why use one item when many do the job much better? Why buy something everyone else can have when you can instead tell your own personal story with unique objects? Why leave a space blank when it can delight? I always have a ready stock of curiosities with colour and texture and integrity of construction. Here are a few to consider.
I like how this new piece in the shop is an understated modern version of Ms. Hampton's table. Interesting. Of course, it would be easy to highlight the details with gold leaf or paint if you felt like kicking it up a notch.
I have never seen anything like this piece, which was reason enough for me to snap it up to bring to the shop. A great table centrepiece or mantel ornament.
Art glass of excellent colour and heft like this is forever chic. This piece is ready to take pride of place on a stack of design or art books.
I added this tasty morsel to the shop floor the other day and I'm pleased to tell you a little more about it. This petite cocktail table features 3 of my favourite design conceits – faux bamboo, brass and an X-stretcher base – all in one piece. The table is made by Mastercraft, a fine furniture manufacturer founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1946. Mastercraft is known for its excellent quality and use of high-end materials like exotic woods, brass, bronze and acid-etched details. Designers at Mastercraft included William Doezema, John Widdicomb and Bernhard Rohne.
This table – not just similar, but IDENTICAL to the one I have – is currently priced at $3,900 on 1stDibs. Mastercraft is definitely having a moment.
Recognize this space? If you've seen American Hustle you'll know this is Roslyn (Jennifer Lawrence) and Irv (Chrsitian Bale)'s bedroom. That's a Mastercraft brass headboard in all its glam glory.
Here's a version on 1stDibs, currently listed for $3,200
The best set in American Hustle has to be Syndey's apartment. I can't find any Mastercraft pieces in it (though there is an oval brass cocktail table), but I spy plenty of shiny brass along with Thonet counter stools and Breuer Cesca S32 dining chairs. Also notable are the earthy grasscloth, white tuxedo-style upholstered pieces, white shag carpet and classic parquet floors, all of which make the apartment look like it could just as easily be from today. For more notes on the sets by production designer Judy Becker, check out the movie's official Pinterest page here.
And one last thought. If you come buy the Mastercraft cocktail table, I think you'll also need to treat yourself to an outfit like this to go with it.
'Tis the season when homes are looking their best, dressed up with greenery and candlelight, and echoing with the good cheer of family and friends. Holiday finery. I'm so pleased to have some beautiful new pieces in the shop that I think are also truly fine — each would be perfect to spruce of your home for Holidays and long after.
This is a a superb and versatile piece. As you know, I never turn down the chance to offer a beautiful chest of drawers. A piece like this is an affordable investment that works in virtually any room in the house.
Here's an example of a similar block-front style chest on display at an historic Connecticut home. But I love the idea of mixing classic antique furniture in modern settings as well.
Here's yet another fine and versatile piece. Top this small chest with a tray and add all the necessities for a drinks party. Cocktail napkins and accoutrements can be stashed in the drawers. It would also make a great bedside table. I'd love to see it as a shapely counterpoint to a simple painted Shaker-style poster bed.
But if you are feeling like an antiques purist, here's an example of a similar chest in an entry hall in the foreground above. This is the same historic home as shown with the block-front 4-drawer chest above.
As if that weren't enough to win your favour, check out this screen capture from S1 ep2 of Downton Abbey. A very similar piece plays a supporting role during this pivotal scene of Matthew and Mary's first meeting. In fact, this room in Crawley House is one of my favourites of the whole series.
One of my main goals here at VFO has been to bring you the most interesting vintage accessories I can find. It's my little antidote to the overwhelming sameness we are confronted with these days. Who wants sameness when you can have differentness? There's a saying in my family "That's different, eh?" We Austins use the term to denote something new or unfamiliar, and often something we aren't quite sure if we like or not. Well, I definitely like all of the things here, but I can tell you they aren't the same as anything else you've seen. Each has it's own interesting shape, finish and patina. Different, eh?
There's not much snow to speak of yet in this part of the world, but most mornings there's a gentle layer of frost coating everything in sight. And when sunlight hits frost, the effect is a magical blend of white plus sparkle and shine. It's a sophisticated combination that works just as beautifully in interior design and fashion as in nature. Here are a few new items in the shop to help you create the look in your home.
Just add white tapers and candlelight will amplify the elegance.
This is a perfect vessel for a Holiday display of vintage mercury glass ornaments and some glittered pinecones.
How magnificent this would be placed on a brass Art Deco bar cart with a display of tall amaryllis in full bloom.
A lamp with timeless decorator appeal. Fantastic shape and great scale.
Here's a superb perch to place just where you need one most - inside the front door, at the foot of the bed, or by the hearth. The chintz cushion is in mint condition, but is removable or could be easily recovered to suit your scheme.
'Tis the season to perk up your home with some finishing touches to get it party-ready. Here is the latest collection of interesting bits to arrive in the shop and some ideas for how to use them at home. Of course, any of these is perfect for gifting...but why not treat yourself too?
If I'm allowed to pick favourites, this might be it for this batch. This piece has such great detail. It's the perfect piece to put on an entry console for keys, cell phone and gloves, or on the coffee table during the holiday season with a few pinecones and Christmas ornaments.
Always an elegant addition to any tablescape, art glass adds a hint of sparkle and sophistication. This piece has a hint of smoky amethyst colour and would look fantastic on top of some art books, or add a bit of water and float a single fragrant bloom.
Beautifully framed and featuring interesting detail, this piece would be a good companion piece to black and white photography. Since it's Italian, it calls to mind the famous annual Palio horse race of Siena.