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American 1940s Martini Glass Trade Sign

Swingin’ 1940′s martini glass trade sign from a cocktail lounge in Denver. What an impact when illuminated!  Great displayed up high or on the floor as a cocktail table. Wonderful original blue paint surface.

“Along with helium, xenon and krypton, neon was first extracted from the air in the late 1890s. Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers discovered a category of gases missing from the periodic table and the Greek names they assigned to these elements paid tribute to their occult source. Helium refers to the sun, in whose chromosphere it was traced; xenon means strange (as in xenophobia, which warns against foreigners); and krypton implies that the gas is cryptic, in need of decoding. Neon simply identifies something new, enigmatic and unclassifiable.” Guardian U.K. 

Price $10,500. Condition Expected patina from use as a trade sign. Very stable and substantial. Has been rewired by an electrician. Two sockets near the base do not work.
Measurements: height: 36 in/depth: 13 Base/width/length: 31 Top

Materials/Techniques: Sheet metal and iron.

provided by 1stdibs

Location Urban Country
218 Main Street
Venice, CA, 90291
Phone: 310 315 1927


Maison Jansen Pair of Red Velvet & Gold Leaf Leg Chairs

MAISON JANSEN 1940s pair of red velvet and gold leaf leg chairs

Maison Jansen (House of Jansen) was a Paris-based interior decoration office founded in 1880 by Dutch-born Jean-Henri Jansen and continuing in practice until 1989. Jansen is considered the first truly global design firm, serving clients in Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle East by 1900.

Maison Jansen provided services to the royal families of Belgium, Iran, and Serbia; Elsie de Wolfe, the German Reichsbank during the period of National Socialism; and Lady Olive Baillie’s Leeds Castle in Kent, England. The firm’s most published work was for the U.S. White House during the administration of John F. Kennedy.

These fantastic chairs are in excellent condition, are newly reupholstered in red velvet and newly regilded legs

Materials/Techniques: red velvet and gold leaf leg

Photography provided by Galerie Andre Hayat
Galerie Andre Hayat
23 Rue de Lille
Paris, ile de France, 75007
Phone: 336 12863389





A Pair of 19th century French Chenets (Andirons).

A Highly Unusual and Unique Pair of 19th c. Brass and Iron Crowing Rooster (“Coqs Saluaient”) Brass and Iron Andirons, also called firedogs, andiers, and chenets.

Most cultures embrace the Rooster as a solar symbol, and a sign of illumination, with the exception of the Nordic and Celtic cultures. Celtic and Norse lore describe the Rooster as a creature of the Underworld. Specifically, the cock served as a messenger of the Underworld, screeching out warnings in danger, and calling out for the souls of the fallen in battle. In Christianity the Rooster is noted for crowing three times after Peter denied Christ. As such, it became a symbol for Christ’s passion. Later, the Rooster would signify the repentance of the saint and religious vigilance as well as resurrection. To this day the Rooster seen on a weathervane is steeped in symbolic meanings that deal with watchful vigilance against evil, as weathervanes are commonly seen atop churches.

Height: 26 1/2″; Width: 9″; Depth: 23 1/2  Materials/Techniques: Brass and iron

C. Mariani Antiques, Restoration & Custom
1301 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103

Napoleon III Ivory Mirror

Circa 1860 Napoleon III period Dieppe ivory mirror of oval form. Ducal coronet over the Manners family crest with the motto of the Order of the Garter, “honi soit qui mal y pense”;
Beaded border within a frame of carved oak leaves, lions masks, female terms, shields, cherub terms and scrolls.

Cypher with the initials “CR” for Charles Manners, the 6th Duke of Rutland, 1815-1888.

See Manners Family, Bloxholm Hall:

Lord Robert Manners of Bloxholm. General Lord Robert Manners (c. 1721 – 1782) was an English soldier and nobleman. He was a son of John Manners, 2nd Duke of Rutland and his second wife, Lucy Sherard. He was promoted to General on 25 May 1772 and died May 1782. Bloxholm Hall was built toward the end of the 17th century. It was enlarged and beautified in 1825. The manor was formerly the seat of the Thornton family. It was purchased by the Duchess of Rutland and passed from her to Lord Manners. The Anglican parish church was dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. The church dates from the Early English period. John de Bloxham, who died in 1334, was a Carmelite Friar, highly distinguished for his learning.










Measurements: height: 32 in. width/length: 21.5 in.

Materials/Techniques: carved ivory and bone. Wooden back. Mirror plate.






Banner underneath reads, “pour y parvenir” which means “To attain.”

Yellow Church Antiques

2545 Rte 44, PO Box 59

Millbrook, NY, 12545



Rare Silver Crab Boxes

1950s Rare Silver Crab Boxes.

Whimsical, ornate and unusual this set of rare silver crab boxes were made in Spain.

Perfect for a seaside bungalow, the largest crab is 8.5 inches long.




Mantiques Modern
146 West 22nd St.
New York, NY, 10011


A Pair of Gilt Metal Garrison Rousseau Benches with Red Leather


Price: $14,000

Measurements: height: 19.5 in./depth: 18 in./width/length: 28 in

8744 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
Phone: 310-657-0665


The Ultimate Desktop Accessory

March 2, 2012  |  Product: My Daily Obsession  |  , ,  |  No Comments  |  Share

A rare and stylish leather and silver-plated desk compendium, or ‘Weather Station’ by Paul Dupré-Lafon (1900 – 1971) for Hermès, the stepped base section covered in hand stitched leather, the compendium fitted with clock, compass, barometer and calendar. Marked HERMES PARIS, French.

Designer Notes: Paul Dupré-Lafon (1900 – 1971). Interior architect and furniture designer who from 1929 through the end of the 1950′s collaborated with the leather good purveyor Hermès to produce a wide range of items for the office and home, all embellished with leather supplied by Hermès.

Dupré -Lafon had a keen affinity for both practicality and luxury – his furniture is modern and functional yet at the same time sleek an luxurious, it is crafted from the finest materials and woods in lieu of extraneous ornamentation, and it is often grand in scale and geometric in form. Each piece from his limited repertoire was uniquely created for special orders. He worked independently for a small group of patrons and rarely participated in the salons or exhibitions.

Measurements height: 5.12 in. depth: 5.91 in. width/length: 5.91 in. Desk compendium silver-plated, the base is hand stitched leather. Creator: Hermès
Photography provided by Pullman Gallery
Pullman Gallery 14 King Street, St. James’s London, UK, SW1Y 6QU

How to Make an Entry

How to Make an Entry

March 1, 2012  |  Product: My Daily Obsession  |  No Comments  |  Share

I’m obsessing over these bronze doors today. These would truly make a statement and welcome you and your guests with style every day. I love their detail and the subtlety of color and patina. They remind me of the gorgeous bronze tables by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne – another obsession, another day. Despite their impressive detail, they definitely whisper rather than shout and would compliment a sophisticated contemporary interior (another post), as successfully as a chic layered traditional interior. Exquisitely made and thoughtfully detailed pieces do not belong to a particular style. You may quote me.

Amazing set of Bronze Doors

c. 1975

Chinese motif designed by Tim Holt and

manufactured by Garland (signed at the bottom)

Acid etched Bronze panels over wood depicting a

Chinese garden scene on the exterior side and water

lilies with Birds on the Interior.

Each door is 83 1/4″h x 36 1/4″w x 2″d

height: 83 1/4
depth: 2 in.
width/length: 36 1/4

provided by 1stdibs

3717 South Dixie HWY Ste. B
West Palm Beach, FL, 33405
Phone: 561-832-3611


End Tables by Michael Taylor

A pair of 1960s End Tables by Michael Taylor for Baker Furniture Company

“Michael Taylor made decorating history. Whatever he did or didn’t do made news. He changed the way we live. Opened it all up. Aired it out. Declined reverence. Scorned pretense. He gave himself to design with intensity and passion.”

Paige Rense, Former Editor-in-Chief Architectural Digest

315 Spring St
New York, NY, 10013