Interior Designs

American Designer Woodworker George Biersdorf Vintage Cherry Wood Bud Vase

Cherry Wood Bud Vase by George Biersdorf / Noted American Designer Woodworker

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This finely hand turned wood bud vase is by the noted designer woodworker George Biersdorf of Cooksville, Maryland. Mr. Biersdorf, a professional woodworker since 1973, uses only hardwoods that are native to the U.S., most of which he harvests and dries himself. He does not use endangered species and all his finishes are natural. Since he has no assistants or employees, each of his studio creations is his alone. His current focus is on creating spectacular, unusual lamps and lampshades. Our final photo is of George Biersdorf with some of his lighting, courtesy of his website http://www.georgebiersdorf.com/

This bud vase is in excellent condition with no chips, no cracks and the beautifully-grained cherry wood is unfaded and just glows. It’s 5 inches tall, has a 2 3/4 inch diameter base and weighs about 10 ounces. Burned into the wood bottom is the signature and date: G Biersdorf 1979. As he often did, Mr. Biersdorf attached a paper label that identifies the wood as cherry and the original price as $6.00 (!). This is the perfect size vase to tuck on a shelf or table, alone or in a grouping.

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Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Vincenzo Nason

Vincenzo Nason Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Original Label

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This fabulous cased glass trumpet vase was mouth blown by Vincenzo Nason in Murano, Italy, in the 1990’s. The thin walled glass is an unusual color on the exterior, appearing a smoky grey or a grey tinted greenish, depending on the lighting. The cased layer on the interior is a vibrant cherry red. Standing 11 1/4 inches tall, it weighs a considerable 4 1/4 pounds. The flared mouth is 7 1/4 inches across while the bulbous base is 6 1/2 inches in diameter. The vase retains its original V. Nason & C. Murano Italy label with its white lettering printed on clear and also bears the diamond-engraved signature V. Nason on the bottom of the piece, shown in our photograph # 7. The bottom also exhibits a very large polished pontil scar. It’s in spectacular condition, showing virtually no wear.

After training at the famous Venini glassworks in Venice, Vincenzo Nason established his own glassworks called Vincenzo Nason & Cie in 1967, the name changing to V. Nason in 1989. The firm is no longer in business, having closed around the turn of the 21st century.

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Qing Dynasty Antique Wedding Basket

Antique Chinese Wedding Basket Rattan and Bamboo Qing Dynasty

Overview

  • Antique item from the 1800s
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  • 20 1/2 inches tall
  • 16 inches across

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This handsome basket exhibits the exceptional workmanship and detailing that was given to both useful and ornamental objects by Chinese craftsmen. Baskets like these are commonly called wedding baskets but they are actually betrothal baskets. The two lidded compartments, finely woven of rattan, were used to transport gifts such as tea sets, linens, incense, candles and snacks and beverages.

The frame is dark reddish brown bamboo, the two sides beautifully carved with auspicious symbols and fastened with brass circlets. They form “feet” at the bottom and a stationary handle at the top, which can be used to carry the basket when it is filled and quite heavy. The wooden handle is surmounted by a heavy hand-wrought brass carrying handle set on an ornamental back plate pierced with symbols. The rattan portion of the topmost lid was woven in two colors to form a shòu character, symbol of longevity, wishing long life to the betrothed couple. There are also two small feet that support the basket, which is 20 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bamboo handle and about 16 inches across including the side supports. The basket weighs a sturdy 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

This example has seen use and shows obvious age, having been made in the latter part of the 1800’s in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The rattan basketry is rubbed along the sides from carrying, so there are areas that are lighter in color. The brass has developed a darkened patina and there is minor chipping along the bottom edges and on the feet. As is common with Chinese lidded baskets, the most wear is to the rim of the lid, where there is some loss of the bamboo edge (pictured). Overall, the basket is in very good condition. It displays beautifully and is large enough to be used as a side table, as well as a fabulous wedding gift.

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Bavarian China Chocolate Set by Neukirchner

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  • Vintage item
  • Price $229.00 USD
  • Material: Ceramic
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This spectacular chocolate set was made in Waldershof, Bavaria by the Franz Neukirchner Porcelain Works. The set consists of the tall pot with lid, sugar bowl with lid and cream pitcher. Also included is a small cup and saucer for the cocoa; the set can also be used to serve demitasse and espresso-based drinks. The creamy white bodies are decorated with a color they called “Swedish Red” and have hand applied raised flowers of genuine gold, which also trims the rims, curvaceous handles and lid knops. All of the pieces of this set are pristine; in fact, the demitasse cup still retains the original foil label placed on it at the factory (shown in one of our photos), which reads “Echt Gold” with a capital N (for Neukirchner, of course) between the words. “Echt,” which is sometimes mistakenly assumed to be a maker’s name, simply means “real” in German.

The chocolate pot stands 10 1/2 inches tall with its lid, measures 10 inches across from spout to handle and holds about 48 ounces (1 1/2 quarts). The sugar bowl is 4 1/4 inches tall with its lid; the creamer measures 6 inches in height and holds 6 ounces (3/4 cup). The petite saucer is 4 1/2 inches in diameter; the cup is 2 1/2 inches tall and holds 2 ounces. There are no cracks, chips, hairlines and virtually no wear to the decorations; there are a few brown spots in the bottom of the pot in the crevice, but that’s it. This set was deservedly cherished and cared for.

A bit of history on Neukirchner Porzellan: We found a listing for the company in a 1906 Directory of the German Ceramic Industry that indicated the company was in existence since 1890 and that one of its specialties was chocolate sets (“Mokkaservice” in German). Also mentioned was that they were highly successful with heavily gilded china. The mark of the crowned N on the bottom of the pieces was one of four they used that we could locate and was used from 1916 until the demise of the company in 1977.

This exquisite Bavarian china chocolate set is one that will be the star in any setting.

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“Newspaper” Vase 1971 Ron Krogh Apollo 11 Moon Walk

Ron Krogh 1971 Stoneware "Newspaper" Vase Apollo 11 Moon Walk Signed

Item Name
Newspaper Vase
Price
$125.00
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Pottery
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4274
Description

This vase is undoubtedly one of the more unusual studio pottery pieces we’ve ever offered. The potter, Ron Krogh, was a ceramics instructor in Bountiful, Utah, in the late 1960’s. A piece of his pottery is in the permanent collection of the American Museum of ceramic art in Pomona, California. This heavy stoneware vase is “wrapped” in pottery pages printed from the Ogden, Utah Standard-Examiner dated July 21, 1969. On one side of the vase the headline is “Moon Walk,” while on the other side it’s “Apollo 11 Landing.” Another side recounts “Nixon Flies to Splashdown Site.” The rough stoneware itself is glazed on the interior in a greenish gray, while most of the exterior was left unglazed. Every inch of the surface of this vase is different and fascinating. It’s signed on the bottom by the artist, who dated the piece 71 beneath his signature.

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Felipe Andrew Mata Ortiz Blackware Pot

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Item Name
Felipe Andrew Blackware Pot
Price
$135.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Pottery -HomeDecor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4244
Description

This exquisitely formed burnished blackware pot was created and signed by Mata Ortiz, Mexico potter Felipe Andrew. He decorated the pot with geometric designs in the traditional colors of red and green. The pot is 5 inches tall, 5 inches at its widest and stands on a small flat base 1 inch in diameter, with a neck opening the same. Señor Andrew’s name is etched on the bottom and it is in pristine condition.

Mata Ortiz is a small village in northern Mexico, very rural but home to extremely skilled potters who produce their wares without benefit of a potter’s wheel or kiln. The clay comes from the nearby hills and the pigments from plants and minerals. The works from this village appear in high-end galleries and many museums; the quality and artistry of this piece makes it a star in any collection. More Details 

 

Burl Swedish Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated ’48

Swedish Burl Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated '48

Item Name
Burl Bowl
Price
$695.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Wood Burl – Bowl-HomeDecor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4239
Description

This incredible, enormous bowl was hand crafted in Sweden of a burl from a silver birch tree. It is an example of träslöjd, traditional Swedish woodworking, with wonderful figured grain, deep color and a natural, unlacquered finish.

The form is uncommon, in that the swooping bowl is attached to another long piece of burl that serves as the pedestal, elevating the bowl for a dramatic profile. The bowl is signed on the bottom of the pedestal, burned into the wood:

Hans Thörnvall
Björk {Swedish for ‘birch’}
48
Our information is that Hans Thörnvall lived in Herrljunga in western Sweden. More Details…

Lioness Head Iconic Egyptian King Tutankhamun

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Item Name
Egyptian Head Lioness
Price
Sold – Thank You – $125.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Sculpture
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
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Description

The Egyptians worshipped all kinds of cats and had several lioness-headed goddesses. King Tutankhamun had three funerary beds in his tomb. This piece is modeled after the front posts on one of those beds, which were shaped like the legs and paws of the lionesses, topped with their heads.

This piece is greenware (clay objects which do not get fired in a kiln to produce ceramic ware) and was hollow-cast and dried. It was then hand painted and patinated with touches of gilt. The painting is actually quite good, especially the heavily outlined, hypnotic eyes.

The head weighs four pounds. It is about 9 inches tall, 5 inches across the base and 6 inches at the widest point. It’s in great condition with a small chip on the center of the front right side and some tiny ones along the bottom left edge.

This is a striking piece of art that will please lovers of cats and Egyptian decor alike. More Details…

Here’s a link to a Smithsonian Institute Magazine article that show the original lioness head:
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Scroll down in the article–it’s the second photo.

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