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Coco De Mer Shell circa 1900s Seychelles, Perfect for Your Wunderkammer
Located in London, GB
This is a particularly fine and polished symmetrical example of a rare 19th century Coco de Mer Shell. A complete coco de mer the perfect object to place in your Wunderkammer or cabi...
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Antique 19th Century Seychellois Other Natural Specimens

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Coconut

Chrome and Aluminium Fase desk lamp Modelos patentados Madrid Espana
By Fase
Located in London, GB
A rarely seen example of a Fase desk lamp Modelos patentados made in Madrid Spain. Influenced in its design aesthetic from the space age of the 1960’s, ...
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Space Age Table Lamps

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Chrome, Aluminum

Warren Platner for Knoll classic armchair designed 1966
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in London, GB
Warren Platner studied at Cornell University, graduating in 1941 with a degree in architecture. He went on to work with legendary architects Raymond Loewy, Eero Saarinen, and I. M. P...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Chrome and Aluminium Fase desk lamp Modelos patentados Madrid Espana
By Fase
Located in London, GB
A rarely seen example of a Fase desk lamp Modelos patentados made in Madrid Spain. Influenced in its design aesthetic from the space age of the 1960’s, ...
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Space Age Table Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

A large blue ashtray by Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s. Designed by Gunnar Nylund
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in London, GB
A large ashtray shell like in it’s design, and produced by Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s. Designed by Gunnar Nylund, (Swedish, 1914-1997). Signed by this highly collectible designer. In g...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Scandinavian modern large ceramic ashtray by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand 1950’s
By Rörstrand, Gunnar Nylund
Located in London, GB
A large ashtray table produced by Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s. Designed by Gunnar Nylund, (Swedish, 1914-1997). Signed by this highly collectible designer. In good condition, with no cr...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ashtrays

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Ceramic

19th Century Sarreguemines Majolica Seaweed and Shell Barbotine Oyster Plate
By Sarreguemines
Located in London, GB
Creating a wonderful display for Oysters or sea food this French Majolica oyster plate in lustrous deep colouring, but the well thought of maker Sarreguemines...
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Antique 1890s French French Provincial Platters and Serveware

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Ceramic, Earthenware

Swedish Folk Art bridge bookshelf, designed by Petrus & Sture Lundström 1925
Located in London, GB
A wonderful and skilfully executed piece of Swedish Folk Art. In 1925 readers of the Swedish family magazine Allérs familj-journal, would have found instructions for building this im...
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Vintage 1920s Swedish Folk Art Toys

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Copper

Dalu Table Lamp by Vico Magistretti for Artemide
By Vico Magistretti, Artemide
Located in London, GB
This rare table lamp was designed by Vico Magistretti for the Italian manufacture Artemide during the 1960s, it is one of 2 that we currently have in stock. The lamp is made from one main piece of white plastic. Dalù is one a wonderful expression of Magistretti’s design ethos and reflects his belief that beauty and everyday functionality should be equally important in the object. Vico Magistretti was born in Milan. He attended Parini High School before he enrolled in the Regio Politecnico Faculty of Architecture in Milan in the fall of 1939. In 1943-1944 he moved to Switzerland, where he attended several academic courses at the Champ Universitarie Italien in Lausanne. It was then that he spent time with Ernesto Nathan Rogers, who had a key influence on his intellectual education. In 1945 he returned to Milan, where he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University. He immediately started working for his father's company, the architect Piergiulio Magistretti, in via Conservatorio. The 1950s were a very busy and fruitful period for the young architect, who came up with many innovative ideas and very quickly became one of the most outstanding representatives of the third generation. Over the next few years he worked as a designer as well as an architect, creating furniture and objects that will always be classics of contemporary production. It was then that he was awarded the Golden Compass for the Eclisse lamp (1967).He then started working with important companies such as Artemide, Campeggi, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fontana Arte, Fritz Hansen, Kartell, Olivari, Oluce, Poggi, Schiffini Mobili Cucine and Gebrüder Thonet Vienna. His design works are in the permanent collection of MoMA - Museum of Modern Art in New York and in many other museums in America and Europe. In the field of architecture, it is worth mentioning his nomination as an honorary member of the Royal College of Art in London, where he was also a visiting professor. He also participated in exhibitions and conferences in Europe, Japan and the USA. Established in the 1960s, Artemide is one of the most famous lighting brands in the world. Known for its philosophy, The Human Light...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Space Age Table Lamps

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Plastic

Michael Kenny Preparatory Sketch from the Serpentine Show
By Michael Kenny RA
Located in London, GB
Study for a man seated sculpture Michael Kenny RA Original Artist: Michael Kenny RA (1941-1999) Chalk numbers on verso Born in Liverpool 1941, he son of an engineer. Studied at Liverpool art school, alongside Stuart Sutcliffe (an early Beatle) and John Lennon. He then went onto Slade in 1961 to study under Reg Butler, who nicknamed his protege "the Liverpool Italian". His distinguished career began when exhibited in Oxford in 1964. Michael was one of the most influential British sculptors of his generation and his contemplative geometric stone works became increasingly well regarded. He was elected associate member of the Royal Academy in 1976 and a Royal Academician in 1986. Today his work is held in museums all over the world including the British Museum, The Tate Gallery and the V&A in London. He has had solo shows in Germany, Sweden, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles, London, Japan and Dubai. Subsequently many corporations and private collectors throughout the world hold examples of his work. On Michael Kenny's gravestone in Highgate cemetery is the title of one of his sculptures, More Loved Than Known. The legend has been prophetic. He has a passionate following among the thousands of students he taught, who include Antony Gormley and Damien Hurst. Michael Kenny: Sculpture & Drawings This was an exhibition of Michael Kenny’s recent sculptures and drawings, from 1975 to 1977. Kenny (1941-1999) first studied in his home city of Liverpool before moving to London to continue his studies at the Slade. Following a successful international career, he was appointed a Royal Academician in 1986, and in 1997, two years before his death, he had a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy. Several of the sculptures in this Serpentine exhibition derived from his earliest pre-occupation, the human figure. In the works displayed, Kenny took particular inspiration from the female figure, lying or sitting, occupying, and informing an intimate space. We can see the workings of the Artist and possible preparatory sketch for the included sculpture in the following images. Michael Kenny was a sculptor and a painter, a prolific draughtsman and a print-maker. His early sculptures are dramatic, dealing with the isolation and loneliness of the individual. In later years, he worked mainly in stone in a quest for a sculpture that is simple in form and rich in meaning. With over 60 illustrations and key excerpts from the sculptor's own notebooks, this book provides the first opportunity to examine in detail the progress of Michael Kenny's career. Peter Davies...
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Vintage 1970s English Post-Modern Drawings

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Wood, Paper

19th Century Sarreguemines Majolica Seaweed and Shell Barbotine Oyster Plate
By Sarreguemines
Located in London, GB
Creating a wonderful display for Oysters or sea food this French Majolica oyster plate in lustrous deep colouring, by the well thought of maker Sarreguemines, circa 1890. Six scallop...
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Antique 1890s French French Provincial Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Earthenware

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Inspired Italian Style ‘Marcello’ Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
The high back lounge chair ‘Marcello’ was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st cent...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

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