Month: April, 2012

Motherland

New York Design Center

From New York Design Center on Manhattan to..

..to Laserow’s Brita Hill Farm in Skane, Sweden

On Sunday im heading back to Sweden for a week. With a long list of orders from my clients i will go on buying trips to see what beautiful pieces I can find for them. Cant wait to enjoy the nature, food and of course my dear family and friends!

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Stylish Bathroom

How amazing isn’t the little colon cabinet in mahogany next to the zink?

Drum Table

An English drum table in mahogany from the early part of the 19th Century

http://laserowantiques.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=536020

The drum table was introduced in the late 18th Century and consists of a heavy circular top resting on a central pedestal with four elegantly tapered legs terminating on brass casters. The deep top usually covered with tooled leather, had fitted bookshelves or drawers, some of which were imitation. An alternative name for the table was a loo table (so called because the card game known as lanterloo was played at such a table). A variant of the drum table, called a rent table had a circular or polygonal top and the drawers in the frieze being were labeled with the days of the week and constituting a filing system for the rent collector.

Kitchen Perfection

Adopted By J.Crew

Changing area at J. Crew’s Liquor Store

http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Navigation/tribeca/ls1.jsp

The table adopted by Mr Glenn Tuma for J. Crew

Black painted Swedish Karl Johan tilt top – table from Laserow Antiques

www.laserowantiques.1stdibs.com

Extremely proud that Mr Glenn Tuma, the  visual manager of creative services at J. Crew, who sources art, furniture and textiles, and conceptualizes windows and interiors for J. Crew’s specialty stores and showrooms, picked items from Laserow Antiques to use for their new project. When I moved to New York, soon 6 years ago, J. Crew was nothing you would want to wear. Now, they are doing an incredible job with their design and by adding antiques and vintage pieces to their stores they are creating interesting, beautiful and warm atmospheres like the Liquor Store on West Broadway and White in Tribeca.

Colored Doors

Hello Handsome

This Swedish Rococo chest of drawers is for me a role model within furniture. The cognacy color of the wood, the original gilt bronze hardware and the construction… Look at the inlays on the top and on the drawers and how the perfect curves are built. Everything is so divine and beautifully made.  The chest was made during the Rococo period and most likely a “master-piece”. A master piece was the test a furniture maker did to get his license to make furniture and to be called a carpenter.

From Old To Cool

The “Green Anna” collection produced by Rörstrand’s porcelain factory  was made during the 1920’s. Katie Quinn (http://whatkatieate.blogspot.com/) makes the old dinnerwear look pretty cool!

The history of the great Swedish porcelain factory  Rörstrand, started during the 1200’s when Magnus Ladulås donated the castle was donated to Clara convent. In 1527 it was returned  to the king Gustavus Vasa. The area got its name after the clear lake shore that was overgrown with reeds. In 1726 the porcelain factory was built. It was privileged to produce true porcelain but up until 1770 the factory made faience. In 1778 Rörstrand staretd to copy the type of porcelain made in England but had some difficulties to manage the new technique and wasn’t until 1825 Rörstrand became the leading porcelain manufactory in Sweden when they modernised their ways and made printed tableware. The expanding city made the factory close in 1926 when the land was needed for housing so the production moved first to Gothenburg and then to Lindkoping.

A Star Is Born

This little neoclassical love seat caused quite a stir yesterday among my clients. Swedish, made 1800-1820. Could have sold three in one day!

Swedish Porphyry

Swedish porphyry Urn with a gilt bronze detail. All original from 18th Century.

http://www.laserowantiques.com

Sarcophagi of King Karl XIV Johan in The Bernadotte chapel, built 1858-1860.

The mineral was namned 300 B.C. after the Greek name for purple: porfyreos. Purple was considered a royal color and therefore became the preferred mineral. The mineral was first mentioned in Swedish literature 1679 and was discovered by the Swedish botanist Carl Von Linne on his trip through Alvdalen 1734. The experiments to polish it started 1780 and were ready five years later.  Councillor Nils Adam Bielke showed samples of porphyry to the king Gustav III who was impressed by the new material and used it in the interiors of Haga Castle.

The porphyry Works of Älvdalen was founded 1788 by governors and industrialists in order to start producing porphyry objects. The company bought land in the village of Näset and Erik Hagström was appointed the first manager of the manufacturing. The works were later bought by King Karl XIV Johan and when the king died 1844 the making of the famous porphory sarcophagus in The Riddarholm church, Stockholm, started. The masterpiece weight 16 tons. 1867 a devastating fire ruined two of the three mills in Älvdalen and after the fire only smaller object could be made. The production continued to the middle of 1890’s.

At the moment Sothebys is having an auction where a pair of Swedish porphyry urns are being sold: http://www.sothebys.com/en/catalogues/ecatalogue.html/2012/the-collection-of-suzanne-saperstein-n08891#/r=/en/ecat.fhtml.N08891.html+r.m=/en/ecat.lot.N08891.html/100/