Handsomely Hammered

Howard English Arts & Crafts Hand-Hammered Pewter Pair of Vases (LEO Design)

I've always loved hammered metals. Properly crafted, hammered metals are the  ultimate in hand-crafted sophistication and, yet, retain a frisson of age old folk craft. At the end of the day, I love the residual evidence of an individual craftsman's handwork—visible in every peen mark in the metal.

These English Arts & Crafts pewter vases, made at the turn of the 20th Century, are both sophisticated and warmly human. The shapes are inspired by 17th Century ceramic "bulb forcers" popular in the heyday of Dutch trade and empire. Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com)

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248