Form, color and function coalesce handsomely in this Roseville Art Deco two-handled vase, circa 1935. Its space aged design—like an improbable Jules Verne flying saucer—offers a "throwback Modernism" to "A Futurism that Never Was." Like a Jetson's subcompact, actual flight is less important than the suggestion of aero-dynamism. The color is wonderful, too: a satiny white, not quite matte-dry, but with just a hint of shine. And I've learned over the years, a vase with a constricted neck will always make the flower arranging easier and better-looking. The narrow opening helps to support and gather the flower stems; fewer flowers won't look quite as paltry as they might when spreading across the opening of a wide-mouthed vase.
White vases have their own discreet charm. They don't always feel the need to grab the spotlight from the flowers they hold (imagine a bouquet of pastel spring flowers on display). On the other hand, if properly utilized, they can complete the look with a pop (imagine sprays of green holly leaves—and red berries—emerging from the snowy white of this vase).
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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 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