Bearing Gifts


Russian Hand-Painted Ceramic Bear Ornament (LEO Design)


There is an old story in my family about attending any holiday party: invitations were always issued with the reminder, "Ring the doorbell with your elbow!"  It was (supposedly) an exhortation to never show-up empty handed.  Now, I myself never heard any family member make this stipulation; the account has always been fourth-person hearsay.  And, from what I know of my elders, it seems out of character for them to have suggested such a requirement.  I'm guessing that one person said it one time—after which, like so many family tales, the story gathered momentum and embellishment.  It is a good story!

This ceramic bear, made and hand-painted in Russia, is a lovely "hostess gift" (should one be required or desired).  He has a little string on his back, making him easy to hang on a Christmas tree or from a light fixture or window latch.  Click on the photo above to learn more about him.


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 (

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

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