Though it is still late November—and Winter remains four weeks away—it's beginning to feel like snow. I have seen a flake or two twisting earthward in the last few days. So let's clean our palette, after Thanksgiving, with an assortment of snow white urns, now in stock at LEO Design. Think of this as a preview of the clean, white landscapes which will soon shimmer around us.
Shown above is a Czech Art Nouveau period vase, crowned with three crisp, angular handles. It was made in Norther Czechoslovakia between 1918 and 1921. The maker is Ditmar-Urbach in Teplitz-Turn, Czechoslovakia, and it was imported to the US by Ebeling & Reuss (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Theodore Ebeling and Frederick Reuss, two German immigrants to Philadelphia, imported ceramics items from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and France. They had their imported wares marked with the name "Erphila": "E" for Ebeling, "R" for Reuss, and "Phila" for their adopted hometown of Philadelphia. The Erphila mark on this piece indicates that it was made between 1918 and 1921. Its clean, classic white body is punctuated with a trio of handsome handles. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
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