Sunny Days


Stangl Art Deco Classic Two-Handled Urn with High-Fired Sunny Yellow Glaze (LEO Design)


"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon;
to me these have always been
the two most beautiful words
in the English language."
-Henry James (1843-1916)


What a beautiful summer we're having, at least here in my new home of Pittsburgh. Sunny, dry, and topping-out around 78º.  Nights in the mid-Sixties are heavenly, indeed!

When Henry James penned these insightful words, there was no air conditioning and "beachwear" was only worn at the beach (and it was still woolen).  Yet, he captured the relaxed (and lazy) feeling just right—at least for those who could afford to relax on a summer afternoon.

The vase above, glazed in a cheery, sunny yellow glaze, is sure to bring a spot of summer sunshine into your home—whatever the time of year.  It was made by Stangl in Flemington, New Jersey in the 1930's.  The shape is of a classic urn, down to the botanical "lop eared" handles, but updated with an Art Deco flair.  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 (

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