Dorothy Thorpe's earliest designs (from the Forties) featured sandblasted tropical flower patterns on the glassware. She later created a line of glassware imbued with gold flecking—perhaps inspired by Venetian glassware. In the Fifties and Sixties, she developed her signature look: Modernist glass forms topped with bold, thick bands of silver overlay. These are the pieces which are most associated with Thorpe today.
Shown above, a snifter-form cocktail pitcher, complete with glass stirring rod. Its simple, sculpted form is at once whimsical and "laboratorial." 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