White Nights

Matte White Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase (LEO Design)

We are just a few days away from the Summer Solstice—the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  The further North one goes, the longer the days will be.  In Scandinavia, Canada and Northern Alaska, the sunlight may seem endless.  In Russia, they call this season the "White Nights."  Saint Petersburg has elevated this celebration to an art form.  Beginning in late May, the city's important Mariinsky Theatre begins scheduling impressive opera, ballet and orchestral music performances.  Later in the season, carnival celebrations dot the city—including period carriages, actors dressed in Eighteenth Century costume, and reenactments of historic events from the time of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.  And in Saint Petersburg's Palace Square, tens of thousands of fans will enjoy popular music concerts.  The festival season lasts well into the the fourth week of July.

The Art Nouveau vase, shown above, was made in the 1910's or 1920's.  Glazed in a satisfying semi-matte finish, it is a somewhat rare example of a pre-Deco white production vase.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.


LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).

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