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Strong Deco

A handsome combination of sky blue enameling, black strapping and glints of silver tone really make these Art Deco cufflinks pop.  Guilloché palmettes complete the effect. These are but one pair of cufflinks recently purchased for the popular pre-Valentine’s Day sales period.  Perhaps a nice pair for your beau?  Please come into the shop to […]

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Two Months ‘Till Spring

Spring begins two months from today—so today I thought I’d share this rather springlike pair of cufflinks. And what a handsome pair of cufflinks, indeed.  These 1930’s sterling silver beauties are enameled in a pale pistachio, which surrounds the elements of a bold Art Deco silver graphic.  Fine guilloché engraving adds a subtle touch beneath […]

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Emerald and Amber

Like a specimen frozen-in-time, the guilloché flower on this pair of cufflinks is embedded in emerald enamel.  A ring of amber enamel frames the whole, resulting in a handsome and unusual pair of cufflinks from the early Twentieth Century. After selling many pairs of cufflinks during the Holiday season, I’ve kept busy acquiring new (vintage) […]

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Regency Revival

The British Georgian period—during the reigns of Kings George I, II, III and IV (and sometimes extended to William the IV)—covered the years 1714 to 1837, a broad period of formal, classical British style.  It includes the period known as The Regency (1811-1820), when George III’s mental deterioration prevented him from holding his throne—so his […]

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A Glimpse of Spring?

While New York City’s temperature has been in the twenties, I’m always keen to see a little promise of the Spring to come.  And these cufflinks have done the trick!  Made in the 1920’s or 1930’s, they are finished with two colors of enamel—white and celadon green—over a radiant, floral guilloché design. These cufflinks are […]

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A New Collection of Cufflinks

After selling dozens of pairs of cufflinks in December, I’ve been vigorously re-building my collection in time for the next big occasion: Valentine’s Day. Cufflinks make a wonderful gift for a man—and are perfect for the 14th of February.  With a month to go before Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share some examples from my […]

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Cowboy Style

We sell a lot of glassware—especially around the Holidays and Wedding Season—and are always adding more options to our store shelves.  While most of our selection is quite chic, we occasionally find things that are simply “fun.”  Shown above, a case in point: a set of four “Buckaroo Cowboy” tumblers.  Decorated with a band of […]

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Vintage Folk Craft

Some folk craft is rustic and “naive.”  Other pieces, like the wooden box above, displays a more refined aim and ability.  Bold stripes create a striking effect and the original finish is curdled in a way that only the passage of time can deliver.  We have a large collection of vintage boxes in-store and have […]

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And More Owls . . .

Another pair, this time European and of carved wood, have joined us.  Made in post-War Switzerland or Alpine Germany, they have an appealing, intelligent and inquisitive disposition.  They are part of our most recent, post-Holiday shipment, now in-store.  Click on the photo to learn more about them or come into the shop to see the […]

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Just Alighted

Along with our recent, post-Christmas acquisitions this little fellow has just flown in. Bronze-clad and finished with an aged-brass patina, this pair of bookends also has touches of polychrome painting.  Please come into the shop to see all of our newest receipts—or click on the photo above to learn more about this particular item. More […]

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And Now for a Change of Season

From yesterday’s Wint’try Bamboo-Etched glassware to today’s verdant, summery offering: a set of eight highball tumblers decorated with a sunny golf theme.  Let them take you back to fond memories on the links—no matter the day’s weather outside! More newly-acquired merchandise tomorrow.

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Wint’ry Bamboo

Fresh from a Western Pennsylvania estate, a very large assortment of Japanese Mid-Century glassware: rocks glasses (shown above), martinis, high-balls, juice tumblers and water goblets as well as sherry, port, aperitif, and wine stems.  Hand-etched with an elegant (and difficult to execute) stylized bamboo motif, they will help make your drinks a little crisper, […]

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Fun and Games

Lest you worry that all the fun of the Holiday Season is now over, here’s a little pick-me-up: a turned wooden “Skittles” set, beautifully aged over the last 90 years.  Played in living rooms and back yards, it’s bound to turn your next gathering into a jolly evening, indeed. This set of ten painted pins […]

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Epiphany

From Medieval times, the stylized lily—the fleur de lys—has played an important role in Christian iconography: first as a symbol of Christ, later a symbol associated with the Virgin Mary.  In paintings and other artworks, Mary can sometimes be seen holding lilies in her right hand, especially in depictions of The Annunciation.  The lily has […]

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Looking Toward Spring

Though Winter has only just begun, can one be blamed for looking-forward to Spring?  And, to help us, a French Art Nouveau pewter dresser box with a repoussé spray of carnation blossoms.  Made in the early Twentieth Century, it is signed E. Mérey and was likely used on a period dressing table. It’s the perfect […]

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Four on the Fourth

Classic heraldry gets a Mad Men makeover in this drinks service for four from the 1960’s. Highball tumblers are decorated with mirror-finish crests and sit upon gunmetal-glazed ceramic coasters.  The entire set can be stored in its chromed wire carrying caddy.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.  And please come into […]

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Fine Crystal Coupes

Fine, hand-etched crystal champagne coupes are decorated with stylized botanical emblems. This generous set of ten glasses is fashioned with tapered, faceted stems.  Please come into the shop to appreciate for yourself the exceptional quality of these glasses—and see the rest of our newly-received items, now in-store.  You may also click on the photo above […]

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Crystal Blue

For the past week, I’ve been traveling through Pennsylvania and the Near Midwest, hunting for cool new things to replenish the shop after the Christmas rush.  Over the next few days, I’ll share with you some of my newly-found treasures. Pictured above, a set of six nice, not-too-tall crystal champagne flutes.  Tinged icy blue, they […]

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Welcome in the New Year!

Shop dog extraordinaire, Benji—and the rest of the LEO Design staff—wish you a Happy New Year and look-forward to seeing you in the shop in 2015. From 26 December through New Year’s Day, LEO Design is open from noon to 6:00 pm daily.

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A Toast to the New Year!

A set of hammered, silver-plated stems—made in Meriden, Connecticut in the teens or twenties—will provide just the right “clink” at midnight.  They are part of a large selection of champagne coupes, cocktail stems, and wine glasses now in-store at LEO Design.  Please come into the shop to see the full assortment—including newly-acquired examples collected on […]

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And a Clean Finish

Let’s end this run of newly-acquired cufflinks with this particularly “ship shape” pair.  Made in Art Deco England in the 1930’s, they are cut into twelve-sided “clipped rectangles” and decorated with two parallel  bars of royal blue enameling. Between the enameled bars lies their most interesting decorative element: a face of wavy, “machine-turned” lines. Engraving […]

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Twilight Time

As we move through “the purple dusk” of the year’s twilight time, these violet Art Deco cufflinks provide an appropriately dignified reflection.  They are part of a recent collection—acquired just as Christmas arrived—which is replacing the many pairs of cufflinks sold in the last few weeks.  Please come into the shop to see them (and […]

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Icy Art Deco

Show a flash of winter’s chill on your sleeve cuff with these triangular Art Deco cufflinks. Enameled in white and a steely winter blue, these 1930’s beauties will help you face the winter in style. Part of a recently-received shipment of vintage cufflinks, you can find out more about them by clicking on the photo […]

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Start the Year Fresh

The New Year will soon be upon us—time for a fresh, clean start.  Perhaps a new pair of cufflinks?  This pair, finished in a light blue enamel, will provide just such a bright start to the New Year. After selling many pair of cufflinks over the Holiday season, I’ve been busy re-stocking my jewelry case. […]

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Boxing Day

In times past, English servants were required to work on Christmas—serving the family for the holiday.  Their special day was 26 December—Boxing Day—when they would receive their presents and have a day of ease. For me, I begin my next buying trip today.  As you read this, I am headed to Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, […]

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Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all—and a happy, healthy New Year, too. I’d like to thank all of my LEO Design customers for supporting the shop, especially during this—our twentieth!—Christmas season.  Without wonderful and loyal customers like you, we would not have made it this far.  Here’s to the next twenty Christmases! LEO Design is closed […]

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Christmas Eve

The Holiday Season draws to an end—there are just eight days ’till the New Year.  Tonight we celebrate a LEO Design Holiday tradition as we have for nineteen Christmas Eves past: the procession and installation of our Italian terracotta angels into the shop window. I bought the angels in 1995, fully-intending to sell them.  I […]

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Bearing Gifts

Like the Magi bearing gifts, use this English Gothic Revival box to store some of the things you treasure.  Made of English quarter-sawn oak during the British Arts & Crafts period, this cassone—or “casket” or trunk—bears a hand-carved 16th Century aesthetic.  It is part of the most recent English shipment now in-store at LEO Design. […]

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A Hand-Tooled Beauty

Perhaps it’s a bit too late to store your outgoing Christmas cards here—but this would be a beautiful place to keep the cards you’ve received!  This English Arts & Crafts letter rack, made of oak and decorated with hand-tooled brass panels, depicts a fire-breathing, winged dragon and a spray of stylized flowers and foliage.  A […]

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A Lion in Winter

Today is the first day of Winter.  And this Christmas is our Twentieth in the neighborhood. Each year, I select one great Teddy Bear to be our Holiday Mascot—and he awaits adoption in a pickle crock at the shop’s front door.  This year, I’ve decided to celebrate our twenty year milestone with a lion, instead. […]

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A Real Peach

In this season of Red and Green, how about a little look forward—to the promise Spring. Shown above, a pair of American Art Deco cufflinks from the 1930’s. A radiant guilloché design sits beneath fresh peachy-salmon enameling. Certainly Spring—but a wonderful foretaste any time of year. Recently acquired, they are now in-store, awaiting your inspection. […]

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Meandering Through the Season

While many people are still bustling through their pre-Christmas duties, these cufflinks prefer a more leisurely pace.  A “Greek Key” design meanders casually through the centers of these enameled English Art Deco cufflinks.  Made in Birmingham in the 1930’s, they’ll bring a calming sprig of green to your shirtsleeve. Never let them see you sweat! […]

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Festive & Bold

If smart dress is part of your Holiday itinerary, perhaps these Art Deco beauties could lend a hand.  From 1930’s England, they are but one pair of newly-received cufflinks, now in-store at LEO Design.  Please come into the shop to see them in-person (or click on the photo above to learn more them).  And, while […]

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Happy Hanukkah!

Wishing you a Happy Hanukkah—and a wonderful Holiday Season.  Thank you for letting LEO Design play a role in your Holiday celebration. Shown above, a finely-cast bronze menorah.  Please come see it in the shop or click on the photo above to learn more about it. For the Holidays, LEO Design is now open from […]

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Bold Red and Black

A bold and graphic enameled pattern in red and black makes a strong statement on this pair of English Art Deco cufflinks—just received from my most recent buying trip.  Please come into the shop to see the full assortment of newly-acquired Handsome Gifts now in-store.  Or click on the photo above to learn more about this […]

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Vintage Alligator Frames

Several years ago, I met a fellow—a craftsman/collector/vintage dealer.  His primary interest is finding, restoring and selling vintage alligator and crocodile handbags.  In his pursuit, he’ll often come across a bag which is beyond restoration.  In such cases, he uses the old skins to make handsome photo frames, such as you see in the photo […]

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Keep Climbing!

With ten shopping days ’till Christmas, I thought a little encouragement might be in order. This little frog, on a mid-century West German plaque by Ruscha, struggles to climb ever higher—struggling for a better view.  Spare a thought for our poor amphibious friend as you slog, seemingly endlessly,  from store to store.  Better yet, you […]

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Finally, Back Home!

I always feel a bit like Santa Claus when I get back to the shop from an overseas buying trip. Laden with too many, heavy bags, it’s always a comfort to put them down on my familiar shop floor.  The staff enjoys unpacking and inspecting what I’ve found—often making note of which LEO Design customer […]

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Notes from the Road – part VI

Well, my trunks are packed and my last-minute buying trip to England is coming to an end. I’ve found a lot of nice, Handsome Gifts on this trip including the English Arts & Crafts carved oak trunk, shown above.  Throughout the worldwide Art Nouveau Movement, designers and craftsmen often revived earlier cultural themes or design […]

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Notes from the Road – part V

All right, so they aren’t the jolliest of Handsome Gifts, but they would be welcomed—and useful!—in your home during the Holidays.  I’ve bought a handful of trays on this trip, two of them shown in the photo above.  The first, on top, is hammered from a single sheet of copper.  Sensuous corners lead to rolled […]

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Notes from the Road – part IV

Here you’ll see a downward shot of and English bowl, handmade and decorated around 1939, by Royal Doulton.  Perhaps a Western interpretation of Middle Eastern design, it is glazed in a soothing combination of aqua and rich navy blue.  Please come by the shop to see it in person;  the piece should be in-shop (with […]

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Notes from the Road – part III

While not outrightly “Christmassy,” I thought these cufflinks—which I’ve just purchased from a Belgian collector in London—might bring a certain “Secessionist Cheer” to someone’s shirtcuffs.    Certainly, the spruce green.  Perhaps the round shape.  Could it be a downward view of a Modernist Christmas tree? This pair is but one of many new sets of […]

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Notes from the Road – part II

Art Deco—unlike Arts & Crafts—lent itself to modern manufacturing techniques and new, industrial materials.  Thus, Art Deco thrived in the post World War I decades and scratched the “aesthetic itch” of a growing middle class. Shown above, a (really cool!) pair of salt and pepper shakers made of the useful industrial plastic, Bakelite. Depress the […]

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Notes from the Road – part I

Today I am in London, making a last-minute push to find more Handsome Gifts for your Holiday giving.  Over the past twenty years, I have befriended many collectors of the kinds of things I love.  Interestingly, many of these relationships began when these people were customers in my shop;  today, I am more likely to […]

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Another Theory . . .

In yesterday’s journal entry, I crept-out onto a limb with my theory of Native American design inspiration.  Today I’ll inch-out a bit further: I believe the piece above, made by Carstens in post-war West Germany, references ancient Etruscan design.  But the Germans weren’t simply imitating the ceramics of ancient Central Italy.  It seems they were […]

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Southwestern Inspiration

From the first moment I laid eyes on this piece, it reminded me of a piece of Native American art pottery.  The shape is classic, not unlike an Indian ceramic vessel.  But it is the mantle of glaze-painted “feathers,” draped around the shoulder of the piece, which leads me to my conclusion.  Did North American […]

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Fohr for the Fourth

Today is the fourth of December (three weeks ’till Christmas!).  May we present an impressive piece made by Fohr?  This classic, two-handled urn-form vessel has a softly dappled surface treatment—only just visible below the crusty red and black pumice glazes. Made in post-war West Germany, it is thoroughly Modernist and, yet, it has the attitude […]

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Off to a Big Start

Over the next few days, I’ll share with you some of the newly-received pieces, now featured front-and-center at LEO Design.  And we’re off to a big start!  At 19+ inches tall, the piece above—made by Jopeko in West Germany in the 1960’s or 1970’s—would make a monumental vase, with plenty of stand-alone presence. It is […]

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

Over the past several weeks, I’ve worked overtime to re-build LEO Design’s collection of Modernist red art pottery.  The photo above shows the fruits of my labors.  Mostly made in the 1960’s and 1970’s and mostly made in Italy and Germany, the collection is featured on the shop’s front table—and will provide a cheery, Holiday […]

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Welcome, December

December is endowed with not one, not two, but three beautiful blue birthstones: turquoise, tanzanite, and zircon.  What a beautiful and refreshing hue, well-suited to the chilly, long nights of December.  And what could look better against a snowy-white landscape than a variety of bright, clean blues? We end our recent run of newly-acquired cufflinks—now in-store—with this […]

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English Arts & Crafts

Amongst the nicest photo frames I’ve ever had, this English Arts & Crafts beauty is crafted of a heavy piece of hand-hammered copper mounted to a thick piece of quarter-sawn oak.  A pair of willowy repoussé tulips frame the central photo.  Truly a terrific piece of Arts & Crafts decorative objets—it surely won’t be in-store […]

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Viennese Brass

By now the turkey is consumed, the guests are gone, and the need for a big, groaning butler’s tray is over.  Perfect timing for this smallish brass tray.  Made in Secessionist Vienna, it is a “soft-rectangle,” gently hand-hammered, and decorated with a linear graphic design. Perfectly-sized for a few drinks or to stage the bottles […]

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A Black Bird on Black Friday

A lively black bird has just alighted to tell us: The Holiday Shopping Season is off and running!  Happy Black Friday! Carved by a Florida sculptor and embellished with antique “findings” these feathered friends straddle the aesthetics of folk art, Futurism, and The Edwardian.  They’d be right at home hopping-around in a Terry Gilliam film. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

A sense of gratitude can contribute to a life of happiness.  I have many things to be grateful for—amongst them, my shop, my staff, and my customers.  Thank you all! Service to others can be fulfilling and rejuvenating.  On Thanksgiving, service may take the form of feeding friends and loved ones—or, perhaps, strangers or the […]

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve ?

At the end of the upcoming Holiday season—after Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and Christmas—comes the New Year. End the season in high style with this handsome American Art Deco dress set. Black mother-of-pearl is shaped into convex octagons which serves to increase the material’s natural  luminescence. Make a splash at your New Year’s Eve soirée with […]

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A Rose E’er Blooming

With Christmas a month from today, the carol “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” is fitting. And so would be the cufflinks pictured above.  Made by Krementz in Newark, New Jersey in the 1930’s, they feature a soft rose enamel over radiant guilloché work and are finished with gold-plated backs. This pair—and many more recently-acquired […]

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A Bit of Stoney Cheer

While the agate comes from Scotland, the cufflinks were fashioned in England.  The result? A handsome and cheery touch on your shirt cuffs.  And while they would bring a festive note to your Holiday outfit, they would look equally good year ’round. These are but one pair of many newly-arrived cufflinks at LEO Design.  Come […]

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Art Deco Dress-Up

Though made in America in the 1930’s, I just found this Krementz Art Deco dress set in England—and have repatriated them for your perusal.  Made of black mother-of-pearl, they sport little seed pearls in the centers and boast nicely-finished gold-plated backings. This is but one example of the many newly-acquired cufflinks and dress sets now […]

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Victorian Sterling Botanical

Nice and heavy, these Victorian sterling silver cufflinks are decorated with scrolling botanical engraving and are hallmarked “Birmingham, 1891.”  They are part of a large, recently-acquired collection of stylish and handsome cufflinks—now in-store at LEO Design. Please click on the photo to learn more about this pair or come into the shop to choose amongst […]

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Presidential Buttons

Handsome and historical, these enameled sterling silver cufflinks have an interesting origin. They are replicas of first American president George Washington’s buttons from 18th Century England.  Made in the 1930’s (to commemorate the 200th anniversary of President Washington’s birth in 1734), they were still stitched-in to their original box when I found them—thus, they exhibit […]

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Argyle Art Deco

A bold “argyle” graphic—enameled in tangerine and sapphire—jumps from this pair of English Art Deco cufflinks, made in the 1930’s. Part of a large, recently-received collection of handsome vintage cufflinks—now in-store at LEO Design—this pair may be viewed by clicking on the photo above.  You are also welcome to come into the shop to see […]

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Wint’ry Icy Blue

There’s a chill in the air as we move towards the winter.  While these Icy Blue enameled cufflinks may not warm you up, they will help keep you in-style.  Made in the 1920’s or 1930’s, a “wavy” guilloché pattern is embedded under a light blue enameled surface. These are but one pair of many cufflinks […]

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Harlequin Deco

From the height of Art Deco Britain come these cufflinks embellished with bold red and black “Harlequin” enameling.  Crisp, confident, handsome, they are part of LEO Design’s recently-acquired vintage cufflinks. Please click on the photo, above, to learn more about this pair or come into the shop to see the entire range of newly-acquired cufflinks. […]

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Sailing into the Holidays

In our build-up to the Holidays, I’ve really expanded our collection of handsome, vintage cufflinks.  Over the next several days, I will share some of my recent acquisitions here in this journal. For example, the pair above, from the 1930’s, purchased from a collector in London.  Though perfect for summer, they would still make a […]

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Christmas Creeps In . . .

While I refuse to decorate before Thanksgiving Week, I have begun putting-out a few of the early-arriving Holiday items as they have come in.  Discreetly, of course. Last week it was the Holiday cards; now it’s a collection of hand-made, mouth-blown art glass ornaments.  Beautiful enough to display year ’round, these lovingly-crafted little treasures come […]

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High Arts & Crafts

Let’s conclude our “little parade” of newly-acquired antique frames with this (slightly flamboyant) English Arts & Crafts offering.  Made around the turn-of-the-century, it required quite a bit of craftsman’s skill to cut away all of the negative space in the scrolling, stylized botanical decoration.  Made of brass, it is stately and naturalistic—ideal for bringing a […]

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From The Land of the Rising Sun

While the world was being torn-apart by The Great War, it was also getting smaller. “Orientalism”—and a fascination with the East—had been the rage in Western Europe for the past several decades.  And now, thanks to modern transport, increased trade, and a growing upper middle class, some people were able to indulge their fantasy of […]

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English Brass

Finding small, antique photo frames is hard enough (not to mention costly).  So it is with excitement that I came across this large picture frame on my last trip to England.  It is commodious enough to hold one of today’s popular-sized photos and is sizable enough to make a classy statement. Please click on the […]

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For my Sweetheart . . .

The teens in England were not all doom and gloom.  People met, they engaged, they fell in love—as they always have and always will.  Photos were taken and photo frames were needed to preserve and display them.  The frame above—part of our new collection of antique frames—would have been used to house a treasured photo […]

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Four Years ’till Armistice

2014 marks the Centenary of the start of World War I.  Four years from today, we’ll mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.  “The Great War”, as it was called, introduced unprecedented horror and massive casualties—due, in part, to the use of new technology to maim and kill the enemy.  Very few families escaped the […]

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Victorian Gothic Revival

In the period of the Victorian English Gothic Revival—during which time the above brooch was made—architects, masons, ceramicists, and (yes) jewelers incorporated the aesthetic vocabulary of the Middle Ages into the design of their crafts.  The Gothic, in my opinion, was the high-point of the architectural profession.  Except, perhaps, for The Gothic Revival—which may have […]

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Scottish Agate

The Scots are so proud (and rightfully!) of their stones and they use them liberally in their jewelry and decorating.  Shown above, a Scottish variegated red agate brooch made during the Edwardian period. This is but one of the newly-acquired women’s brooches now in-store at LEO Design.  Please come into the shop to see the […]

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Scandinavian Carnelian

Though not English, I did buy this from a British collector in London.  It’s a Scandinavian Art Nouveau piece, not unlike Georg Jensen, where a carnelian cabochon lies atop a bed of stylized foliage.  Handsome and feminine. This is one of several women’s brooches I collected during my most recent buying trip to England.  Please […]

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A Nutcracker Suite

A pair of late-Victorian English silver-plated Aesthetic Movement nutcrackers—presented in a beautifully-lined gift box.  Though made in the 1880’s, they appear to have not had much use in their 130 years. These are but one example of the many newly-acquired “Handsome Gifts” I’ve been collecting and stocking of late.  As the Holidays approach, I will […]

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Napoleon III Candlesticks

A most handsome pair of candlesticks—just received in-store, just in time for your holiday table.  Made of “bell metal” bronze in Napoleon III’s France, they are substantial, a bit oversized, and very elegant (without being fussy). Please come into the shop to see them—and several more pairs of handsome, newly-acquired candlesticks.  Or click on the […]

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Make Your Voice Heard!

What are you doing reading this?  Go out and vote! Today is Election Day.  Exercise your most important right as an American; go to the polls! Thank you. Shown above, a set of Presidential Wooden Blocks.  Each cube presents a different U.S. president and includes interesting facts about his life and time in office.  Made […]

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Sculptural Modernist

Yesterday’s Red Modernist piece had a naive, folk-like quality to it.  Today’s selection, pictured above, is just the opposite—streamlined, crisp, sculptural. Made by the workshop Scheurich in the 1960’s, it is a vase which looks equally good when used for flowers or when enjoyed alone as a handsome piece of sculpture. This is one of […]

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From Italy

The words “Italian” and “Red” seem to go hand-in-hand—as the example above proves. This Italian Modernist vase, crafted in the 1960’s, was first hand-incised with a “rustic tilework” pattern, then finished with a brown-dappled red glaze.  Modern and primitive at the same time.  This piece is part of our newly-received Red Modernist pottery, now in-store for […]

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Red-Ripe Pottery

It seems that whenever I build-up my collection of red art pottery, a collector or interior designer comes along and clears me out!  With this in mind, I’ve been working overtime to re-fill my red pottery table.  Shown above is a small part of my recent acquisitions—pieces by Roth, Lehmann, and Scheurich—which I just purchased […]

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Possibly Persian

If not indeed Persian, then certainly Persian-inspired, these over-sized cufflinks will lend a dramic punctuation to your sleeve cuff.  Sapphire blue enameling flows amidst swirling, botanical vine work. An emerald green flower lies upon a little white pillow at center. Perfect for the large man—or large personality. Please click on the photo above to learn […]

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British Brown

Like the Tube map or tea bag advertising or the badge on the hood of an English car, these cufflinks are very 1930’s British.  The brown/cream/white enameling—combined with the soft, circular graphic design—screams (with restraint, of course) of that time between the wars when things were looking good and changing for the modern.  Straight-forward, sensible, […]

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A Cufflink for All Seasons

Perfectly autumnal—indeed, suitable any season of the year—these enameled sterling silver cufflinks are embellished with violet over stylized floral guilloché work and surrounded by a crisp black and white border.  Very handsome. Imagine them on a pink or light blue shirt. To appreciate them in-person, please stop-by the shop.  Or, you may click on the photo […]

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Notes From the Road – part XII

After traveling all the way to England, I found this lovely little creamer—from 19th Century America!  Silver-plated and decorated with a stylized botanical Aesthetic Movement pattern, this little pitcher would be lovely serving wine, hot custard, or milk—as it was originally intended. How appropriate that I should end my overseas trip—returning from my stay in […]

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Notes From the Road – part XI

From Late Victorian England, a cast iron Aesthetic Movement money box, circa 1890. Behind it stands a much more modern West German vase, circa 1960.  What ties them together? Both pieces are inspired by earlier Asian design.  When interpreted (and modified) by Western artists, Asian design is called “Orientalism”—a movement very popular in the late […]

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Notes From the Road – part IX

Boy, I love the Gothic.  I think that Gothic building represents the high point of the architectural craft.  And Nineteenth Century Gothic Revival is right up there as well.  And so, naturally, I am drawn to the Gothic Revival in the decorative arts. Shown above, a quick snap of a piece I just bought: a […]

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Notes From the Road – part VIII

The English Arts & Crafts Movement—like its counterparts in other parts of the world—drew inspiration from the culture, mythology and aesthetics of the past.  Gothic strap work, medieval characters, ancient heraldry all became sources for design inspiration for turn-of-the-century craftsmen. In the example above—a handsome pair of oak barley twist candlesticks with hammered pewter bases—the […]

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Notes From the Road – part VII

A Native American takes center stage on this work of Danish Art Nouveau ceramics by Ipsen.  Dated 1907, the sculptor has presented his subject beautifully—noble, thoughtful, handsome.  I found him in the South of England in the collection of a Danish ceramics connoisseur. He is crated and ready-to-go—I await the FedEx driver (here in Brighton) as […]

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Notes From the Road – part VI

Shown above, a Late-Victorian English Steel Hat Box, circa 1880′ or 1890’s.  Durable, functional, and aged with a beautiful patina, this container would have been used to protect a delicate hat—probably during carriage travel.  Today it could be used for storage or to house anything from dog food to magazines to fireplace kindling. This handsome, […]

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Notes From the Road – part V

Perhaps the nicest pair of bookends I’ve ever bought!  Certainly my favorite.  English Arts & Crafts, circa 1900, of studded, hand-tooled brass set with blue ceramic cabochons.  By my account, they’re sublime. Please come see them in the shop.  All new purchases should be in-store by the end of October. More from the road tomorrow.

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Notes From the Road – part IV

I’ve assembled a nice little collection of handsome brass candlesticks—from mid-19th century France and England.  The three pairs shown above are just a bit bigger than average and would look equally at-home on a rustic farm table or at a sophisticated townhouse supper spread. Please come into the shop to see them and the rest […]

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Notes From the Road – part III

And now for a change of pace:  behold this lovely pair of French Art Deco bookends, pictured above.  Made in the 1930’s and signed “Gallot”, the deer are sculpted in spelter, treated with a verdigris bronze finish, and mounted upon black marble bases. Handsome, stylish and useful! These are just a small part of my recent acquisitions, purchased […]

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Notes From the Road – part II

Shown above, more from my recently-acquired collection of Modernist art pottery purchased in London this week.  These examples were made by the Carstens Atelier and Scherurich Keramic, both in West Germany, in the 1960’s. To see these pieces in person, please come into the shop during the last week of October.  By then, everything should […]

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Notes From the Road – part I

Greetings from rainy London! I am busy visiting London collectors and markets and have already made a good start on the buying.  Today I acquired a number of pieces of Modernist art pottery including these red pieces (pictured above) from Italy and West Germany.  Made in the 1960’s and 1970’s, these pieces will be at […]

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My Trunk is Packed . . .

My trunk is packed and I’ve hoisted it across the Atlantic.  Today I begin a ten day shopping trip in England—starting in London, moving south, and, after that, wherever the trail leads. Over the last 20 years as a shopkeeper, I’ve met and befriended many collectors in various parts of the world.  Some of them […]

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Persian Blue

The art of ceramics was mastered in various parts of the world at different times—and each culture contributed something different in the way of mastery.  The Chinese knew the secret of producing the elusive red glaze (and weren’t about to share that secret with the Europeans!).  The Dutch were known for their Defltware.  And the […]

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Gilded, Enameled and Jewelled

Like the photo frames shown yesterday, these handsome desk accessories are made of finely-cast pewter, plated with 24 karat gold, enameled, and decorated with hand-set Swarovski crystals.  Made by jeweler Edgar Berebi in Providence, Rhode Island, this magnifying glass and letter knife will prove useful—while adding a measure of good taste to your office or […]

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Brass Beautiful

Something new: beautifully-crafted, lathe-turned brass tops in three different designs.  A solid block of heavy brass is mounted to a lathe, spun, and “carved-down” into the shapes shown above.  Modern, yes, though definitely classic.  The quality and craftsmanship is immediately apparent the moment one of the tops is picked-up and handled.  With a little practice, […]

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Bronze-Clad Monks

For centuries, books—their preservation and their duplication—were the commission of the Church and the clergy.  Countless monks spent countless hours bent over tables copying and decorating precious tomes.  Once the Western printing press was invented (c. 1450), which made books much less-expensive and available to a much-wider audience, the laborious craft of the monk-scribe became […]

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A New Collection of Bookends—Now In-Shop

As we build-up our inventories for the Holidays, I’m always on the look-out for beautiful and interesting bookends.  They make the perfect gift—handsome, useful, and everlasting. New Yorkers love books and, thus, they love bookends. With this in mind, I’ve purchased a new collection of bookends which I’d like to share with you over the next […]

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