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Waylande Gregory : : Era Designer

Alyse Hufford

One of my favorite mid-century ceramic artists is Waylande Gregory, known for creating sculptures such as the The Fountain of the Atom, and porcelain wares that were sold at high-end retailers in the 1940's-1950's.  His talents were adored by many prominent collectors including Albert Einstein, Charles Lindbergh, and Henry Fonda. 737px-Archives_of_American_Art_-_Waylande_Gregory_-_2133

I have yet to acquire one of his vintage pieces as they can be quite pricey however hunting for his work is high on my treasure hunting list (along with finding a vintage Saarinen  tulip table:-) but if I ever come across one, you'll be the first to hear about it.  I am keeping my fingers crossed one of these days I'll be lucky enough to discover one of his lamps...like the Phoenix lamp base below, currently listed on 1stdibs.   It's amazing!

lamp base

His designs are still produced through Waylande Gregory Studios and can be found at Neiman Marcus, Barney's, and one of my favorite blogs and online shops, Zhush.

dots pagoda box

coasters

Waylande_Gregory, Crane Salt & Pepper Shaker

ashtray

The new pillow collection is fabulous!  The embroidered tiger is my favorite.

animal pillow

horse bowl

And here's another pair of his vintage lamps from the 1950's.  What a score!

waylande gregory lamps

Jonathan Adler Store in Seattle

Alyse Hufford

We were beyond thrilled when we heard Jonathan Adler would be opening up a store at University Village in Seattle.  We are huge fans of his bold, colorful, and whimsical furniture, home accessories, and now handbags and fashion. The University Village shop is definitely the largest and most vibrant of the shops we've been to over the years and we couldn't contain ourselves when we arrived and saw 50% off in the window.

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This two story shop features furniture and accessories from nearly all of his collections.  From the moment we walked into the store, we were drawn to this pair of Maxime Chairs in Shearling with brass legs.  Truly a gorgeous chair!

maximechairs

We posted all our fav pics from the shop below.  We love the pair of parakeet prints hanging above the grey Lampert sofa.   And the Brass Fly box with abalone shell detailing is insanely glam!

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For those in Seattle, Jonathan is coming to the U. Village shop for a book signing on July 11th 5-7pm.  Alyse was fortunate to meet him a few years ago at the Nordstrom Flagship store where he signed her books and ceramics.  Now if we can only get him to meet us out for cocktails at Unicorn while he's here?

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AnthologyHouse Treasury on Sascha Brastoff

Alyse Hufford

When procuring ceramic pieces for the shop, we are particularly on the hunt for California pottery from the 50's and 60's.  We are drawn to the colorful, simple boomerang shapes and delicately glazed works that often featured hand painted designs incorporating 22 kt gold. One of the more well known artists from this time period was Sascha Brastoff, an iconic potter who was a master of creating notable housewares, sculptures, and masks.  It's rare to find his works at thrift shops and garage sales but occasionally we stumble upon one of his pieces and are thrilled when the piece is in immaculate condition and retains his signature rooster stamp.

We created a lovely treasury on Etsy featuring some of our fellow sellers Sascha Brastoff pieces.  Are you a California pottery collector?  Do you have a favorite Sascha Brastoff pattern?

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Hand-Painted Seal Dish Pop Bam Vintage // Floral Green Bowl Junk2Funk // Rooster Figurine Livery Stables Antiques & Vintage // Floral Green Plate Modnique // Igloo Vase Happy Attic // Green Boomerang Dish MonkiVintage // Ceramic Mug with Star Steed Horse Motif Galerie Savannah Blue // Rooftop Series Ashtray StevieSputnik // Green Floral Compote Modernismus // Rectangular Ashtray with Star Steed Horse Motif Mendocino Vintage // Blue + Green Atomic Ashtray MouseFaceVintage // Alaskan Salt + Pepper Shaker Set DipperVintage // Green + Gold Surf Ballet Teacups These Colors // Matte Gold + Platinum Bird Plate CollectibleKat // Green + Blue Planter AlaModern // Turqouise + Platinum Surf Ballet Serving Bowl TimeTested

Georges Briard : Era Designer

Alyse Hufford

**I appreciate all the interest and kind comments on the blog about Georges Briard.  Please understand I'm a collector and fan of Briard and not an appraiser therefore I cannot give estimates.** Are you a Briard fan like us?  We have an immense appreciation for era designers and without doubt, Georges Briard is one of them. Anyone who treasure troves knows that feeling of excitement when you've hit the vintage jackpot. Curating for our shop can be a full-on enlightening experience. Each piece has its own historical tale. When we're out-and-about, seeking new finds for the shop, it's always a pleasure to come across a Briard piece. He was a master in his field and huge hit in the 1950's and 60's, turning the average  hostess into a cutting edge superstar of collectable serveware, barware and other home accessories.

Georges Briard

Georges Briard was born Jascha Brojdo in the Ukraine. His family migrated to Poland at age four. Eventually he ended up in Chicago, by way of Poland on a chance visit to America to stay with his physician uncle. It was in this city that he studied at both the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. During this time, war broke out in Europe and he lost both parents. At a crossroads, without allowance to fund his tuition, he was granted a scholarship to earn his degree. After graduating, he enlisted in the US Army, then discharged in 1947.

By 1950, Jascha had been working for Max Wille and his design career gained momentum. His first noted pieces, were blank trays he hand painted while on a trip in Maine. Upon his return to New York, they were a huge success.

Initially he signed his pieces "Brojdo", but had later chose to use the pseudonym, Georges Briard, to save his personal last name for his paintings. Georges, to sound very French, Briard, after the breed of dog, which was also the same dog Wille had recently lost. And so, a brand was born and the 22k gold signature lives on.

Forbidden Fruit Motif // Georges Briard

Some of our favorite patterns, seen below, include Fancy Free, Patio Rose, Forbidden Fruit, Paradise and Linometric. Even the pattern names are as exquisite as the designs themselves. Etsy is full of elaborate selection. Here's a medley of our favorites to drool over...

Linometric // Forbidden Fruit // Fancy Free // Paradisa // Patio Rose

If you haven't checked out Designed & Signed by Leslie Pina, it's a wonderful resource for 1950's and 1960's glass, ceramics and enamel wares. The author put a lot time and research into this book. It tells the story of Briard's life and accomplishments in greater detail, highlights similar era-designers and is chock-full of photographs.

Designed & Signed by Leslie Pina

We believe it's out-of-print but did find our copy over at Half Price Books online. Do you have a favorite Georges Briard piece or pattern? We'd love to know!