Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Arrivals

Hello, there ~
Did you hear the news? We just received a new shipment :) It's a large and eclectic one with finds from Belgium, England, France and Sweden. New arrivals include:

- Original twentieth-century art with early frames
- Antique gilded, painted, sunburst and Venetian mirrors
- Classic white ironstone china, all in superb condition
- Garden items with old moss-and-lichen surfaces
- Decorative accessories and smalls
- Midcentury modern as well as industrial pieces
- Antique furniture with bleached, painted, and wood-stained finishes

I know that this is a busy time filled with garden chores, graduation festivities, weddings, and weekend getaways, so stop by and visit at your leisure. But don't wait too long or you might miss out on some of these......    
Mixed, but not matched! Though my passion is Gustavian antiques, I try to introduce other periods and styles. At Tone on Tone, the point of view is light and bright, but always with a little twist. Mixing the pale grays with darker tones creates contrast and allows the individual items to pop. Notice how a touch of industrial metal can ground the neutrals. To finish, I rely on accents of silver, gold or brass for that polished sheen. 

The focal point of this room is a 20th-century French bookcase / etagere in polished steel. I've loaded it with gleaming white ironstone china - sort of like a modern baker's rack. But, of course, it would look just as cool piled with books and framed photos.

Flanking the bookcase is a pair of Swedish Gustavian 32" chests surmounted by unmatched French silver mirrors - all from the 19th century.

Directly in front is a French country chestnut server or console with a narrow depth of only 16.5 inches. On each side are early 1800s beechwood armchairs from France. You'll recognize the chairs from our personal collection.   
I couldn't resist this Italian Ca. 1940s center / dining table with its rosewood veneered top in a sunburst pattern, four blind drawers and ebonized legs with brass sabots. Obviously its spirit is modern, but it would look equally smart in a home furnished with classical antiques.
Bringing together pieces from different periods and countries! All the painted furniture is Scandinavian. The giltwood mirrors, including the rare pair of sunbursts, are French. Also French is the set of four Klismos style walnut chairs from the 1820s. The garden flower urn and discus thrower come from England - both 20th century.
This handsome copy, executed in cast composition including marble, is after the famous copy in the British Museum of the original Discobolus by Myron, Ca. 460-450 BC. The original Discobolus had his head turned to look towards the disc, while the copy in the BM was wrongly restored. The Greek key frieze on the plinth is striking.
Also from England is this 29" high obedient Labrador statue. Again, it's cast composition with a wonderful patina acquired from guarding a beloved garden.
More for your garden or interior! This pair of footed urns has traces of old white paint and unusual lions (?) flanking a tree of life. There are also naive faces / masks on the side handles.
The English urns sit on Swedish sideboard with an elegant form. At 35" high, this sideboard makes a great server - not too tall or low. BTW, the sideboard / buffet in the dining room should always be higher than the dining room table and, preferably, not matching.
Two antique French mirrors with lovely old glass. The mercury glass in the gray trumeau is fabulous. Oooops, please ignore my arm :)
This early painted Directoire mirror has that "just right" patina - a bit chalky, a bit crusty!!
The coolness of the mirror and chairs contrasts beautifully against the warmth of this 18th-century Alsatian walnut secretary richly inlaid with fruitwood. Each piece stands out next to the other.
A greige pedestal table makes the perfect neutral canvas for this assembled collection of treenware and boxes in fruitwood, mahogany, maple, and walnut.
A pair of Swedish Art Moderne clubchairs with bleached oak finish and new linen upholstery shown with a set of three French Ca. 1970s nesting tables in lucite, glass and brass - so chic! The lucite tables could also be placed next to a sofa or low bed.
Here is a Belgian bleached oak dining / kitchen table with oval top and trestle base. I've grouped four French side chairs and two Swedish armchairs around the table.  It all works thanks to the pale finishes. Mixing it up doesn't always mean contrast.
Let's check out some of the paintings starting with my favorite one above. This is a late 1800s oil on canvas painting of the Pont Neuf in Paris. By the way, that's the oldest bridge in Paris - construction started in 1578. The painting is unsigned but definitely Impressionist. It's so special I had to find the right frame - a period Montparnasse one with finished corners.

Below are two more French paintings - these are just a little later from the early 20th century. Both are signed by listed artists. The spirit of the port painting with an iron crane reminds me of the iconic Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris.
More French mirrors including two rectangular ones, both with mercury glass. Note the left mirror's undulating pie-crust edge.

The white secretary and pair of gray consoles are Swedish Gustavian. The consoles are freestanding tables with carved apron on all sides along with urn finials draped with laurels.
Whew - long post! Are you still with me? I leave you with a couple of smaller paintings. The seascape is an English oil on board and the landscape is a French oil on canvas - I think they pair up nicely.

If you have questions on any of these pieces,  feel free to email me: info@tone-on-tone.com

Memorial Day is just around the corner. What are your plans? Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Thanks so much for reading :)
Loi

52 comments:

  1. Hello Loi, Not owning a house, I more and more regret that I can't purchase the kind of furniture and larger-scale objects that I would want in a permanent home, and that can take years to find just the right pieces. (Most of the things that I do have are smaller objects that are stored away.) I often like dark wood tones, but looking at your work over many posts, I see how the lighter Swedish colors can brighten up and enliven a room that is too dark or formal.
    --Jim

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  2. Love the 20th-century French bookcase / etagere in polished steel it is very unusual but has an elegance and timelessness to it.

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  3. oh wow! that bookcase and that dining table are my favorites! and also adore those lucite tables! great additions!

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  4. The store looks beyond fabulous! That mix of lucite and antiques, love! I want that labrador statue!!xo K

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  5. Love everything but especially the dining table and chairs.

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  6. Some great art - well everything is great - but particularly love the art!

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  7. Gasp! Your store is so beautifully curated. It is truly lovely. I live far away, but I feel with these posts, I can peek in the windows.

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  8. Loi, I love everything! But, those Lucite tables in between those gorgeous chairs are me favorites! I'm also loving the bleached oak dining table. I want my new kitchen cabinets to look like that..

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  9. I cannot imagine seeing all of your "goodies" in person. Each piece is so beautiful. I'm obsessed with the lucite tables and the club chairs!! Happy Tuesday, Loi!

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  10. What a lovely (and large!) shipment! The urns are so beautiful!! xo Leslie

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  11. Gorgeous finds, Loi!! That discus sculpture is everything! I really love how you placed different styles side by side! I especially dig the lucite tables:). Ok. The perfect dog is a must for someone!! The paintings! Ok- as usual, everything! Xoxo, k

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  12. The gorgeous garden items are speaking to me along with those fabulous mirrors...but then again....everything is over the moon exquisite. You are on my agenda on the next visit to DC!!!...I feel as if I am flipping through the pages of Architectural Digest...just stunning and remarkable!

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  13. Hi Loi,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,This shipment is fantastic--I'll take it all xoxoxoxo Mary

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  14. WOW Amazing. I can only imagine the thrill of uncrating all these goodies!! Every piece awesome. I love the contrast of the metals with the ceramics.
    xo
    Patty

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  15. I have never seen such a beautiful store as Tone on Tone! Each piece so perfectly placed in your clean, open and bright space. Would love the lab statue and those lucite tables will fly out quickly!

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  16. stunning shop + pieces + wish I lived closer. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  17. Loi,
    As usual, I love everything! I would especially like the paintings, urns and the lab. Light weight items to ship! :-)
    You have such a talent in finding the most beautiful pieces. Thank you for taking us shopping in your store.
    Enjoy the upcoming 3-day weekend.
    xo,
    Karen

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  18. Love the dog and the cornucopia sitting on the table.I adore old garden STUFF!ALL your GOODS are picture perfect!You will not have for long!I being in California am too far to have the mentioned dog shipped.Make certain he finds a GOOD HOME!I have my garden posted now you may enjoy............then again you may not I am MORE MESSY!!!

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  19. Oh my, I am all over the place here. Love the Belgian oak dining table vignette but am also crazy about the 1940's Italian table. The lucite nesting tables are totally fabulous as well. So much to love! Nice haul, Loi! xoxo

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  20. Dear Loi,

    That is a most exciting shipment. How great that you found such an appropriate frame for that first Impressionist painting! I have always admired sunburst mirrors, and the pair you've found are by far the most handsome I've seen.

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  21. Love the new arrivals Loi...the modern round table is wonderful!!!

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  22. Breathtaking and exquisite; you never cease to amaze! Thank you for sharing your newest treasures! Would be proud to add any one of these items to our collection!

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  23. Hello Loi,
    Fabulous, fabulous and fabulous. It must be so exciting to see all these pieces so beautifully displayed in your shop The Labrador has stolen my heart as have the urns.

    Continued joy as you unpack and display. Happy Memorial Day weekend.

    Helen xx

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  24. Hello Loi,
    The statutes, the art, the furniture pieces, OMGosh this may be the most incredible loot you have offered.
    xo,
    Vera

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  25. Swooning over here!!!! Wow what a gorgeous container of good, so beautiful Loi!! Congrats.

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  26. Hello my dearest Loi! I couldn't wait to get home to come here properly to comment. I saw your post off my phone, but I can never type straight from my phone!

    Like Tina above me, I am swooning, and your choices are always perfection. The grays and whites with just the right "twist" as you say, to ground the light shades. That etagère is stunning; we have one from France as well and it's one of our best purchases.

    The paintings...OMG. I am slowly collecting oils on board and on canvas, and I love them without the frames but the frames you show here are again, PERFECT.

    What fun it is to see you on Instagram and to receive your likes and comments. YOU ROCK, LOI! Happy week and enjoy your Memorial Day with Tom. HAVE FUN! Anita

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  27. Oh Loi, you my friend have a great sense in piece of quality. Your store is so carefully orchrastrated with a perfect vision in how you would design your own homes, yet allowing the pieces fit in an anchor anyone's home. Loving the oils, they have that haunting beauty that captivates you with intense thought.

    So wish I were close by so I could take an afternoon a meander about your shop of fine finds.

    See you soon, you are the one to come to when looking for the well suited piece.

    Xoxo
    Dore

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  28. Not too many photos, Loi! You have exquisite taste. I wish I lived closer to your shop to take advantage of these wonderful finds.
    Were your ears burning today? I was singing your praises to a friend at my monthly garden club meeting. She spends her summers in Castine. I"m sending her the link to your blog. ;-)

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  29. Hi Loi! The belgian table is gorgeous! Love it!! I always enjoy seeing your shop, so many beautiful pieces. I am crazy busy with daughters wedding coming up next month and looking forward to spending more time blogging about the vineyard plans and barnhouse renovation. Have a wonderful Memorial holiday! XO Sarah

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  30. Oh...the possibilities....beautiful!! franki

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  31. I'll take the dog and some of the mirrors and anything that is left by the time I get back there, what an enticing collection!

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  32. Hello Loi, I must say you could publish a book with just images of your shop and homes and it would be amazing! Your taste and styling is breathtaking. Thank you!!

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  33. I just wish your store was near me - I would be browsing there all the time! I adore that table. I also love that industrial etagere and your display. Did you know I used my soup tureen as a candle holder? x

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  34. Hi Loi,
    I am really intrigued by the way you've mixed in some unexpectedly contemporary pieces to such beautiful effect. The lucite stacked tables are wonderful - they sort of float along with the cloud-like colors of the paint and fabric.
    I'm sorry I live so far away - the stone dog! - I just love that dog!
    You must have a tough time giving up some of these finds to your shop instead of keeping them.

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  35. Loi - what vision you must have to find such unique pieces and know that they would go perfectly together in your store! And you must spend so much time moving furniture... Thanks for sharing your wonderful finds!
    xxoo
    C + C

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  36. Loi, it's all just beautiful. Just pack it all up and ship it to me. :)

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  37. your eye has no bounds. brilliant loi
    debra

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  38. I'll take the Italian dining table and the nesting tables. They'd fit perfectly in our home!;-). You really know how to make your products shine. Your styling is as always impeccable. Beautiful inventory Loi! xx

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  39. Loi, your finds are always inspiring and I do love that you have such a variety in your selections. To me that is what makes a "collected over the years" and layered look in design. Thank you so much for sharing your special antiques!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  40. Such beautiful antiques Loi! I love the paintings of the seaside, the white porcelain and the old mirrors. So pretty!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    Madelief x

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  41. Just gorgeous Loi! All of it! I love the addition of the vintage pieces in the mix and adore the art too. But it's all great! xoxo Happy Holiday to you too! I'm going to see Stella Abrerra in Giselle tomorrow night. Very exciting!

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  42. oh my goodness gracious. the art moderne club chairs. are u kiddin me? how on earth will u not keep these for yourself!?! they are divine. and the bleached oak everything. i am nuts for limestoned oak at the moment and want to learn to bleach some of my oak pieces. crazygood shipment, loi! you guys find the best heirlooms! peace to you and hope you are having a great weekend. p.s. we may have found a cottage to call home...mama needs to get settled!

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  43. Oh your shop looks FABULOUS!! I love it all!!

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  44. Oh my Loi, everything is fabulous and beautiful! But my favourite are these Swedish chairs with the French lucite nesting tables with gold accent. You are very good in mixing spdifferent styles from different countries.

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  45. Looks like a productive trip. Lovely things. I am partial to the Alsation secretary. And the discobulus.

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  46. Hi dear Loi! Back now for a short time and loving everything I see new here. Especially the dining/kitchen table and the Gustavian console , the exquisite secretary, the paintings, the ironstone……….all so beautiful.
    I've just posted on our time with the Hattatts! What a fabulous two days with them in Budapest - we had such a marvelous visit and they are amazing and so much fun. You would love their apartment - and I did get to view Lance's gorgeous gardening books, large coffee table tomes which would be perfect displayed on YOUR tables!

    Life is busy but much fun. Hope to catch up with you again later this year!
    Hugs, Mary

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  47. OMGoodness, Loi, what a gorgeous assortment of goods!! I LOVE all the garden elements especially. I am saving this to come back again. Thanks SO much for your visit to my blog. I am friends with Shirley and hope to meet up with her soon...maybe at your place!

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  48. Loi you have so many wonderful treasures in your shop right now. I have to say my very favorite is that wonderful labrador statue. He is a bit more regal than Beau though I will have to say!

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  49. Loi, I'll take one of everything! I really love those French sunburst mirrors! So stunning and what a statement! I have the perfect spot in my dining room!

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  50. So many beautiful finds!!! I just adore the Swedish club modern chairs - if only I lived closer I would snap them up in a flash. Actually, love all the pieces you highlighted - the etagere is stunning, and the rosewood table is also a great piece… you have such a good eye :)

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  51. Everything is your store is so exquisite! And I'm sure a lot of the ones featured here are gone by now, but may ask, if the lucite nesting tables are still available? And if so, how much are they? they are perfect!!!!

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  52. Blogging is the new poetry. I find it wonderful and amazing in many ways.

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Many thanks for your visit! If you have a question, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer. Loi