Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Shipment at Tone on Tone!

Greetings from Tone on Tone!

I'm thrilled to share a preview of our newest shipment which arrived last week. For this collection, Tom and I traveled to Scandinavia to source a curated selection of case goods - sideboards, chests of drawers, cabinets and vitrines (cupboards with glass doors). There are also tables and seating. I'll be posting more on our shop's website and on my Instagram

In the meantime, let's check out the following new arrivals:
First up is this late 1700s / early 1800s Swedish secretary with a pretty form. The top part features an arched cornice and a pair of glass doors with divided muntins. I've styled it with ceramics, silver, books and a small watercolor painting. At a beach house, I'd display shells, coral and driftwood. It's such a versatile and neutral piece, most anything would look amazing and important in it. Putting something behind glass seems to elevate its status!    
Here is another cabinet with glass doors. With full length glazed doors, this Swedish vitrine (45" w x 16" d x 90.5" h) shows books, china and other collections elegantly. The panes of wavy glass give it luminous depth.
In the shipment is a selection of sideboards. At 64.25" long, this Swedish Gustavian style sideboard holds quite a bit. It would be fabulous as a focal point on a dining room wall, or in a family room under a flat screen TV. Both ends step back from the center slightly, visually breaking up the expansive surface.
The holidays are coming - is your buffet ready for gatherings? Time to bring out those gleaming white ironstone serving pieces. I've stocked the shop full of this favorite antique china of mine. With ironstone, more is definitely better. I love them en masse! To read about ironstone, click on my post here.
Next is a Neoclassical sideboard / cabinet with fabulous architectural lines. Check out the Greek key frieze that wraps around the top drawers and sides - isn't that cool? The doors have raised panels with rosettes. Note the wrought iron handles on each side.
We currently have many chests of drawers in various sizes. Here is a pair that's ideal as bedside chests. Each measures: 32.25" x 16.5" x 29" high.
Speaking of chests, this handsome one from circa 1790s really makes a statement in form and color. It's larger than the average chest, and that deep blue is definitely not neutral!  
From Stockholm master clockmaker Peter Henric Beurling's (1763-1806) atelier comes this Neoclassical cartel clock with original gilt and polychrome surface. A crest of grape vines, foliage and berries adorns an enamel dial supported by a plinth and flanked by mythical winged horses sitting over a spread eagle. All in all, a very finely crafted wall clock.
A cluster of grapes is suspended from the eagle's beak. Perhaps this was commissioned by a wine connoisseur or vintner?
Here is a very different kind of clock. Painted in a chalky pale gray with lovely details, it's an elegant example of a Swedish Mora clock. The round hood and curvilinear waist both have beaded trim resembling strings of pearls. The footed plinth is carved with a crisscrossed latticework.
I've shown this petite table next to the Mora clock for scale. At 10" x 16" x 30" high, it's small and scarce. I'd place it in a powder room, foyer or anyplace where a little table would be handy.
Let's look at some unpainted items. Do you recognize this antique wall rack? Tom and I came across it in France, and bought it for our former home, where it anchored a wall in the mudroom. We originally wanted built-ins, but decided against that after finding this one-of-a-kind piece which reminded us of a baker's rack. In all of our homes, we always incorporate found objects with unique character.
With three graduated shelves there is plenty of surface to display. For storage, wicker baskets (very complementary to the pine's mellow patina) on the shelves would work well.
When it comes to accessories, I cannot resist the quirky ones like this early oak hat / scarf tree with turned spindles and stripped surface. In addition to the foyer, use it in a bathroom for towels, child's bedroom, master closet, etc.
The Empire strikes back! A tiny Empire period mahogany chair that would've been a chairmaker's sample. Compare it to the life-sized Danish armchair with very similar lines. Both chairs are from circa 1840s. As is the giltwood lyre architectural fragment.
A silver plated mirror from Strasburg, Germany hangs over a Swedish oval side table. This time of year, I really appreciate the light reflected by mirrors. BTW, I'm not looking forward to the shorter days.....  
Now for something charming: a pair of carved birds perched on twigs. Not all birds fly south for the winter - these are in the shop ready to greet customers.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of our new arrivals. There's a lot more! Thanks for touring the shop :) Feel free to email me at info@tone-on-tone.com if you have any questions.


  1. Hello Loi, I love the large vitrine. Taipei is such a dusty city, and the dust has a black, oily quality not easily whisked away. Also, last summer I unboxed some of my old collection in Ohio, and some of the pieces really do need the protection of being behind glass.

  2. Gorgeous new pieces, Loi! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Loi, your new pieces are fabulous! I love the unpainted rack that was previously in your mud room, what an interesting piece! I am sure it is going to be fabulous in whatever new home it goes too.

    Have a wonderful week!

  4. New pieces are awesome. Can't wait to see the rest.

  5. You have knocked it out of the park again, Loi. I must get by to see your shipment in person.

  6. I thought that gorgeous shelf looked familiar!!...I must say, that even though your photos and photography are impeccable..there is nothing like seeing those pieces in person. You are definitely the Master of Style! I am going to send my hubby there to Christmas shop!!! :) xoxoxo's

  7. LOVE the Swedish secretary and the Mora clock. In my next life I'm coming back to live in a Swedish fairy tale. Thanks for sharing your beautiful finds, Loi.

  8. Beautiful pieces, Loi! That coat rack is speaking to me. Wish I lived closer to your shop. ~Miranda

  9. Such lovely pieces, every single one of them! But I especially like the glass vitrine: gorgeous!

  10. Hi Loi, Every piece is yummy! Of course, my favorite is the blue chest. The color makes me happy.
    oxoxo Mary

  11. All beautiful, but oh, the gilt clock! Exquisite! xoxo

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  13. Dearest Loi, WOW. I wish I could go to your shoppe because THIS IS what I love. Slowly, I've been changing things out in my décor to truly reflect my French/Scandinavian crush, and any one of your pieces would go so well in my home. Enjoy November my friend!

  14. Loi,
    You and Tom find the best pieces, always beautiful. Your styling only enhances the details! Thanks for sharing, it's always fun to read the particulars of your finds.

  15. Love the matching chests in gray. How much are they? Will you ship within the US? Thanks

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