Sunday, March 18, 2018

Little Treasures Part 2

Three years ago, I featured in this post a few favorite little treasures from the shop. I've often thought of following up with a part II. Well, here it is, finally!

As mentioned, I love to create vignettes and tablescapes with objects arranged thoughtfully. Whether it's keepsakes from trips, recent photos, or items collected over time, layering accessories into the decor makes a home interesting, beautiful, and more personal. Because they are in fact smalls, these pieces are less of a commitment than large furnishings. Treat them like seasonal accessories that can be changed frequently. With spring around the corner, now is the time to freshen indoors and out.

Enjoy these latest little treasures available at Tone on Tone.
Speaking of changing with the seasons, I have been styling the shop for spring. New pillows, garden objects, plants as well as mini arrangements of early flowers have arrived. 

Above is a gardeny vignette featuring a marble table with iron base, pair of chairs, and watering can with an unusual form - all antiques from France. On the table are three chippy white painted American finds: 15" high finial, 8" high finial, and architectural wooden base with glass dome (overall 11.5" high x 9" diam). Don't they make a fabulous grouping?    
The days are longer, sun is higher, and temps are warmer, which means lots of new growth on my myrtle topiaries. I've been clipping the one above to grow in an elongated / elliptical form. All the other topes are shaped like spheres or mushroom caps. What do you think?

Next to the topiary is a 19th-century English round mahogany frame (7" diam) with convex glass. Inside is a vintage map of London. Such a wonderfully carved piece with handsome patina.
Fresh from my own collection is this finely carved wooden lamb (7" long x 3.5" wide x 5" high) with original gilded surface. It's early 1700s Italian - truly a little treasure that's museum quality!
Here are two miniature Majolica plates (4" diam) with a luminous emerald glaze. They remind me of the garden. 
I've had many bread / cheese boards over the years, but this charming one is the most diminutive at 8.25" x 4.25". It has a great form along with a mellow patina.

Shown near the board is an English composition stone dove - a bit naive but fun.
Let's check out some creamware and ironstone china on an American corner etagere or whatnot. The contrast of white on black is striking.

From the old painted surface to the quirky turned bobbins, this small whatnot is oozing with character. Every shelf is topped with a lovely scalloped gallery. This whatnot would be fabulous in a bath or powder room.  
I am trying my best to conjure up spring inside. Four blown glass hyacinth vases in cobalt blue plus a folk art plate painted with tulips bring a bit of garden style to the shop.
All four vases, late 1800s, were made for forcing hyacinths to bloom. Coaxing bulbs to flower out of season was quite fashionable in Victorian households. See the below photo (from Kevin Lee Jacobs) of hyacinths flowering in their vases.

A closer look at the antique Swedish wooden plate (7" diam) reveals a prized pink tulip encircled by a wreath of two tulip stems.
Here is a 19th-century French carved frame (6.75" x 8.25") with a glazed oval opening under a tulip. I am having a tulipmania moment 🌷🌿🌷
Mirror, mirror on the wall, you are the prettiest of them all! With a floral etched oval frame, beaded trim, and piecrust edge, this French Louis Philippe mirror (15.75" x 17.5") makes a beautiful statement in a gallery wall, over a bed, etc.
You can get a sense of the scale of this petite mirror next to the door.
Please come in closer and have a seat on the small settee or pouf - both French from Ca. 1880s. 

This Aesthetic Movement pouf or stool (19.5" diam x 16.5" high) retains its exquisite painted surface. My favorite part is the spiked ball resembling that of a morning star. Talk about personality!   
Four precocious Tete-a-Tete daffodils in late February - way too early! In they came.
While not at all little, I just had to share these English Hepplewhite style dining chairs that recently came back from my upholsterer. Dating from the early 20th century, each one has a shield back with splendid carvings of ostrich plumes (similar to the Prince of Wales crest), ribbons, and demi-lune fan. The seat front is slightly serpentine. There are a total of 12 chairs (10 sides and 2 arms) being offered as a full or partial set - please inquire.
That's it for this post. If you have questions about anything, please email me at info@tone-on-tone.com
Thanks very much! 
Happy Spring 🌼
Loi
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