Tag Archives: Vintage

Italy, My Love

Table Lamp by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte, Italy, 1935.

Ok, I admit it, I’ve been having a love affair with Italy. Four or five times a year I visit the country of my affections. I’ve learned her beautiful language, traveled all over and made good friends. Asked what I would like my granddaughter to call me,  I picked Nonna, Italian for grandma. So I guess Italy and I are a thing! All this time, I’ve  buying Italian mid-century design and discovering trusted sources. By now half my inventory is Italian. Feeling nostalgic about my love affair, I thought it might be fun to show you some of what we’ve sold and currently have in Italian Modern Design. Don’t miss the rest of our current inventory!

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The 3 Things You Need To Know About Your Dealer

Gail Garlick library research books

Three Essential Qualities to look for in a dealer—signs that you’re in right hands. Look for these elements to help build a working relationship with a reputable and accomplished dealer.

INTEGRITY is the most important. A good dealer is  honest, and has strong moral principals. Dealers with integrity listen and respond directly to your questions. They generously share information about their pieces, They point out the specifics, like the edge treatment on a piece of glass or how a cabinet is mortared together.  Dealers will educate you so you can appreciate and understand the quality of the item you are considering.

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Documentation; Authenticating Mid Century Modern Design

Max Ingrand Fontana Arte Chandelier

In the Style of
Attributed to
By or Documented

What does it all mean and why is it important to you?

You’re considering buying an important piece of furniture, lighting, or decorative object.

You’re going to pay a premium for a genuine work by an important maker. Good documentation is your insurance policy that your purchase is the real thing. If you are buying with an eye towards investment scrupulous documentation is essential.

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