Archive for ANTIQUES

hand painted slip pottery

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Four pieces of beautiful, handmade and hand painted primitive, slip pottery – quite old and brand new. Treasured antique (Pennsylvania Dutch or German/Swiss – we really can’t be sure at this point) Beeler family heirloom breakfast plates and a newly hand painted mug and creamer with our most coveted and collected animal’s portrait – the adorable piglet – from the South of France via Le Fanion in the West Village. Such amazing gifts – thank you so much, j&d!

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History on the Half Shell

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We just discovered this 2006 gem, The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell by Mark Kurlansky. A portrait of the once-famous oyster beds of New York Harbor that “beautifully illustrates food’s ability to connect us deeply to our particular place in the world and shows how our nourishment is so vitally tied to the health of the natural world.” “The Big Oyster is a zesty love song to a bivalve and a city  — intelligent, informative, and impossible to put down.” As ladies who love New York history and anything to do with oysters (and who happen to curate a fairly vast historical oyster shucking implement collection) we were absolutely riveted- thanks for the wonderful reco, JJ!

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vintage bakeware and graters

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recent obsession: grungy, old bakeware with interesting patinas for baking, zesting, photographing and enjoying the fabulous bounty of stone fruits and seasonal farmer’s market delights the summer has to offer!

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vintage mini tins and pans

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recent obsession: anything tiny, old and metal with a great patina like these wonderful, diminutive tartlette tins and little ramekins that show every bit of their age and will look so amazing on film!

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vintage French demilune knife

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Recent obsession: our pitted, hand-forged, carbon steel mezzaluna, or “hachoir” that just arrived from a favorite dealer in Paris. We’ve been anxiously awaiting this antique honey and it’s here just in time to start chopping all the fragrant herbs of the season!

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antique oyster knife

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Recent obsession: our amazing new antique oyster knife from a dealer we love in California. Constant obsession: oysters!

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vintage camera

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It’s amazing the way these “modern” machines were built nearly a century ago – they even folded up right inside their own attached leather cases – the beauty of form and function is quite evident to this day … What a stunning birthday gift – thank you, B!

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