Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Look for us on HBO's Miniseries "Mildred Pierce"

There are two very cool things about HBO's remake of Mildred Pierce (1945):   1. it's directed by Todd Haynes, whose former work includes the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, and 2.  it features items from our very own racks!

The five-part miniseries stars Kate Winslet as titular character Mildred Pierce (a role made famous by the inimitable Joan Crawford) and Evan Rachel Wood as Veda, Winslet's willful brat of a daughter (evil wench is a more appropriate description, but you didn't hear it from us). The film follows the Pierces as they struggle to keep up with the Joneses, as it were, during the height of the Great Depression.  As Vogue puts it, Mildred Pierce is relevant for today's world as "a wonderful examination of the cost of living, the price of dignity, the illusion of class, and the judgments of snobbery." 

Actress Wood adds that "... people are going to freak out. [the film] gets crazier and crazier" as it goes on. The climax - and much buzzed about nude scene - are worth seeing this one through. The dramatic trailer alone was enough to give us Black Swan-like chills.

The series opener airs this Sunday, March 27 at 9pm EST. We'll be perched and ready to spot a pair of the palest yellow Queen Anne style chairs, a cross between those shown below. They barely lasted two days on our sales floor before Mildred Pierce's prop stylist scooped them up.

photos via 1, 2, 3.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Auction Window: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Eat a little, drink a little, and play a little (xylophone) in this playful parlor room. It's okay if things get  rowdy; nearly every item here has a double!

Let's see- there's  a set of green ceramic lamps, a pair of chic zebra pillows, two Italian Bitossi art pottery vases, a couple of Georges Briard trays...

...all housed in a lovely teak wall unit, Danish mod side table, or Donghia chair. 

(Just be careful around the Austrian striped vase. There is only one of those.)

Auction ends Tuesday, March 22 at 8pm.  Bids may be placed in person or by phone (212-871-0777) on the auction clipboard near the register.

Happy Bidding!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New Auction Window: Blue Velvet

 Our display artist, Paulo, is calling this one luxurious little things, and we couldn't agree more.  From the dark velvet chairs to the turquoise and glass baubles, this space is the definition of luxe.  A touch of Art Deco, like the round beveled mirror and cut crystal  atomizer, along with more ornamental details, such as the decoupage table and carved soapstone foo dogs, manage to keep the look eclectic, yet clean.

Auction ends Tuesday, March 4 at 8pm.  Bids may be placed on the auction clipboard near the register or by phone [(212) 871-0777].  

Happy Bidding!