Local discoveries that have caught our expert’s eye

From an early 1960’s brass and inlaid marble backgammon table to Danish designer Verner Panton’s iconic-ultra suede Cone Chair, we’ve found the best pieces for a touch of modern romance.


1 Checkered Past
Backgammon has been a popular board game for five millennia, but few players have competed on a brass and inlaid marble table like this one from the early 1960s (18½" high, 22¼" deep, 27" long), which comes with 30 red and yellow Bagalite game pieces. $2,400, Eclectiques, 1524 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 631-537-9594.

2 Plastic Fantastic
When these three Heifitz Rotoflex pendants were first produced in 1950, plastic was the future (to paraphrase the famous line from The Graduate). Each of the 
multi-hued plastic pendants (34", 28", and 22" high), fitted with brass hardware, provides a surprising amount of translucency and takes a 40- or 60-watt bulb. $3,800 for the set, Stellar Union, 25 North Sea Rd., Southampton, 631-204-0315, stellarunion.com.

3 Forging Ahead
This stylish three-tool fireplace set (32" high, 9" diam.) features a brush, shovel, and fork made of handsome walnut and wrought iron with brass and stainless-steel detailing. It was manufactured in the 1950s by the still-extant Indiana company Seymour Manufacturing. $1,600, Christopher O'Hayre Antiques, Art, and Design, Sagaponack 
(by appointment), 617-599-6298, info@christopherohayre.com.

4 The Turning Point
Danish furniture designer Verner Panton (1926­­­–98) developed his iconic Cone Chair in 1958 for his parents’ restaurant, and it became so popular that it was mass produced for home use. This original chair (31½" high, 23" diam.) features a swivel base and black Ultrasuede upholstery. $2,200, JED, 27 Washington St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-6411.

5 Shimmery Ceramics
Which is more alluring, the hues of the late-summer flowers that might fill these two English studio pottery vases (10" and 8" high) or the vessels themselves? Although the marks are unclear on these rusty-orange, sand, and brown vases, they likely carry the Crown Ducal England label. $480 for the pair, Pamela Lerner Antiques, 145 South Country Rd., Bellport, 631-776-2183, pamelalernerantiques.com.