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, email@example.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.