Hello, there ~
Did you hear the news? We just received a new shipment 🙂 It’s a large and eclectic one with finds from Belgium, England, France and Sweden. New arrivals include:- Original twentieth-century art with early frames
– Antique gilded, painted, sunburst and Venetian mirrors
– Classic white ironstone china, all in superb condition
– Garden items with old moss-and-lichen surfaces
– Decorative accessories and smalls
– Midcentury modern as well as industrial pieces
– Antique furniture with bleached, painted, and wood-stained finishes

I know that this is a busy time filled with garden chores, graduation festivities, weddings, and weekend getaways, so stop by and visit at your leisure. But don’t wait too long or you might miss out on some of these……

Mixed, but not matched! Though my passion is Gustavian antiques, I try to introduce other periods and styles. At Tone on Tone, the point of view is light and bright, but always with a little twist. Mixing the pale grays with darker tones creates contrast and allows the individual items to pop. Notice how a touch of industrial metal can ground the neutrals. To finish, I rely on accents of silver, gold or brass for that polished sheen.The focal point of this room is a 20th-century French bookcase / etagere in polished steel. I’ve loaded it with gleaming white ironstone china – sort of like a modern baker’s rack. But, of course, it would look just as cool piled with books and framed photos.

Flanking the bookcase is a pair of Swedish Gustavian 32″ chests surmounted by unmatched French silver mirrors – all from the 19th century.

Directly in front is a French country chestnut server or console with a narrow depth of only 16.5 inches. On each side are early 1800s beechwood armchairs from France. You’ll recognize the chairs from our personal collection.

I couldn’t resist this Italian Ca. 1940s center / dining table with its rosewood veneered top in a sunburst pattern, four blind drawers and ebonized legs with brass sabots. Obviously its spirit is modern, but it would look equally smart in a home furnished with classical antiques.

Bringing together pieces from different periods and countries! All the painted furniture is Scandinavian. The giltwood mirrors, including the rare pair of sunbursts, are French. Also French is the set of four Klismos style walnut chairs from the 1820s. The garden flower urn and discus thrower come from England – both 20th century.

This handsome copy, executed in cast composition including marble, is after the famous copy in the British Museum of the original Discobolus by Myron, Ca. 460-450 BC. The original Discobolus had his head turned to look towards the disc, while the copy in the BM was wrongly restored. The Greek key frieze on the plinth is striking.

Also from England is this 29″ high obedient Labrador statue. Again, it’s cast composition with a wonderful patina acquired from guarding a beloved garden.
More for your garden or interior! This pair of footed urns has traces of old white paint and unusual lions (?) flanking a tree of life. There are also naive faces / masks on the side handles.

The English urns sit on Swedish sideboard with an elegant form. At 35″ high, this sideboard makes a great server – not too tall or low. BTW, the sideboard / buffet in the dining room should always be higher than the dining room table and, preferably, not matching.

Two antique French mirrors with lovely old glass. The mercury glass in the gray trumeau is fabulous. Oooops, please ignore my arm 🙂

This early painted Directoire mirror has that “just right” patina – a bit chalky, a bit crusty!!

The coolness of the mirror and chairs contrasts beautifully against the warmth of this 18th-century Alsatian walnut secretary richly inlaid with fruitwood. Each piece stands out next to the other.
A greige pedestal table makes the perfect neutral canvas for this assembled collection of treenware and boxes in fruitwood, mahogany, maple, and walnut.

A pair of Swedish Art Moderne clubchairs with bleached oak finish and new linen upholstery shown with a set of three French Ca. 1970s nesting tables in lucite, glass and brass – so chic! The lucite tables could also be placed next to a sofa or low bed.

Here is a Belgian bleached oak dining / kitchen table with oval top and trestle base. I’ve grouped four French side chairs and two Swedish armchairs around the table.  It all works thanks to the pale finishes. Mixing it up doesn’t always mean contrast.

Let’s check out some of the paintings starting with my favorite one above. This is a late 1800s oil on canvas painting of the Pont Neuf in Paris. By the way, that’s the oldest bridge in Paris – construction started in 1578. The painting is unsigned but definitely Impressionist. It’s so special I had to find the right frame – a period Montparnasse one with finished corners.

Below are two more French paintings – these are just a little later from the early 20th century. Both are signed by listed artists. The spirit of the port painting with an iron crane reminds me of the iconic Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris.

More French mirrors including two rectangular ones, both with mercury glass. Note the left mirror’s undulating pie-crust edge.The white secretary and pair of gray consoles are Swedish Gustavian. The consoles are freestanding tables with carved apron on all sides along with urn finials draped with laurels.

Whew – long post! Are you still with me? I leave you with a couple of smaller paintings. The seascape is an English oil on board and the landscape is a French oil on canvas – I think they pair up nicely.
If you have questions on any of these pieces,  feel free to email me: info@tone-on-tone.com
Memorial Day is just around the corner. What are your plans? Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Thanks so much for reading 🙂