Even if you’re not really trying, when you’re in the vintage business you learn things, if only to help spin a tale for a sale. Like the names of designers. Russian glassware genius Georges Briard was one of the first I came to recognize after I picked up a set of his striped drinking glasses.
These were very pop, very modern, so I was surprised when I put his name to other designs closer in spirit to the compote shown here. At first I thought it was fussy and perhaps too period, but with its eclectic modern look it works well in my house. The base is a lowball glass turned upside down.
I don’t know whether Mr. Briard, nee Jascha Brojdo, pissed off somebody from The New York Times during his career, but they dissed him in the obituary department. Here’s an award-winning designer whose work was ubiquitous in the 50s and 60s, a man who created a signature style instantly recognizable even now, and they make his family pay for a crummy four-sentence obit?
The Cox’s Orange Pippins you see here are the ones I wrote about yesterday. They were grown at Threshold Farm in Columbia County New York, a farm that has never been sprayed or treated with chemicals since it was founded in the 1700s.
Additional info on Mr. Brojdo and collecting Georges Briard can be found here. Scroll down to see the fabulous Coq D’or patterned tray.