I saw this photo in the February 2012 issue of Architectural Digest and just about fell off the sofa.
It's a monumental collection of vintage gold Imperial Glass from the 1960s in the NYC apartment of Claire Weiss. The apartment itself isn't my fave -- it's amazing, don't get me wrong; just not my style -- but the glass collection is to. die. for.
In this photo I see a ton of the "Shoji" pattern, which are the ones with the straight-lined trellis pattern, like the ice buckets and decanter. I also see "El Tabique de Oro," which is the pattern on the very top right. "Sekai Ichi" is the criss-cross pattern on the bottom shelf, left side. "Sortijas de Oro" is the kind of petal-shaped one near the middle of the upper shelf. There are several other similar gold Imperial Glass patterns that I don't spot here (though I'm betting she has them somewhere!) and there are a couple of patterns on this shelf that I don't recognize. Perhaps they're by Culver or another manufacturer of the era (?). Regardless...STUNNING.
I've coveted this glassware - Shoji, in particular - for years. I saw a set of four Shoji tumblers at a thrift shop ONE time, and they had so much gold loss that I left them behind. Even with the damage, I regret not snapping them up! They are incredibly expensive to buy online, though they do turn up occasionally on eBay or Etsy. I once saw a set of the Shoji decanter and ice bucket go for almost $400 on shopgoodwill.com, which usually has rock-bottom prices.
Here's a nice set of tall Shoji tumblers currently up for auction on eBay:
They're currently at $85 with six days left to go -- too rich for my blood. It's hard to lay out that kind of cash when you're used to thrifting vintage glassware for a dollar per piece!
Someday, I feel confident I'll find some gold Imperial Glass...Shoji or one of its cousins...for a good price. Until then, I'll get my fix staring at the amazing collection pictured above!