TORPEDO HOUSE is both a house (our home), and a gallery (where people can view and buy works of art).
Let us explain how this works: We live here, and we have placed things on the walls and on flat surfaces.
These pieces are carefully chosen, and we often change both the works we have out, as well as their placement in the public rooms - living room, dining room, office, library, and butler's pantry.
As we always have, we place works in juxtapositions which resonate for us as if they were in dialogue. We enjoy this dynamic of passive interaction that inspires constant change. One dialogue ends, another begins.
The way the house looks today is not how it will look tomorrow.
Art is generally seen and sold in hushed galleries with white walls and concrete floors. There is no context which might distract a collector.
Torpedo House is all context.
What you see here is an active domestic landscape specific to this place and day, and to us. We live with this work and it occupies our consciousness.
This is what we share with you when you come here.
On the other hand, you do not need to actually come here in order to acquire works from our home for your home. Everything we offer for sale is available online.
And there are many images of the house we believe provide a sense of the context we have been describing.
Purchases can be made via the website.
The pieces we offer fall into three categories.
1. We have a very sizable collection of vintage press photographs, largely from the mid-twentieth century, though some are earlier and some later.
Some are overpainted and annotated. Some are from the Baltimore Sun, the acknowledged source of the greatest press photography. And some are from Murray’s book, Tertium Quid, still paired in dialogue.
2. We have a sizable collection of vintage studio pottery. Mostly American, dating roughly from the 1950’s to the 1970’s; our particular focus is on Brutalism in clay. TORPEDO HOUSE is ten minutes from downtown New Haven, where several important Brutalist buildings were built in the 1960's, including several at Yale (the Architecture School by Paul Rudolph and the Yale Art Museum by Louis Kahn). Our Brutalist pieces, therefore, have a particularly robust context.
3.And then we have the rest, diverse pieces made from metal, from glass, or wood or plastics. Mostly modern or contemporary pieces.
Since our first announcement, we have clarified the categories, added pieces and and a price for every piece. We think the website now offers a reasonably complete picture of what you will find here.
In case you’re curious, the image above is of one of our recent additions: A close up of one of a pair of Böttgerware camels, designed by Erich Hosel for Meissen in 1931.
TORPEDO HOUSE is open by appointment only.