Saturday, September 04, 2010
RANDOM NU NEW HOARD
one of my biggest and in best condition. it has a finish. i still can't believe i got some sweet extra old blocks for 99¢. bad photo. even i didn't see how good it was.
Best RARE FORM Antique FLORIDA Coconut FOLK ART BASKET-$18
You’ll drive the tires off your truck looking for a more elaborate and artistic piece of Victorian folk art work in coconuts. It’s a far cry from those hacked out faces of monkeys and clowns and all that other jetsam and flotsam we see out on the market. This is an estate piece, treasured for around 100 years.
It stands 16” tall and is constructed of not only the coconut and its stalk, but it also incorporates pinecones, the tendrils of the stalk and some trim done with some woody little “blossom” with which I’m unfamiliar. Look closely, and you’ll see it’s quite an extraordinary piece.
One of my favorite elements is the handle treatment. It begins on one side with the fat part of the stalk, and as it makes its loop it branches out into the tendrils (or whatever you call’m) which continue down one side and form an elegant drape leading off in two directions.
There are a few losses, mostly of pinecone scales and bracts, but these losses are easily overlooked because of the drama of the piece as a whole. (There are a few little bits inside the basket. You can ignore them or glue them back in place. I wouldn’t bother. It’s an astounding piece of work just as it is. Besides: It’s old!)
I suppose you’ve already noticed the three feet are made from the stalk also. The piece is a little dusty with estate dust. I didn’t want to fool with it, but you’ll probably want to spend a little time cleaning it up. It’ll make a huge difference to an already wonderful piece.
My dear spouse of about a hundred and fifty years, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, just came in and was reading over my shoulder. She knows I HATE THAT! Anyhow . . . She just had to comment: “Aren’t we being a little gushy over a coconut?”
I had to tell her to get on about her business: “You have no appreciation of the fine arts, so scat.” She left the room cackling like a crazy woman – another thing I hate.
If your tastes run toward the quirky and whimsical, you’re going to fall in love with this stunning piece of early Florida folk art. My guarantee, as always here at 341: NO DISAPPOINTMENTS.
RANDOM 341 OBJECTS
Vintage ART DECO 3 Pc TEA or COFFEE Set – COBALT GLASS-$46
Here’s one of those items I call “Best of Type.” Meaning: It is the finest example you could ever hope to find. It remains unused and in pristine condition – all three pieces.
Whatcha think? 1930s? That’s my best guest. (You should see the things in this estate! They kept everything in exquisite condition. And you will see it. It’ll all be on eBay just as quickly as I can build up energy.)
Friday, September 03, 2010
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
Antique PARIAN WARE Statue – Draped NUDE MAN w LAMB-$138
I’ve had this piece for a long, long time and enjoyed it in spite of some issues it has. It has such a great look, and it makes me smile. I’ll show you the weirdly funny part in a jiffy, but first some details.
It’s big, and that’s one reason it is such a striking standout piece in any room.
Height = 21”
Weight = Over 12 ½ lbs.
Oh well . . . I guess I’d better show you the humor I see every time I look at it. One of the “issues” is that his right arm has been broken and glued back in place.
Doesn’t it look like he’s just noticed his broken arm? . . thinking; “Holy crap! I’ve busted my arm.
The most delicate and fragile element of this early piece of parian is the leg of the little lamb, and it has remained in fine condition, in spite of the fact that it has lost an ear. (That’s very common. Lambs are known to lose ears frequently.)
There are a couple chips at the bottom rim, and, as you can see in the image above, his quiver is missing. (He’s having a bad day. Busted an arm and lost his arrows, but he still has his little lamb friend.)
I hate to ask this, but just exactly when were belts invented? If these Greeks and Romans were so smart, why is it that most of the young men you see are about to lose their skirts?
I hope the losses aren’t turning you off totally on this piece. It’s actually a beautiful casting and a wonderful piece of late 19th Century art. After all, except for you and me, nobody is perfect.
Those two dots are not warts. They are two little places where once a quiver was attached, but you can think of them as warts if you like.