Saturday, November 20, 2010
i watched most of avatar last night. dances with lizards.
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
WWII Battleship PAINTING by Sailor COHEN in STEEL FRAME-$104
M. L. Cohen is the artist, and the work is signed and dated (1945); lower right. My best guess is that Cohen was a sailor, and that he not only painted the image of a battleship but also made the stainless steel frame – a quite a frame it is.
I’d say it’s one of those delightful combinations of folk art and nautical art with a touch of outsider thrown in for good measure. The frame? It’s Industrial Age all the way.
RANDOM 341 BONUS OBJECT
OLD Oak CHILD’S KITCHEN CUPBOARD Cabinet, GREEN w Stuff-$267
You’re looking at this old green painted child’s cupboard just exactly as I found it – full of the “stuff” I mentioned in the title. So that’s how I’m selling it: Stuff, cobwebs and all.
Cleaned up and spruced up a little, it’d be a cute rascal. Well, it actually already is, but some folks like to spiff up country things.
It’s actually a pretty substantial piece, weighing right at 30 pounds.
The aluminum pots and pans have seen better days, but they don’t weigh much, so I’ll ship them along with the cabinet. And the cans of food? They’re in nice shape for the most part. It’s the wavy old glass that makes them look splotchy. They’re plastic, but old, and they come with the deal as well.
The doors close tightly, and the drawers work just fine. Who couldn’t use a little more storage space?
If you stripped all the paint off this cupboard, which I certainly wouldn’t recommend because I like green, you’d find it’s all oak with the probable exception of the work surface. It appears to be maple or maybe pine or something else besides oak.
If I had to guess, I’d say it is approximately 85 to 95 years old. It’s definitely from back in the day when children’s furniture was well built. Remember, it weighs right at 30 pounds.
RANDOM MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
story about surveying nearby shipwrecks. on a 1929 car boat. so sad not much is left of the cars.
DAMMIT, i forgot my camera. excellent area. wisconsin ave around WAWAtosa. sigh. gorgeous wood korbels by the front dor. 20's house. brick. leaded windows. sun porch. VERY nice UNPAINTEd stained wood storm door. ours is painted. need too strip it. nice front hall and nice front door. no spanish plaster, but fancy plaster cornices(?).bypass livingroom to the left and go straight into a bedroom? lots of steins and stuff. nothing for me. go out the other door into a kitchen area. OMG the nice wooden kitchen nook breakfast area. built in benches w/ a big window looking on the backyard. the kitchen still had the old 20's unpainted wood cupboards. off to the basement. large, but unfishished. i found some bits and there was a guy looking thru tools and bit and i asked any ice picks? said he''d have it if there was one. ANOTHER ICE PICK COLLECTOR!!! off to the attic. BOOKS. interesting picture books. nothing but books in the attic. nothing in the kitchen. walk thru the paassage to the panstry + dinningroom and OOOH, talk that twisted butter knife. more steins(steins EVERYWHERE). beautiful low buffet. lovely windows. nothing in the living room but more unpainted woodwork! lovely house. nice garage too. spent to much on books.
RANDOM 341 OJECT
OHIO Antique HAND CARVED Newel Post FERN / Statue STAND-$380
The most difficult part of downsizing, I’ve found, is making the decisions as to what goes and what stays. I’ve probably moved this dramatic, hand carved walnut stand out of our living room to photograph eight or ten times – then put it back. But being practical, it has to go, along with a most extraordinary French, hand painted bombe music cabinet with ormolu mounts that I’ll list Sunday the 14th. (I’ll show you a preview picture at the bottom of this listing.) But let’s get to the business at hand.
It is the most substantial piece I’ve sold on eBay since I began in September of 1998. It’s also one of the most extraordinary, and I found it just north of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Height = 44” including the feet (39” without the feet)
Weight = 49 pounds
I have a LOT to tell you about this piece, including the fact that, while once a newel post at the base of some incredible staircase, it was converted to a wonderful stand many decades ago with the addition of feet. They were professionally made, but they are easily removed if your intent is to once again use it as a newel. We’ve used it for everything from lamps – to marble statues – to bronzes. And yes – That is a stylized carving of a dragon within that dramatically chip-carved center section. Ohio carvers created most anything back during the steamboat days, and I’m almost certain this piece was created in the “Queen City.”
See the original drilled holes? I suppose a half naked lady in spelter or bronze was once mounted there – holding a lamp high in the air with one arm. By the way, I should tell you I added the brass chain threaded through the original holes in those big balls that surround the top. I liked the idea, though it may have had “cord and tassels” originally. I just simply don’t know.