Saturday, December 18, 2010
RANDOM 341 OBECT
Old COUNTRY QUILT Hand Pieced PATCHWORK Red MAPLE LEAF-$47
I found this old quilt over in Indiana several years ago in a nice clean estate. I’m sure it could use laundering, but I’m not qualified to go messing around with much, especially quilts. I do love the colors though, red being my favorite.
It measures approximately 72” by 70”, and it has that nice feel that make you want to pull it up over your lap on a chilly night when you’re sitting in your favorite chair reading.
The cotton materials make me think it’s from the 1930s, but when it comes to textiles, I’m not the person to ask.
I looked at some eBay quilts this morning just so I’d learn a little about the ins and outs of the quilt business. I learned one thing: Quilt buyers must be the stingiest rascals on the planet. They insist you throw a quarter in on the deal. So there’s you quarter, Ms. Tightwad. Jeeez!
Well dang! Since I received a few emails asking about the condition of this quilt, I decided I’d better ask my dear spouse to look it over. (I’m not good with quilts.)
Well . . . she found a stain and a little hole. As you can see below, one of the leaf squares has a light stain, and just above it to the right is a little hole. I totally missed them.
RANDOM ESTATE SALE
back yard of the house looks on the freeway thru milwaukee. i have been to a sale near it also overlooking the satdium. older house, but banal. climb up the stairs into the sun porch. lots of stuff, but nothing for me, but drool over the grotty wood wardrobe. nasty stain, but it is attractive to me. like a reptile skin. but go in. bad flow, but go thru living room to find the kitchen. not much. look thru platters/plates. pier 1. nice but not me. blue pottery. nothing. go downstairs. ahh. lots of stuff to paw thru. art supplies! ugh. oil pastels. HATE. man, i need to clean up my art area in the basement! somebody had the good brushes as i got there. llok thru sruff. ok, the picnic basket take. and the rainbow pinwheel for mom, she loves rainbows. take a not great handle but ood natural hair brush. ahh, she recycled furniture for art too. government worker certificate. linoleum printing blocks. not terrible. go back upstairs. how do i get to 2nd fllor. nice paint in hall, grey beige. medium. bad yarn. oh. lke the primative box. seen in catalogues. ooh, old brass key! MINE. CHICKEN! take chicken too. ooh, where did i find the bird art? basement i think. small room next door. nice painting on the wall. ornies blegh. xmas xams, hey, candles! nice curved couch section. that's it. back downstairs. look again at the ceramic ball. change my mind, i do not get it. look thru her art books. it is a very nice wc wyeth book. and the others, but only take the georgia o'keefe. then look at the jewelry table. lots of crap, cute cat. take that. all 50$ each? ooh, picked up a small beaded chain. cold. i bet jade. nice box clasp. gotta be vintage. ooh, glass frog, damages, but i like the toes.
and my camera is dying. FUCK.
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
ANTIQUE PEWTER Deep DISH Crowned Rose, Angel TOUCHMARKS-$52
At 12” in diameter and a well depth of 1 ¾”, this early pewter piece may qualify as a serving piece, possibly to be called a deep charger, but there is a whole lot more to it than its size. A whole lot more.
Condition = Excellent, with less surface wear and light scratching than you’d expect on a piece of its age. AND, if you look closely at the nearly flat top section of the border in the image above, you’ll see hand engraving and a triple monogram. It’s an exciting piece – for me, anyway.
Before looking at the decorative section of the border, let’s touch on the touchmarks. That way those in the know about old pewter will know exactly what they’re lookin’ at. All I know is that it is “Continental” and old.
The first mark is known as the “Crowned Rose,” and there are letters within the crown. (So, I’m told, it is most definitely not British.)
The other mark is an “Angel.” Again I rely on others who’ve pointed out that this style “Angel mark” is most often seen on Dutch pewter.
Friday, December 17, 2010
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
3 DECORATIVE Antique PICTURE FRAMES 2 BIG 1 Print 1 Oil-$20
Downsizing is harder than you think it’s going to be before you actually start doing it. I’ve probably had these frames since Twist and Shout, always thinking I’d fix’m up and sell’m. Well . . . it’s too late.
The two largest are gesso decoration on wood. Nary a one is absolutely perfect, but all three can be fixed up – elseways I wouldn’t have kept them, don’t you see?
The biggest one is 33 ½” by 25 ½” overall and 28” by 20” inside the rabbet. It has a stretcher in it now. The losses are mark by a red “X”.