Saturday, February 02, 2013
ESTATE SALE HAUL
well, a new place has been found. my mom has adopted an elderly woman to spend time w/. its an auntie thing i think. but there was a listing for an estate sale, in the elder apartment wing. OOOH, 1 of my favorite sales was like that. well, the 1st floor 1 was obviously scandanavian + firedfighter in the family. FOLEY FORK. i was paid up when i turned around + saw the big box of trivet/tiles. somebody said bird. meh, but i spotted the bergren tile, + then the israeli 1/2 majolica times. awesome! but sad. but aren't all estate sales because of death?
SUPURB NATIVE AMERICAN woven WOOL JACKET VI VI Santa Fe- $56
An outstanding vintage coat/jacket like this one doesn’t come along too often—even among the gazillion items available on eBay. And since it’s one of a kind, we can safely say another identical to it will never come along. The exceptional jacket easily could (should) become a family heirloom.
SATURDAY INQUISITION BLOGGING
spaniards in mexico flaying indians w/ whips + pouring molten lead on others that refused to work in silver mines
1960 chevy parkwood
SATURN'S DAY BUTTER STAMP BLOGGING
Friday, February 01, 2013
antique HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL OIL PAINTING 19th c COWS- $361
I discovered this painting right here in southern Ohio. It was barely holding on, clinging to the original frame by one remaining nail, and it was covered with dust and cobwebs. Judging from the amount of dust, I’d say at least two generations kept it in the attic rather than hanging in a prominent place.
I cradled it home, and with a soft brush, swept away the cobwebs and most of the dust. That done - I took it outside in the sun for a good close look. Miraculously, I found no punctures, rips, scars or any other type damage save some small surface losses where the canvas touched the frame for a couple generations.
I realize no rules were written down for the artists of America’s first “school,” the Hudson River School, but had there been I believe Rule No. 1 would have been something like this.
First: Locate a tall, graceful tree that towers over and slants toward the scene you wish to create.
When at an exhibit of American landscapes and notice one without the tree, I always wonder; “. . . maybe the artist didn’t do ‘good tree’ . . .”
Our artist, unknown so far, did really ‘good tree.’
(on the other hand, bad cow)
Ah, yes . . . this is where I want to mention something important about the back. I never have time to do things I wish I could. One would have been to do what I did in the corner seen above. I dampened the old crispy brown paper – let it rest a few minutes – then, as I suspected, I was able to gently rub the paper away with my thumb, exposing the wood of both the frame and the stretcher, harming neither. I’d bet a nickel that if you completed the removal of all the backing paper you’d find a name. It may not be an artist’s signature, but it may be a previous owner. Or you may find a note such as one I found a couple years ago: “See that this painting gets to Sally Emerson.” That’s all it said – no date, no reason – no nothin’.
danish national bird
1959 buick elektra
SQUIRRELS IN A BOX
Thursday, January 31, 2013