Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Nashville antiques shows

On Friday, I paid a visit to the Music Valley and Tailgate antiques shows in Nashville, some four hours from my home. Along with Heart of Country in February, they are the best shows in the Southeast for the stuff I'm interested in. They are a visual treat and often I find things that end up back in Atlanta. The items pictured here I did not buy, but I liked them.
1. Detail of an art deco Cleopatra cigarette stand, MrModern, Chicago.
2. and 3. A great clown target and a striding lady advertising piece, both from Sniktaw Antiques, Gurnee, Ill.
4., 5. and 6. Knockdowns c. 1900, a carved child with ball and a jointed figure, all from J. Compton Gallery, Wimberley, Texas.
7. Cigar store trade sign, Sharon and Claude Baker, Hamilton, Ohio.
8. Dog painting, Ardon Antiques, Barrington, Ill.
9. and 10. Carving from a house of ill repute and a set of carnival targets, both from Finish Line Collectibles, Campbelltown, Penn.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Normally I have no opinion on faucets, but I have to say I really like these. Home Depot, are you listening? From a New York Times slide show of a home in Paris.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Buenos Aires

When it was finished in 1923, the 22-floor Palacio Barolo was the tallest building in South America. Today it houses offices and offers postcard views of Buenos Aires. The building retains much of its old charm, such as elevators with worn wood floors that require opening and closing two metal gates. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the city is La Recoleta Cemetery, packed with elaborately carved monuments. At one tomb, a maintenance worker makes repairs. Tombs in disrepair can transfer to new owners. Eva Peron, President Juan Peron's wife who died in 1952, is buried at La Recoleta. Images of that famous first couple are still plastered on buildings. The Evita Peron Museum, housed in an early 20th century mansion, depicts the former actress as something of a saint. In a museum video, she addresses the masses then buries her head in the president's shoulder.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia's old town section in Uruguay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning it is considered to have "outstanding universal value." Founded in the late 17th century by Portuguese settlers, Colonia is some 45 miles across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. It takes an hour to get there by high speed ferry; amazing when you consider you're crossing a river. The original settlement is a small enough area to cover entirely by foot. We liked it because it's laid back and quiet, seemingly unknown to most travelers. Very old buildings have been repurposed into shops, restaurants and museums; eight small museums, to be exact, including one that displays theater costumes (above). The rocky shoreline attracts amateur photographers fascinated with pooled water and algae.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sculpture in La Boca

La Boca is a barrio in Buenos Aires known for its vivid buildings and tango demonstrations. The artist Benito Quinquela Martin lived in La Boca and his former home is now the Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca. Martin, who died in 1977, became well known for his paintings of the La Boca port. I was taken with La Boca's outdoor sculpture.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A sense of loss, still

More than 18 years after a car bomb attack against the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires killed 29 people, visitors to the site continue to reflect on that terrible moment. The embassy building is gone, replaced by trees and benches that represent the victims. While on a trip this month to beautiful Buenos Aires, my wife and I walked the swanky Retiro district and paused to observe a woman reading tablets where the explosion occurred.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Climb, rest, descend

A series of three paintings showing a hike up a rocky incline. The paintings are naive and impressionistic and probably date to the 1950s. Note the dog: able to climb with the hikers but apparently exhausted by the experience.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

School of fish

Four vintage Great Lakes fish decoys, all folky and imaginatively painted. I particularly like the carved curved tail on the last, big one.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Full plate painted tintype portrait, 8.25 inches high. The intricate painting of the lace makes it extraordinary.