Saturday, February 27, 2010
I'm not sure if these jars were made to be coin banks or contained something else in an earlier incarnation. The bottoms say "Design Patent No. 112688 2." In any event, the paint undoubtedly was added later, greatly enhancing how they look.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I was told these are waters off Long Island, but there's nothing in the painting that proves that (pardon the glare). It's signed RA Mattson, and the signature is very stylized. This has the look of an illustration for a magazine. The little boat looks like an emergency craft.
Addendum some 17 hours after the post: My friend Robert at the Live from the Surface of the Moon blog did some research on RA Mattson and learned he's likely a Danish artist, born in 1935, who specializes in marine paintings. So much for the Long Island story.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
These joyless guys look like they wish they had not been carved. The work reminds me of that of Albert Zahn, a Wisconsin outsider artist who created angels, animals and other objects. When I first saw them I thought Pennsylvania. But the previous owner said they came from Maine. A little felt bird also is part of the grouping.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
This old box has a tramp art quality because the wood seems to be cigar box wood. But it is also quite different. The cuts are precise so chances are a power tool was used. And the images come from some other school altogether. Perhaps it was made in a Midwest town populated with immigrants from northern Europe. Or maybe it was made in Europe. In any event, it is skillfully done and over-the-top graphic, and does a nice job of holding things.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Saw on Reuters today where Bill Clinton will be coordinating international efforts to rebuild Haiti. People often say fellow Georgian Jimmy Carter is America's best ex-president, but it seems Bill is giving him a run for his money. This dead-on portrait of Bill was done during his first term by Shields Landon Jones, an artist who lived in West Virginia and died in 1997, which is when Bill's second term began.