Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Repurposed Spur Cola sign from Detroit

Canada Dry's Spur was produced in the 1940s and 50s. At some point, this tall metal sign was acquired by a small auto repair business in Detroit and its message changed.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wrestling a rooster

Detail of a reverse glass painting that the-webmasters-antiques is selling on eBay

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Man of God

Vintage snapshot of a church organist or preacher with an imposing organ serving as the backdrop.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The egg man and family

Mother holds "East of Suez," a once popular book of short stories set in British-ruled India by Alice Perrin. In "East of Suez," first published in 1901, Perrin describes "illicit love and betrayal against a beautifully-drawn backdrop of the mystical east, interweaving the supernatural with exquisite details of her characters' lives," according to the website Catherine Pope – Victorian Geek. Perrin was born in India in 1867 and lived there for 16 years. She died in Switzerland in 1934. As for the "eggs," on closer inspection they appear to be ... small tomatoes?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Millie's hand

A worn, hard-to-read label underneath appears to say "Millie's hand carving" and something "chalice." It also says the artist's last name is Bantell. Formerly in an Iowa collection. 11 inches tall.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Spool sitters

Small carvings atop vintage Corticelli thread spools, 3.6 inches and 3.25 inches tall. From New York State or nearby.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Portrait by Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy was the son of a wealthy newspaper editor (when that was possible), which perhaps explains why he drew so many celebrities. This stellar portrait, however, is not a celebrity but a friend, France Bufford. When McCarthy's brother, the one preferred by the father, died suddenly of pneumonia in 1907, the family moved to Europe, where McCarthy spent countless hours in art museums. About a year after the son's death, the father died, possibly a suicide. Back in the states, McCarthy attempted to become a lawyer but suffered a nervous breakdown and spent five years in a hospital for the insane, where he began to draw. More than 40 years later, in 1962, artists and collectors Dorothy and Sterling Strauser saw McCarthy's paintings displayed on a lawn at an art fair in Stroudsburg, Pa., and worked to bring him the recognition he deserved.