Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Emerging baby


Coffin-like oak slab 2 inches thick at its thickest and 20 inches tall showing a baby with outstretched arms. Sort of reminiscent of a Raymond Coins carving. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Real men pray


This frame with a rope border was found at a yard sale in Spokane, Wash., made by the uncle of the seller. It formerly held a mirror that broke. I like it without the mirror, as a testament to faith and to the love of the cowboy culture.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mose Tolliver that Robert Bishop owned


Small portrait by Mose Tolliver, a self-taught artist who lived in Montgomery, Ala., and became well known after his paintings were displayed at the 1982 show "Black Folk Art in America: 1930 to 1980" at the Corcoran Gallery in DC. Robert Bishop had been director of the Museum of American Fok Art in New York. Bishop died in 1991 and "Mose T' died in 2006. Art dealer Marna Anderson owned the painting after Bishop. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

He's from Transylvania


Mixed media funhouse Dracula that's evolved over the years. I'm told at one time it spit water.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ring in nose


Some jewelry can be so painful. The fez-wearing, grimacing man is wrapped in some kind of garment. What this photo means I have no idea. Perhaps he's just a jokester.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Navajo hogan


Old photo taken in Arizona showing Native-Americans and their traditional dwelling, a hogan made of wood and packed earth. Wood juts out of the top of their home. The photo is marked in white 890 bottom right.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe connection


An oil on board by Forest R. Poe showing a stone house in Mequon, Wisc., north of Milwaukee. Written on the back: "Forest R. Poe, the artist, was from the same family as Edgar Allan Poe. This house is on Donges Bay Road in Mequon, Wis. It is near 92nd Street." The type-written old sticker on the back says: "'Winter scene painted Feb. 15, 1949. Stone house built in 1873.' The above is written on the back of this picture. It was written by my father, Forest R. Poe, on the day he painted the picture. He sat out in the snow to paint the picture." Forest Poe was born in 1878 and died in 1961 in Waukesha, Wisc. His father was Flavel Willis Poe, born in 1855 in Jefferson, Wisc. The author of "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" was born in Boston in 1809 and died 40 years later in Baltimore. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Nixon


A snapshot that reeneeq sold on eBay.

All-seeing eye table rug


Antique wool textile mounted on a fabric covered frame. I'm not sure whether the oval is supposed to be an eye or is just an oval surrounding a red circle.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Seamstress sign


She has gorilla-like hands. Painted on a rigid, Masonite type board that's a little taller than 39 inches.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wiped out


Sixth-plate daguerreotype showing John J. Levers. And someone else.