July 25, 2014

Persimmon Bowl


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Cool unmarked porcelain bowl with  floral decorations including Persimmons. It is about 12 inches in diameter and it is in great condition. I’m not sure how old it is, I suspect at least vintage if not antique. The persimmon motif was especially popular in the 1920′s into the 1930′s and that’s a good guess for how old this is.

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July 24, 2014

Vintage Plastic Orange Slice!


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1967 plastic resin orange cross-section.

It is in near perfect condition and still has the original label on the reverse.

8 1/4 inches in diameter.

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July 24, 2014

Mid-Century China Cabinet


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A decent looking if slightly beleaguered mid-century china cabinet. I’d guess it is late 1960′s vintage. The original pulls have been replaced too.

It is about 48 inches wide, 64 1/2 tall and 15 deep.

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July 23, 2014

Antique Three Panel Screen


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Each panel is 22 inches wide and about 62 inches tall. It currently features some sort of diaphanous white fabric which could be replaced with something with better sight blocking characteristics, unless translucent see-through is what you’re looking for.

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July 23, 2014

Vintage Dean Santner Jewelry Box


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Very nice sculptural wooden box made and signed by California Artist Dean Santer. The shape is very modern yet naturalistic, evocative of a beach cobble (highly rounded with low spherocity). It is 14 inches long, 7 1/2 inches deep and 3 inches high.

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July 22, 2014

Yikes! Stripes! Vintage Doll


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 . . . and the Devil himself glows with his red cheeks and green eyes reflecting the tortures of hell.

Erwin Christensen Early American Wood Carving, referring to Lano puppets. As cited in Hornung’s Treasury of American Design Volume Two.

Unfortunately we don’t have any early American carved wood puppets, but just this unnerving doll. I’m not sure if there is any sort of practical function. Excepting the potential for calamity, it’d sure be fun to put it in the back of someones car so they first see it in the rear view mirror.

About 22 inches in overall length. Hand made in Italy by Isola.

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July 22, 2014

1858 English Land Transfer Indenture


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Victorian era land tranfser document dated 1858. This records, in great bureaucratic and ritualistic detail, the transfer of real property between Robert Hayward and Charles Jones.  It’s nicely framed and in very good condition. It measures about 27 3/4 by 22 3/4 inches in frame. 

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July 21, 2014

Belgian Garniture Set


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Yes folks a garniture set!

Garniture is a fancy way of saying ‘a set of decorative accessories, especially vases’.  It’s also an archaic term reaching peak popular use way back in the 1850′s.

I’ve seen similar sets referred to as mantle sets and things like that. It shows the value of plain speech so to avoid further confusion . . . we have a ceramic clock with two matching vases. They were made in the french speaking part of Belgium and are in good condition. Unfortunately the clock is not functioning at this time.

The clock is about 8 inches tall by 11 inches wide.

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July 20, 2014

Catalina Tile Table


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Another fabulous California tile table in the style made famous by the ceramicists of Catalina Island (and vicinity) in the 1920′s and 1930′s. This is the standard six tile table measuring about 24 inches by 18 inches by 1 7 inches tall. It’s in great shape.

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July 19, 2014

Before Digital There Was Analog, Before Analog . . .


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There was only gravity and we were happy to have that. Heck we didn’t even have bodies, just hands fumbling around in the world and damn couldn’t that get awkward.

This vintage marble coaster toy is 31 inches wide and 17 inches tall.

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