November 27, 2013
An interesting ceramic ” Cityscape Diptych” made in 1976 by Dennis Lee Cunningham, an Oregon artist.
There are two big ceramic tiles with glaze or mason’s stain painted scenes.
In frame it measures 18 1/2 inches wide by 21 tall. It is in excellent condition, signed on the reverse and one tile bears impressed marks* that the artist likely used to sign other pieces as well.
*We see a lot of marks and illegible signatures. If it weren’t for the clear label on the back we probably would have never come up with the artist’s name.
November 6, 2013
Titled upon the reverse in pencil “Wailing Wall in the Old City in Jerusalem.” I’m not sure who titled it as there are all sorts of markings upon the back.
It measures about 12 1/2 by 6 3/4 in frame. It is in great condition and has been attributed to Marc Chagall by a previous owner. Chagall did work in ceramic, but it seems this is an area that professional scholars, art historians and others have largely neglected. As such I can’t say for certain that this is a work of his, nor can I say it is not.
September 29, 2013
Vintage brass rubbing of the funerary monument for George Scroope. In general the brass monument tradition dates to the 13th century with a distinct tapering off in the 16th century. As recorded upon the back of this piece by the person who copied it accompanying text read: “Here Lyeth BVRYED The Body of George Scroope -Gentleman. Son of Adrian Scroope esq. Who departed this LYFE the 9th Day of February 1614″
This then is quite late example of the genre.
It measures 12 inches wide by 27 inches tall and is in good condition. The original brass is located in a church in Hambeldon, Hampshire in the south of England where funerary brasses are most common.
Although entirely unrelated the word ‘scroop’ is an obscure term used to denote the rustle of silk.
July 19, 2013
I’ve seen lots of vintage south east Asian wall rubbings over the years but this is one of the finest. I’m still partial to our giant piece, featuring Vishnu and Garuda (marked down to only $250 and if it doesn’t go soon I’m going to have to tear out the ceiling to put it in my house) but this one is pretty great on its own.
It features a battle scene with elephants and someone (on the left) getting the bad end of a sharp object.
Damn western culture. I should know what the panel tells, the story behind the art but . . .
In frame it is about 28 inches tall and 26 inches wide. It is in excellent condition and my presumption is that this is from Cambodia and probably 1970′s vintage.
April 6, 2013
We were told this Kutani (Japan) bowl was from ‘around’ 1900. Since the bottom is only marked with the Kutani mark we’ve no way of knowing how much ‘around’ there is. My guess is that around is a pretty roomy place.
Following the McKinley Tariff Act of 1891 all goods intended for import to the United States were supposed to be marked with the country of origin. This is not marked however but there is a good chance it originally had a paper label or it was made for domestic use.
About 9 3/4 inches in diameter.
It is in very good condition. As shown in the gallery pictures below there is some wear to the over-glaze paint but it is generally localized.
February 20, 2013
An interesting set of three advertising cards which proclaim “I use celluloid eye-glasses” and featuring children as little flowers.
These are patented* eyeglasses and can be found for sale by W. W. Martin of Salem, Oregon.
Since there are others out there with nationwide range (including Jacksonville, Florida; Claremont, New Hampshire; and Danbury, Connecticut)these cards were likely provided by the glasses maker.
W.W. Martin was William Willard Martin who opened a “jewelry” business in Salem soon after emigrating from Pennsylvania in 1865. He operated his store until about 1904 when he was “obliged to give up his business interests owing to failing health. His condition became weaker day by day and he finally spent most of his hours in a small study on the second story of his home where he could tinker with his jewelry instruments and optical paraphernalia. When physicians finally decided that his malady was tuberculosis he began the study of optometry to occupy his mind and during the past few years received diplomas conferring upon him the degree of doctor of optics and doctor of optometry (passage is from his obituary).
His declining health ultimately resulted in his death in 1914. There is a good possibility that his store carried eye wear before his retirement so these probably date to the turn of the century plus or minus a decade or more.
The cars are mounted on a green background and secured between a piece of glass and foam-board. This display measures 9 by 14 1/2 inches. Each card is 2 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches; they are in very good condition and are blank on the back (except for some light pencil arithmetic on one).
*It appears the patent was for the manufacturing process.
November 13, 2012
I hadn’t thought about brass rubbings in a long time. My next door neighbor when I was a kid had some but I’d pretty much forgotten them until I saw these.
I’ve fully intended, for several weeks now to take a walk to my wonderful local library, get a few books on brass rubbings and figure out who these people were. Unfortunately there have been other things to do and now that my house has been inspected by a local energy efficiency remodeling program* I won’t be seeing the inside of a library for quite some time.
So, we have two brass rubbings for sale. These are part of a tradition of copying funerary brass monuments onto paper using graphite, chalk or colored wax.
This st was done with heavy black paper and gold colored wax and probably were done in the 1960′s or possibly the 1970′s (before government agencies banned the practice due to excessive wear).
The smaller one, pictured on the left above, is an ecclesiastical male figure and measures 15 inches by 31 1/2 inches. The larger one is of a woman with a belt with emblems that look similar to Tudor or Yorkshire Roses and it measures 18 3/4 inches by 41 1/2 inches.
They are both in good condition and we’re selling them separately. $50 each, framed.
*The take aways were that the “house breathes well”, the inspector when we bought it was a hack and that our house is really weird. Apparently when it was built they had a nearly flat roof and then added the peaked roof later, which is something that may be unique in Portland. Obviously whatever the story is, I’ve got a lot of work to do.
March 24, 2012
Unfortunately it was the “smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked” rather than the mathematician and founder of cybernetics, Norbert Wiener, who was way more fun than a giant wheeled sausage.
Another in our recent series of Wallyware items, this time featuring Wally, a tube-meat shaped car (there’s a bit of symbolism for ya’) and a possibly illicit government grant.
Next time: Wally and the Beaver.
January 23, 2012
I know it feel like no one knows how it is, but we’ve been there Wally, we have. The first step though is to recognize you have a problem . . .
Eight inches in diameter, by Wallyware.