June 16, 2015
According to a reliable source these are relatively modern but very well crafted tiles. We have six of them four portraying animals and two with geometric patterns. They are four inches square and quite thick in cross section. In great condition except for one little ‘pot-lid’ spall on the fish tile.
May 12, 2015
Yes! I want a friend, but I want to live, too.
A great art pottery bowl perfect for serving Korean Army Base Stew, or Budae Jjigae. Sure the bowl is rather . . . pretentious Portland foodie for such a meal so maybe it’d be better for an artisan beans and franks (or franks and beans) meal. After you’re done eating you can see the image of the creature consumed.
Mmmmm short pig.
It is 13 inches across the handles and impressed with a ceramicist’s undecipherable mark.
UPDATE: According to Carolyn, this is by Frank Gosar of “Off-Center Ceramics.” That’s great to know, thanks Carolyn!
March 12, 2015
Round up the usual suspects . . .
Five vintage Pepsi glasses featuring Warner Brothers cartoon favorites. Pint sized and in good condition.
Personally I’d keep an eye on the yellow bird, he looks shifty to me and would probably blame a cat or something.
Set for $20
March 1, 2015
Limited edition souvenir reverse painted glass sphere from the Oregon Coast. Ours is number 1 of 5000 and signed SRG. It is 4 inches diameter and made of really thick glass (over an inch). The interior is painted with a picture of Haystack Rock and the top of a lighthouse. It comes with a stand too.
January 3, 2015
Awesome vintage guitar shaped clock with a picture of Elvis (a.k.a. The King). The photo was taken when he was still in his prime, before he got really weird and was ‘killed’ by a peanut butter and banana sandwich or heart disease or a drug overdose or whatever it was.
The clock is 39 inches tall and 13* inches wide. The paint job is a sparkly red with heavy 1970’s plastic or lacquer coating.
The clock keeps time just fine and will keep time until his return from 1) a secret government location where he’s been hiding out until he returns to save the world, 2) the island paradise where he’s been kicking back with Tupac and Princess Diana, or 3) Lamuella, where he’s been working the nightclub scene.
The King is dead, long live the King.
*Cursed number coincidence? I don’t think so!
September 16, 2014
This was a new piece of material culture to me and I’ve seen a lot of maps over the years and yes, I even have a favorite map (or maybe three).
It not only interesting as a piece of functional art but as a culture statement. The plate dates to the early 19th century, ca., 1830. The form of map is a tad bit older, roughly 1000 years and is often attributed to a monk named Gyōki (668–749). It was an early attempt to show in graphic form the entire country of Japan and the basic form has remained in use ever since.
There are interesting variant maps. Some show a Land of Women along an edge. Others have a Land of Pygmies. Both are unfortunately missing on our version.
The plate is in excellent condition and serves as a reminder of how much there is to learn in the world and how much we grow accustomed to a particular version of what we’ve learned, however obsolete it may become. It measures 11 3/4 x 15 inches.
August 11, 2014
Swan or goose tile by Eunice Parsons. She just turned 97 and is still actively making art.
I’m jealous. I can make art, but finishing it is one thing and selling it in the world . . . that’s even more of a hustle.
Hats off to her though. To be making art, active and happy at nearly a century is an impressive feat.
This tile is an earlier work, before she moved to collage pieces and is dated 1983. It measures 8 3/4 inches square and came out of a home of refined taste in south east Portland. That owner originally purchased it from us about seven or so years ago. I am unsure of the provenance before that time.
July 2, 2014
A well written manuscript music sheet on vellum in brown*, red and blue ink. It bears the original pencil/carbon guide lines for inking and is 18 x 24 inches.
We’re uncertain of the date but best probability is 15th century +/- a few decades. We’ve seen very similar ones dated from the 14th century (i.e., 1300’s) to 1550 but it seems there was no cohesive logic for the dates assigned. I showed this copy to one of our local rare book experts and in his opinion it might date as late as the 17th century and is probably of Spanish origin.
Regardless, this was part of a song book, with letters large enough to be seen while standing in a choral group (think Gregorian Chants).
On one side are verses from Psalm 33 (verse 9): Gustate et videte, quoniam suavis est Dominus: beatus vir qui, the remainder of the line sperat in eo would be continued upon the next page. Roughly translated this reads O taste and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man that [hopeth in him]. Followers of the Tom Waits ‘Chocolate Jesus‘ hypothesis would no doubt agree.
On the other side is a somewhat more enigmatic phrase “Ecce enim deus adiubat me et dominus susceptor est anime mee. Conuerte mala . . . It took a bit to figure out but this is Psalm 54 and would read For behold God is my helper: and the Lord is the protector of my soul. Turn back . . . and if continued in full as on the next page of our manuscript (reading inimicis meis et in ueritate tua disperde illos) it would finish the evils upon my enemies; and cut them off in thy truth.
For a text that’s seen 500 years or more go by it is in good condition. If one were so inclined it could probably use a touch of conservation work but there are no immediately serious issues.
*Brown is a relative thing. This is really Iron gall ink
, which started out quite dark but fades to a lovely brown over time.
May 27, 2014
Another Wally plate, 8 1/4 inches in diameter.
Methinks he’s got his artist wrong, but you get the idea.
May 20, 2014
In the cutthroat world of corporate spokes-animals we have our own list of suspects. As usual there’s no proof.
8 1/4 inches in diameter.