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Internationally Renowned Potter Clary Illian Vintage Stoneware Bowl

Vintage Stoneware Bowl, by Clary Illian Bernard Leach Protégée Internationally Renownedifull view-whiteout-etsy slide-3000 x 2455.jpg

$249.00

This large yet graceful, beautifully glazed stoneware bowl was made by Clary Illian of Ely, Iowa. Producing ceramics since the early 1960’s, she is now 50 years into her career and is internationally known. Ms. Illian apprenticed under Bernard Leach at the famed Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall from 1964 through 1965. Seventeen of her ceramic pieces are in the David and Louise Rosenfield Collection. which includes at present count 2681 contemporary ceramics by 562 artists. Her pieces are also in the collection of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, where she was a ‘Visiting Artists and Workshop Instructor’ in the 1970’s, along with luminaries such as Peter Voulkos, and was also an ‘Artist in Residence’ there in 1981. We’ve included a photograph of Ms. Illian at work, along with a picture of the cover of her book, “A Potter’s Workbook.”

This expertly hand made piece is simple in form, with a wide, flattened dry rim and a lovely curve to the body that exhibits Ms. Illian’s finger marks inside and out. This master potter, however, has embellished that simple form with a row of tiny rectangular notches on the inner and outer rims and then applied a gorgeous chocolate brown glaze. It’s variegated and dripped, ending in small pools here and there at the outer base. On the interior bottom the glaze forms a whirlpool and the bowl is finished with a high gloss clear top glaze. Ms. Illian’s distinctive maker’s mark is impressed near the rim, shown close up in our photograph # 4.

The bowl is 14 inches across the top, tapering to an unglazed bottom 8 1/2 inches across. It stands 4 3/4 inches high and weighs a whopping 7 3/4 pounds. The bowl is in outstanding condition, with no chips, cracks or crazing. It’s a handsome piece of 20th century stoneware by a famed artisan.

Shipping Note: Due its weight and size, we will definitely ship this bowl Parcel Select Ground Insured (read: cheaper and slow) unless you choose otherwise at checkout.

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PYH 4585

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Fox Hunt Scene, Antique English Cecil Aldin Chromolithograph 1900 Original Fallowfield Hunt Series

Antique English Fox Hunt Scene, Cecil Aldin Chromolithograph 1900 Original Fallowfield Hunt Series

This vivid, humorous English sporting print is an original chromolithograph of ‘Breakfast at the Three Pigeons’ by Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, R.B.A. (1870-1935). It’s from his first set of hunting prints, entitled “The Fallowfield Hunt,” which he began to publish in 1899. The set instantly became popular in both the U.K. and the U.S. and has remained so for over a century.

This scene shows the fox hunters breakfasting at the Three Pigeons Pub in Fallowfield, a suburb of Manchester, England. Their hounds are baying at the open door of the beamed ceiling dining room, no doubt anxious to get a taste of the side of ham on the long trestle table. The artwork is inscribed lower right in the matrix ‘Cecil Aldin 1900,’ his hand lettered signature a lovely example of an Arts and Crafts era font. Photograph #10 pictures Cecil Aldin with one of his beloved dogs.

The print is 15 inches by 24 inches ( 21 inches by 30 inches overall), surrounded by a 3 inch’ wide, grooved oak frame painted flat black. There is a half round gilt fillet and the covering glass is somewhat wavy. A hanging wire is installed on the back and it appears the intact paper dust cover is original. The frame, which we believe is original to the print, is in very good condition, with some scattered rubs to the paint and slight separation at the corners. A portion of one edge about 4 inches long on the left side was brushed with gold paint (see photograph # 7); this could be covered with flat black paint—we leave that to the buyer’s choice. The print itself is in excellent condition, no stains or tears, the colors fresh and perhaps even more vibrant than we were able to capture in our photographs. It’s a handsome, elegant way to bring rural England to your home.

Note: This print complete with glass and frame weighs 7 pounds, 6 ounces

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PYH 4490

Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Vincenzo Nason

Vincenzo Nason Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Original Label

OVERVIEW

  • Vintage item
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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This fabulous cased glass trumpet vase was mouth blown by Vincenzo Nason in Murano, Italy, in the 1990’s. The thin walled glass is an unusual color on the exterior, appearing a smoky grey or a grey tinted greenish, depending on the lighting. The cased layer on the interior is a vibrant cherry red. Standing 11 1/4 inches tall, it weighs a considerable 4 1/4 pounds. The flared mouth is 7 1/4 inches across while the bulbous base is 6 1/2 inches in diameter. The vase retains its original V. Nason & C. Murano Italy label with its white lettering printed on clear and also bears the diamond-engraved signature V. Nason on the bottom of the piece, shown in our photograph # 7. The bottom also exhibits a very large polished pontil scar. It’s in spectacular condition, showing virtually no wear.

After training at the famous Venini glassworks in Venice, Vincenzo Nason established his own glassworks called Vincenzo Nason & Cie in 1967, the name changing to V. Nason in 1989. The firm is no longer in business, having closed around the turn of the 21st century.

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PYH 4467

Qing Dynasty Antique Wedding Basket

Antique Chinese Wedding Basket Rattan and Bamboo Qing Dynasty

Overview

  • Antique item from the 1800s
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  • 20 1/2 inches tall
  • 16 inches across

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This handsome basket exhibits the exceptional workmanship and detailing that was given to both useful and ornamental objects by Chinese craftsmen. Baskets like these are commonly called wedding baskets but they are actually betrothal baskets. The two lidded compartments, finely woven of rattan, were used to transport gifts such as tea sets, linens, incense, candles and snacks and beverages.

The frame is dark reddish brown bamboo, the two sides beautifully carved with auspicious symbols and fastened with brass circlets. They form “feet” at the bottom and a stationary handle at the top, which can be used to carry the basket when it is filled and quite heavy. The wooden handle is surmounted by a heavy hand-wrought brass carrying handle set on an ornamental back plate pierced with symbols. The rattan portion of the topmost lid was woven in two colors to form a shòu character, symbol of longevity, wishing long life to the betrothed couple. There are also two small feet that support the basket, which is 20 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bamboo handle and about 16 inches across including the side supports. The basket weighs a sturdy 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

This example has seen use and shows obvious age, having been made in the latter part of the 1800’s in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The rattan basketry is rubbed along the sides from carrying, so there are areas that are lighter in color. The brass has developed a darkened patina and there is minor chipping along the bottom edges and on the feet. As is common with Chinese lidded baskets, the most wear is to the rim of the lid, where there is some loss of the bamboo edge (pictured). Overall, the basket is in very good condition. It displays beautifully and is large enough to be used as a side table, as well as a fabulous wedding gift.

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PYH 4379

Original 1932 Impressionist Oil “Camp Fire”

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • PRICE – $220.00 USD
  • Ships worldwide from United States

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An interpretation of the artist’s emotional response to a majestic landscape, this handsome original oil on academy board is signed lower right “M. Gross.” On the verso, it’s titled “Camp Fire” and dated 1932, lower right on the dust paper over the stretcher. A snow-covered peak towers in the background– possibly Mount Dana in the Sierra Nevadas at the eastern boundary of Yosemite–fronted by a sparkling blue lake and immense fir trees. In front of the teepee-style tent is seated a man, alone in the wilderness and relaxing in front of his campfire.

Overall, the work is 17 1/2 inches wide and 14 1/2 inches top to bottom and weighs 1 pound 10 ounces. The 1 inch wide frame is original to the painting. It is matte gilded wood, with a narrow inner gilt molding, a center strip of sponge-grained dark brown with gilt and an outer gilt molding with a simple geometric design. The painting is in great condition, with a few white flecks to the upper right of the tent against the trees the only blemish. The dust paper is torn and ragged; we’ve left it in its as-found condition but it’s easily and inexpensively replaced (be sure to preserve the title and date). The frame is good structurally, with tight corners, but has a few subtle chips here and there. There’s a double wire for ease in hanging this wonderful Impressionist landscape painting.

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PYH 4386

Mermaids Haitian Steel Drum Art by Vertus Romens Fer Découpé

Steel Drum Wall Art by Haitian Vertus Romens Fer Découpé of Mermaids

Item Name
Mermaids Wall Art
Price
$95.00
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Metal
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4303
Description

Fer découpé (French for iron cut out) artwork is created from steel petrochemical drums that are cleaned and pounded flat. After drawing the designs on the metal, the bòsmetal (bosses of the metal/metal sculptors) cut them out with hammers and chisels, punch tools and nails, with no welding done. Vertus Romens, the sculptor of this intricate work, grew up in the Noialles district of Croix-des-Bouquets, a village outside the capital of Port-au-Prince where this craft originated. Poverty inspired the salvage of materials for art; the use of steel drums was pioneered starting in the 1950’s. Romens learned to sculpt at an early age and became a prominent metal craftsman.

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The sirene, or mermaid, is one of the spirits of Haitian vodou; she represents beauty and wealth. One of the mermaids in this work is playing a saxophone; the sax is used in several types of Haitian music, such as Compas. Both of the mermaids have shimmering scales, are wearing bikinis and are accompanied by a large fish; they are standing on a base of waves and sea grasses, with a flower extending up between them. Vertus Romens signed this piece by incising his name into the metal on the lower right front (photo #4 shows a close-up).

This beautiful wall sculpture measures 17 inches high, 10 inches wide and weighs 1 1/2 pounds. The sculptor finishes his pieces with a coat of lacquer, so they can be hung indoors or out; a quick spray of clear enamel or lacquer once a year will keep it in shape if you choose to use it outdoors and don’t like the rusty, weathered look. It’s easily hung with nails at one or more of the points where there are spaces between the designs. This is a highly detailed, interesting work that is a tribute to the artist’s talent for this art. It is not a perfunctory piece turned out for the tourist trade, but a one of a kind, true expression of Haitian culture.

Note: In the November 2011 issue of “Magic Haiti” Magazine there was a 2 page spread on Vertus Romens (although he was identified as Romens Vertus throughout the article). It’s entitled “When Oil Drums Become Works of Art” and you can see it here:
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Felipe Andrew Mata Ortiz Blackware Pot

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Item Name
Felipe Andrew Blackware Pot
Price
$135.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Pottery -HomeDecor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4244
Description

This exquisitely formed burnished blackware pot was created and signed by Mata Ortiz, Mexico potter Felipe Andrew. He decorated the pot with geometric designs in the traditional colors of red and green. The pot is 5 inches tall, 5 inches at its widest and stands on a small flat base 1 inch in diameter, with a neck opening the same. Señor Andrew’s name is etched on the bottom and it is in pristine condition.

Mata Ortiz is a small village in northern Mexico, very rural but home to extremely skilled potters who produce their wares without benefit of a potter’s wheel or kiln. The clay comes from the nearby hills and the pigments from plants and minerals. The works from this village appear in high-end galleries and many museums; the quality and artistry of this piece makes it a star in any collection. More Details 

 

Burl Swedish Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated ’48

Swedish Burl Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated '48

Item Name
Burl Bowl
Price
$695.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Wood Burl – Bowl-HomeDecor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4239
Description

This incredible, enormous bowl was hand crafted in Sweden of a burl from a silver birch tree. It is an example of träslöjd, traditional Swedish woodworking, with wonderful figured grain, deep color and a natural, unlacquered finish.

The form is uncommon, in that the swooping bowl is attached to another long piece of burl that serves as the pedestal, elevating the bowl for a dramatic profile. The bowl is signed on the bottom of the pedestal, burned into the wood:

Hans Thörnvall
Björk {Swedish for ‘birch’}
48
Our information is that Hans Thörnvall lived in Herrljunga in western Sweden. More Details…