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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:
https://issuu.com/clarens/docs/magic_haiti_3_-_lite_version

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Art Nouveau Original Watercolor Dated 1912

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Item Name
Violette Stevens
Price
Sold – Thank You – $75.00 USD
Condition
Antique
Category
Art – Watercolor
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4305
Description

This charming 1912 watercolor of a pair of birds perched on vines with pink and white flowers was painted by 15 year old Violette Stevens, who signed and dated her artwork lower right. On the back, the original dust paper is intact and Ms. Stevens inscribed it in pencil in two places. On the upper portion, she wrote “Painted in watercolors April 1912 Age 15 Great Falls, Montana”. At the bottom, she wrote “Age 15-My water colors”. Great Falls is a very progressive planned city that had a number of cultural activities at that time, including art clubs and painting groups. Violette Stevens, whose name appeared in newspapers of the time as Violet, grew up to work for the U.S. Forest Service as a stenographer and also worked as assistant county clerk prior to marrying Mr. R.S. Nyhagen on April 24, 1919. We have other biographical details on her, which we’d be glad to share with the purchaser of her lovely artwork.

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The painting measures approximately 9 inches by 9 inches including the 1/2 inch wide gilded wood frame, carved with flowing Art Nouveau designs. The artwork, frame and glass are all in excellent condition with no damage and very little wear. With its petite size, this painting is perfect to hang or prop on a shelf or easel, alone or as part of a grouping.

© Linda Henrich

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1940’s Wool Braided Rug Hand Made

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Item Name
Wool Braided Rug
Price
$115.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Rugs – Home Decor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4260
Description

This oval hand made, hand braided rug is thick and heavy, feels great underfoot and is very clean. It measures 41 inches long and 31 inches wide and has had minimal use so it’s not matted down. The fabrics are 1940’s wool tweeds, mostly suiting fabrics, with solid black and brown strips braided in for accents. There are no spots where the braids have come unstitched and no tears in the fabrics. The lovely soft colors are easy to decorate with and, like most braided rugs, it’s fully reversible.
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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Ships worldwide from United States

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Sculpture of a Brahman Cow Hand Wrought Copper

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Item Name
Copper Brahman Cow Sculpture
Price
$75.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Metalware – Art
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4289
Description

  • Vintage item
  • Ships worldwide from United States

This handsome hand wrought, hollow copper sculpture is of a Brahman cow. In minimalist fashion, the artist depicted the hump on her back, her large pendulous ears, long tail, curved horns and four teat udder. Expertly cut and welded, this piece has a lovely darkened patina and stands sturdily wherever she’s placed. Measuring 8 3/4 inches long, 5 1/2 inches tall to the top of her back and in excellent condition, this sculpture is a one of a kind art find.

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Covered Pie Plate by Robinson-Ransbottom Blue Sponged Stoneware

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Item Name
Blue Sponged Stoneware Pie Plate
Price
Sold – Thank You – $70.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Pottery – Kitchen
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4279
Description

  • Vintage item from the 1980s

This pie pan and its matching lid were made of grey stoneware with overall blue sponging by the Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery in Roseville, Ohio. They are in absolutely pristine, unused condition, with no marks, chips or cracks. The pie plate is 9 1/2 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep, while the lid is 10 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall to the top of the round knob handle. The set weighs 6 1/4 pounds and has impressed marks on the bottom that read: Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery Roseville, Ohio USA.

The Ransbottom brothers—Frank, Ed and Mort—started a pottery in 1900 that became the largest producer of stoneware jars. In the 1920’s, when stoneware jars were losing popularity, they merged with the Robinson Clay Products Company to become RRP, making bricks, sewer tiles and other clay products; they added kitchen wares in the 1930’s. They proved to be one of the few companies that made it into the 21st century producing serviceable stoneware (they went out of business in 2005).

This spongeware set can be used for your favorite pie recipe or as a covered serving dish and looks great sitting on a cupboard shelf.

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Soup Bowl & Spoon Set Marked YAGI Japanese Fine Porcelain

Japanese Fine Porcelain Soup Bowl & Spoon Set Marked YAGI

Item Name
Porcelain YAGI Soup Bowl & Spoon
Price
$24.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
China – Dining
Availability
In Stock 1 – 2pc
Item #
PYH – 4218
Description

A perfect bowl and spoon for clear soups and broths, this blue and white Japanese fine porcelain is decorated with catfish, koi and dragons or sea serpents. The bowl is 4 inches across, 2 inch high and holds about 8 ounces. The matching spoon is 5 3/4 inches long and 2 inches across at the widest point. The bowl has a raised mark on the bottom that reads “YAGI,”
while the spoon is unsigned with kiln marks on the reverse. Both are in exceptional condition, ready to use and admire.
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Art Deco Women by Achatit Werkstätten West German Wall Masks

Wall Masks West German Pair Deco Women Achatit Werkstätten

Item Name
Wall Mask Pair of Women
Price
$110.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
HomeDecor -Wall Masks
Availability
In Stock 1 Pair
Item #
PYH – 4256
Description

This dramatic Deco pair of wandmaskes {wall masks} comes from the workshops of the German company Achatit Werkstätten, which was founded in 1948 by Hans Schirmer and the sculptor Peter Ludwig, who designed these fantastic wall masks. They trademarked a new material, one made by boiling fine powdered stone with sawdust and a binding agent, which was then poured into a mold. After they cooled, the sculptures were painted and/or gilded, then polished with agate stones. The word agate is “achat” in German, which is how both the material and the company got their names. The process produced a non-ceramic material that is often mistaken for ceramic.

Both of these wall sculptures are 10 inches tall and project about 3 1/2 inches out from the wall. The lady on the left in photograph #1 measures 6 inches at its widest, while the one on the right is 7 1/2 inches at its widest. The right hand one has two gold foil labels on the back; one label has the company name and a drawing of a sculptured head, while the other label reads HANDARBEIT {handwork/handmade}, MADE IN GERMANY HANDIWORK. Both were made in the 1950’s {later ones use the copyright symbol or the word copyright}. Although they are marked ‘made in Germany,’ they were actually made in West Germany, in the city of Cologne {Köln in German}, which was located in West Germany during the decades that Germany was divided.

These beautiful wall masks are in fantastic condition, with no chips, cracks or discernible wear to the paint or finish. Perfect for that spot where a painting or print just won’t do. More Details…

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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