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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.

© Linda Henrich

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Chocolate Slag Glass Rose Candy Dish by Fenton

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  • Vintage item
  • Price $90.00
  • Ships worldwide from United States

This beautiful open rose shaped covered candy bowl is #54 of an edition of 650 made by Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown, West Virginia. The glass is chocolate slag, with its lovely variations in color and fine streaks of chocolate throughout. The lid is topped with a finial in the shape of a finely molded butterfly.

Both the inner lid and the bottom of the bowl are marked with the raised mark of the name Fenton in an oval. The bottom is also etched with the limited edition information #54/650—see photograph #5, right side and be sure to zoom. This candy dish is one of the over 1400 pieces Fenton made for QVC, the home shopping TV network, starting in the late 1980’s.

This collectible Fenton piece is in very nice condition. There are no cracks or chips; there is a tiny fleabite on the inner rim that supports the lid, along with a few minute rough spots that you can’t see but can feel with your finger. It’s 5 1/2 inches tall to the top of the butterfly wings and 5 inches across the widest part of the bowl and weighs 8 1/2 ounces. It’s a lovely gift for a Fenton collector or a choice addition to your collection.

© Linda Henrich

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Collectors Society Limited Edition Wedgwood Pitcher

Collectors Society Limited Edition Wedgwood Pitcher

Item Name
Wedgwood Pitcher
Price
Sold – Thank You – $38.00
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Pottery
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4321

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Description

This English creamware pitcher, so like the Liverpool jugs in its body shape and black transfer decoration, was made by Wedgwood as a limited edition sold only to members of the Wedgwood Collectors Society. The printed Wedgwood mark on the bottom, also in black, began to be used in 1974, when they added the circled R (®) to show that the company name was registered. The other mark, denoting that the jug was made for the Society, features a drawing of Josiah Wedgwood, the founder of the pottery, in the center. The creamy earthenware of the body is also known as “Queen’s Ware.”

The transfer on the one side of the pitcher shows a shepherd and his flock, a popular 18th/19th century art subject. The transfer on the other side shows a couple sharing tea and cakes, with their footman standing by with the teapot; they’re reputed to be Josiah Wedgwood and his wife Sarah. The engraving pictured in #5 is that of the Wedgwood family at Etruria Hall, their country house in Staffordshire, in 1780. Josiah and Sarah are on the bench in this print, also. As an interesting aside, Josiah and Sarah were the grandparents of Charles Darwin, who inherited wealth from the pottery that enabled him to carry out his famous scientific explorations.

The pitcher measures 5 ” tall, about 5″ from the tip of spout to outer edge of the C-shaped handle, and weighs just under one pound. It’s in pristine condition, appearing unused, but for a minute chip on the bottom (photograph #4). This is a lovely vintage gift for a Wedgwood collector or an Anglophile.

© Linda Henrich

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PYH 4321

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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© Linda Henrich

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1940’s Wool Braided Rug Hand Made

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Item Name
Wool Braided Rug
Price
Sold – Thank You – $115.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Rugs – Home Decor
Availability
In Stock 0
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.
© Linda Henrich

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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
Sold – Thank You – $75.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Metalware – Art
Availability
In Stock 0
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.

© Linda Henrich

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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…

PYH 4256

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