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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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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.

© Linda Henrich

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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.
© Linda Henrich

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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 

 

Rose Medallion Hand Enameled 10 Inch Round Tray

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Item Name
Chinese Rose Medallion Tray
Price
$55.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Dining-Enameled Tray
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4151
Description

This serving tray was made in China and nicely hand enameled with the Rose Medallion pattern of four panels around a central circle. Two of the panels have tree peonies and a bird and two have Chinese people pictured in their home. Each panel is bordered by a gilt strap with green scrollwork vines, each ending in a butterfly at the center. and “Fu” bats, symbols of happiness, at the other ends. For more picture and information please click here…

Bamboo Pattern Occupied Japan 12 Inch Platter (Sold)

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Item Name
Occupied Japan Bamboo Platter
Price
Sold – Thank You – $40.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Home Decor- Dining – Platter
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 3969
Description

So often china or pottery pieces need to be part of a grouping to have any impact, but this platter is so striking it stands on its own as a mid century modern design statement. It was made in Japan during the 1945-1952 Allied occupation. It was handcrafted and is so marked in brown script on the reverse, along with OCCUPIED JAPAN and BAMBOO, which is obviously the pattern name. In the center of those marks is the symbol for UCAGCO, a superimposed U over a C over a G. UCAGCO is an acronym for United China and Glass Company, which was a distributor of dinnerware and glassware from Japan with offices in New Orleans and New York.

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Vintage Karlsruhe West German Pottery

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Item Name
WGP 7274 Karlsruher Dish
Price
$95.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Pottery – West German – Handle Dish
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4197
Description

This striking large, low bowl was made in the 1960’s by Karlsruher Majolika Manufaktur in Karlsruhe, West Germany. The company began in 1901 and is still in business. This piece was designed by Friedgard Glatzle; she worked there from 1951 to 1980, designing more than 1200 models. (more…)

Antique-Gold Colored Blown Bowl

Art Glass Centerpiece Blown Bowl Gilded Classic Modernism

Item Name
Glass Centerpiece Bowl
Price
$125.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Glass – Bowl – Home Decor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 3914
Description

This gleaming glass bowl has an inverted atomic shape and a fascinating finish. On the interior of the bowl the color, which appears to have been brushed on, looks silvery. However, on the outside, it’s mottled in coppery gold and antique gold and shiny gold interspersed with small clear areas. (more…)