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American Designer Woodworker George Biersdorf Vintage Cherry Wood Bud Vase

Cherry Wood Bud Vase by George Biersdorf / Noted American Designer Woodworker

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This finely hand turned wood bud vase is by the noted designer woodworker George Biersdorf of Cooksville, Maryland. Mr. Biersdorf, a professional woodworker since 1973, uses only hardwoods that are native to the U.S., most of which he harvests and dries himself. He does not use endangered species and all his finishes are natural. Since he has no assistants or employees, each of his studio creations is his alone. His current focus is on creating spectacular, unusual lamps and lampshades. Our final photo is of George Biersdorf with some of his lighting, courtesy of his website http://www.georgebiersdorf.com/

This bud vase is in excellent condition with no chips, no cracks and the beautifully-grained cherry wood is unfaded and just glows. It’s 5 inches tall, has a 2 3/4 inch diameter base and weighs about 10 ounces. Burned into the wood bottom is the signature and date: G Biersdorf 1979. As he often did, Mr. Biersdorf attached a paper label that identifies the wood as cherry and the original price as $6.00 (!). This is the perfect size vase to tuck on a shelf or table, alone or in a grouping.

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Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Vincenzo Nason

Vincenzo Nason Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Original Label

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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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Chocolate Slag Glass Rose Candy Dish by Fenton

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  • Price $90.00
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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.

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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:
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Bronze Glazed Lady’s Head Stoneware Sculpture

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Item Name
Head Sculpture Stoneware
Price
$325.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Sculpture
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4257
Description

This one of a kind original sculpture was made of heavy natural clay, hollow but weighing nine pounds, two ounces. The subject is a very sensitively portrayed woman’s head that was given a finish of bronze colored glaze, with darker glaze in the nooks and crannies to emphasize details like hair and eyes. Obviously done by a very talented sculptor, it is unsigned or marked in any way.

This wonderful sculpture stands 10 inches tall and measures 8 inches across the widest part of the woman’s face. The flared base is oval, 5 inches by 4 1/2 inches and the piece is in excellent condition–no cracks or breaks, no marring of the glaze. This is a work of art you’ll be proud to own and display.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 

 

Antique Black Basalt Cream Jug Griffin Handle Circa 1860

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Item Name
Caledonian Pottery Pitcher
Price
$60.00 USD
Condition
Antique
Category
Home Decor – Black Pitcher
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4207
Description

This black basalt cream jug or pitcher was made by the Caledonian Pottery, which was established circa 1800 on the banks of the Monkland canal in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1872, the pottery moved to Rutherglen by the railroad tracks and was closed in 1928. Black basalt porcelain was an innovation of Josiah Wedgwood in the late 1700’s; he called it “Basaltes Ware”, naming it after the volcanic rock basalt. It is a type of clay that starts out brown but fires black with an appearance that is almost glass-like. There are no marks to the base on this piece. 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…