Folk Art

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

© Linda Henrich

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Barbara Bourgeau-Richards Folk Art Print

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Item Name
Barbara  Bouregeau – Richards Print
Price
Sold – Thank You – $24.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Print
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4041
Description

This small framed print is of an original watercolor by Barbara Bourgeau-Richards, a self-taught folk artist and a native of Michigan who began painting in 1986. She specializes in watercolor vignettes, many of which are in private and corporate collections and museums. (more…)

Folk Art Wooden Bowls Carved and Pyrographied

Folk Art Wooden Bowls Carved and Pyrographied

Item Name
Wooden Bowls Carved and Pyrographied
Price
Sold – Thank You – $150.00 USD
Condition
Antique
Category
Wood Carving – Bowls
Availability
In Stock 0 – 2pc
Item #
PYH – 4190
Description

These exceptional antique wooden bowls were both made by the same craftsperson in the early 1900’s. They were turned, carved and then decorated by pyrography, (pyro=fire, graphy=drawing, writing). A wood-burning tool was used to burn designs into the wood and sometimes items were painted, as these two were, with their now faded tones of green and red.

Although the bowls appear about the same size in our photographs, the one on the left in photo #1 is larger. The interior is carved with three clusters of grapes and three grape leaves; the rim is encircles by a carved vine. Using the wood-burning technique, the maker created a rough bark-like surface over the entire interior (photo #2). The outside of the bowl was burned in tiny pinpoints over the entire surface, along with stylized, painted leaf and flower decorations (photo #3). This bowl has aged out of round; it measures 11 1/4 inches in diameter one way and 12 inches the other. It stands 5 inches tall and has a 4 3/4 inch round base that’s 3/4 inch tall. This bowl has a few age hairlines in it, none of which are obvious or threaten the sturdiness of the bowl.
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Indian Gathering Basket Amazon Baniwa Tribe, South America

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Item Name
Gathering Basket
Price
Sold – Thank You  – $75.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Baskets – Home Decor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4184
Description

This intricately plaited round basket is called a waláya (flat basket bowl). It was made by the Baniwa tribe of the Rio Negro (Black River) area which borders Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela in the Amazon rainforest. The basket, used for food gathering, was woven of straw extract from a plant called Arumã de Mato, an herb that grows in swampy areas. (more…)

Circa 1850 Antique Beehive Jug

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Item Name
Antique Beehive Jug
Price
$150.00 USD
Condition
Antique
Category
Pottery – Jug – Redware
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4167
Description

This is a fine example of early redware pottery, found in West Virginia and made in that area circa 1850. The shape of this beehive jug starts out as ovoid below the thick collar of the mouth, then follows a straight line down to the base. (more…)

Chalkware Indian 1950’s Seashell Lamp With Large Abalone Shell

 

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Sea Shell Lamp
Price
Sold – Thank You – $75.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Lamp- TV – Accent
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4164
Description

This mid 20th century TV lamp has all the bells and whistles: lots of large, perfect shells on an “ocean waves” plaster base, an abalone shell backdrop and a painted chalkware Indian brave in the seashell forest. In the 1950’s, more and more homes had televisions, and since people watched screens in dark movie theatres, it was thought that TV’s should be watched the same way, to avoid eye strain or even eye damage. The postwar creativity in home decor was nowhere better expressed than in the designs of these lamps that decorated one of the new possessions Americans were most proud of.

Photograph #1 shows the lamp unlit; photos #2 and #5 show it lit with the low wattage, night light bulb (included). This bulb is clear; you can easily change it out to a colored one if you prefer. Rather than lots of little bitty shells, there are eleven large shells in front that include a rooster tail conch, a tiger cowrie and an areola babylon. The abalone shell is a beauty, standing 7 inches tall and 6 3/4 inches across at the widest point. The pearly surface on the inside does a wonderful job of reflecting and amplifying the light. The length of cord extending from the lamp is about 30 inches; both it and the plug are in fine condition and you can use an extension cord to reach further if needed. The oval base is 7 3/4 inches by 6 3/4 inches and about 1 inch thick; the overall height of the lamp is 8 inches and it weighs a little under 4 pounds. It’s in amazing condition–no chips, no cracks, no dings. It’s a terrific accent lamp and a guaranteed conversation starter.

FYI: The vintage lamps we sell are all in working order when we ship them to you, but we do recommend that you have them checked out for long-term use by a licensed electrician, since we are not electrical experts.

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Studio Pottery Pitcher Hand Thrown Great Abstract Designs

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Item Name
Signed Pottery Pitcher Great Designs
Price
$35.00
Condition
Vintage
Description

This hand thrown studio pottery pitcher has so many designs and textures going on, it’s a decorative delight. The rough tan stoneware clay it’s made of provides a speckled background for the glaze colors of seafoam green, caramel, cream, black and ruby red. There’s a brown drip that runs horizontally below the rim of the mouth and the abstract designs are raised, curved and swirled. The handle was pulled from the clay and given a half seafoam, half caramel color treatment, raised ridges and an interesting pinched treatment at the base. There’s a lovely open, rounded spout. The seafoam green was dripped into the interior, which was given a coat of cream. Only the bottom is unglazed, and is signed with a confident incised mark that we have yet to identify.

The pitcher’s height is about 5 inches, it’s 6 inches from spout to handle and it’s 4 inches from front to back. The piece weighs a little over a pound and is in terrific condition. Since the interior is glazed, it will hold liquids–about 2 1/2 cups (20 ounces). It’s an art pottery piece with lots of flair for a collection or home/office decoration.

PYH 4107

Green and brown drip glaze pitcher bottom mark view

 

Green and brown drip glaze pitcher rim view

 

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Tonalá Mexico Bruñido Pottery Hand Painted Wall Charger

Tonala Mexican Platter Front view

Item Name
Mexican Hand Painted Wall Charger
Price
$55.00
Condition
Vintage
Description

Of all the traditional ceramics made in Tonalá, Jalisco State, Mexico, this type, called bruñido (burnished) is the best known. These pieces are not glazed, but, after the hand painted designs are applied, are coated with slip (liquid clay) and then polished with a stone. The central motif on this wall charger or platter are a pair of quail watching a flock in the sky with a very fanciful, stylized background of flowers and leaves. The border motifs are various colored lines and leaves. Colors used were grey, ocher, green, white and black. The back of the platter is unglazed and there is a molded hanger so it can be hung on a wall or can stand alone on a table, dresser or shelf. It’s stamped in black ‘Mexico’ (photograph #4). (more…)