Sunday, April 9, 2017

Colonial Couple

"Colonial Couple" is an informal name for a decal to be found on pottery from dozens of different pottery makers. It is common from the 1940s to 1970s.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"La Vierge du Sourire"

Chalkware is often used for religious statues and souvenirs.  "La vierge du sourire" is French for: The Virgin of the smile or Our Lady of the smile/smiles. This type of icon always shows the Virgin Mary on a globe, crushing a snake underfoot. This version probably dates from the 1950s or 1960s. Maker unknown.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wall Hanging Bust

Here is a new addition to my collection. Marked "44" on the base. Makers unknown.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Yellow Roses

Alice Hendee Price 1940
I found this painting at a local thrift shop for less than $10.  Someone had removed the frame, presumably attaching more value to it than to the painting. It is signed by Alice Hendee Price.

Alice Hendee Price (1889-1969) was a artist in Bronxville, New York, who was known for paining portraits but produced very diverse artworks, especially later in life. She worked from at least 1917-1956, based on newspaper reports and gallery records, including solo shows. One of her earliest works is a wartime food conservation poster.  She also created the chapel triptych shown right which was dedicated in 1947.

Her works don't have  particularly high monetary value but she is certainly a part of America's art history.

Other Works
  • Portrait of a Boy (link)--last sold in 2016 for $70
  • Landscape (link)--last sold 2016 for $200
  • Portrait of a Young Boy, 1938 (link)--last sold in 2014 for $176
  • Portrait of a Young Lady in a Purple Hat--last sold in 2014 for $130
  • Still Life/Corn (link)--last sold in 2013 for $700
  • Portrait of a Girl (link)--last sold in 2013 for $325

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mystery Masks

Here is an interesting one.  Two black plaster walling hangings.  35 x 28 inches.  From an estate sales, no other information available. 

So what do you think? Romanesque?  Interior decor?  Your guess is probably better than mine....

Monday, October 10, 2016

Plaster Molds

Below is a mold made of plaster of Paris in the image of George Washington.  Used for molding chocolate. Maker unknown.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Pan or Satyr Head

His is an example of a hand made plaster face.  It has pointed ears and horns and overall seems to be a depiction of of fawn or satyr, perhaps Pan. Although not in very good condition is is very well-made and expressive. My best guess is that is is part of some kind of theater prop. Any information or opinions abut original, construction, purpose or age appreciated.