Sunday, January 13, 2019


With the help of Reddit the hallmarks have been deciphered.  This spoon was made in 2000 by James Brent Ward, I bought it directly from him years ago in Edinburgh but subsequently forgot his name.  Good thing we have makers marks I guess!  I may not have been born with a silver spoon but I have one now.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Mystery Object

Found on the side of the rode in Chicago-- metal sign.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Fawn Planters

Small planters made in the shape of deer fawns are almost a genre in their own right.  There are dozens of different shapes and makers.  Here are a few of my own.

Shawnee fawn planter -- beige.  Also comes in yellow, green and pink, sometimes with red painted eyes and tongue.  Just over 7 inches high.  Value: ~$15-30.  Shawnee Pottery Company (1937-1961) was based in Ohio and is popular with collectors.

Royal Haeger fawn and stump planter -- Also comes in white, pink, lilac and green.  6.5 inches high. Value: ~$10-20

Its actually kind of hard to grown anything in these but succulents can do quite well.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Night Carousel -- Maureen Crowley

I came across this work by a local artist at a resale shop.  So of course it had to come home with me.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Centaur with Cornucopia

This metal statue of unknown origin is possibly intended to be a bookend or doorstop; the tendency for them to be found in pairs and the size suggests bookends to me.

It shows a rearing centaur holding a cornucopia.  Nine inches tall, cardboard and green felt base, unmarked.  Possibly originally gilt but maybe not--found painted various colors.  The material seems to be spelter (zinc alloy).

Identified by Galerie de l'Art Nouveau on Ruby Lane as circa 1869-1900, but I would guess it is more likely to be mid-century -- 1950's-ish.

Value: Maybe $25

Other examples

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kazukiewicz Frolics Painting

I am just posting pictures here while I ask around to see if anyone has some ideas or insight about this 2 1/2 foot wide, rather soiled, oil painting.  Probably an amateur work, of indeterminate age and origin.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Van Ness Roses ?

My thrift store purchase of the day is this watercolor of a bunch of roses.

I think it may be by Beatrice Whitney Van Ness (1888-1981) , the signature has some consistencies as shown below.

Van Ness typically signed her full name and was known for figures and landscapes, however.  No other still life works are coming up online.