This very unusual, and very well made, handmade clown who was lovingly made down to the small red heart in the glaze on one of its two ceramic saddle shoes. The details are endearing. He was made with a flexible metal armiture enabling movement of arms, legs . He is cushy, soft with the exception of the ceramic details. The head, hands, and shoes with a lone big toe sticking out are fired, and glazed ceramic. His fine hair looks like it was pressed through a ricer or similar extruding device. His clothing is made of fabric and felt with internal stuffing. He is very clean, with ony a few nicks in the glaze on the soles of his shoes. A friend gave him to us in the late 90s when she was down sizing, to include in our large figurative collection.
Measurements: 18″ standing, 6″ shoulder width
We purchased this small pitcher cup in the early 90s at an estate sale of a prominent, well traveled family who lived in Cincinnati along with another pitcher and a simple, similarly styled and fired black bowl. We believe it to be from the late 40s or early 50s purchased among other significant treasures from a trip west before their children were born and raised. The clay, glaze and firing are indicative of Pueblo pottery, particularly San Ildefonso, such as the black on black pottery made famous by the late Maria Martinez. While this piece exhibits less stylization, and unfortunately no signature, we believe it, and the other objects procured simultaneously, were made in the same era as Maria Martinez’s early work.
Measurements: 7″ tall, 3.5″ diameter, 5″ wide including handle
Swatch watch collectors have the High Tech 2 on their list of must haves! This model is rarely found or sold. It was originally purchased in 1984. Retro, rare, and highly collectible this vintage men’s 34 mm diameter GA101 watch was produced for the Fall – Winter 1984 Swatch Collection. Its black band is plastic, its front is clear with visible movement, gray hour and minute hands and a red second hand. Like all Swatch watches of that era, it is a Swiss quartz, battery operated analog watch which is water resistant to 3 Bar/100′. It has a new battery. It is in good vintage condition, some light scratches and wear indicative of use, see photographs.
Measurements: 34.00 mm diameter case, 9.00 mm thick case, 17.00 mm strap width
This gorgeous three piece set includes one bowl, a tray insert, and a glass bowl insert. Two of the three pieces could be used independently of the others. An ideal use would be for an hors d’oeuvre that should remain cold. Imagine: ice in the bowl, shrimp arranged on the tray, a cocktail sauce in the glass bowl. Or, better, the elegance and beauty of caviar presented in this refined vessel. Marked Nan Swid with sticker “Made in China” this bowl was created prior to 1982 when Nan Swid and Addie Powell left Knoll International and founded SwidPowell.
Known for producing objects with form and function, SwidPowell commissioned pieces from internationally known architects. Architects included Richard Meier, Robert A.M. Stern, Frank Gehry and other design luminaries. The wares they produced ranged from silver to porcelain, candlesticks to tea pots.
The two pieces are silver plated, the third, glass. All pieces are in very good to excellent vintage condition.
Measurements: 10″ diameter x 4.75″ tall, glass bowl 3.5″ x 2.25″
This beautifully made naturally dyed woven wood pumpkin orange basket was purchased at a juried outdoor art and craft event in the mid-west in the 80s. It is large, double handled, with very nice detailed weaving techniques. Clean in excellent vintage condition this lovely basket was originally made as a piece to be displayed. Well constructed, it could also serve practical means for light garden use for gathering flowers, or herbs, or beans…. Definitely feature this basket over the harvest season and Thanksgiving to convey abundance.
A beautifully hand woven split and natural willow basket. It was purchased in the 80s at a juried art and craft fair in the midwest. Large and fully functional, it was originally made and then purchased as a display piece. A great piece around which to build a collection of fine baskets or as an addition to your existing group.
The perfect size vessel to hold pencils, pens, or posies on your desk or table. Hand thrown, it was initialed by the artist, purchased at a summer art fair in the mid-west in the early 70s. It has an blue and rust colored glaze which is appropriate for the organic craft era in which it was made and purchased. Would be nice as a start to or and addition to collection of similar period work.
Although these bottles were still used in the 50s, they were only dispensed with potent potables by Pharmacists. This hand blown calibrated glass bottle could be up-cycled for another potent potable such as your custom cooking oil infused with homegrown peppers, garlic, or perhaps rosemary. Using your imagination, there is no limit! And, what a unique container to re-seal with wax and present as a dinner host or hostess gift at a later date?