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Friday, January 18, 2008

Bimbo's 365 Club


Bimbo's- where a nice girl can have her face immortalized on a book of matches! Pretty cool.

Tattoo Flash of Two Young Girls

Anonymous Portrait of a Girl

Folk Art Carvings By Thomas Elbert Hixson


Sold for $ 700.00 (not including premium) at Brunk Auctions.

Auction description: Carved and painted wood figures: standing man, 6-3/4 in., [losses to foot and hat brim, otherwise excellent condition]; seated man in miniature chair, 7 in.; chair with original price marked on back "10 cents", 4-3/8 in.; miniature fiddle, 3-1/8 in., carved by Thomas Elbert Hixon, 1920s or 1930s, Sequatchie and Fentress Counties, Southeastern Tennessee. Provenance: Carver was grandfather of consignor; The Collection of Tom and Ann Hixson.

1930's African American Folk Art Bottle Sculpture





Recently sold for $ 180.20 on eBay.

Seller's description: Rare early 20th century Southern folk art figural sculpture, hand made from paper-mache and wooden branches applied and sculpted over an old green whiskey bottle.

This piece was most likely made by an African - American folk artist and dates to the 1920s - 1940s, judging from the type of bottle, materials, and aged patina.

I have seen a similar piece, also paper-mache on an old whiskey bottle and of the same sculptural form and age, and it originated (or at least was found) in Georgia, so that may be the origin of this piece as well.

This piece is unsigned and the bottle is unmarked on the visible parts.

This piece measures 13" tall with the head in place, and about 8" wide across the elbows.

Pantherburn By Valerie Jaudon


Beautifully sublime.

From 1979. In the current exhibition, "Pattern and Decoration, An Ideal Vision" at the Hudson River Museum through Jan. 2oth.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Circa 1910-1920 Folk Art Double Game Wheel


Superb double game wheel circa 1910-1920. Now on eBay and up to $ 678.00.

Here's the seller's description:

"It retains its original blue and mustard paint with black numbers and pinstriping on each wheel. The form is unusual having two game of chance wheels, winner gets two chances of winning. It is well made and sturdy and in excellent condition with no breaks or repairs. This was found in northern Virginia and was possibly used in an old fraternal lodge. This is a nice unusual graphic Americana gamewheel from the Winchester area of Virginia. Measures: 27" high x 40" long."

Double-woven Chittamacha Basket


Incredible pattern and form. Sold for $ 3,200.00 at Brunk Auctions.

"These Things Go Down!"


Although I'm not certain that I'd ever put my own kids in a contraption like this, you have to love the funky homemade abstract form of this plane ride! Circa 1930s snapshot.

Nice Painted Arcade Photobooth Circa 1940s

"Dragon" Float from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Circa 1930s

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturday, January 5, 2008

"Miss December 1962"


Painting by Drossos P. Skylass (1912-1973). 36 x 25 inches.

Carved and Painted Articulated Figure from Upcoming Christie's Auction


A CARVED AND PAINTED MINSTREL 'JIGGLE DOLL'
AMERICAN, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
18½ in. high, 4½ in. wide

Estimate of $ 8,000 - $ 10,000.00 USD. From the Collection of Don Walters.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Faces of the Divine


Incredible photographs by Benoy K. Behl in the latest National Geographic magazine show 5th century Indian mural paintings in man-made caves.

Click Here to view more.

Boyd Family Tree Drawing



Cool family tree drawing.

Here's the seller's description:

This 19th Century, hand drawn Tree depicts and records the family of General Elisha Boyd.
It includes Colonel John Elisha Boyd of Civil War fame, Andrew Hunter Holmes Boyd, and Chas. James Faulkner.

It is drawn in pencil on paper board with penned names and dates. It is framed without glass.
Overall condition is very good. There is paper discoloration, some minor mars and a faded area on the main base of the tree.

It was recently found in the Tidewater-Area of S.E.Va.

Man Playing Banjo Above Abstraction

Boy in Photo Booth with Trophy

Crying Boy


Nice folk art sculpture of a crying boy. Sold for $ 203.50 on eBay.