Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
When I posted a similar cabinet card a few weeks ago, I thought that this form of late 19th century advertising was a complete anomaly, but apparently there was at least one other company that decided to cover a woman's dress with various tools of the trade.
This one is for Wood Bros. Pharmacy in Elmo, Missouri. The woman has bottles, brushes and mirrors all affixed to her dress. Currently available on eBay through seller "genest".
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Sold for $7,000.00 at James D. Julia.
Here's the auction house description:
UNUSUAL CARVED FOLK ART FIGURE OF A GROTESQUE MAN. Possibly a parade effigy, the oversized head grotesquely carved with pointed ears, irregular teeth, oversized nose and brow, with protruding blue eyes, the sculpted hair painted brown. Clothed in green tailcoat buttoned at the front to a winged collar. The arms nailed in a backswept position, the legs with gray pantaloons outstretched in a forward position as if the figure were meant to be in a semi-reclining/seated position. Demeanor of the carving is not dissimilar to a grotesque wooden puppet carving. SIZE: 36" overall l. PROVENANCE: From the McCormick Estate in Chicago. It is believed that this figure was perhaps an effigy or parade figure, originating from the Haymarket Labor Riots of 1884. It is from this conflict that the concept of a 40-hour work week and the Labor Day holiday originated. CONDITION: Retains original old surfaces, with original paint. Large segment of nose missing, both ears missing a section. Piece of winged collar also missing. Legs and arms now nailed to body. Large part of each foot missing. Nail on back between shoulders, probably functioned as a hanger for figure.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Incredible pair of portraits I was lucky enough to acquire from James Lamkin recently.
Here is his description:
A pair of experimental home portraits of the girl with the circle background
Original vintage photographs
Gelatin silver prints, album paper fragments on the verso and light indentations from these on recto, dots of emulsion loss on the large image from contact with an album surface, otherwise excellent and extremely rare pieces, circa 1910
3 x 4in. and 4 x 5 7/8in.