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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Trip Down Market Street, San Francisco 1906


Film footage of San Francisco's Market Street from a moving cable car before the 1906 Earthquake. Click on the picture or here to view.

There's no audio on this, so I liked watching it with the accompanying "Buffalo Rag", which was one of many popular rags of the time.

Posted by the San Francisco Film Museum.
Film courtesy of the Prelinger Archives.

19th Century Post Mortem Painting of a Child






Available here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Bernarda and Ben Shahn Collection



Ben Shahn
Alphabet of Creation
Lithograph (framed)
Signed
38 x 24"
Leonard Baskin
Untitled (Reclining Man)
Carved wood on wood base
4 x 9 x 2 1/2"
Ben Shahn
Untitled (Profile), ca. 1962
Stone Mosaic panel (framed)
25 x 17"
Ben Shahn
The Sea Itself (For the Sake of a Single Verse...Rilke folio)
Screenprint (framed)
Signed
19 7/8 x 17"
Ben Shahn
Mask, 1963
Screenprint in colors (framed)
Signed
Aside from an edition of 70
25 3/4 x 20"

At auction at Rago Arts on November 14, 2010.

Read the New York Times article here.
NYTimes photos by: Lynette Mager

Jayne Mansfield Modern


Available here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Nice Southern Stick...







A 19th century folk art carved Southern cane, with original paint, a man's head and snake with metal brad eyes.

Found in Kentucky, but likely originating from coastal Georgia. Measures 34" tall.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Folk Art Sculpture of a Nude Woman by W.L. Bourdeau








The folk artist W.L. Bourdeau apparently lived and worked in Ranger, Texas and all of his extant works seem to have been made between the 1950's and 1960's.

Odd Fellows Antiques sold a few sculptures by the artist, which can still be viewed here.

This sculpture was recently found in Florida. Measures 18" tall.

Contemporary Folk Art Chair





Available at Great Gatsby's.