Monday, October 28, 2013

Early 20th Century Folk Art Paintings

Two early 20th century folk art paintings by the same hand.

From the auction house description:
This painting is one of a few folk art landscapes executed by an unidentified artist who worked in the Lake Champlain areas of Vermont, New York State, and Quebec. One work is illustrated on the dust jacket of Folk Painters of America, by Robert Bishop (E.P. Dutton, New York). Another work is held in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum collection. 

Provenance: Walters-Benisek, purchased in 1996.

The Vermont Farm Landscape sold for $35,000 (w/o premium) and the House by the Railroad Tracks went unsold with an estimate of $8,000 - $12,000 at Skinner.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Beautiful Loser

Early folk art carving of a strange faced boy. An antecedent to the contemporary work of Margaret Killgallen, Barry McGee and Chris Johanson.

Available at Anonymous Works.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Shower Me With Rum If You Want All My Love"

An unusual 1930's painted liquor bottle encased in plaster with bathing beauty and dog.

Available at Anonymous Works.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Folk Art Game Table

Available here.

A Visit to the 1939 World's Fair

Original 1939 Small Candid Snapshot Photograph of the Westinghouse Atomic Robot "ELEKTRO" Moto Man from the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Sold for $47.99 on eBay.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Circa 1930's Sketches by Paul Kelpe

Sold for $500.00 at Cowan's.
Auction house description:
Paul Kelpe (American, 1902-1985), ca 1930s. A pair of graphite portraits on laid paper, each signed, one within the work and dated 31 and the other signed in the margin. A remarkable pair of sketches from the formative period of Kelpe's work, when the artist struggled to make a living as an abstract painter in an otherwise traditional Chicago market; largest 7.5 x 5 in.

19th Century Milk Glass Phrenology Head Ink Well

Lot passed at Cowan's. Starting bid, $750.00.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Circa 1860 Optometrist Trade Sign

Sold for $5,000.00 at TW Conroy, September 28, 2007.

Stone Mask

Stone mask from the pre-ceramic neolithic period dating to 7000 BC and possibly the oldest mask in the world. 

From the Musée de la Bible et de la Terre Sainte.