Sunday, February 14, 2016
Happy Valentine's Day, my children.
February has been a busy month for me so far. I'm on a tear to clean out my two "indoor" inventory rooms. I have taken at least a dozen, huge bags of donations to local charities and sold 10 boxes of treasure to dealers from the first room. It is now in order and I can see inventory easily for me to pull to replenish my spaces. Now, I'm working on room two and have already dropped off six more donation bags and have put together 3 more boxes for dealers to purchase. I'm loving this spring clean out and can't wait for the nice weather to arrive so I can tackle the garage.
Did a little treasure hunting on Saturday and stopped by Vintage Village to pick up a pair of cherubs I saw on their facebook page. Now, fully moved from their old location into their new digs and the store has never been more beautiful.
This delightful french tub is in the entrance window and just woos you inside.
Pretty furniture pieces, cement statuary, antique shoes and pretty dishes abound.
"Early word processor" is the perfect decorative element for personal touches.
A bin full of whimsical decorative pillows are such fun. Fell in love with this one.
Easter touches can be found in the spaces. Love the egg coddlers and molds in this pretty pink basket.
So many lovely things, it's hard to decide what to bring home.
Two gorgeous pieces and the green cabinet has a stunning alligator finish.
I just know that the handsome man in this portrait must throw pizza dough because there is a marvelous wood pizza peel (spatula) next to him. If I had a large kitchen, both would be hanging on the wall.
These are the two cherubs I came for. I have a weak spot for these turn of the century images of "Cupid Awake" and "Cupid Asleep". The original portraits were taken by M. B. Parkinson, a NY photographer who worked in the New York City area during the latter part of the 1800s and early 1900s. The picture is a real little girl named Josephine and was the daughter of a friend, a single mother who worked and sometimes left Josephine in Parkinson's care. His cupid photos were instant hits and were sold in stores all over America. They came in a variety of sizes and the smaller ones in tin frames, like the pair above, sold for a nickel in the popular 5 & 10 cent department stores. These are also hand tinted with color and nested in my French display case.
Did a little treasure hunting at a few favorite haunts and came home with a few great pieces.
The queen in this treasure hunt is this gorgeous Roseville, twin handled, vase of their popular Water Lily pattern in the coveted shade of aqua blue with a gradient blend into blue at the bottom. A large piece with a wide, spittoon shaped mouth, there is a small flake on the bottom. Considering it's age, 1943, this is in great condition.
Vintage “boobie” ash tray. Heavy lead crystal with engraved design in the palest shade of blue, these are too pretty for tobacco ashes, I would use for jewelry. Circa 1940s
Beautiful vintage, sculptured leather mask face of a lovely woman. Exquisite work and so lifelike. Signed by the Ghana artist: Edu N’gola So
Sweet little terra cotta creamer with green/yellow glaze. Signed Duriez. Circa 1940s
Pretty little Empire Ware, Art Deco posy vase. England. Lovely art deco design and matt glaze. Circa 1940s
Vintage Chintz *Rosalie Pattern* Empire England Trinket box or Cigarette holder. Some damage but well loved. Circa 1930s
Darling pair of lifelike cactus plant tea cups. Signed by the artist: Z. Weifel.
Lovely vintage silverplated butlers tray, footed with handles and a lovely piece of sheet music dated 1929.
It was a lovely weekend despite the cold temps but my taxes are completed, I'm cleaning out inventory rooms and I have a warm dog with a wet nose. Life is good so with that I wish blessing to you and those you love. Sea Witch