Friday, August 29, 2008

Art In Process

Resonant Fish says, "Sometimes, when I get stuck on a painting, I photograph it and print out a bunch of copies and draw on them."

See & read more about the process.

High-Fives, Y'All

1) KKC's What Could Be Bedda Than Hedda? is creepy, in that "can't take my eyes off it" sort of a way. (Don't say I didn't warn ya!)

2) Couture Allure gots lots of hats posted -- you know I love hats!

3) Alex Waterhouse-Hayward on photographing The Flappers.

4) BirdFight pointed the way to Gama-Go's Vader Squid tee.

5) And a general high-five to Broken Pencil, a website and a print magazine dedicated to underground culture and the independent arts.

I know you know people that deserve high-fives... I could even be one of them. Find out how to give your High-Five Fridays here!

If They Are Altered Art Dog Plates Does That Make Them Neutered?

Silent Porn Star introduced me/you to artist Marc Brunier's blog where I found these pretty babies.

Of Course I Love The Spoon Dress

Via That Grrl we discover The Gardens Magnificent Mile, featuring unusual fashion designs on dress forms using recycled materials planted for all too see.

Life Is Beautiful

Especially when you have a pretty pillow for napping.

Nate Williams Life Is Beatiful Pilllow

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hey, Little Spaceman

If I wear this Pintsize Cosmonaut on a longer chain, he'll boldly go where few have gone.

But he'd better not fall off the chain, many have disappeared in my cleavage. ...Maybe he could survive on potato chips.

Doris Day Wants To Know...

What color poodle goes best with her shoes?

Atomic Era Cat Ashtray Is Smoking!

It's the combination Stainless Steel kitty face and a red body that makes this ashtray totally hot!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Bookish Historical Time-Waster

I'm still resisting Twitter, but darn isn't HalfPintIngalls fun to read!

Fabric Free-For-All

Free Daisy Janie fabric!

Not Just Another Pretty Face

Up for auction as part of James D. Julia Auction's three day auction at the Samoset Resort (Rockland, Maine), August 26-28, 2008, item #1205. From their catalog:
CONTINENTAL CLASSICAL EMPIRE FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK. Mid-19th century. The stepped architectural marble base cast with anthemion leaves and gadrooning, raised on scrolled feet, the uppermost section centering a silvered dial with applied gold five-pointed star. Seated above is an allegorical robed female figure of a mathematician reclining on a marble sphere. SIZE: 21" h. x 15-1/2" overall l. x 6-1/4" d. PROVENANCE: From an extensive private Gulf Coast collection. CONDITION: The golden marble case with minor flecks and scratches. The castings original with very good patina. Very good overall. 9-93532 (1,000-1,500)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 03, 2008

London Calling

The Frankenskirt No.1 LONDON CALLING is kitschy goodness -- it even has a googly eye!

Vintage Satyr Powder Dish

The owner says:
3 1/2" half-doll that sits on the shoulders of a most unusual dish marked "6085 Germany". The whole piece is 10 1/2" of eye appealing wonder. The whimsical figure on the base has cloven hoofs, a tail and horns.

Antique Belter Rococo Rosewood Etagere With "Life Size" Cherub

Having never seen a real, live cherub, I can't argue it; and the cherub on this piece is substantive.

Up for auction as part of James D. Julia Auction's three day auction at the Samoset Resort (Rockland, Maine), August 26-28, 2008. From their catalog:

MUSEUM-QUALITY ROCOCO ROSEWOOD ETAGERE ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN HENRY BELTER. Circa 1860. Of monumental proportions, the finely carved scrolled crest mounted with a life size cherub holding floral garland nestled amongst scrolling leaftips and roses, mounted on a floral and ribbon-tied bracket joined to the upper concave elliptical display shelf surmounted by heavily carved acorn-and-leaftip finials, joined to the fluted cylindrical frontal columns entwined with 3-dimensional grapevines supporting a pair of doves and bird's nest containing baby birds threatened by a snake/serpent; above the concave and serpentine molded base, on suppressed guilloche-carved ball feet, the whole centered with a pair of shaped display shelves joined to the mirrored back composed of three arched mirror plates within molded surrounds headed by scrolling foliate carving and ribbon-tied floral spray. For a similar example see American Furniture of the 19th Century by Eileen and Richard Dubrow, pp. 148-149, for J.H. Belter etagere with comparable elements in the treatment of the cresting and at the base with similar cupids, birds, vinery, and flowerheads. Also having the thick laminated base known to be used by Belter (examples of labeled Belter sofas and tables shown in Dubrow's book, page 20). SIZE: 9'5-1/2" h x 66" w x 22-1/2" d. CONDITION: This unique and exquisitely carved example retains original surfaces with excellent well-figured rosewood and patina. The mirror plates are original, as are the backboards. The excellent 3-dimensional and realistic carvings untouched and undamaged. There are areas of minor loss/scratches to silver backing which are easily restoreable. 9-93240 (100,000-150,000)
You can see more photos here with lots of close-ups of the carvings.