John Coker, LTD - Est. 1971

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Written on the stretcher on the back is the notation in Latin, As She Was At 17in. And, she was lovely. Almond eyes, well curled hair in an upswept fashion, pierced earrings, satin, embroidery and pearls, she was very attractive. The painting has never been cleaned, relined, or touched up. The surface could use cleaning, but the darkness adds a sense of mystery. The image shows a very confident young lady viewing the world with an elegance that reflects education and intelligence. The folds of the dress and lace edges of the costume resemble late 18th century, and without a doubt, this oil on canvas is either Italian or perhaps Portuguese. The painting has been reframed in a classic frame, probably in the 1940s.
From literature and photos, when one thinks of New England, one of the first images that comes to mind is the church in the village, clean, crisp, and making a great presence. This either print or photo shows a well built 2 story church with a great steeple and weathervane. The winter skies are made even more somber with the black and white format and the stark tree in the foreground. This is one very interesting image and would be considered classic New England. The frame is a black molded type that would be expected on this era. Ready to hang and use today.
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Handmade and beaten, this copper bowl was made and signed by a craftsman in Gatlinburg, Tenn. In the 1950s, the school Arrowmont was in its heyday and the people taking courses there went on to become well known. This signature is either Browning or Brownings and is a very well executed and designed almost sculpted piece.
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1904 was the date of the St. Louis Worlds Fair and this plate appears to be in excellent condition with traces of the original gold backing still intact. The lettering and design are raised in the back of the glass and the lattice work edges are in good condition. In fact, at each union of the glass on the latticework there is a raised or applied flower that retains traces of the original blues and gold. The plate is inscribed Festival Hall & Cascade Gardens.
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John Vlachs Plain Painters book is considered a standard reference book on this subject and is now out of print. The data covered here includes primitive style artists in America before true late 20th century outsider art became the rage.
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This scarf pin in gold filled is Art Nouveau styled and resembles an old picture frame with a hook in the center for the scarf to secure it and a regular pin on the back side. The work on the front is raised relief, and the finish is in good condition. The corner shell designs almost do resemble a turn of the century picture frame and the decorative motif here is unusually high quality.
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This cut glass Carafe has fans hobstars strawberry diamonds and zipper cutting motifs and the brilliance of the glass is very evident to the viewer.
No doubt, someone here has copied a classical either French or German style 18th Century figurine. Every detail is well painted and exquisitely done. The ladys dress has hand painted pink roses, good gold trim, a green bow at her bosom, the gentleman is shown in a curled wig and wearing striped almost harlequin style pants. His knee rests on a yellow and green striped upholstered stool. Even the pretty little dog is sitting on a raspberry colored cushion. The base of the figures rests on a a stylized lattice and shell designed base with gold trim. The back of the figures is painted as well as the front. The lady is holding an open porcelain music book in her left hand and the gentleman is playing some sort of vintage musical instrument. All finger tips are intact and there does not appear to be any chipping or cracking on the base. This is a very large size for Occupied Japan, and the condition could not be better.
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A late Victorian well-decorated, pearl luster German bowl with faded gold to the edges. One flake on edge does not show visually. This is close to 100 years of age and very appealing with the pink rose flowers in the bowl and green leaves. For some reason, this bowl has remained a classic style and collectors love this look of antique porcelain with raised motif in the edges of the porcelain.
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This etching of a cathedral shows the interior in incredible detail. The columns are decorated with spiraling leaves and a priest is shown kneeling in prayer on the geometrically patterned floor. The Corinthian columns add to the grandeur of this piece.