Lake scenes are always appealing to collectors, especially with small sailing boats. Some of summers greatest pleasures are seen on spending a pleasant afternoon on a boat just observing the tranquil waters and relaxing. This was also true of the 19th century. This image is probably from New York state and shows most of the desirable traits for viewers today, unspoiled beauty, no telephone poles, satellite dishes, modern intrusions and the scene is one of a clean and unspoiled environment. The frame is original and appears to be the lemon gold or 22K style. The surface is slightly yellowed and could possibly benefit from cleaning but the overall impression is of a painting that could be hung on a wall today and never needing any sort of apology.
This New Mexico landscape is very stylized and abstract the shapes and brush strokes are very evident. The clouds and the bent tree suggest that a storm is moving through. This is a very bright and colorful piece. Signed lower right FB Humpheys 33. Image size 9.5in by 7in Framed size 18.5in by 16in . The frame is the original and bears a stamp on the back of Mathews Paint Company, 428 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Ariz. The colors are unusually rich and appealing.
Vintage or Retro Christmas tree decorations are hard to find. Reproductions abound and this angel is certainly from the Art Deco era. The aluminum headband as flappers would wear is the giveaway. the wings are creased from years of use, her belt is intact as are her hands and the dress has stars in the fabric. The angel is actually a form of hard plastic in a doll body with the flapper hair style and the elaborate wings. This would make a great tree decoration if you were wanting to recreate an antique holiday setting.
This plate with the cobalt edges and the colorful roses is simply elegant. For people looking for a 19th Century decorative plate they would be hard pressed to find a better decorative theme.
This hand blown large glass vase has a light purple color that reflects in the light. There is almost a thumbprint pattern in the design a very pretty form.
This etching of a steam engine and train on a brick bridge is hazy and has a mysterious feel to it. The mist coming off the water puts a fine haze over the whole scene and makes the background almost invisible.
Unusual subject matter of a clown in suit with black buttons on the front, black shoes, vague pink luster decoration, rosy cheeks, black headdress and ruffled collar. No markings whatsoever, but it appears to be either German or American and would date from the late 19th century. No visible chips or cracks, excellent condition and most of all lots of personality.
The color of this ewer before painting was bone white. The first coloring is a light tan or beige and then the flowers were painted in along with the bird going to see the babies on the limb. The handle is applied and is very dark brown in color. This has a great Victorian look and is extremely decorative. The gold lines and leaves are raised heavily and are in excellent condition. There is some minor wear to the fluted edges of the pitcher and the handle has some wear to the outer surfaces, but it really does look good and old.
Victorians loved nature and the color green. This watch fob has a carved edge to hold a gold filled wire around the oval shape with a twist at the top for the watch chain. It could easily be worn today as a lavalier/pendant. The stone is almost translucent and the colors are rich in fact almost a moss green and much darker than the photo. The overall effect is timeless elegance.
It may not have been your Great Grandfathers Mustache Cup, but it could become the family heirloom that you missed at the reading of the will. Totally unmarked this dates the cup to pre 1891 when imports had to have the country of origin. The pink flower has a blue sprig behind it with green leaves. No chips or cracks and the surface condition is in excellent condition. There has probably been a gold band around the top of the lip that has been worn off. The cup is easily 100+ years of age.