New Cross Stitch in from Mom!

Here are our top picks of the dozen or so new works in from Mom.  All one of a kind, hand stitched with Mom’s love.  $42 – $64 each.  20140104-125924.jpg

“Bad” Art

A couple of our favorite pieces from untrained artists of the past.

Framed Acrylic, 16″ x 20″ on stretched canvass. Signed, A. Mann $4920130914-115840.jpg

Framed Oil, 16″ x 20″ on stretched canvass. Signed, Paul Rollin $4220130914-115852.jpg

Big Bush Nude

Another fabulous find from Marcel Vintage.  Vintage Big bush Nude oil painting approx. 2 1/2′ x 2 1/2′ on stretched canvas.  $69

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What a Difference a Frame Makes

Two beautiful wooden tramp art frames.  They are approximately 12″ x 14″. $115 ea.  20130719-132356.jpg



Bottle Photo Whimsey dated 1946


THIS is a great photo bottle Whimsey dated 1946. call us for a price.

Most familiar in the form of a ship-in-a-bottle, whimsey bottles were actually created in a variety of motifs, created mostly by those in isolated, confined or alienated situations, like sailors, farmers, prisoners or lumbermen. Because they required so much time and focus, whimsey bottles were usually made to help pass the time or allay loneliness, or to distract the mind. They offered demonstrations of skill and tokens of affection for those returning home.

Alcoholics and the chronically ill also created those whimseys which were almost always made from liquor or over-the-counter medicine bottles. The original contents killed pain, loneliness or time, the creation of what replaced the liquids may have served the same function. Sometimes after the constructions were finished the bottles were refilled with water to simulate alcohol.

Created with patience and skill, the bottles themselves were never altered. What was wider than the mouth of the bottle had to be folded outside the bottle and opened inside, or glued, hinged or assembled once inside, using tweezers, scalpels, pliers and probes. Except for the bottle-in-a-ship whimsies, these bottles stand upright.

“The Message in the Bottle” by B.H. Friedman, Art in America, March, 1981