Friday, December 16, 2011

Hans Jaenisch

worse for ware but still pretty imposing

Hans Jaenisch painting

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Strange Brutalist Mid Century Studio Pottery from Sripps College Pomona

I bought this from the estate of a teacher that used to teach art at Scripps college she had quite a bit of pottery I presume she bought from students? Anyone know who this odd old piece belongs to - no marks.

Best Reasonably priced digital camera for blogging.

I just bought this $200 camera that I love.  It is the Canon Powershot SX150. It deals with contrast well. It has so many wonderful features that you can manipulate but  I have found all I need is the auto which just  rocks.
Great with Contrast on auto

Great with detail- just picked up the camera and snapped Charlie from a distance. Great whisker detail.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Recycled styrofoam ice cooler lights

wow thought this was a pretty good and clever design

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Antique Folk Art Carved Fish from Pitcairn Island

I saw this fish that had nothing to do with anything that I am usually interested in but it was just so well carved and had such personality that I bought  him. Turns out these carvings from Pitcairn Island are pretty well regarded especially the older ones and this one I think is. Lovely detail and patina.

Mine is not as good as this

More like this


MId Century whimsical wall applique Ackermans goofy friend

These lovely ladies were one fun  thing too many a our house and found a lovely home with a wall just made for them

Friday, October 7, 2011

Why I cannot be a dealer

Well Turns out the table I sold on Craigs List for $250-350 I think was worth a bit more

Sunday, July 3, 2011

California Mid-Century Modern Mosaic Ackerman Eames Era

This was a fun mosaic I  found at PCC but it is on its way to Palm Springs on Tuesday.  No signature or provenance but has a real Ackerman  feel - He will be missed by is warrior friends

He will be missed by is warrior friends

Monday, May 23, 2011


Be sure to click on the image below to see the whole painting
This is a painting by the uber talented South African artist Senyol.  I think he is one of the most modern artists around. I am not usually a big fan of text with visual art. I kinda think either something is perceptual or conceptual but he is the exception. His writing is so minimal and crisp it borders on the banal just the way I like it.  I mean "puffed up qualifier clouds" .


a word that qualifies the meaning of another, as an adjective or adverb; modifier.
an adverb that modifies adjectives or other adverbs and typically expresses degree or intensity, as very, somewhat,  or quite.

Look at this link "morning mod" is one of my favorites this is earlier work and some of my favorite

I also am lucky enough to have this one - "Happy Holidays". "Look no Further" and "Module" float near a simple line drawing of a house. It really reminds me of my favorite song "Home" by the talking heads - the two together are super simple happy


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

strange Umanoff Van Keppel Pier 1 chair day

Sunday was a funny day. Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with the Pier  1 Mombasa chair from 91-92. It is just brilliant and is often mis-attributed to Van Keppel Green. I have one broken, one sitting in Florida at my parents and a bunch that I have missed by a hair on Craigs List. I have also missed one of my other favorite chairs  an Arthur Umanoff  narrowly a million times. This Sunday I found a pair of both. I arrived at the flea market late with my 81 year old dad and there were the Umanoff's and then later the Pier 1's (oops Van Keppels) on Craigs List.

Ackerman ? mosaic missed on Ebay

HI I saw this lovely little mosaic on Ebay in N. California and bid $66 on it. I really did not pay much attention and when I came back found out there was only one other bidder who  got it at $67. Think it was an Ackerman? Certainly the same blues and framing but maybe not abstract enough?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

a bird in the bush damn it - sgraffito Italian modernist ceramic Aldo Londi ?

If you see this bird I am obsessed with it and have to have it. One of those awful Ebay misses.
 Step1 ) forgot to bid
 Step 2)  not sold ask for a buy it now
Step 3) Buyer asks for more clarification on which of his items it is
Step 4) Buyer lists without responding to me
Step 5 Go to check your message an hour later, and someone else has bought it on the buy it now.

Please let me know if you see this bird  and send it home. Any other info on who made it would be appreciated it has a sort of Aldo Londi feel to it

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Retail mid century modern aint half bad

Now and then you find things that are brand new that are just well done. I wanted to pass along these items that I think are worth a look.  Of course I am in no way affiliated to CB2 or West Elm heck I only have 5 followers but I am so excited about that!

 I like the alcove wall shelf from CB2
 I bought one for my nick nacks and  was very  happy with the quality and proportions. It can attain a kinda Japanese or Paul Mccobb feel on days where I do not throw junk on it.

Their red book case is also fun

West elm has these  John Paul Phillipe sculptures on sale

Very nice but still not as nice as my Ivan Terestchenko's

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Abstract Modernist Industrial Garden Sculpture

I am thrilled to have acquired two wonderful  sculptures from Al Roche.  I was just browsing google images of abstract sculptures when a pic caught my eye it was from  this  great blog entry.
Long story short I stalked this guy down. Blog showed sculptures at Brimfield, called the field at Brimfield, no info but he is from Texas, much stalking and found him devoid of website, flickr or facebook!

I love his work it is simple and the proportions and angles are so right.. I had no idea it would be so hard to  find simple large garden art. After finding it would be cost prohibitive to have his sculptures delivered from Texas to LA, crazy nice Al offered to deliver them for me for a very reasonable amount and a meal.  I also got to meet his lovely wife who is a vintage textile expert.   I think some of his pieces will soon be at the Philadelphia Garden Show, and of course right here on our humble little street.
I also have this one and the last one is a piece I had to pass on. What a gem.

And here are some pieces at Brimfield
 I would also have been very happy with this playground below (from someone else's blog post- way back- sorry lost info)