Hi there! Did you have a good weekend? I mentioned on Friday that we had an out-of-town wedding this weekend, and it was just lovely. We also met up with dear friends from years ago (we did their pre-marital counseling); we saw their house and met their children. It was a delight to spend some time with them.
Because I knew I’d be away, I wrote today’s post in advance (mostly). I’m sharing some amazing vintage art finds from the past several months. However, one piece I had to hold back. It’s going to be in my new eBook, which is based on one of my most popular posts. I want as many photos in the eBook to be either brand new or so old that no one remembers them, LOL. But I still have plenty to show you today. Let’s get started.
Despite the fact that Victorian anything has fallen out of favor, I found it difficult to pass up this large (16″x 20″) rose print in gilt frame (cost: $2, value: $20-30). I’m hoping its good shape and pretty motif will help it sell quickly.
This poster is an older copy of a 1897 original (cost: $1, value:?). I’ve been unable to find out much about it. It seems to be announcing a summer variety show in Milan; its appealing graphics make it desirable. I’d like to find out more before I offer it for sale.
I feel like I might have included this “Liberty & Virtue” print of a German scherenschnitte (scissor cut art) at some point on the blog, but I couldn’t find it (forgive me if you’ve seen it before). It’s just in time for Memorial Day and other patriotic holidays coming right up (cost: $2.99, value: $35-45).
My sweet husband and I just picked up this oil on board painting of a train engine at a terrific estate sale last weekend (cost: $8, value: $35-40). I don’t think it’s particularly old, but it falls into the “unique” category–being quite large and graphically pleasing.
Signs don’t exactly fall into the “art” category, but we use them so much to decorate with these days, and this one (from a department store, maybe?), is displays an unusual and unexpected word. On the right wall–perhaps a man cave–it could be very cool (cost: $5, value, $20-25).
This piece has me a little stumped. It has a neat, folk art feel, but at the same time, I wonder if it was mass-produced by Christmas Tree Shop (or something like that). For a 50¢ investment, I was willing to bring it home with me and try to figure it out. If I don’t get any more info on it, I would price it in the $18-22 range.
The colors and composition of this acrylic on board landscape appeal to me (cost: $1), but the frame doesn’t do it any favors. I’m hanging onto it until the “right” frame comes along for it’s 9″ x 12″ size.
I’m struggling to sell this 11″ x 14″ floral acrylic on canvas because I love it so much (cost $2, value: $40-50). I’m a huge fan of pink, but at this point in my life, I have abandoned the color as far as home decorating goes. Pink is not my sweet husband’s favorite color and of course I want to him to enjoy his own home, so no pink.
[Note: My estimated value may be a bit high because of my personal prejudice that pink is the BEST color.]
Artisan guilds in Florence Italy have produced “Florentine Art” for the tourist trade since the mid-19th century (Wikipedia). Common features of these pieces include gold gilding and classic art reproductions, like you see in this large, 15″ tray, bearing angels from Raphael’s Sistine Chapel (cost: $3, value: $22-25).
This tiny print (2 1/2″ x 4″ unframed), is both charming and fascinating (cost: $1, value: 8-10). Can you read what’s written on his necklace? Horse Acid Phosphate. Interesting, right? It seems to be some sort of protein used in scientific research. That’s all I was able to discover so far.
As much as I am a Jesus-follower, I did not buy this print because of him, but rather for the pretty gold gilt frame. I’d like to clean it up some and put a mirror in it (cost: $3, value: $35-40 with mirror).
Final Fabulous Find: I found this vintage photograph in an antique shop last weekend when we visited my sweet daughter at college. We had a few spare moments, so naturally we popped into the nearest purveyor of all things vintage and antique. Would you like a copy of this photo? I’ve added it to my Free Printables, just for you.
Thanks so much for enjoying my recent vintage art finds with me. I love art and really have to hold myself back from buying every single piece I find out in the wild. I’ve taught art over the years at both a home school co-op and my kid’s Christian school, and one of my favorite places to spend free time is a good art museum.
I’ve never taken the time to count how many pieces I currently own that I’ve bought for resale, but I would guess it to be somewhere around 150 or so. That’s not counting unframed pieces, which could number closer to 500, LOL. Yeah, I guess I might have a small problem…
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