Geisha Girl | Occupied Japan

Geisha Tall and Lovely Marked Occupied Japan

This outstanding china statue of a geisha was made in Japan during the 1945-1952 Allied occupation. It's marked "MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN" in black print under the glaze on the bottom. While she has Asian facial features, her hairdo is a Western one typical of the 1940's-1950's, pinned up on each side by pink pom-poms or flowers. She's wearing a pearl grey kimono, decorated with black calligraphy symbols down the front, not one of which means anything in Japanese. The same thing applies to the pink decorations on her white fan, held by her hand with delicately red polished nails. Her white socks are peeking out from her hem and she's standing bowed in a subservient posture on a black base.
This is a tall geisha, standing 12 inches high and resting on a 4 inch diameter base. It's in exceptional condition and a wonderful find for collectors and decorators alike.
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PYH 3933

Wooden Memory Bowl | Charms Milagros and Mementos | Antique

 Antique Wooden Memory Bowl Covered With Charms Milagros and Mementos

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This rare example of a memory vessel is a massive primitive wooden bowl covered with over 100 fascinating mementos. The bowl was hand hewn from a solid log; it's darkened with age and still bears the rough tool marks on the inside. The exterior of the bowl has hand hammered tin and copper objects, both large and small, attached with tiny nails. Many of the items are milagros, Mexican religious amulets used to beseech favors and give thanks. Unlike memory jugs or jars, which are covered with putty or plaster and then completely encrusted with trinkets, the adornments on this vessel were carefully spaced to achieve an artful balance.

Anchored by the spectacular tin heart with a copper center, a sampling of the varied range of symbols includes: A cowboy hat, coiled snake, and a couple of scorpions; lots of crosses, large and tiny; several crowns and the Vitruvian Man; parts of the body such as an arm and a leg; an ankh and a peace symbol. Memory vessels like this began in the South as memorials for loved ones. Given the presence of the milagros, we believe this bowl was made in the southwest in the 1800's and then decorated as a memorial at a later date. Most of the memory jugs we've seen (and sold) were decorated with jewelry, coins, mirrors and other personal effects. The strong religious theme of the mementos on this bowl suggest an origin in a southwest town bordering Mexico, probably in Texas.

The bowl itself is 14 inches wide across the top and 10 inches across the bottom. It has a thick rim over 1 inch wide and tapers inside to a 4 1/2 inch diameter bottom. It stands 8 inches tall and weighs an amazing 11 1/2 pounds. The bowl has several narrow age cracks, which do not affect its sturdiness. The trinkets are all in very good condition, with only eight empty nails. Four round white foam pads were attached to the bottom at some point to protect surfaces; they could be easily removed if you wish.

Folk art pieces like this memory bowl are rare and obviously unique. It's a 3-D scrapbook, the symbolism endlessly fascinating, the vessel itself a remembrance of a time, a place and a life.


PYH 4617

Vintage Canada Goose Decoy

Vintage Decoy Carving, Canada Goose, William Schneck, Ramsey, NJ / Hand Made and Painted, Dated 1987


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This handsome Canada goose was hand carved and beautifully painted in natural plumage by William Schneck of Ramsey, New Jersey, in 1987. Naming his company "Bill's Bird Carvings," he sold his display decoys of waterbirds and shorebirds at shows in the Northeast. This carving is marked by hand on the unpainted bottom "Canada Goose 1987" accompanied by a hand-drawn icon of a water bird. It also bears the stamp Bill used, with "Bill's Bird Carvings" and his address and phone number. There are three round felt pads on the bottom to protect surfaces.

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The decoy carving is 1/3 to 1/4 size of an actual Canada goose, measuring about 10 inches long from bill to tail, 4 1/4 inches wide across the breast and 6 inches tall to the top of the head. The eyes are glass and it weighs slightly less than a pound. Since a male Canada goose is no different in coloration or markings from the female, this decoy could represent either. It's in very good condition, with a few minor dents in the wood, and it's a very collectible carving.

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PYH 4573

ABC Children's Kewpie Plate

Children's Kewpie ABC Plate Made in Germany Signed Rose O'Neill
This is a children's alphabet plate, meant to serve a child’s food while teaching the alphabet. These plates were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and have been collected ever since. This one is decorated with a pair of kewpies, designed by illustrator Rose O'Neill, which were initially printed as comic strip characters in the Ladies' Home Journal. As a cartoon described them "Kewpie Elves are Happy Spirits Neither Boy or Girl." Kewpies went on to be made as bisque dolls in Germany beginning in 1912. They also appeared as paper dolls, postcards, prints, and many other items, including china and porcelain, like this one. (The black and white photograph is of Rose O'Neill, of course).

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Two kewpies, one with a knitted scarf and cap and the other with just knitted socks, are centered on the pure white porcelain and surrounded with the letters of the alphabet, printed in gilt block capitals around the rim of the 6 inch plate. On the reverse is Rose O'Neill's very distinctive signature, the word Kewpie and the word Germany, all in underglaze green script. It was possibly made by Royal Rudolstadt in Prussia and just missed its manufacturer's logo mark. Given that the kewpies were first published in 1909 and items were required to be marked "Made in..." starting in 1921, we're comfortable dating this plate between 1909 and 1921. It's in absolutely pristine condition, including the gilding, and a joy to the collector of ABC plates and/or kewpies.

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PYH 4118

Copper Antique Hand Hammered Pitcher

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This Arts and Crafts era, heavy gauge copper jug with its warm, aged patina was expertly constructed in the opening years of the twentieth century. About 1850, coppersmiths began spinning copper on lathes instead of hand hammering items, but beginning in the 1880's, the Arts and Crafts movement encouraged a return to the traditional craftsman techniques. The coppersmith who made this prime example did not sign his work, which is common.

The bulbous-bottomed shape is one favored by L. and J.G. Stickley, among others. The scooped, squared off spout and the raised foot, rather than a flat bottom, are also typical. The handle was made of a thick strip of hammered copper, split into a "whale's tail" at the point where it joins the body below the rim and was attached with two large hand cut rivets. The other end of the handle is snug against the body and ends in an open, curled rat tail. The pitcher's obvious, all-over hand hammered surfaces are another hallmark of the Arts and Crafts period ethos; a century earlier, those surfaces would have been smoother. The seams would have been dovetailed and visible on the earlier pieces, too. All of these construction details are very evident on this pitcher and in our photographs.

The jug stands 9 1/2 inches tall to the very tip of the rolled edge spout. It measures 8 inches from the lip of spout to the outer tip of the handle and the bottom diameter is 3 3/4 inches. It weighs a sturdy 2 pounds 10 ounces. It is in very good condition, with a small crack at almost the tip of the rat tail which goes only partway across (it's visible in photo #4), but there are no dents or scratches. This is a handsome example of Arts and Crafts hand made copper kitchenware.

P.S.: We've left the dark patina, as it's authentic and desirable, for an Arts and Crafts piece especially. If you'd like it shiny, we recommend a commercial polish. Our favorite is Simichrome from Germany, but it's not inexpensive and often hard to find locally, while Wright's Copper Polish is usually easy to find and cheaper. 

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PYH 4620

Mid-Century Modern Annemarie Davidson Enamel on Copper Dish

Annemarie Davidson Enamel on Copper Dish Signed and Labeled Mid-Century Modern Palm Trees in the Sunset

German-born Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) was an American copper enamel artist. She first took lessons in enameling in 1957 when she was busy raising her four children in Sierra Madre, California. By 2003, at the age of 83, she was still making her 6 inch plates one at a time in her studio and they were selling for $80.00 apiece, with her vintage ones selling for $280.00, according to a New York Times article that year. Also in 2003, an article entitled "Alluring Enamel" in Modernism Magazine stated that Mrs. Davidson "is responsible for some of the finest enamels in the second half of the 20th Century." Her works are in several major museums and have been featured in numerous exhibitions and catalogs, such as the directory "Craftsmen of the Southwest," published in 1965, which listed only eight enamelists, indicating the stature she had achieved. The last photo is one of Mrs. Davidson in her studio.

This dish features a scene of palm trees and sea birds set against a beautiful sunset-gold background. The back of the dish is covered in her metallic sienna and black spattered glaze. Mrs. Davidson's SoCal modernist aesthetic translated well to Hawaii, as the foil label on the front of the dish reads "ALOHA The Store Hawaiian Regent Hotel Waikiki." The first tower of the Hawaiian Regent Hotel was built in 1971 and we're assuming that Davidson produced the dish sometime in the 1970s. We left the label on for authenticity--its removal is your choice. The reverse of the dish is marked with her iconic monogram, the conjoined initials AD and her original foil label that reads "ANNEMARIE DAVIDSON handcrafted enamels SIERRA MADRE, CALIFORNIA." There are three original round felt pads on the bottom.

The dish measures 7 1/2 inches across, which is a bit larger than usual, stands 1/2 inch high and weighs just under one pound. It's in very good condition; there are a few minute scratches to the surface upper left of the palm trees that we were unable to capture in our photos and a small nick in the enamel lower left, easily seen in photograph # 2, especially if you use the zoom feature. Otherwise, it's simply beautiful. 

Every one of Annemarie Davidson's enameled copper artworks are one of a kind. She was an extraordinarily talented artist and her pieces are treasured.

Please note that all white spots are the result of reflected light and are not present on the dish.

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PYH 4525

Stratford Stage Brown Pattern, J. & G. Meakin, Vintage Ironstone Coffee Pot

J. & G. Meakin, Vintage Ironstone Coffee Pot, Stratford Stage Brown Pattern

J. & G. Meakin was an English pottery founded in 1851 and based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. This white ironstone coffee pot was produced under their Royal Staffordshire line. The pattern, Stratford Stage, was introduced in 1968 and features a drawing in dark brown of the clock tower in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, with a horse-drawn stagecoach passing by it. While the decoration on this ironstone is classified as "transferware," it was really created by the lithographic technique which Meakin began using in the 1920's. 

This coffee pot has a domed, patterned lid, a scalloped upper rim and bell bottom shape. It's in pristine condition, having only tiny nicks and abrasions on the foot rim from shelf storage. It's stamped in black on the bottom "Royal Staffordshire Stratford Stage Ironstone by J & G Meakin England." This mark is an earlier one--before they added "Dishwasher Safe"--probably from the 1970's. Its height is 11 inches with the lid on and about 9 inches without it. From the tip of the spout across to the far edge of the arched and squared off handle is about 9 inches also. The lightly scalloped base is 4 inches in diameter and the pot easily holds 5 cups. Pot and lid together weigh almost 2 1/4 pounds. It's immaculate and ready to serve you gracefully.

Whether you favor brown transferware,ironstone china, or just need a beautiful, large coffee service pot, this is a wonderful find.

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