Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Trench Art Flower Vases from WWI

Geometric vase 1917
Argonne Vase 1916
Grape Vase 1916
Pair of vases 1917 & 1918
The photo above shows two soldiers working on trench art. These flower vases are made from spent shell casings. They have a distinctive art nouveau style. The first 3 images came from a blog and book by Jane Kimball: TRENCH ART . The last 2 images are from Kitwood.com (World War One Trench Art). Fascinating stuff! You can read more about it on these two blogs.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Miniature Breasts for a U.S. Senator, 1828

Lovely watercolor on ivory by Sarah Goodridge 1828. This was a gift to Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator, from this Boston portrait artist. Size: 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.
In my opinion, it must have been love. Stunning technique!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pretty Nippon Beaded Patterns

This is an object that I have at home. I love the beautiful pattern on this antique beaded Nippon ewer. After painting my ukuleles, I started looking at designs on other objects and I became fascinated with art nouveau vases. Some of the the vases have romantic figures and faces incorporated into the designs which echo the paintings of the time. It's so much fun and educational to look at well-crafted objects of the past.

The Ventriloquist & Friends

Pierrot group
Originally uploaded by lovedaylemon
Another lovely pierrot group.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gorgeous Corot Painting Found in Bushes

Seven weeks ago, a 5th Ave (NYC) doorman found Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's "Portrait of a Girl" stashed in the bushes outside of the Mark Hotel and hung it in his bathroom for a while before he realized what it was.
Read NYPost for the convoluted tale. Corot is one of my favorite painters and this painting is a gem (worth over a million dollars).