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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

c1930s WPA Signed Listed Ennis Drawing Steelworker Laborer

One of the most iconic images of WPA era/style steel mills in Pittsburgh PA is a gorgeous   painting titled “Blowing Steel,” by George Pearse Ennis.  I am happy today to offer a red   chalk sketch that I believe to be by the same man, of the same subject matter. Model   appears to be a steel worker peering over a railing after his shift.  He stands dressed in   denim coveralls, his work shirt open at the chest and his jacket draped over his arm.  His   head is bald and his arms are remarkably well defined.  The pose is thoughtful and   referential of course in the sanguine style of earlier artists.  Mr Ennis studied under   William Merritt Chase early in his career, was later involved in the WPA movement as an   organizer, served as President of the American Watercolor Society and Director of the   Eastport Maine summer school for art.  He worked with John Singer Sargent at the Grand   Central Art School and had a two-man show at the Brooklyn Museum in 1935.    Chalk measures 8″x17″ and is signed “Ennis” clearly at bottom right.  I have matched it to   other signatures of his and believe them to be one in the same.  Please take my research as   an attribution, and discuss with me as you wish.  Framed beautifully in french lined mat   and gold Old Master style frame, likely in the 1950s.  On the reverse there is taped to the   back a printed cut out (likely from an auction catalog of the same ’50s era) “Ennis   Drawing, portrait of a man.  Framed. Est $20-30.”    Please see photos and draw your own conclusions; I have to call it an attribution because  of the lack of his first name on the work.

 

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Sold - For Reference Only

 

1930s African American Jazz Quartet Pittsburgh Artist WC

Signed Ray Fuchs, a Pittsburgh artist with a   mention in the Carnegie museum archives,   this watercolor is just plain full of life.  Four   piece African American jazz quartet / ensemble: drummer, trumpet player,   saxophonist and a pianist banging out   (legible sheet music) “Is you Is”.  I did some   quick research to see if this helped in dating   the piece and honestly, not really.  Before   Louis Jordan made it famous in 1944, it had  been played for roughly 20 years by smaller   bands.  I would have dated the piece to ’30s  without this context clue, I think thats   probably about spot on.  Heavy gauge   watercolor paper, mahoghany concave frame   and a J.J. Gillespie framers label (a well   respected framer and gallery in the first half  of 20thc in Pittsburgh) all seems to arrive at   the same conclusion.  Sight size measures 15  1/2″ x 22″, matted and framed 27″x34″.  It  looks like the mat has been swapped out for   something newer (hopefully acid free)   sometime recently.  Please see photos and   email with questions.  Buyer pays actual  UPS shipping, wrapped in foam and with   custom built cardboard box to fit.  Thanks  much for looking.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Sold - For Reference Only

 

c1870s Czechoslovakian Playing Card Flash Card Set – Bizarre

Oh my.  Even dealing in historical   obscurities, these cards stun me.  Each measures 2″ x 3 1/2″ and appear to be so irregular as to be hand-cut.  There are 31 in total.    Each has a seemingly woodblocked (wood-engraved crudely at best) color print of a  noun as represented by a person or a thing.   Example a woman with her hand to her chest   on a cliff translates as “emotion.”  They are all obtuse or tragic.   Some other examples translate to “misfortune or tragedy” (a house   on fire,) “virgin” (a prim looking Victorian  woman), and “lover or sexual partner” (a not   so prim looking woman.  Some others are   widow, widower, wealth, lucky, thief, death, disease;  just really odd things to be teaching in a second  language.   Its a jaded flash card set.    Incredible.  Please see photos and email with  questions, show toning and extensive wear.  I  cannot find a thing like them online, close to  unique by this point.

 

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Sold - For Reference Only

 

1933 Dorothy Pollak Beautiful Murderer Worlds Fair Pitchcard

Incredible, the “most beautiful woman ever tried for murder – ‘I Shot in Self Defense’ pitch card for the 26 year old murderess said to have looked like Greta Garbo on the stand.  This card is from just the year after the crime, remarkable.  Measures 3″ x 5” with some light creasing, blank back.

Time republished the 1932 article online, here: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,744343,00.html

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in Sold - For Reference Only

 

c1920s Wood Composite Racing Horse Folk Art Carnival Ride

I love this horse!  Great form, like a nineteenth century toy but a little later.  I have him dated between c1900 and c1920.  Measures approx 39″ long and 20″ high, and is made of wood with some sort of composite over it to emulate skin – not sure, maybe just a textured paint.  Felt and a rubberized plastic seat.  Please see photos and email with questions, I’m unsure if he always had the mounts or if he was an earlier horse with later additions.  Nice condition, just a little chipping to his hooves and some tape on his front legs.  Really nice piece with great form.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in Sold - For Reference Only

 

c1910 Antique Ouija Talking Board – Morton E. Converse

I’m guessing on the date here, it could easily go ten years in either direction.  Measures 12″ x 18″, deep inset printing on varnished plywood.  Reads “Morton E. Converse & Son Co. Winchendon Mass.”  Markings are gorgeous – strong with no loss.  Some light markings which may or may not be original to the board.  Directions on the reverse read beautifully, “place the board upon the lap of two persons, lady and gentleman preferred….”  It goes on to caution that if you take this action lightly, it will go poorly for the user and claims that with “reasonable patience and judgment it will more than satify your greatest expectation.” A beautiful  – iconic board, by a rare maker. SOLD.

 
 
 
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