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Mikey being Mikey, who thinks he is the handsomest, suave and most sophisticated gentleman, thought that he had the God-given responsibility to marry the perfect woman so they could produce perfect children, have the perfect family and live in the most perfect house with the most perfect dog. First though he had to find a perfect wife that would have him and he thought the best place to find one would be in the country.
So as he is traveling the countryside looking for his perfect bride,
he comes upon a farmer with three beautiful daughters and he explains to the famer what he is looking for. The farmer suggests
that he dates his daughters. So Mikey dates the first one and the next day the farmer asks him what he thought. Mikey
says, “Well, she is almost perfect, but she is a wee bit pigeon toed.” So the farmer gives him permission to date the second
daughter and the next day asks Mikey, what he thought. “Well,” says Mikey, “She was almost perfect except that she is a wee
bit cross eyed.” So the farmer agrees to let Mikey date the third daughter and the next day asks Mikey what he thought. Mikey is excited, “I have found her, the most perfect woman, I must marry her.”
So as he is traveling the countryside looking for his perfect bride, he comes upon a farmer with three beautiful daughters and he explains to the famer what he is looking for. The farmer suggests that he dates his daughters. So Mikey dates the first one and the next day the farmer asks him what he thought. Mikey says, “Well, she is almost perfect, but she is a wee bit pigeon toed.” So the farmer gives him permission to date the second daughter and the next day asks Mikey, what he thought. “Well,” says Mikey, “She was almost perfect except that she is a wee bit cross eyed.” So the farmer agrees to let Mikey date the third daughter and the next day asks Mikey what he thought. Mikey is excited, “I have found her, the most perfect woman, I must marry her.”
So off he goes and gets married to the farmer’s daughter and soon she is pregnant. Months later she has the baby and Mikey was horrified; the baby was the ugliest most revolting baby he had ever seen. He rushes to the farmer and wants an explanation about how this could happen. The farmer looks at him and says, “Well, she was a wee bit pregnant when you married her.”
Although Art Deco furniture is not quite antique, according to the definition, walk into most anyantique show in the country and unless the promoter is stuffy and won’t bend the rules, you will see it. Unlike other antiques, when you do see it, most anyone can recognize it because of its design and form, which includes the simple and symmetrical. The Art Deco period extends from the mid-1920’s to the late 1930’s, after which people lost interest in it and the usage of the words Art Deco weren’t murmured by people again until the mid-1980’s.
There were many designers of the period and one of the most recognizable furniture and name is Heywood Wakefield. However, there were many other designers and much beautiful furniture including some the great chairs made by K.E.M. Weber. Born in 1889 in Berlin Germany, Weber studied in Potsdam but eventually settled in Los Angeles. He is best known for his Airline armchair, which is sleek and laid back, just like the folks on the west coast. His lounge chairs are also exceptional and there are many examples of his work at the Metropolitan Museum.
The lounge chair pictured on the right is a fine example of Weber’s work. Made of chromium plated steel, leather and wood, this lounge chair was designed by Weber and made by Lloyd Manufacturing in 1934. Chairs like these, because they rarely come up for sale especially in pristine condition, usually sell for thousands of dollars. Reproductions and fakes also abound; we recently saw a listing on eBay for a pair of “in the style” of K.E.M. Weber chairs.
The Bedford Spring Antiques Show will take place this Saturday and Sunday, April 4 & 5 at the Rippowam-Cisqua School in Bedford, New York. This antique show, which is the primary fundraising event for St. Matthews Church, will feature a Champagne Preview Party on April 3rd and an Appraisal Fair from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday April 4th. This antique show that is in its 24th year, features some great antiques and collectibles dealers selling everything from antique furniture to vintage glass and decorative arts.
He developed a commercial line of Art Deco pottery that was distributed to all the major stores of the day, including Marshall Fields, Wanamaker and Kauffmans; and his studio prospered. By the mid-1920’s his products, which included flower figurines, tall vases, compotes and flower bowls, were in most American homes and he was a household name. Many well-known artists of the time were also associated with Cowan Pottery Studio; Margaret Postgate and Thelma Frazier Winter are just a couple of those names.
According to Cowan Pottery Museum Associates, although the studio was not around for a long time, it “produced over 850 shapes and used over 160 different glazes” to provide not only variety but what we like to call choice of beauty. Although most pieces are clearly marked with an impressed seal on the bottom, it is difficult to identify some of Cowan Pottery without markings; books are available for this pottery and we suggest consulting them.
Born in 1884 in East Liverpool, Ohio, R. Guy Cowan learned his craft at the School of Ceramics in Alfred, New York after which he founded Cowan Pottery Studio in Lakewood, Ohio. However, his initial foray into business lasted just a short time, as he was drafted into service by Uncle Sam during World War II. It wasn’t until 1920 that he opened his secondart pottery studio in Rocky River, Ohio.
An original Dracula movie poster brought in more than $310,700 at auction last week. Purchased by Ron Deluca, a poster expert from New Jersey, the poster of the movie that featured Bela Lugosi in the starring role, once belonged to movie actor Nicholas Cage. Vintage movie posters have always sold very nicely and Mr. Deluca, who is a former banking investor was quoted as saying, “Movie Posters not only provide you with great artwork and enjoyment, but have also been a solid proven investment that way outperforms stocks and real estate”
Some of the earliest photos known are Daguerreotype photos which were invented by the Frenchman named Louis Deguerre. It is a process in which iodine, bromine or chlorine vapors are used to expose an image on a polished surface. This process shortened the amount of time that an image had to be exposed and was first patented in August of 1939. This week, Sotheby’s sold a rare example of this type of photograph showing an 1848 New York scene, at auction.
The photo showed a stately home with a white picket fence on a lot of land in Manhattan. On the back of the photo, a handwritten note states that the photo was taken at the end of October and experts agree that it is an estate on what was Bloomingdale Road on the upper west side of Manhattan. Although the initials LB are written on the back of the photo, the photographer remains unknown. The photo sold for $62,500 to Billy and Jennifer Frist of Nashville, Tennessee.
Driving through residential neighborhoods one sees many familiar signs including ones for yard sales, garage sales and estate sales. Yard sales and garage sales are easy enough to understand, most times they are held by families, groups and sometimes communities as way to dispose of junk they no longer want and it is a pretty easy way to make a little extra cash. Treasures can still be found at yard and garage sales, but since the advent of Antiques Roadshow and eBay, not so much anymore; it takes a lot of stopping and shopping to find a deal. Estate sales are much better places to find treasures if you are not squeamish about where they came from.
An estate sale is usually held by a family of a deceased person or they may hire a professional estate sale company, of which there are many. Estate sales are normally held to liquidate the belongings of someone who did not leave a will or property that was not willed prior death. Most reputable estate sale companies will research, price and sell the goods to maximize the profits for a family. Of course, the estate sale company takes a cut of the profits, but in most cases it is well worth it to have a professional handle the transactions. For treasure hunters, the best day to purchase at an estate sale is usually on the last day, when discounts are given just to get rid of the merchandise.