Murano Glass Trumpet Vase



This fabulous cased glass trumpet vase was mouth blown by Vincenzo Nason in Murano, Italy, in the 1990's. The thin walled glass is an unusual color on the exterior, appearing a smoky grey or a grey tinted greenish, depending on the lighting. The cased layer on the interior is a vibrant cherry red.

Studio Art Pottery Vase Drip Glazed


 An innovative form, a dripped polychrome matte glaze and impressive size make this studio stoneware piece a standout. The pale, oatmeal-colored clay was twisted in waves on the 12 inch tall body; the folds of clay are visible on the interior. It terminates in a flared, lumpy cap with a 2 1/3 inch lipless mouth. The base, which measures 7 inches in diameter, is finished with a slightly flared groove. The underlying glaze color is composed of varying shades of peach, rust and cream that are overlaid with drips of cocoa and periwinkle. This artwork weighs a robust 8 pounds.

Crawling Vines Bowl by Janet Hasegawa

A fascinating piece of sculptural pottery, hand built with a raw brutalist look, this red clay bowl was created by Oklahoma artist Janet Hasegawa in 1992. Incised with leaves and overlaid with thick, crawling organic vines, one of which has made it into the bottom of the pot, the piece was wiped with a dark matte glaze, worked into the leaves and vines for further emphasis. Measuring 4 inches tall and 4 inches across, not counting the vines, the bowl is heavy for its size, weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces. The bottom is hand signed, inscribed in the clay "Janet Hasegawa '92".

Wonderful Verdigris and Rust Tall Iron Candlestick


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This rustic iron candlestick has a wonderful verdigris and rust surface. Wrapped around the shaft is a vine, climbing up to a "veined" leaf. Measuring 11 inches tall, with a 1 inch diameter candle cup and a base 2 1/2 inches across, it weighs 1 1/4 pounds. It holds a taper candle and displays beautifully

Original Japanese Woodblock Print of Geisha With History


Original Japanese Woodblock Print of Geisha With History

On November 8, 1957, Pan American Airways Flight 7 left San Francisco on the first leg of its round-the-world trip. The first stop was Honolulu, but the plane crashed into the Pacific ocean. Among the 44 passengers who died was Hugh Lee Clack, the general manager of Dow Chemical in Tokyo, and his wife Anna, sons Bruce and Scott, and two adopted daughters, Kimi and Nancy. The Clacks had just finished visiting friends and family in their hometown of Midland, Michigan. One of the photographs shows the family waiting in the Pan Am lounge for their plane.

Italian Fat Lava Pitcher Mid Century Modern


Made in Italy in the 1960's, this pottery tankard pitcher with its fantastical motifs is a classic mid century modern piece. The base glaze is smooth and matte in shades of brown which was embellished with a coat of white fat lava glaze. The textured white glaze was used to create a rearing horse on one side and a cat with bushy whiskers on the other. The cat has two green glass eyes and the horse has a turquoise one. Even the base, the pulled spout and the applied arched handle are covered in lava. A glossy white glaze covers the interior and the finger marks of the potter attest to its hand made origin.

Blue and White Transferware Pottery Pitcher Pre-Victorian



The Imperial system of uniform measurements was defined by the British Weights and Measures Act of 1824 (prior to that, your pint of bitters may not have really been a pint). Many transferware jugs and mugs were then made with the new standards printed on them, such the British quart, which is equal to 40 ounces. This jug, marked 1 QUART under the spout, has the coat of arms of the United Kingdom, along with the words "Dieu et mon droit," {God is My Right} the motto of the British monarch.
Potteries were quick to add this Royal insignia, as it showed that the jug was complying with the new law. Somewhat later jugs were typically made with the initials "V.R." added, for Victoria Regina (Queen Victoria) who began her reign in 1837. This dates the jug after 1824 and probably before 1837. Much of this early blue and white pottery made by Staffordshire factories is unmarked by the maker, as is this one.