Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thrift Finds: Last finds of the year

Hello friends of the vintage find,

I am back after a much deserved hiatus. I have been able to take a break and enjoy all the good things that come with having family in town. It is a wonderful thing to have a full house! My mother in law and cousin indulge my thrifting habit, so I take them with me to my usual hunting grounds! My cousin picks for me!!! Isn't she great?

A few finds from this week include a stop at my local Goodwill and another stop at an antique mall on the way to Julian (a nice little historic town near us)


These two bottles are nothing like the other figural bottles I have found before. These are larger, they are hand blown with pontil, and the stopper has been ground on the bottom. I thought they could be Hoglund for Neiman Marcus, but it seems like they are Blenko. I am still researching, so let me know if you have more information about them.


A sweet little bear cub wood carving. Signed Smith. Thanks to a reader, I believe this was made by a student of the famous Amanda Crowe, of Cherokee, NC. She was probably the most notable Cherokee sculptor of the 20th century. So beautiful and stylized!


Arabia Fructus blue platter. Stunning hand painted decor! A great find.


A large wood carving signed "M.D. Rumbaugh" The only reference I have found so far to the artist is a beautiful Rosa Parks wood carving that is part of the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection. I need to research some more to be sure that this beauty is by the same artist.


Lastly a couple of bird decorated low bowls. Sascha Brastoff whimsical style can be seen clearly on these pieces.

Sharing this week with A Living SpaceRemnantWe Call it Junkin and Sir Thrift a Lot.

15 comments:

  1. How wonderful to hear that you've had such a lovely time off, Beatriz! Thrifting with your mother in law and cousin sounds so much fun! Oh my, I adore that Fructus plate!! It's absolutely gorgeous!! The little bear cub is adorable too!! I hope your Christmas was a lovely one, and wish you and your sweet family lots if joy in the coming year!!

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    1. Tove,
      Thank you for your comment! I hope you have a wonderful new year and that the thrifting gods give plenty of goods in the months to come.

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  2. The bird bowls are very beautiful, you have some great items. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you. SB is not my favorite but some of his designs are beautiful.

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  3. Ooh Fructus, nice! I've only found that pattern once. We were planning to go to Julian one of these days also, was wondering if there was any thrifting to be had on the way ;)

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    1. This is my third Fructus, but my first blue one. If you ever decide to go to Julian let me know and I will share all my wonderful spots :)

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  4. i love the two bottles super cute find have a happy new yr

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  5. Those bottles are amazing! Never seen anything like them!

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    1. Thanks Van. These are very nice indeed.

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  6. The bottles, the bear and the fructus! What a way to end the year and see a new one in, happy thrift in 2014 to you! xx

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  7. Here's my theory on the bottles - I think they're Hoglund. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the originals were made in the 50s (sans rubber stoppers) and then later, factory-made/molded versions for NM. Here's an unusual one, attributed to Hoglund - kind of reminds me of your shorter, round one: http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1950s-eric-hoglund-kosta-boda-green-woman

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    1. Thanks for your imput. I wish they were hoglund but the differences between mine and the original ones are making me look somewhere else. I hope to find a clear attribution soon. It is driving me nuts!

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    2. uch. now I'm spending time trying to figure them out! I see what you mean about them now. I was fixated on the faces and didn't notice the arms/hands. But then, there's this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/MID-CENTURY-MODERN-ERIK-HOGLUND-BODA-ART-GLASS-PEOPLE-DECANTER-SCANDINAVIAN-2-/230971238277?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35c6f56785 or maybe Italian? Will keep hunting - I don't give up easily! Happy New Year!

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