Abelardo Ruiz

Vintage Abelardo Ruiz candle holder with cacti | H is for Home

We’ve welcomed a new young lady into our house this week. Adelle’s parents were having a re-decorate/clear out and offered us this vintage papier mâché candle holder that once belonged to her grandmother.

Vintage Abelardo Ruiz candle holder detail showing the face | H is for Home

It dates from the 1960s/70s and is the work of Mexican artist, Abelardo Ruiz. We wonder how it managed to find its way from Central America to a small little town in Surrey!

Vintage Abelardo Ruiz candle holder lying on its side | H is for Home

His girls are very distinctive with pretty big eyes and long lashes – quite similar in style to another favourite artist of ours, Lefor Openo.

Vintage Abelardo Ruiz candle holder detail showing the top | H is for Home

Her wide brimmed hat forms the candle holder, but she works simply as a decorative model or sculpture too. She’s very much at home in a mid century modern or vintage boho chic setting.

Vintage Abelardo Ruiz candle holder detail showing the signature on the base | H is for Home

Here are some more fabulous examples of Abelardo Ruiz work we’ve found online.

Abelardo Ruiz mosaic of papier mâché candle holders, clothes hangers and boxes | H is for Home
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Mid century modern golfer

Mid century modern bronze golfer figure | H is for Home

Any golfers with a love of mid century modern style out there? We might have just the thing for you.

Mid century modern bronze golfer figure | H is for Home

We picked up this small bronze sculpture today and were very taken by the design. Long, sinuous limbs and strong facial features. We thought it had something of the Alberto Giacometti about it.

Mid century modern bronze golfer figure | H is for Home

You don’t actually need to be a golfer to appreciate this striking little object. A simple yet bold design – perfect on a bookshelf or desk. It will be available in our web shop soon.

David Wild oil painting

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Detail of 'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

In addition to the usual furniture, pottery and lamps that we buy on out travels, we occasionally come across great pieces of art for sale.

'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

Not surprisingly given our location, well-regarded Northern artists are of particular interest – the way in which they capture both the rural and urban landscapes.

'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

We were offered this fantastic painting recently and snapped it up.

Detail showing the painting title 'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

It’s entitled ‘Skidding, icy sunset, Crescent, Salford’ and is the work of David Wilde (1913 – 1974). This particular piece dates from the mid to late 1960s.

Detail showing the artist signature on 'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

Perhaps somewhat overlooked until a recent resurgence in interest, his work was actually exhibited alongside the likes of Picasso & Dali in his lifetime.

Detail showing the painting title on the rear of 'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

The painting has so much vibrancy – a real explosion of movement and colour.

Detail of 'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

 Confident brush strokes capture the sweeping crescent-shaped road and skidding vehicles…

Detail of 'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

…the bold city skyline provides a dramatic backdrop to the icy chaos below.

Detail of 'Skidding icy sunset. Crescent, Salford' original oil painting by David Wild

It’s the kind of purchase that we’re very happy to live with until it finds the right buyer.

Ken Law Tower Bridge print

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Vintage Ken Law Tower Bridge print | H is for Home

As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, we’ve just returned from a short break in London & Brighton. In addition to visiting relatives and generally being lazy for a few days, we also had to collect a picture we’d bought on eBay a while ago.

Signature on a vintage Ken Law Tower Bridge print | H is for Home

The subject matter of this vintage Ken Law print was very apt!

Detail from a vintage Ken Law Tower Bridge print | H is for Home

It’s a stylised Thames scene featuring the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, working boats and riverside buildings.

Detail from a vintage Ken Law Tower Bridge print | H is for Home

It’s stunning… the use of colour & tone and the distinctive block style. We’ve been fans of Ken Law for some time now – we have a Hampstead High Street print by him too – and there’s a fabulous depiction of a New York bridge that we’d like to get hold of sometime.

Detail from a vintage Ken Law Tower Bridge print | H is for Home

We hung it on the wall of the lovely 1960s London house where we were staying to photograph it. It looked so at home there! We almost felt guilty packing it up in our car for the journey up North.

Bevy of beauties!

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6 vintage prints of beautiful girls

Justin brought home not one, not two, but six girls last week!

vintage print of a dark-haired beauty

They truly are a bevy of beauties…

vintage print of a blonde, pony-tailed beauty

…blondes, brunettes and a rather gorgeous redhead.

vintage print of a auburn beauty

They date from the 1950s – very early Mad Men – Betty Draper and Joan Holloway spring to mind.

detail from a vintage print showing the artist's signature

We can’t make out the artist’s signature – any ideas out there?

detail from a vintage print of a auburn beauty

Oh, she’s here again – close up this time. You can stop photographing her now, Justin!

6 vintage prints of beautiful girls

They’ll look good hanging on the wall in our antiques centre space so that’s where they’re heading first, but we’re happy to post if your interested in buying them.

Bernard Buffet still life

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Bernard Buffet still life vintage print

Adelle bought herself this Bernard Buffet still life print for her birthday way back in November last year. It’s entitled Nature morte a la citrouille or Still Life with Pumpkin and was originally painted in 1955. This print was made in the 1970s.

detail of signiture on Bernard Buffet still life vintage print

We’ve blogged about Bernard Buffet before, he’s one of our favourite artists.

Bernard Buffet vintage print above a wrought iron bed

We finally got it framed – a great job done by the friendly folks at Abacus. It’s found the perfect home above the wrought iron bed in our guest bedroom.