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.
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!
His girls are very distinctive with pretty big eyes and long lashes – quite similar in style to another favourite artist of ours, Lefor Openo.
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.
Here are some more fabulous examples of Abelardo Ruiz work we’ve found online.
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Any golfers with a love of mid century modern style out there? We might have just the thing for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were offered this fantastic painting recently and snapped it up.
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.
Perhaps somewhat overlooked until a recent resurgence in interest, his work was actually exhibited alongside the likes of Picasso & Dali in his lifetime.
The painting has so much vibrancy – a real explosion of movement and colour.
Confident brush strokes capture the sweeping crescent-shaped road and skidding vehicles…
…the bold city skyline provides a dramatic backdrop to the icy chaos below.
It’s the kind of purchase that we’re very happy to live with until it finds the right buyer.
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.
The subject matter of this vintage Ken Law print was very apt!
It’s a stylised Thames scene featuring the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, working boats and riverside buildings.
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.
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.
Justin brought home not one, not two, but six girls last week!
They truly are a bevy of beauties…
…blondes, brunettes and a rather gorgeous redhead.
They date from the 1950s – very early Mad Men – Betty Draper and Joan Holloway spring to mind.
We can’t make out the artist’s signature – any ideas out there?
Oh, she’s here again – close up this time. You can stop photographing her now, Justin!
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.
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.
We’ve blogged about Bernard Buffet before, he’s one of our favourite artists.
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.