Mexican Folk Art Wood Carving of a Conquistador

Mexican Folk Art Wood Carving of a Conquistador

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This is an interesting hand carved statue of a conquistador (conqueror) of the early 16th century. He's wearing a jerkin (tunic), pantalones (trousers) and holding a flat hat typical of that era in his right hand. His hair and beard are finely carved and he is holding up his right hand to the right side of his head, as if in amazement or perhaps horror. (After all, Hernando Cortes' band of 500 men defeated the Aztec empire and conquered South and Central Mexico.) It's ironic that a Spanish warrior would be the subject of a Mexican carving, but this was art created for tourists. We've seen one other statue almost identical to this one and it was marked "Mexico." He's fully carved on both sides and stands on a rough wooden plinth, reminiscent in style of a bulto.
This carving is about 11 inches tall, 3 inches across the base and 1 1/2 inches from front to back. There is a small chip out of his left elbow and his hat has an age crack, but he is in wonderful vintage condition and an excellent folk art piece to stand alone or join a collection.
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PYH 4051

Wood Carved Mexican Conguistador Back View
Wood Carved Mexican Conguistador Side View

Vermont Sponged Pitcher P & P Fuller Last Stand of The Yankees

Vermont Sponged Pitcher P & P Fuller Last Stand of The Yankees -Green and White


This tankard shaped pitcher was made at a Vermont pottery called P & P Fuller Ent. (Enterprises) in Passumpsic, a town in the "Northeast Kingdom," a nickname given for the area's beauty and quality of life. Definitely made in the spirit of the slightly more famous Bennington Pottery of Vermont, the white clay body of this pitcher has a high arched handle, eight panels, a nicely shaped spout and is sponged with green. There's a glossy clear top glaze inside and out, including on the exterior bottom. The white paper label on the bottom, printed in black and fixed on very securely with cellophane tape, reads:
The pitcher stands 5 inches tall, measures 4 1/2 inches from handle to spout and has a 3 inch diameter octagonal base. It's in excellent condition and probably best as a shelf sitter, rather than in use for liquids.
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PYH 3996

Green and White Splashed Pottery Pitcher bottom view with makers mark
Green and White Splashed Pottery Pitcher on side showing top rim

Green and White Splashed Pottery Pitcher spout right

Irish Artist Jim Kavanagh Watercolor "Devonshire Cottage"

Watercolor by Irish Artist Jim Kavanagh "Devonshire Cottage"


Renowned fine artist Jim Kavanagh lives and works in Annaghdown, in the west of Ireland near Galway. Born in 1960 in London, his career has spanned nearly 30 years. Jim Kavanagh’s Art School, founded some years ago at Stiúideo na Coiríbe, is located by the shores of Lough Corrib, and students come from all over to attend the art classes. Mr. Kavanagh's work is in private and corporate collections on four continents.
This beautiful watercolor is an example of his earlier work, when he was influenced by artists such as the English Romanticist J.M.W. Turner. Entitled "Devonshire Cottage," it depicts one of the lovely stone cottages in Devon, a county in England archaically known as "Devonshire." Mr. Kavanagh's contemporary paintings are influenced by Rothko and Pollock. To quote the artist: "In the last couple of years my interest has moved away from landscape painting, and has focused further skywards to the universe and beyond."
The sight size of this painting is 7 3/4 inches wide by 9 3/4 inches tall. Overall measurements are 11 inches wide by 13 inches tall and it stands about 1 1/4 inches away from the way, due to the stepped back on the frame. The frame is a pale brown wood, very matte finish, with inner liners of gold linen and metal. There is a gallery or art show label on the reverse along with a hanging wire, hanger and nail. In excellent condition, this charming watercolor will add an English country touch to your cottage.
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PYH 4055