Oil on Masonite Signed Anna Rose Bottex Cap-Haitien

  Oil on Masonite Signed Anna Rose Bottex Cap-Haitien

This wonderful Haitian oil painting on Masonite is true folk art, depicting the Haitian way of life, the people and the Haitian culture. It was created in the city of Cap-Haitien by Anna Rose Bottex; she signed her painting with the title 'Melle' in front of her name. Melle is short for Matmwazèl, meaning unmarried woman in the Haitian Creole French language. Cap-Haitien is also the title of one of the localized schools of art in Haiti, one that concerns itself with the everyday life of the people, rather than landscapes or seascapes, for example.

Since the 1940's, Haitian art has expanded from realism into schools of modern art such as abstract and impressionist works. This painting was done to represent the real way of life that Anna Rose Bottex saw around her: a home made of mud and sticks with a thatched roof, a squatting woman preparing food and a man with an axe, perhaps returning from chopping wood. The painting is framed with simple wooden molding, painted white with an inner liner hand painted with gold paint. Glazier's points were used on the back to secure the painting and there is a twisted white hanging wire attached to a staple on each side of the frame. Framed measurements are approximately 10 inches by 10 inches by 1 inch. The frame has some small rubs where the paint is missing and is structurally sound and tight. The painting is in wonderful condition, with vibrant, unfaded colors.

Haitian art is internationally respected and a joy to own.

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PYH 4247


Antique John Bunyan Pink Lustre Porcelain Souvenir Plate

Antique Pink Lustre Porcelain Souvenir Plate, John Bunyan Statue England

This beautiful pink lustre souvenir plate pictures the John Bunyan statue on St. Peter's Green in Bedford, England, unveiled in 1874. John Bunyan is best remembered as the author of "The Pilgrim's Progress"; he came from a town very near to Bedford. He is shown holding a Bible and there are three scenes from "The Pilgrim's Progress" on the stone plinth beneath him (photograph #4 shows the actual statue). The printed red mark on the reverse reads "Bavarian Manufacture." It’s interesting to note that, even though this is an English souvenir and as dominant as English potteries were in the late 1800’s, this plate was made in Germany.

Scenic porcelain like this plate was extremely popular with both locals and tourists; it's small, decorative and easily carried. Companies that ordered souvenir items from factories that were frequently German, sent them photographs, drawings or postcards of local scenes of interest. These were turned into steel or copper engravings which were used to make transfer decals. The decals were applied by burnishing (rubbing) them on the porcelain prior to firing. Often the decals were then hand tinted, as this one has been. 

This plate measures 8 1/4 inches across and stands 1 1/4 inches high. The colors of the scene are fresh and there is virtually no discernible wear; the gilt encircling it is very fresh-looking, also. There is wear on the gilded plate rim and the lustre on the raised areas on the face of the plate, but it is in otherwise excellent condition and a great addition to a souvenir or pink lustre collection. 

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PYH 3966


Flow Blue Antique English Plates N.Y. Views of Peekskill and Albany

Flow Blue Antique English Plates N.Y. Views of Peekskill and AlbanyCollectibles

Sold- $95.00
These 9 inch flow blue plates with views of Albany and Peekskill, New York, are simply stamped "England" in blue on the reverse of each plate. This indicates a manufacture date between 1890, when the McKinley Tariff Act mandated that foreign imports to the U.S. had to be marked with the country of origin and 1914, when an amendment to the act required the mark to read "Made in...". Logically, however, the plate cannot have been produced before the date that any of the buildings pictured were built. Here are those dates:

Views of Albany:
The central picture is the State Capitol, opened in 1899
The Post office was built from 1879 to 1883
The City Hall was opened in 1883
The Governor's Mansion was built in 1860
and there is a panel with 2 scenes that are artist's drawings of Fort Frederick {demolished in 1789} and State Street in 1715
So this plate dates from 1899 to 1914 {all of the buildings are still standing and still in use} 

PYH 4242

Sunburst 1920's Quilt Hand Quilted

1920's Quilt 84 Inches by 96 Inches Pieced Sunburst Hand Quilted

There are many variations of sunburst patterns on quilts, but this one with the central pieced sunburst is dramatic and eye catching. The colors are cranberry, hunter green and a pale mustard set against an ecru background that's a bit darker than it looks in the photos--more like an unbleached muslin. The colored fabrics are all 1920's cotton prints, patterned with flowers. The pieces were machine stitched and the quilting was then done by hand, using double hearts on the outermost green diamonds of the sunburst {this can be seen best in photo number 3, especially if you zoom it}. The top, bottom and side edges are trimmed with rows of diamonds that form points for a very decorative look. The reverse of the quilt is the cranberry print only.

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PYH 4142