Hey pals, another week of great vintage picks counter-balanced with a horrible week at work, tears included. My 4 month performance evaluation last Monday was a near mind-boggling symphony of contradictions. I’m still dizzy! Hmm, I wonder if karma is playing a role in my finds and if my picks will suck when I leave my job with the state. My life is starting to feel like one huge oxymoron, but I digress…. On to the picks!
I found an unexpected estate sale yesterday which I figured would be a total crapfest but yielded me some much needed new jewelry inventory for Temple of Vintage.
The top pic has the bead finds including 2 Flapper necklaces. The faceted jet beads are 48 inches in length and from Austria. The longer mother of pearl chain is EIGHT FEET LONG!! The topaz ring is 1950s Taxco, signed Faus R.
Picked up this mystery wall plaque just because it’s large, attractive, and versatile. It is made by Pompeii out of Chico, California. I haven’t been able to find any info on the maker, unfortunately. If you know about Pompeii wall plaques, I’d love to hear from you.
One of my favorite finds so far this year are these framed Mid Century dolls in traditional Spanish dress. They were sold at Joskes in Houston in the 1950s, a high end department store. I think they’d look great in a girl’s room, well actually, any room. The palm tree lithograph is from the 1920s or 30s.
Pottery from left to right: a modernist Pueblo bowl set with a raw turquoise (might be a keeper), signed closed form vase, Takahashi porcelain bucket, Italian leather bottom dish, studio fish pot, studio ikebana vase, and very weird open form studio pot with butterflies that I think is Art Deco. As stated above, if you know more about these items I’d love to hear from you.
And my best find of the week is this very rare studio Bitossi canister. I consulted with the Bitossi enthusiasts, experts, and collectors on the Bitossi Facebook page and they all agree it’s a Bitossi. The incised triangle design is included in the 2008 re-editions line by Bitossi. Unfortunately one of the two side handles has been repaired but due to rarity shouldn’t effect the value too much. As with most Bitosso pieces. It’s signed Italy with a serial number.
I’m running out of storage space 😐