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That collar’s pretty impressive!
Looks like a watercolour, with some gouache (opaque watercolour). The signature has a 1920s or 1930s Art Deco feel. I’d leave it in the frame, unless you’re really curious about the newspaper that’s behind it!
Stuff I’ve learned in the last week:
Vertical strings on a tennis racket are called ‘mains’- twenty on a vintage racket, eighteen on a post-1950 racket.
The 5 piastre coin of King Farouk is a lot smaller, but otherwise identical to the 20 piastre coin (oops!)
How to use a Starret high-speed indicator.
Shortly after General Mihailovic was executed, the court published a 528-page stenographic record of his trial (which is on its way to Australia, soon as someone pays up).
Don’t put the value of the parcel on a CN22 label; attracts thieves, and customs officers aren’t bothered about old stuff (advice from Royal Mail).04/16/2019 at 1:40 pm in reply to: Found these "Copper" bags not sure how to describe or price #60318
Yes, Google does say “Alcofas” is “Alcoholic beverages”, but Google image search produces pictures of cots for babies (or “Moses baskets”) 🙂
“Berços e Alcofas” on one site gets translated as “cradles and canteens”.04/16/2019 at 4:59 am in reply to: Found these "Copper" bags not sure how to describe or price #60258
The company seems to specialise in iron products, and the site’s got similar bags illustrated. Have you tried a magnet on them?
What happens if you turn up at a GSP hub with a parcel? Can it be dropped off? Or do they only allow lorries (trucks) to deliver.
‘cos the UK hub’s about an hour’s drive away, in a desolate industrial park on the outskirts of Lichfield.
Henry Darger- Vivian Girls- Outsider Art.
Paula Rego- Vivian Girls- Not Outsider Art.
Don’t know. I get to see probably 30 to 50 “works of art” every week at Arthur Johnson’s in Nottingham, and although I see plenty of crap art I can’t remember seeing anything I’d class as “outsider art”. So maybe there’s a matrix- on one dimension “wackiness”, on another “closeness to the art establishment”. If your art’s really wacky and the art establishment think you’ve got communicable skin diseases, then you’re an outsider artist.
The writing on the left is (I think) Hirigana, with Kanji in the brackets, Kanji on the right and the big characters aren’t Manchu (which is what I thought it was). Top character in the brackets is “year”.
Ah, right, I was wrong about the “hoods”. I was thinking, French horses, ooh la la!, only one thing on their mind, have to wear hoods to stop them bolting if they see a filly in the distance 🙂
Worth checking exactly what the buyer is being charged. I’ve moved over to a mix of GSP and “roll your own” after some buyers were charged ridiculous amounts, like 20 GBP for one magazine from UK to Canada. For example, got some single coins listed at auction starting at 1 GBP; the GSP shipping was £15, whereas Royal Mail signed-for was £9.50.
I gather paintings with lots of dirt and grime do much better at auction than the same paintings cleaned up! (Bendor Grosvenor’s “arthistorynews” blog) That’s a really nice painting- the horses drawing the bus are wearing hoods, which seems to me a kind of “actualité” that no forger would think to put in.04/07/2019 at 5:04 am in reply to: Military Acronyms on Commemorative SIgned Pentagon Picture #59828
There’s an obituary online for his wife, who was a Republican mayor at one time (she died circa 2000- haven’t got the link on this computer). Gives some details of his career- overseas postings.
The cartoon of the parade is nice- reminds me of one a friend got when she retired (as a scientist working for British Gas!)04/07/2019 at 2:16 am in reply to: Military Acronyms on Commemorative SIgned Pentagon Picture #59824
I did check the acronym “XOXL” which appears on some of the contributions; it turns up as the source of some papers published in “Air University Review”. Telephone directory of 2005 for Maxwell AFB, Alabama, gives “XOXL” as “Logistics Support Branch” and XOX as “Deputy Director”
and “Assistant Chief, Plans & Operations” in the “Plans & Operations Directorate”. Nothing on XOC etc.
Note that although everybody else wrote in pen, Bill Cassidy wrote his in crayon. This suggests:
a) He’s not allowed sharp objects- or
b) He’s a Marine, and used what he was eating to write- or
c) He was handed it in an airplane cockpit, and used a grease pencil
Only word that springs to mind regarding the type of object is “enconium”. There’s various synonyms that might be more appropriate.
You say “broken tiles”, I say “¡Trencadís!”. The only pottery you can ship without bothering to pack it properly 🙂
I did once buy something whilst a chiseller was standing there with it in his hands, trying to chisel 50 pence off the price. I took it out of his hands- he cried out “Right! I’m going to sue you for tortious interference with contract expectancy!” “Wrong continent mate- that’s the land of the free, this is the land of the eff off and get out of the way.”