Oaken Well Bucket A953

It's almost a shock to handle an object that you have really only ever encountered in a fairytale or in proverbs and old sayings. As for a well, those fake ones at malls are basically as close as we have come to the real deal. And suddenly here is a real working well bucket, in your hands, ...

Model Whaling Boat A951

Comes with three oars and four harpoons. 13" wide and 57" long.  Incredible that these small boats were deployed against sperm whales. Double ended so they could change direction instantly! One can barely imagine the bravery and skill it took to land those great leviathans. Beautifully made model. Price on request.    

Mexican 19th Century Retablo With Its Saint circa 1860 RARE M799

An utterly magical duo. Enchanting and powerful. The tiny saint is dressed and adorned with turquoise needs. A floral wreath seems to float above it. Completely otherworldly and yet also the comforting familiar of the household. A historic treasure in our eyes, a special window on a culture. Price on request.

Hipolito Camacho Adam and Eve and the Serpent Tree of Life M797 SOLD

This awe-inspiring tableau is the work of Hipolito Camacho of Metepec, Estado de Mexico. There's a picture of an almost identical piece on p. 136 of Lenore Hoag Mulryan's Ceramic Trees of Life published by UCLA's Fowler Museum in 2003. Red clay painted white, it seems to vibrate with energy. The life force made concrete. The earthly paradise. Dwarfed ...

Monterey Server/Side Cabinet F1306

As useful a piece of furniture as was ever designed, this beauty has been refinished (very nicely) and the holes you see in the back date from when it housed somebody's extremely serious sound system, so it is definitely ready to take on that role again if so required. The simple lines, handsome ironwork and that certain ...

“The Cherokee” Folk Art Pickup Truck Side Panel Placard Advertisement c AP490 SOLD

There is a terrific neighborhood bar in Bernal Heights in San Francisco pretty serious about live music and the past called the Lucky Horseshoe. It used to be known as Skip's Tavern, but a fantastic mural the owners have uncovered (amazing!) speaks to an earlier and glorious incarnation as The Cherokee. How do we know this? Because ...

Mahlon Andrew Sidwell (1853-1946) Oil Portrait of a Mexican Man P1178

Born in Indiana on Sept. 3, 1853. Sidwell settled in the Oakland-Alameda area in 1896. He advertised as an artist in the Oakland City Directory of 1906. In the 1930s he painted "good little sketches of a sweet and conservative nature" while an employee of the Federal Art Project. Judging by this exquisite, almost miniature, ...