Eva R. Vanloan Smith California Courtyard 1920s P1315

Eva R. Vanloan Smith. Born in California on Nov. 7, 1890.  Died in Orange, CA on Dec. 17, 1982. Oil on canvas mounted on board. Frame 21″ x 25″, board 16″ x 20″.

A certain kind of California dream has materialized in this expert little painting. No other person disturbs this reverie. We all get to experience those perfect moments sometimes. Here is one. The house, the garden, the still, perfumed air.

Price on request.

Hilda Van Zandt Wash Day Scene 1920s P1316

A charming scene of domestic activity in a courtyard. Two women are engaged in the backbreaking labour of washing clothes and cleaning house. The setting is typical Old California or Mexico, rendered fluently and colorfully.

Oil on canvas 16″ x 20″, framed 19 1/2″ x 24″.

Price on request.

 Hilda Mutton Van Zandt

Born in Henry, IL on June 18, 1892. Hilda Mutton studied at UCLA (1916) and married Jerome Van Zandt in 1922. After settling in San Pedro, she taught at Fremont High School in Los Angeles. She traveled widely and obtained much of her subject matter from exotic places in South America, Africa, and Spain. Mrs. Van Zandt died in Long Beach, CA on July 31, 1965. Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1916; Calif. PM Society, 1916-19; Women Painters of the West (LA); Calif. Art Club, 1919-30; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1920; Calif. WC Society, 1926-36; LACMA, 1928 (solo); Wilshire Gallery (LA), 1929; Bartlett Gallery (LA), 1932; Oakland Art Gallery, 1934. In: Baldwin Park (CA) Women’s Club.

Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940”
California State Library (Sacramento); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Women Artists of the American West; American Art Annual 1919-33; Who’s Who in American Art 1936-41; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932.

W E Otto Cowboy Roping Calf P1317

Superb scene of cowboys calf-roping. Signed W E Otto, as far as we can decipher. This is a terrifically alive work, hugely enjoyable and we couldn’t love it more.

Oil on canvas 26″ x 32 1/2 “, frame 32″ x 37”.

Price on request.

Candelario Medrano Mexican Pottery Pick-up Truck M844

Medrano (1918-1986) was from Santa Cruz de las Huertas in Jalisco. First set to making clay pipes he transformed his profession into a true artistic calling, creating a body of work unsurpassed for its wit and inventiveness. Here we have a pickup truck and some intrepid tiny riders: it’s Medrano’s world and I for one would love to ride standing on the roof of the cab.

Price on request.

Monumental Morrocan-style Cobalt Stovepipe Vase 1960s CA579

We have gathered around this beauty and wondered. We think it’s 1960s and we do find the leaves to be Moorish in flavor and, beyond that, its elegance and scale and the rich blue glaze must make its case.

25 1/4″ high and 11″ diameter.

Price on request.

California Rainbow RARE Orange Oil Jar c. 1930 CA580

Meyers/California Rainbow. I can’t imagine anything more elegant or mouthwateringly delicious.

18″ tall x 11″ diameter.

Price on request.

Bauer Hand-thrown Matt Carlton Orange Water Bottle B733

Matt Carlton’s touch is evident in this elegant flask. You always feel his hand in his pieces. Magic.

7 1/4″ high and 6″ diameter.

Price on request.

Bauer Matt Carlton RARE Jade Green Hand-thrown Ring Vase B734

Really rare. A Bauer treasure. Matt Carlton elevated the game at Bauer and created a legacy of unsurpassable pottery.

12″ high x 7″ diameter.

Price on request.

Bauer Ringware Cobalt Ice-lip Pitcher B735

Raffia-wrapped copper handle. 7  1/2″ high x 8″ spout-to-handle width. And that deep and dazzling cobalt blue.

Price on request.


Bauer Ringware Chinese Yellow Early Cookie Jar B735

“It’s got its lid!” There is no happier declaration to the ears of the Bauer collector. And this cookie jar is so beautiful, so really perfectly designed it counts as art. Pure sunshine.

9 1/2″ high x 7″ diameter.

Price on request.

Roseville Dogwood Set of 3 Vases CA581

We can’t resist them as a group, but we’ll happily sell each one separately. There was a time when it was more than likely you’d find a piece of Roseville in an American home holding pride of place. We believe that wouldn’t be a bad idea today. As classic as an Eames chair.

8″ tall, 5 1/2″ diameter.

Price on request.

Roseville Dogwood Jardinière CA582

Roseville has hit so many bulls eyes in its history that it might be difficult to claim any of its designs as more iconic or representative, but the Dogwood line exemplifies a true moment of perfection. One of their acknowledged standouts.

8 1/2″ high x 10″diameter.

Price on request.


Bauer Fluted Bowl/ Jardinière B738

Garden City Bauer. So graceful, and a true knockout in orange.

8 1/2″ tall x 10″ diameter.

Price on request.


Catalina Jug C370

For form or for color, you cannot top Catalina at its creative peak, and this pitcher is one of the best proofs of that we’ve ever come across.

9″ across, 7 1/2″.

Price on request.

Oaxacan Drip Glaze Pleasant Pig Pitcher M845

Oaxacan drip glaze ware marries the total abstraction of the colored glazes to straight up pictorial elements in the forms, producing wonderful effects, while remaining firmly utilitarian.  It’s a terrific combination. Joy and humor and spontaneity in each piece.

12″ high and 9 1/2″ at its widest.

Price on request.

Rich Craft Studios Señorita Kraftrok Chalkware Wall Candle Holder A1026

Rich Craft in Rochester New York developed a very popular line of decorative objects in the 1920s fabricated from chalk. This delicious plaque will hang on a wall and hold two candles.

10 1/2″ high x 12 1/2″ wide.

Price on request.

“Manola” Boudoir Doll 1920s A1027

The boudoir doll was a touchstone accessory for a certain kind of 1920s girl. Not really a flapper, more the kind you would categorize as an adventuress, or a chorus girl, a party girl, certainly an acknowledged beauty. A prize. A pearl of a certain price. The boudoir doll was an integer of sophistication, a knowing wink at an innocence left behind but still somehow within reach, its very name proclaiming the essential disconnect, the titillating contradiction. The balancing act of young womanhood was particularly high off the ground and definitely performed without a net in the Jazz Age. And the doll was there to disturb, to provoke and to, in some way, protect the intrepid female who chanced her looks and charms in the wicked world. This terrific example was known as a “Manola” for her Spanish costume. Lovingly dressed, she boasts matching shoes, and lisle stockings and knickers and a petticoat, Intoxicating.

39″ tall.

Price on request.


Taylor Tile Table “Pheasant Pond” CA574

Round Taylor Tile table with Pheasant Pond scene. Stunning colors. Wood base. 19d x 17.5h.

Price on request.

Catalina Tile Table with Island-made Base CA573

Beatiful orange and black Catalina Tile Table with a wood base which is island made. Super. 17.5 x 17.5 x 17.5.

Price on request.

Oyez! Oyez! Goin’ LIVE! This Saturday! June 18!

Saturday’s Live Auction at the store is shaping up really swell…











So here’s the drill. On Friday from 12-5, it’s the Day of the Preview. All the lots will be on display, clearly marked and numbered, and catalogues available.

On Saturday we open at 10 for pre-registration. We will be serving free refreshments: food, coffee and wine. A refreshed bidder is a happy bidder.

At noon the bidding starts. Take your seats. We have two terrific auctioneers from Live Auctioneers who have flown out here from the East Coast especially to conduct the bidding in the store. The auction is going out live on-line simultaneously and bidders will also be bidding on-line. From 12-6, 400 items will be auctioned off to bidders on- and off-site. Pretty exciting.

So please join us Saturday here at the store for this adventure, our first in-house auction. We are looking forward to doing this three or four times a year. O brave new world!

BIG BONUS: there will be twenty (20) no-reserve lots at the end of the auction. Sweet!

And here’s the link in case you can’t make it in person or you simply want to preview the lots at home:


We are at 4361 Melrose Ave LA CA 90029. Normandie exit off the 101. There will be street parking only for this event but there is plenty of it on Edgemont and on Heliotrope. See you Saturday. That’s June 19. We’re stoked.


Liberty Flour Electric Advertising Clock 1920s A1028

Tin litho face. Wooden cabinet. Some wear, no tear. 15 1/4″ square x 3 1/2″ deep.

Price on request.

And a little history to go with it: http://www.wnyhistory.com/portfolios/businessindustry/george_urban_flour/george_urban_flour.html

John Anthony Connor (1892-1971) High Desert P1320

If you don’t live here, a landscape like this looks made up. But if you do, then you know it isn’t.

Oil on canvas 36″ x 24″, frame 43″ x 30″.

Price on request.

Born in Franklin Grove, Illinois, John Conner became an impressionist painter of desert landscapes, and he also did portraits and western genre. He was a descendant of Susan B. Anthony and portraitist Gilbert Stuart.

John Anthony Conner served in World War I, then married and moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the art departments of movie studios, including MGM. He was a resident of Eagle Rock, and, as a fine art painter, did work that included desert landscapes, seascapes, coastal views, missions and cowboy-Indian genre.

“Artists in California, 1786-1940” by Edan Hughes

Pacific Hostess Ware Tea Pot CA583

As simple as a cartoon. And as eternally enjoyable. 4″ high, spout-to-handle width 8″.

Price on request.

The below excerpt is from “Depression Tableware Hardly Depressing!” by Jeffrey B. Snyder (http://www.thegavel.net/table.html):

“The primary plant for the Pacific Clay Products Company was located in the Lincoln Heights district of Los Angeles, California. William Lacy brought together several disparate potteries in the early 1920s to create the firm. The company’s early products were focused on supporting California’s building boom of the 1920s, including brick, roofing tile, and terra cotta.

 When hard times hit, Pacific followed Bauer’s example, entering the new market for colored table and kitchenwares. Pacific brought forth a line of dining and serving pieces christened “Hostessware” shortly after Bauer introduced its popular California Colored Pottery in 1930. With a greater variety of wares available in the Hostessware line, Pacific’s offering gave Bauer stiff competition.
 The quality of Pacific’s colored wares was high. The streamlined styling and dynamic glaze colors were very appealing. Seven glaze colors were first offered: Apache Red, Delphinium Blue, Desert Brown, Jade Green, Lemon Yellow, Pacific Blue (a deep cobalt), and Sierra White. As the years passed, these colors would be altered and given new names.

 Pacific also offered hand painted underglaze decorations which varied in form from simple bands and spirals to more complex patterns. Alas, the Second World War brought end to the Pacific Clay Products Company’s promising pottery production as the company contracted with the government and turned its production toward military production.”