Ann Louise Snider: “Carlos” P1153

Extremely colorful portrait of “Carlos” by Ann Louise Snider. Seated figure of young man in the afternoon, wearing a sombrero. Mexican textile draped in the background. Oil on Canvas, art 29x x 36d, framed 34.5w x 41d.

Ann Louise Snider was active/lived in California, Illinois.  She was known for painting (figure study and interior). Born in Illinois on Jan. 2, 1899. Snider settled in Santa Barbara in 1935. A divorcée, she died there on May 23, 1973. Her oeuvre includes oils and watercolors of figure studies and interiors.

Southern Calif. Federal Art Project, 1936
Allied Arts Festival, LACMA, 1936 (gold medal)
GGIE, 1939
Oakland Art Gallery, 1939
Montecito Country Club, 1940
Artists Barn (Fillmore), 1940
Gardena (CA) High School, 1945

Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940″

16th Century Italian Saint Sculpture A891

Large female saint sculpture from Italy, 16th century. Se detailed, so expressive! Excellent patina. Wood. 30″ high, x 10″ wide, 10″ deep.

Price on request.

19th Century Mexican Donation Box M744

Here’s a treat, a fantastic little 19th Century Mexican wooden church donation box. Comes with handle, slot for donation, and illustration of penitents suffering the fires of hell – probably for not donating enough. Beware. From Mexico, 19th century. 10″ x 6″ x 12″

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Anna Katherine Skeele: Early Los Angeles Screen P1152

Early Los Angeles Scene circa 1920, oil on board/screen. On its own stand, 30w x 24h. Representation of the old pueblo in an illustrated map style, including the seals of California and City of Los Angeles.


Anna Katherine Skeele (1896 – 1963)

Painter and muralist Anna Katherine Skeele is best known for her studies of Southwest Native Americans. She began painting the people of the Southwest in 1928, when she first visited Taos, NM and was attracted to their dignity, humor, and simple approach to life. She returned to New Mexico often until 1957, and also went occasionally to Arizona, to paint and sketch the people and landscape in a style that was at first representational and later, around 1948, tended towards the abstract. Both her representational and abstract portraits and figure studies show an intense sensitivity towards her subjects.

Born in Wellington, OH, Skeele studied art at Olivet College in Michigan and then, upon her move to Monrovia, CA in 1912, at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. In 1922 she enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Further study included time with Stanton Macdonald-Wright in Los Angeles, with Armin Hansen in Monterey, a year in Paris at the Académies Julian and Grand Chaumière, and a year in Florence at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with Felice Carena. Upon her return to Monrovia, Skeele taught in the local school district and began a productive and long professional career, exhibiting regularly in group and one-person shows until her death in 1963. She and her husband, painter Frode Dann, whom she married in 1946, established the Pasadena School of Fine Arts in 1951. Her works are held in the collections of several California museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Laguna Art Museum, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. She also participated in the PWA project, painting a mural of daily life in Taos at Torrance High School, CA, in 1935. Skeele died in Pasadena, CA after returning from a painting trip to Morocco. (Biography courtesy of )

18th Century Mexican Santos M742

Large Mexican Santos from the 18th Century. Good condition though missing hands and part of one foot, patina is striking. 29″ high on 10″ square base. Wood.

Price on request.

Monterey Classic High Back Side Chair F1267

Monterey Classic High Back Side Chair. New leather, new springs, original tacks. Beautiful, is it not? 46h x 20w x 19d.

Price on request.

Spanish Revival Hexagonal Lamp Table F1265

Walnut and walnut burl Spanish Revival Hexagonal Lamp Table, gorgeous condition. 30d (hexagonal) x 26.5h.

Price on request.

Frank Bowers Muralist Pirate Scene P1151

Fun and quite grand: Ahoy matey, someone’s been caught and may be going to walk the plank. Next stop, Davey Jones’ locker for this unlucky pirate! Oil on canvas, 70w x 40d.










Frank Howard Bowers – Born in California on Nov. 20, 1905. By the 1930s Bowers had settled in Los Angeles. During the Depression he painted murals for the Federal Art Project in the Fruit Growers Exchange (Orange Harvest) and the Ruth Home School in El Monte. He died in Long Beach, CA on Dec. 11, 1964.

Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940″
Painting & Sculpture in Los Angeles, 1900-45; Death record.

He was also well-known around Los Angeles as a muralist for the popular tiki lounges and south sea-themed restaurants of the mid-century era.

Mexican Retablo: “Doroteo Hernandes” 1940s M741

Mexican retablo, unsigned, 1940s. Painting on tin, 14.5w x 12d. Legend etched into black band at bottom of painting, translated from the Spanish:

“The wretched Doroteo Hernandes, who on asking help from a fellow worker, was assaulted by many bandits with the pretext of stealing his corn, and was beaten until mortally wounded, and seeing himself unequal to them entrusted himself to the Lord of La Palma, was granted (this miracle) and offers (this retablo) for the return of his health.”










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Mexican Retablo: Petra Paredes, 1964

Madonna and supplicants image on tin, signed Petra Paredes, dated 1964, in great metal frame with floral tile inserts. 11w x 15d.

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Anders Aldrin: Charles Park P1150

Here’s a double-sided oil on board from Anders Aldrin: One side is Charles Park (which was likely in the Echo Park – Silver Lake area); the other side is an autumn-colored scene. Unframed, 16 x 12.

Price on request.

Anders Aldrin was a Swedish immigrant who began painting at the late age of 34. He studied at Otis Art Institute with Edouard Antonin Vysekal (1890-1939), before continuing on to the Santa Barbara School of Fine Arts and San Francisco. He worked under Frank Moreley Fletcher and among contemporaries Millard Sheets (1907-1989) and Milford Zornes (b. 1908). His modernist paintings of cityscapes, portraits and landscapes demonstrate a Fauvist impulse carried out by strong brushwork and a distinctive palette.

19th Century Carousel Horse A885

An amazing survivor. Beautifully carved with lots of action. The Carousel horse is ready to jump into your home and or collection. Measures 62h x 52long x 12d. Circular base is 22 diameter.

Price on request.

Jack Rennick Spanish Revival Walnut Trestle Library Table F1263

Classic Form made by one of the most noted Los Angeles Furniture makers. Jack Rennick Pieces graced the very best homes across the Southland. Circa 1925. Solid Walnut and hand forged Wrought iron Center Bracing.  29 x 61 x 30

Lizabeth Scott Photograph by Bill Avery A884

This sweet piece came from Lizabeth Scott’s estate along with the rare Paid in Full poster. 19.5″ w x 15″ h. Matte print on board.

Price on request.

Bill Avery

Bill Avery was born in Seattle, Washington. Without formal training, he learned photography hands on at Columbia Pictures. During World War II he was a combat cameraman/photographer. Upon his return from the war, he resumed work at Columbia Pictures. Later, after leaving Columbia Pictures, he found work at MGM in the still laboratory for photographer C.S. Bull. He also did magazine photography, shooting publicity layouts of many celebrities including Elvis Presley, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn. Bill also covered motion picture studio assignments including Funny Face and To Catch a Thief. The last decade of his career was spent freelancing as still cameraman for MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, ABC and CBS.

Malibu Tile Co 8-tile Mural SOLD CA540

This is absolutely glorious. Never set and pristine, and one of the most elegant Moorish-inflected designs we have ever come across. The Los Angeles coastline, before it became the home of the billionaires and the surf-rat’s turf, was the birthplace of a host of legendary potteries, whose output in the 1920s and 30s remains unequalled for quality and beauty. The reason? Really superb clay.

12″ x 22″.

Price on request.

Saracen design E-58-P, see p 52 Volume II of CALIFORNIA TILE, THE GOLDEN ERA 1910-1940, California Heritage Museum, Schiffer publishers.


Mexican Colonial Carved Santo M739



Judging by his robes, he’s a monk. The missing hands in no way detract from the elegance of this figure. Quite powerful, really.

18th century, new base.

19 1/2″ tall. It is 9″ x 5 1/2″ at the base.

Price on request.