Platform 6 Sign A914

Deep blue and white metal sign, Platform 6. An enigma. Hanging hardware attached. 24w x 18h.

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Los Castillos Low Vase M779

Beautiful low vase from Los Castillos in Taxco. Silverplate base, inlay in copper and lapis, native figures. 8″ diameter x 4″h.

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Los Castillos Silver Cigarette Case M778

Another beautiful piece of Los Castillos inlaid work from Taxco. This cigarette box is lined with rosewood, and has inlay of silver, copper, brass, turquoise, onyx in a warrior/serpent pattern. Box measures 10 x 5 x 2.

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Los Castillos Footed Tray M777

Superb Mexican Los Castillos (Taxco) footed tray. Inlaid with bronze, copper, turquoise, lapis, ebony, onyx. Base is silverplate. Inlay shows warrior image in center. Gorgeous piece measures 16″ diameter.


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W.A. Cook: Mexican Mariachi Woman P1171

W.A. Cook watercolor on board. Image 10 x 13. Matte frame, 16 x 20. A charming illustration of a man flirting with a señorita in Mexico.

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Tin Lantern L551

Fantastic punched antique tin lantern, this one from Texas, decorated with multi-color glass beads, including a piece of light blue vaseline glass on the front. Glorious patina! This is really a unique, special piece. Use with your favorite candle or wire for another purpose. 12″ high x 7″ diameter.

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Spanish Colonial 18th Century Armoire F1291

An absolute stunner. Bought in Cuzco by American engineer Thomas A. Corry from Cesare de Lucchi-Lomellini in 1922, and exceptionally permitted to leave the country in 1934 with the Corrys as a mark of esteem for its owner, this great old armadio has remained in the Corry family till now. It is in extraordinary condition: the Corry family were exceptional custodians of this treasure. The previous owner, Mr de Lucchi-Lomellini was born in Genoa, Italy in 1840 and died in Lima in 1950, at 110 years of age! His residence in Lima, built of Inca stones by its builder the Marquis of Valleumbroso now houses the College of Fine Arts in Lima. It’s quite a pile. Mr de Lucchi-Lomellini obviously had an eye for the good stuff.

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Commemorative Map of Lindbergh’s Flight 1927 AP481

THAT flight. An untarnished glory still, for a tarnished hero. At the end, where else can one go but down? The glory of flight, the tragedy of Icarus. Fabulous map of one of the most exciting things that ever happened.

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Official Texas Brags Map of North America 1948 AP480

We always enjoy the opportunity to laugh WITH Texas. And this map is hilarious and irresistible.

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Artist Mark Storm was a painter and sculptor specializing in western genre scenes. He was born in Valdez, Alaska, the son of a mining engineer, and grew up in a series of towns in Alaska, Oregon, California and one year in Mexico, before ending up in Texas. He attended the University of Texas from 1930-34. From 1946, he lived in Houston. Storm began his career as a commercial artist and illustrator, and began also making Western themed fine art in the 1940s.

Storm became a member of the Texas Cowboy Artists Association in 1973, served as its president in 1975-76, and participated regularly in their exhibitions. He was named Texas Cowboy Artist of the Year in 1980 and 1981 and a contributor to the book XIT, The American Cowboy: An Exploration in Art and Words by Caleb Pirtle (1975). Storm completed commissions for oil paintings and a life-size portrait sculpture for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. His works are also in the Museum of Natural Science, Houston; various corporate collections, and the Medford Collection of Western Art at the City Hall of Lufkin, Texas.

Map of Mexico City by Carlos Mérida 1935 AP479

Artist Carlos Mérida created this eye-popping mouth-watering  golden-age  map of Mexico City. Killer.

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Map of Mexico City and Valley, Designed by Carlos Merida, Published by Frances Toor Studios, 1935Map of Mexico City and Valley Business Directory, 1935, by Carlos Merida and published by Frances Toor Studios, and the associated envelope. Carlos Merida was a Guatemalan artist who joined a Mexican mural painting school and worked with fellow artist Diego Rivera circa 1919. Along with Rivera, Orozoco, and Siqueiros, Merida helped establish the Union of Workers, Technicians, Painters and Sculptors. At various points in his career, Merida’s work reflected the Maya and Zapotec heritage of his native village, geometric designs, elements of Surrealism, and an interest in various art mediums, like glass. American-born Frances Toor (1890-1956) became interested in Mexico’s indigenous cultures and folk traditions while traveling in Mexico in the early 1920s as she worked on her Master’s thesis. In 1925 in Mexico City she started the bilingual cultural magazine ‘Mexican Folkways,’ which remained in publication for 12 years. From her studio in Mexico City, Toor edited various tourist guides, “A Motorist Guide to Mexico” (1938), a volume titled “Mexican Popular Arts” (1939), and “A Treasury of Mexican Folkways,” first edited by Crown Publishers in 1947. (Sources: Carlos Merida (Guatemala, 1891 – 1984), 2014, LatinAmericanArt.com; Schuessler, Michael K. Frances Toor and Mexican Folkways, Inside Mexico, March 2003, Editorial Manda.)

Mexican Carved Wood Frame Miguel Magana 1926 A911

Signed by sculptor and wood carver Miguel Magana whose work travelled to America as part of the celebrated exhibition:

Mexican Arts

An Exhibition Organized for and circulated by The American Federation of Arts

1930-31

 

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The exhibition, Mexican Arts (1930), was developed and coordinated by Dwight W. Morrow (U.S. ambassador to Mexico), Count Rene D’Harnoncourt, and Mr. Saint-Gaudens (director of the Fine Arts Department of the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh). The Mexican government’s collaboration was indispensable to this effort. It authorized Mexican museums, such as the National Museum of Mexico, to lend works of incalculable value, and allowed the art to travel to the United States. The contemporary (in 1930) sculptors presented were Rafael Archundia, J. Trinidad Corona, Luis Hidalgo, Fernando Leon, Mardonio Magana, Miguel Magana, Eucario Olvera, Rebeca Ortiz, Eliseo De La Rosa and Guillermo Ruiz.

Monterey Old Wood Trunk F1290 SOLD

Exceptional finish on this branded piece. Useful beauty, beautiful usefulness.

SOLD

Edward Borein (1873-1945) Ink Studies of Cowboys Roping P1170

Sensational Western artist. technical mastery allied to acute observation and huge amount of verve and spirit. The real thing.

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No other artist captured the “disappearing West” with the accuracy and vivacity of John Edward Borein (1872-1945). A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Edward Borein rode south in 1893 at the age of twenty-one, and over the next few years, he worked his way through California and the vast length of Mexico. While on the range, the young cowboy sketched from the saddle in his spare time during the day, and then refined his lines with pen and ink in the evening.

By 1900, Borein had returned to Oakland to set up his first art studio, and in 1907, he moved to New York to further his career. It was back East that his popularity mounted, and in New York, Borein sold his etchings and watercolors, and found constant work as a magazine and advertisement illustrator. Due to the realism his art portrayed, and the true Western cowboy spirit it invoked, Edward Borein was quickly branded the “cowpuncher artist” by his friends and artist peers.

In 1921, Borein settled in Santa Barbara and opened a studio in the historic El Paseo complex, and it was here that Ed found his true calling. According to biographer Harold Davidson, “By this time Borein was aware of what he was doing, and told his friends many times he was documenting the Old West as he had lived and seen it. Every detail of horse, rider, saddle and gear, longhorn, and Indian had to be right. There are many stories of some detail of an etching being challenged, but the artist remained adamant, and usually was proven correct.”

Edward Borein Cowboy Roping A Calf Ink Study P1169

This is the other kind of action painting. Not one unnecessary brush stroke. Even the rope is tautly alive.

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Edward Borein Rope Casting Cowboy Ink Study P1168

In an artist, a thin skin is often part of the equipment. Taking heartfelt encouragement from one of his peers as thinly veiled disparagement, Ed turned away from working in oils. Oil painting’s loss was watercolor’s and drawing’s gain. These studies are nonpareil.

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Edward Borein Roping A Steer Ink Study P1167

Between his eye and his hand is a single synaptic leap. Extraordinary work from a lesser known but in no way lesser Western master.

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Edward Borein Bucking Bronco Ink Study P1166

As unerring a capture as a camera and a great deal more spirited, Ed Borein’s studies of horsemen in action are second to none.

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Edward Borein Cowboy Ink Studies P1165

Impatient with his teachers, Ed Borein was essentially largely self-taught and hugely driven. Everything he drew is electrically alive.

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Edward Borein (1873-1945) Ink Studies of Cowboys P1164

“I will leave only an accurate picture of the West, nothing else but that. If anything isn’t authentic or just right, I won’t put it in any of my work.” – Edward Borein.

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California Orange Show Anaheim Poster 1922 AP478

Something about fruit, and oranges above all, drives designers to new heights of luscious. This poster is no exception to that rule. And check out the risqué bathing beauty guarding the entrance to the world of wonders she is advertising. Glorious California. 12.5w x 26h. Unframed.

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Navajo Rug SOLD A909

Eye Dazzler Navajo Rug, beautiful reds. C. 1900. 42 x 64. Bit of fraying, see photos.

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