Friday, July 20, 2012
unnamed, unknown, 11" x 10", watercolor on paper
unnamed, unknown, 10" x 11", watercolor on paper
These were an ebay find. Probably Southeast Asian, or maybe from the Philippines. They appear to be by the same artist as the signatures look the same, but are indecipherable. To me, at any rate. Quite well done, probably for the tourist trade, but maybe by a well known local artist, wherever "local" was.
unnamed, all 7.75" x 14.25", watercolor on paper
I found these at the local Goodwill store a few months ago. There are actually four of them but I have not gotten a picture of the other one, yet. All are similarly signed, with something like "G. Sedokna", but I can't quite make out the signatures. They were identically framed and had framing labels on the back in Indonesian, so I am guessing that is their origin. They are quite nicely done, so I suspect they are the work of a professional artist. I don't think they are more than 20 or 30 years old. Any help is appreciated.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
unnamed, Simpkins, 3" x 5", oil on board
unnamed, Simpkins, 5" x 7", gouache on board
Mystery solved! I was able to identify these paintings as the work of Carmen Zitelmann Simpkins by comparing the signatures on my paintings to that on one on a work on FindAGrave.com, which was posted by someone who knew Ms. Simpkins.
The link also contains her lengthy obituary and other information contributed by a friend.
These two small paintings are an ebay acquisition. They appear to be by the same artist and came from an estate sale via the same seller. They are so different in style that I probably would not have guessed they were by the same artist, since I was only able to determine the signature on the abstract painting because it is relatively clear on the guoache. Both had the framing label of the Burrison Art Galleries, Philadelphia. This gallery apparently moved several times, as I found similar labels for at least three different street addresses. The signature on the gouache appears to be "S or C Z Simpkins". Possibly the work of Berlin born Cuban artist Carmen Z. Simpkins, 1913-2011. I have been unable to find any examples of her work or signature.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Red crackle glass jug, 6" x 3.5"
I found a version of this jug in red glass at a local thrift shop and thought it might be from a mom and pop glass maker, but when I searched ebay to see if anything similar was out there, I found this exact copy of the jug in red crackle glass from a California seller. The non-crackle version is more red and the crackle version has a bit of orange in it. After finding to nearly identical jugs, a couple of thousand miles apart, I now think it must be from one of the commercial art glass houses, like Pilgrim, Rainbow, Blenko, etc. Hard to date these. My first instinct was 1950s or 1960s, but now not so sure. The first jug I found had a cork in it, so these may have been intended to hold cordials or liqueurs, which is what I an tempted to do with them. I don't recognize the pontil mark, which is just a small circle and I could not find an exact match for the glass colors used in the two jugs amongst those I found on ebay. These are gorgeous little jugs, elegantly simple in design and in beautiful colors, so really interested in finding out who that maker was/is. I collected art glass for many years and really don't have space for more, but could not pass these by. Any help appreciated.
Sorry for the lousy image. This was the ebay image. I'll get a better shot.
unnamed, J A Ware, 12" x 9", oil on board
This painting was purchased on ebay from a seller in San Diego who guessed it was a 1930s vintage painting. The only artist I can find with initials J. A. was John Angus Ware, about who little information is available, but whose work does not particularly resemble the work of this artist, being much more realistic in style. This piece appears to be in the original frame and is under glass, which is unusual for an oil painting. It could date to the 1930s, but could also be a bit earlier or a bit later. There is nothing about the painting that really helps to definitively date it. The signature is somewhat distinctive, though. Any help appreciated.
unnamed, Krueger, 10" x 11.75", oil on artist board
Not much to go on here, just a last name and date. I suspect that this is German, not painted by a German American. Not the work of an amateur, methinks. The signature may be the only clue, though, along with the style of the work.