Monday, May 23, 2011

Three Paintings of Schooners and the Sea by Wilfred Cyr - circa 1930's

Recently, I had an opportunity to acquire these three lovely vintage oil on board paintings of schooners and the sea.

They were painted by Wilfred R. Cyr, a Massachussets artist who lived from
1889 to 1953. He lived and painted in Amesbury, Massachussets as did his brother Cyril Cyr, who was also an artist. They were both handicapped by an inherited form of partial paralysis and in order to paint had to push the brush holding hand with the other wrist.

They ran a school for cartoonists and Wilfred was a successful cartoonist himself - Al Capp of Li'l Abner Fame was a pupil at the school.
In addition to running a successful school, both brothers were themselves capable fine artists. And produced many fine paintings.

These came to me through the estate of a deceased doctor and his wife - clearly they had collected carefully and cared well for their acquisitions. Each is nicely framed and ready to hang on your wall.Cyr's paintings of seascapes and ships were most likely done in the studio using photographs available to him.

All three of these paintings are just a delight to view and I know I will miss them when they are gone to new homes, but I'm looking forward to seeing them daily for a while!!!

RACING SCHOONERS  18x20 oil on canvas board

This painting may be modelled on one of the many photographs world renowned Halifax photographer Wallace MacAskill took during the International Fishermen's Schooner races - a challenge between Nova Scotian and Gloucester salt bank schooners raced yearly between 1920 and 1938. I must check the NSARM site to look through the MacAskill exhibit of around 5000 images and see if I can find the shot! The exact one wasn't in the book I have but I know I've seen it. The colours, the way the light is falling and the whole sensibility of the paintings is so 1930's - just a delight to the eye.

PRICE: each painting  $225USD plus shipping
all three paintings  $625 USD plus shipping
CONTACT ME: to arrange purchase

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The very best vintage quilt and the sweetest vintage bedlinens for your home

Today I have some unique treasures for you to look at and dream of owning. Remember, I accept Paypal or your personal cheque and I'm always happy to consider spacing payment for your purchases over several equal instalments.
Contact me: for an invoice or to discuss further.

This lovely vintage quilt dates to the twenties or thirties - it is the popular Lonestar but with a very creative twist that sets it aside from other Lonestars. The quilter in this case decided to set her rainbow pastels with a strong rose pink and then back it with the same lovely shade. This quilt is no shrinking violet, but will make a wonderful statement in a guest room or a little girl's room and will grow with your daughter into her teens and young adulthood - truly an heirloom treasure!

As you can see this 72x76 inch quilt has been carefully and accurately pieced and the elegant and understated quilting enhances the pattern beautifully.
 There are no rips, tears, spots, stains or fading - this quilt clearly was cared for and treasured. Fresh and lovely and ready to go on your bed. Quilts ship with a sweet hand stitched lavender sachet.

PRICE: vintage pink lonestar quilt 72x76  $575USD+$35USD trackable and insured shipping - quote #CC 0380

For a coordinated look, I suggest you consider some vintage linens - you could choose either hand embellished beauties like the full size 100% cotton full double sheet below

Or this lovely 100% cotton full size sheet with an insertion of sweet filet crochet
This single pillowcase below could be teamed with either a plain case or an embroidered or lacey one:
Or this pair of delicate cutwork pillowcases made by cottage industry in either Madeira or Macau  which were both Portuguese outposts in the 1920's.

Another option is to simply dress down your bed and your special quilt by using vintage plain 100% cotton sheets and pillowcases - I have a lot of 'still in the package' items that should please you - contact me to see and consider a range of possibilities:

I am confident I can help you dress your bed with lovely vintage hand embellished linens for less than $150USD - tell me what you'd like and I can show you some options.

Remember, I take Paypal or accept your personal cheque, and 10% will go to support local organizations in my tiny but lovely Nova Scotian fishing village!