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All sorts of art interests me. But when it comes to private collections, the best ones are the small, focused and exquisite ones. Never mind my looks. My weight loosAll sorts of art interests me. But when it comes to private collections, the best ones are the small, focused and exquisite ones. Never mind my looks. My weight loosing program went wrong. (Read more)


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What I find when I dig ... - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…
Mysterious stone ... - Gemstonesin Gemstones
The Danish Art Library - Booksin Books
Insect eaters ... - Photographsin Photographs
Japanese vase ... - Asianin Asian
Angel heads ... - Figurinesin Figurines
Asian tray, for what and when ? - Asianin Asian
Burmese alabaster Buddha ... - Asianin Asian
"A welcome visitor" - Postcardsin Postcards
"A rose is a rose is a rose" ... - Photographsin Photographs


  1. AnythingObscure, ever heard of Dynamite ? ...
  2. Thanks Watchsearcher. No signs of mortar on my stone. People have been living in this part of the country for thousands of years. Before anyone knew anything about mortar.
  3. Decorative, but not art. Probably made in a 'decorative painting factory', with a fictive signature. There are many factories like that all over the World.
  4. I believe I see a coffin nail or two ...
  5. If you dig deeper, you might even find the skeletons of earlier residents ! Who knows ? Before you know it, you'll hear them howling at full moon !
  6. Looks like a boss I once had ...
  7. Hera, goddess of marriage.
  8. There's something interesing about the florets in sunflowers. They appear to form two systems of spirals and reveal a pattern of successive Fibonacci numbers. Why ? We'll never know ! One of natures m...
  9. Thanks truthordare. Yesterday I mailed the photo to an expert in Asian art. She answered that the tray is from China or Southeast Asia, made in the early 20th century for food or offerings. That sound...
  10. I thank you once again truthordare ! So the oshibori theory is out. My guess would be that the wickerwork (of bamboo ?) protects the wood from something moist, whatever that could be ?
  11. Now I've been told that it's most likely a japanese 'oshibori' tray for hot, moist towelettes in a japanese restaurant. So the only question that remains is: How old is it ?
  12. Thanks again truthordare ! My first thought was 'saké' ! LOL ! But your suggestion is, of course, much more reasonable !
  13. Thanks truthordare ! What would they put on this tray ?
  14. Thanks for the comments. Apparently some sort of consensus about Anglo-Indian.
  15. My guess is thin brass plates, but I'm not sure. Thanks for the comment.
  16. Thanks all for your knowledgable comments ! I'll have them in mind when I revise the boxes fact sheet.
  17. There's a long Russian tradition for making decorative boxes in the villages during the winter and selling them on the markets in summer. I once made a post about one in my collection.
  18. Mass-produced in Africa and sold to tourists.
  19. Decorative paintings like this one with fictive signatures are made in factories around the world, particularly in The Far East.
  20. I'm very pleased to hear that ! Thanks a lot !
  21. Does the guy on the 4th pic. really look like that ?
  22. You haven't reached the ceiling yet, so still room for much more !
  23. The flowers are nice.
  24. humph ?
  25. Dear Vynil33rpm, I love you too !
  26. The form is called 'tazza', known from ancient Greece. Was used for small pieces of food or for display. The decoration looks late 19th century. Maybe something went wrong in the kiln.
  27. Louis Seize revival. Late 19th century or beginning of 20th century. Decorative in the right environment.
  28. Thanks for the advice Roycroft... but spraying isn't selective. You kill both the good, the bad and the ugly !
  29. So you're not interested in a bag of seeds I suppose ?
  30. Should be able to keep most women away.
  31. Never trust emperor marks.
  32. Looks more like decoration than art. Fictive painter name ?
  33. Looks authentic. I recommend restoration. When restored it will be easier to find out more about the lady.
  34. Humerous genrepainting, typical for its time. Looks genuine. I recommend some discrete restoration.
  35. Looks more like decoration than art. The sort you'd expect to find in hotel rooms by the sea. But you're right, the frame looks sturdy.
  36. Thanks both for the kind words. Be patient IronLace. Your C. c. will be as good as mine. I cut mine on the sides every year in connection with the hedge trimming. It then exhales a distinct scent. Pr...
  37. That hat should be able to keep most men away ...
  38. Dear bobby725, I love you too ! I believe there are courses in anger management ...
  39. Where Trump started his real estate business ?
  40. I wouldn't exactly call it art. It's too calculated for that. But 'decoration' might pass. In a cellar or another lesser used dark room.
  41. Around the World decorative paintings are mass-produced in factories, in most cases with fictive signatures.
  42. Hey billretirecoll. Around the World decorative paintings are mass-produced in factories. In most cases with fictive signatures.
  43. Some amateur or even a 'decorative painting fabric' made this. Definitely not art. Sorry.
  44. To the left Rodgersia pinnata and the bush Sorbus Koehneana. Behind the bench Chameacyparis lawsonia 'Columnaris'. To the right different sorts of Hosta and in their front a glimpse of the climber Hum...
  45. True. The work produces an enormous amount of clippings. Thick gloves necessary to remove them.
  46. Thanks kwqd. My first thought was: Harry S. Truman.
  47. Who's the severe looking gentleman in the background ?
  48. Looks Bohemian, late 19th century. Even if you hadn't told that you're from Denmark, the background building style reveals it.
  49. Thanks renedijkstra for your comments. By googeling I found pieces like this one. Believed to be made for sale to 'grand tour' tourists in Egypt around 1900.
  50. Thanks Watchsearcher for your always nice and positive comments. I always read about the plants and the conditions they need before even considering to buy and plant them in my garden. I follow the in...
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