This is a very interesting  little horse. I purchased it at an out of the way flea market that I recently discovered. I paid eight dollars for it. I don’t know what kind of metal it is made from, but it is very heavy. It looks like bronze but it just as easily could be spelter. This horse is in a great pose with one of his front legs lifted. It is a small piece 5″ tall x 7″ long. The only identifying mark is on the bottom,  in black ink printed “JAPAN.” It looks really good on my bookshelf, thats really all I care about, except the fact that I only paid eight bucks for it.    JPA


Monkey Ashtray



Another example of something purchased new. I bought this back in the 1980’s at an import store. There was a lot of high-end statuary and decorative items for sale that I couldn’t afford or didn’t care for. However when I saw this blue monkey ashtray I just had to have it. I really liked it and I thought it was unique enough that it might increase in value someday. I love the great colors and the glazing.  It is 4″ tall and 5 ” in diameter. There are some identifying marks on the bottom: (I A  and then a three digit number that is unreadable because it is not embossed well on one end.)   It’s a great little piece.  JPA


This is a very creative painting by an artist I have been following for years. The distortion you see is not the result of my photography, it is painted that way. It is also framed in a way to enhance the distortion. It looks exactly as you see it, narrower at the top than the bottom and wider and thicker in the middle. It is a fair sized painting 38″ x 26.5″ x 5.5″.  It is signed on the back JARNO?? 1978. The title is “two views of the same pot.”

Back in 1979 I was in Kansas City, Missouri for a work related convention and happened upon an art show being sponsored by a local women’s group. This painting was one of many that were being exibited.  The painting was priced at five hundred fifty dollars,which was a lot of money for me back then.  I bought the painting anyway and it has become one of my favorites. Since then I have amassed quite a few of this artists paintings and drawings.  I believe his work is fantastic and very creative. The title supposedly comes from the fact that the artist painted this self-portrait from his image as it was reflected by a small polished coffee pot. Once when held vertical and then again when held horizontally. At least that is what they told me when I bought it.  I will be posting other works of his that I own in the days to come.   JPA


This is a lithograph of Madame Recamiere, a  femme fatale of the Napoleonic Era. It is a copy of an original painting by Jacques Louis David. The litho is marked “Franz Hanfstaengl, Munchen, London, New York. Printed in Munich 1914.”  This litho is in the original frame with the original paper backing. There are no identifying marks on the back.  The size is 18″ x 16″ framed.  I have no idea as to the worth of this item. I purchased it about 25 years ago for twenty two dollars.   Everything I have ever read about these types of pictures say to contact the Franz Hanfstaengle Company for values. I suppose they are still in business.

It is said that Mme. Recamiere was the epitome of feminine charm and attraction for the fashionable society of the Bonaparte era, and was pursued by many men including Napoleon himeself. ( For more about this read Maurice Levaillant’s “The Passionate Exiles”  copyright 1958 by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, Inc.)  Mme. Juliette Recamier was not fond of the original portrait, (which this litho copied), which showed her hair a much lighter color.  She resented the rendering of her jet-black hair, of which she was very proud, as light brown.   JPA


Take a look at this brass camel. Some of the detail work on this is very fine.  Could it be a recent import from India? I don’t know. I do know it is cast from brass, it is very heavy for its size. It is only 6.5″ long x 3.5″ high, yet it weighs just a little over two pounds.  This was another flea market find, I paid fifteen dollars for it not too long ago. It looks pretty nifty and well worth the money.     JPA


It hasn’t been too long ago that I found this little pelican. An out of the way flea market that I frequent once in a while, was the source for this figure. I remember I paid three dollars for it. Is it old? I don’t know but it’s neat and unique. I havn’t seen another one like it. It stands 6″ high and is cast out of some kind of pot metal..It is not very heavy.  It may not be art deco but I love its “cartoony look.”  There is no name or identifying marks on it.   JPA

I bought this little picture for thirty dollars from a junk shop in upstate New York. I had the piece framed in the early eightys so I probably purchased it around that time or maybe a little earlier. I was on a business trip and had a few hours to spare.The old guy who sold it to me said it had it for a long time. The price was one hundred dollars. Of course I turned him down. I spent about an hour rummaging around his store and ended up buying an old army bayonet for 10 dollars. As I prepared to leave he offered me the picture for fifty dollars, we haggled and I ended up with it for thirty dollars.  I walked out of there a happy man. The painting is a nice size 12″ x 9″ and looks great framed.  After cleaning the colors just popped out, I am always amazed at how vibrant and eye catching this painting is, everyone comments on it. Heck, maybe this is a Picasso, who knows.   JPA