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Batik Tiki Art…Vintage?

Batik Tiki Art…Vintage?

Mel and I came across this framed piece today at a local antique store.

I had been eyeballing it for some time.

I am not sure of its age but it almost has a whimsical Disney feel to it.

Each face is so annimated and colorful!


Unfortunately, I can not decifer the artists name!

Anybody familiar with this artist?


I think this will be a cool addition to our tiki room!

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Paul T. Frankl set designed for Kane Kraft

Paul T. Frankl set designed for Kane Kraft

Mel and I picked this set up recently. Paul T. Frankl designed this set for Kane Kraft sometime in the late 40’s or early 50’s. I have always wanted a vintage bamboo dining set and this was the exact style I had in mind.

As you can see, the set was a little grubby from years of use. Most of the filth came off with cleaner, but the backs of the chairs had years of oil and grease built up on the surfaces. I cleaned them and resprayed them with polyurethane.

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I have yet to clean this piece but that is all it should need.

We purchased this with plans to pick it up the following week. When we returned the store owner brought to our attention that there was a matching sideboard if we were interested! Yes please!

The top of this piece is fantastic!

So much storage, and we love those knobs.

The wood used appears to be solid Koa or Narra. The sideboard is solid and heavy. The grain of the wood glows like beams of sunlight in the sun.

I am currently on the hunt for appropriate fabric to recover the seats in.

Some Cool Odds & Ends

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These are some really cool Erich pieces. These are such cool tropical images. The kicker is that they are in Carlo style frames.

After we finished stocking our booth at Midway we decided to do a little shopping and found a few items. The first items are a couple of Erich art pieces. We have one Asian Erich piece hanging in our bedroom. I have not seen many pieces by Erich and there isn’t any info on the artist either. These look like a day in the life of Polynesians.

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The next thing we came across was this really cool Syroco Clock. We have 2 or 3 of these already. The things that caught our eye were the two starburst accessories to this clock. We never see a complete set for these clocks.

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These are soo COOL! This clock didn’t come with a key but you can get these easily.

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The next thing we found was this really cool vintage floor lamp. I love how simple it is but it still screams cool. We needed more light in the Tiki room & this should do it.

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This is a really simple Tiki floor lamp and that is cool with me. I am going to replace the shade with something cooler.

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This lamp has a huge diffuser and it takes a bulb the size of a lighthouse bulb.

These are just some simple things we came across. It has been a while since we went antique shopping and it was nice to get out and do what we really love. Mel and I are fortunate because we both have a passion for antiques. I count myself fortunate to be able to share this passion with my best friend.

Charles McPhee

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This piece is titled “Bora Bora”.

I was surfing the internet and came across a piece of art that I was drawn to. It was a piece done on black velvet by Charles McPhee like the one above. I have always been attracted to velvet art, or I should say good velvet art. I have yet to acquire a piece of velvet art but I felt the need to learn more about this artist. Here is some insight on him:

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This was the only photo I could find of him. Obviously this was towards the end of his life.

Charles McPhee was born in Australian and went to Western Samoa in 1939 as a muscular young signwriter and mandolin player in search of adventure. There he married a lady named Toila and took a wartime job as a police officer. But he wanted to be a painter. He practiced his painting skills on American servicemen and warships, and the couple named their son, Paul Gauguin McPhee. The marriage ended and McPhee moved to Tahiti, where he learned the difficult and painstaking technique of painting in oils on velvet from American expert Edgar Leeteg. He fell for one of his mentor’s models, Elizabeth. She became his model for a series of Tahitian Girl, which he continued to paint for an eager public after the couple settled in New Zealand in 1951. Those who have seen versions of Tahitian Girl over the years find it romantic that the girl in the painting never seemed to age along with the model, Elizabeth. In his eyes, she retained her youthful beauty. His son, Paul McPhee, was unable yesterday to cast light on the mystery. “It’s a hard one. Yes, Elizabeth posed for father on several occasions and, yes, the look of the women stayed the same. “Elizabeth was beautiful … but we can’t infer he used her as a body for all his paintings.” Paul McPhee said he had a collection of his father’s paintings. “I had to buy them off my father because he never had any … If he kept one it would be sold. Someone would come to the house and say, ‘I’ll take that one’ and he would sell it to them.” McPhee died in November 2002 at the age of 92.

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I know but we are all adults here! Anyways, he seems to be able to make his paintings look soo life-like. This one is called “Dusky Maiden”.

He was such a prolific artist and produced such cool pieces. I guess I am really keen on his work because of our efforts in our Tiki Room. We would love to have one of his pieces in our collection but they are not that common and can be kind of expensive.

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The black of the velvet really makes the imagery jump off the canvas. It is obvious he was an artist who was a master of his technique, and showed a fine eye for the human form in sensual portrayals of women and athletic warriors.

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He mostly painted Samoa natives but occasionally painted other things like landscapes and clowns.

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Velvet art was pretty common in a lot of the trendy Tiki restaurants during the 50’s.

    I know but we are all adults here! Anyways, he seems to be able to make his paintings look soo life like.

It was interesting learning about Mr.McPhee and to see a sampling of his work. It would really be something to be able to paint like him. I will look upon the piece I found on-line with a little more interest.

Source:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3006993

Sad Arrival…Happy Revival

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We already own these famous pieces by Cosmo De Salvo in different frames. We love his work! These frames have a cool 3D effect.

Mel and I purchased this set of Cosmo De Salvo Artone creations online. Though these look great in the photo they arrived in sad shape. The images were scratched and peeling off in the corners. We were not happy with them and set them aside till we could come up with something else to do with them.  Since I am on this painting kick (I can’t STOP!!!) I decided to revamp these pieces into something we could use.

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As with all my watercolors you have to sketch out what you plan to paint, Here I sketched out a Tucan.

After a good day of work and lots of color mixing here is the first piece I knocked out,

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I think this looks great with the frame. I painted the part that pushes the art work out black. The flat portion of the frame I painted red with black and gold speckles.

Next I decided to paint a Rhinoceros Hornbill bird. I thought these two will look great in our Tiki Room/Bar

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These are strange-looking birds, very exotic.

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We are very happy with the way these look and cant wait to see them on the wall.

Simply Done

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The are reproductions of original postcards from Hawaii. I These have a matte finish so they will not fuse to the glass. I could have used originals but I taped the back of these cards to the top of the bar and that may ruin them.

Here is a simple way to “Retro” something up. You can do this to any furniture that has protective glass on top of it. You can do this with family pictures, postcards, fabric or any kind of memorabilia. The only thing I can warn you about is if the finish on the pictures you are putting under the glass is glossy it may fuse to the glass ruining your pictures. If they are glossy then you will have to place those clear rubber bumpers under the glass to keep air between the two surfaces.

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Here is what I am starting with

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With this process you need to make a dry run and see how you want to lay out the cards before you tape them down. I tried it a couple of different ways to find what looked best.

I love the imagery of these cards. They make you want to jump on a plane and fly to far off tropical places.

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IMG_5020Mel and I think this simple little trick is great! If you have a beat up surface or a surface you do not care for then this should help. The glass was about $60 bucks and the postcards were about $35. It would have taken a lot more effort to re-Formica this and I honestly we do not think it would have looked better than it does now.

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IMG_5028The only thing we are waiting on now are the cushions. They are over at B&T upholstery. I expect we will have them sometime next week. We can not wait to see this bar finished.

Carlo of Hollywood “3 Of A Kind”

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As you can see, these are all diamond shaped forced perspective frames. The two on the outside are medium sized and the middle one is larger.

Mel and I came across this set a few days ago on the internet and thought they would look great in our Tiki Room. We have a lot of wall space to fill since we removed the diner and are converting everything over to Tiki in that room.

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These are the three images. They are in great shape.

I was fortunate that the frames are in good shape and needed no restoring. On the back of the two smaller ones there appears to be an original price of $29 each and the large one was $50. I wish we could of got them for that price!

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This is the large center one. I have never seen a diamond Carlo this large before.

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Here is the left one…

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And the right one.

Next to arrive are a large desert scene & an Asian scene. There was a dry spell for Carlos but it looks like that is long gone. We are always looking for new Carlos. Tomorrow, we go get glass cut for the top of the Tiki bar. The vintage Hawaiian tropical postcards arrived today, so it shouldn’t be too long before it is all done!

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