Peter Ompir Large Tole Painted Tray

Peter Ompir Large Tole Painted Tray

Peter Ompir (1904-1979), who painted this lovely, long tin tray, is considered one of America's foremost folk artists. He began his career during the 1930's painting portraits but was unable to make any money at it. He then began painting household items and sold them through an agent who persuaded Neiman-Marcus, Macy's and other prominent stores to carry his works, where they sold extremely well. He painted both used and new objects of wood, metal and even furniture, always managing to create a charming antique look with his use of colors and designs. This tray is an outstanding example of his work.

Measuring 21 1/2 inches long, 9 1/2 inches top to bottom and 1 1/2 inches high, the tray is painted on the front in a warm mustard color with red trim around the rim and the cutout handle on each end. It's decorated with a central group of fruit consisting of a large melon, clusters of green grapes, grape leaves and tendrils. Peter Ompir used many coats of antiquing to mellow the bright paint colors he mixed himself, very evident on this piece. Often his designs were playful but this still life is simply a work of art. It's understandable that in the 1970's, his pieces were selling for hundreds of dollars. They are a wonderful investment still, especially large pieces like this one in excellent vintage condition and signed on the back. There is wear to the paint on the upper front edges; on the green-painted reverse side there are small areas of missing paint with light rust to the edges and a couple of other spots. The signature is intact and authentic.

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This beautiful Peter Ompir folk art tray will be cherished for generations to come.

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Antique Earthenware Portrait Plates Italian Majolica

Antique Earthenware  Portrait Plates Italian Majolica


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
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This pair of Italian portrait plates are majolica, earthenware with a tin glaze. They were made in the late 1800's, probably in Urbino, in the Renaissance style of 1600's maiolica. The plates are red clay, with dished, fluted bodies and scalloped rims striped in two shades of yellow. The clay was covered with the white tin glaze and then decorated in polychrome enamels. The raised center medallions depict a helmeted soldier with his spear on one and a prelate of the church with his jeweled cap and cape on the other. They are surrounded by angels, birds and other small designs in the 'calligrafico' (minute/tiny) style which became popular in the seventeenth century. 

The reverse of the plates are tin glazed with no decorations save wavy lines of blue. Each is signed with a single painted blue mark; the soldier one with the mark resembling back to back letter C's and the prelate one with one resembling 3 fishhooks. Both have molded holes in the foot rims to use for hanging. There is no country of origin mark, as these were not meant to be exported. 

The dishes are 9 1/4 inches across and stand 1 3/4 inches high on a 4 inch diameter bottom rim. The one with the soldier medallion has a chip on the lower front revealing the red clay and an area upper left on the rim where the top glaze has rubbed off. On its back, there are two chips out of the foot rim, a short hairline and some nearby rough areas. The plate with the churchman has an area of flaked glaze on the foot rim and a few small ones on the outer rim. The fine craquelure is, of course, intentional.

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These plates are treasures to delight the collector and decorator alike and lend a European vibe to any room. 

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Antique Paris Tastevin, Cailar, Bayard & Cie, Sterling Rope Chain

Antique Paris Tastevin, Cailar, Bayard & Cie, Sterling Rope Chain

This tastevin or wine tasting cup was made by the famous Paris silversmiths Cailar, Bayard & Cie, which was founded by Noel Cailar and Pierre Bayard in 1848. In 1934 the firm went into liquidation and was absorbed by the premier French firm Christofle. Christofle liked this design for a tastevin very much and continued to produce it through the 1930’s. The marks, which are on the thumb rest, are very tiny but can be seen by zooming the photo. The mark on the left is CAILAR BAYARD and the mark on the right is METAL ARGENTE which is French for silver plate.

The word tastevin means “taste wine” in French. It is a shallow cup that was originally designed for wine makers to taste their vintages in their dark wine cellars. By using these cups made of shiny metals, the vintners could more easily judge the clarity and color of their wines. Occasionally a sommelier will wear a tastevin on a chain or ribbon as an emblem of his or her profession. The sommelier can use the cup to sample the wine before it is brought to your table to ensure that it has not turned.

 This tastevin or wine tasting cup was made by the famous Paris silversmiths Cailar, Bayard & Cie, which was founded by Noel Cailar and Pierre Bayard in 1848

This elegant cup is in absolutely gorgeous condition, with no wear to the silver at all. The cup measures almost three inches in diameter with a thumb rest a little over an inch long. The cup stands ¾ inch tall. It is accompanied by a 30 inch long sterling silver rope chain, weighing a total of 13.6 grams and marked “Italy” and “925” on the tab next to the jump ring that attaches the lobster clasp.
By: Linda Henrich
Photos By: Wayne Henrich

 Wearing Tastevin on Sterling Rope Chain

Girl with Goose by Jean Henry Theorem Painting

Girl with Goose by Jean Henry Theorem Painting

Theorems are paintings done on velvet with oil paints or watercolors that were a popular art form in the first half of the nineteenth century. They were named theorems as they used a formula (theorem) for the composition, primarily relying on stencils drawn and cut out by the artist and some freehand painting as well.

This twentieth-century theorem was painted by Virginia artist Jean Henry, who designed and painted all her works with oils on cotton velveteen. She created this theorem in 1980, the only year she signed her works with her initials JRH. Her husband Robert made all her frames; he made this ¾ inch wide one out of fir. Mr. and Mrs. Henry retired in 2014.

This would be lovely in a grouping of primitive art or with other objects on a shelf or in a cupboard.
By: Linda Henrich
Photo By: Wayne Henrich

White Spode Teapot Imperial Fancies Pattern Pineapple

 White Spode Teapot Imperial Fancies Pattern Pineapple

This beautiful teapot is in the pattern called Imperial Fancies. This is the pineapple teapot,named for the embossed exterior resembling the skin of a pineapple. The green Spode mark dates to the early 1960’s. The color is a classic creamy white.Spode is famous for the high quality of their china and has been in business in Stoke-on-Trent, England, for almost 250 years.The teapot measures 5 ½ inches tall without the lid, 7 ½ inches tall with the lid in place and 3 ½ inches across the base. Measuring from the tip of the spout to the furthest edge of the handle, it is 10 ½ inches wide. The teapot holds 5 cups.

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Pin-up Girl on Horner’s Vintage Candies Tin

Pin-up Girl on Horner’s Vintage Candies Tin

Pin-up Girl on Horner’s Vintage Candies Tin Back viewThis redheaded bathing beauty is wearing a two piece swimsuit, wedge sandals and is wondering where her date is. The tin was probably made in the 1940’s or early 50’s and created by George W. Horner & Co., Inc., Chester-le-Street, County of Durham, England. The contents of the rectangular tin were Horner’s Blue Boy Candy Treasures, pictured on the original paper label on the bottom of the tin; they appear to be wrapped hard candies. The box held a half-pound of the candies, or as they put it, 8 OZS NETT WEIGHT. The same typo is printed on the side that gives the ingredients. Both of the ends have Horner’s trademark. The company started in 1910 and closed their doors in 1960.

The tin measures 8 inches long, 5 inches wide and about 1 3/8 inches high including the lid. 

Great gift for the advertising tin collector or the pin-up collector!

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One of our very favorite ways to spend a pleasant day is to take a drive to an area that has antiques shops for us to browse in. Micanopy (pronounced Mick-ah-NO-pee) Florida is a self-proclaimed antiques capital of Florida. It certainly has several shops filled with antiques and collectibles along a street lined with huge oaks dripping with Spanish moss. There are plenty of unique historic buildings and homes and a couple of cafes if you get hungry.

Old Micanopy Florida-Old Buildings in Town Center

There were two movies filmed in Micanopy: “Doc Hollywood” starring Michael J. Fox and “Cross Creek” starring Mary Steenburgen. Micanopy was recently voted
one of “The 12 Cutest Towns in America” by The Huffington Post. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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If you live in Florida and like to visit charming small towns, Micanopy’s the place for you. If you’re visiting Florida, Micanopy is about 15 minutes south of Gainesville and about 1 ½ hours from Orlando, well worth a day trip.

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Article by Linda Henrich
Photos by Wayne Henrich

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