Antiques & Art – living side by side

I promised the other day that our next post would be about the awesome things that we saw at the antique show we went to.  I might have overstated that a bit.  There was a lot of great stuff.  Then there was this.

It's a door.  It was for sale.
It’s a door.  Yeah.

Thankfully I didn’t see it, Geoff did.  What Geoff and I spent a lot of time looking at though was this amazing marriage of art and antiques that was in a booth at the back.  The work that this guy does is truly one of a kind.  Check it out.

This was the piece that drew me to the booth to begin with.
This was the piece that drew me to the booth to begin with.

That a printed double sided piece of chant matted and framed with a chromo-lithograph of a knight en passant.  Likely the knight is meant to depict a crusader’s grave.

How cool is that???

The guy who makes this stuff mattes and frames everything himself.  Most of the frames are antiques, some are hand made.  Every single creation is one of a kind and most of them tell a story.  I think I spent the better part of an hour just looking through the maze that was their booth.  It was astounding.  The artist, by the way, is Don Lutz of Chimney Corner Antiques.  Drop us a line if you want his number.

I asked permission to take photos and told them that I was going to write a blog post about their work.  In my opinion, even after seeing everything else at the show, this was the best stuff in the building.  I think it was because everything that was on offer here was a perfect marriage of rare or one of a kind antiques and the creative efforts of an artist to pull it together into a narrative.

A lot of antiques, or everyday objects in general, mean nothing without their context.  This gentleman, and his lovely wife who was also there, were more than happy to explain what was in each creation or why he was inspired to make each item.  It was part art show, part history lesson, and part museum trip.

See for yourself.

This is the first in a group of spooky pieces.  Each is different and they're all amazing.
This is the first in a group of spooky pieces. Each is different and they’re all amazing.
That's sheet music framed on the left hand side there.  And under the skull?  A bat.
That’s sheet music framed on the left hand side there. And under the skull? A bat.

Sorry for the glare.  And, yes, I was wearing my Valar Morghulis shirt.

LOVE this one.  All it needs is a quote from Poe.
LOVE this one. All it needs is a quote from Poe.

We move on from the spooky to more playful.

Opium, anyone?
Opium, anyone?

Yes, that’s an engraving of a poppy, an opium pipe, and an actual opium bottle.

A card trick, anyone?
How about a card trick?

Something about that one just screams Houdini to me.

If you're not afraid of clowns this one could be for you.
If you’re not afraid of clowns this one could be for you.
mmmm, chocolate.
mmmm, chocolate.

That’s an actual chocolate mold in there.  Very cool.

Of course I had to take a picture of one with dogs.
Of course I had to take a picture of one with dogs.

I didn’t see one with dachshunds, but you never know what he’ll come up with.

Geoff found this in the maritime section.
Geoff found this in the maritime section.

That’s a cocktail stirrer in there with a menu and a framed chromo-lithograph.

The garden gnome just makes this one
The garden gnome just makes this one

If you look closely (sorry about the glare) over her left shoulder there are gnomes in the woods.

And last but not least, one more gorgeous Medieval looking piece to round out the photos.

Those framed neumes get me every time.
Those framed neumes get me every time.

I think that last one is my favorite.  If we win Powerball tomorrow night we’re going to call them and go shopping.

We hope you enjoyed this as much as we did.

~Kelly

 

 

 

 

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