Friday, July 27, 2012
New Vintage Finds
One of the items that has been on my "list" lately ( I have mentioned before how much I make lists for everything) are some more pictures for the walls at Le Beau Paon Victorien.
I have a few that are up, there are a couple more that are still in storage, because even after six years here I still have not decided to where to hang them; but there are still spaces that I'd like to fill.
In our front entry hall, I am trying to make a grouping of pictures over the spinet piano.
At Hallowe'en I hung two framed Hallowe'en collages that I made next to a crazy hologram picture that pretty much hangs on the wall all year (long story!).
After Hallowe'en was over, I put them away with all my other decorations.
In their place, I hung a small framed picture I bought in November in Tomah, Wisconsin during a girl's weekend getaway.
This is a close-up of the picture; it's not really big and the style is a little more country/primitive than my usual style, but the picture spoke to me. It looks so much like my grandparent's farm that I just loved it.
But, as I said, it's kind of small, so I've been looking for other pictures to make a small grouping with this one. I was hoping to find a picture in an oval frame, something vintage and Victorian, preferably. I found an oval picture of a sailing ship once, but the picture was in such bad condition and I wasn't sure about the subject matter, even though typically I adore mariner pictures.
There is one picture that I KNOW would be perfect for this grouping, but it's my mom's and she is still not quite ready to give it up, even though she knows I want it. It's just a picture she bought at a rummage sale right before my brother was born, in 1969. I'm sure it's nothing valuable, but I looked at it all the time as a child and loved it. I think next time I go out there I will take a picture of it to share!
A couple of weeks ago, I took my husband to go browsing at some local antique shops to see if I could find anything for the walls and I ended up finding two delightful vintage J. Gould prints!
John Gould was an English ornithologist and bird artist. He was born in Dorset, England in 1804, the son of a gardener. Eventually, he also became a gardener and worked with his father at the Royal Gardens at Windsor. John Gould became an expert in taxidermy, which prompted him to start his own business in London. His skill led to a position of Curator and Preserver at the museum at the Zoological Society of London, where he met and came into contact with many naturalists, including Charles Darwin. Much of Gould's work is referenced in Darwin's book, On The Origin of Species.
Viewing the many collections of birds that came to the museum led to his interest in birds and publications of many beautiful monographs of bird species, with hand-colored illustrations that were done mostly by his wife, Sarah Gould, although John Gould did many of the drawings himself. The couple eventually traveled to Australia in 1838 to study the region's bird species, intent on producing the first major work on that subject. The result was The Birds of Australia (1840-1848) a seven volume set which included many new species of birds which were new to science, and 600 colored plates of birds. Two other works he did in Australia, The Mammals of Australia (1849-1861), a three volume set, and A Monograph of the Macropodidae, or Family of Kangaroos (1841-1842), led to John Gould being known as the "father of bird study" in Australia. The Gould League in Australia is named for him. John Gould published numerous books about bird species and published about 2,999 paintings of birds. It was no wonder he was called the "Bird Man"!
19th century lithographs of J.Gould's bird plates are quite beautiful and quite valuable, and were done in the early 1880s after his death in 1881, but these prints that I have are from a later date. Reproductions of J. Gould's lithographs were done in the 1940s, by the I.M.Fisher Company. They are still very attractive and very nicely done, even for reproductions, and many have been hand-colored. Mine look like they were hand-colored and I believe are still in their original 1940s frames. I bought these for $8.00, which I think is a pretty decent price!
These prints are called "Parakeets No.603"; there are two in the "set", 603A and 603B. I've always loved birds and when I was in high school I had a number of parakeets and finches as pets. Nowadays, I have cats, so I don't keep birds anymore, but I still love pictures of birds. The Victorians were also big fans of birds, and flowers and other natural subjects, so these seem to be fitting subject matter for my Victorian house.
I also found these two vintage lace jabot collars:
In the 17th and 18th century, the jabot consisted of lace or cambric and was sewn to the edging of the neck opening of a man's shirt and partially visible under a vest worn over it. Jabots made of lace hanging loose from the throat were an essential component of men's fashion during the baroque era. By the late 19th century, jabots were used only in women's clothing, and were lace or cambric that was sewn onto a neckband or pinned in place onto a blouse, or shirtwaist. I don't know how old these are; today most jabots are only worn as part of official costumes, like female judges in the United States Supreme Court and by members of the French magistrate court dress and academic court.
They have the look and feel of being vintage, if not exactly 19th century. I seem to remember seeing jabot collars on pictures of women's clothing in some magazines I have from the late 1930s and early 1940s, so perhaps these were from that era.
I bought them because they looked so neat, but I didn't have anything specific in mind for them. I am sure I can come up with a use for them!
I also found another pair of cotton pillowcases with beautiful crocheted lace on the edges, for our bed.
Erik found a folio of old phonograph records that we can play on our antique upright phonograph:
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