Contents Is King

imageMr. Andrew and I were hanging out with our youngest niece this weekend. We took her to the Poop Café on Bloor. There was a 30 minute lineup so we went to check out what turned out to be the greatest contents sale ever.imageI like contents sales because you get the share a bit of a  history. The main motif in this woman’s life is that she had an enormous rooster collection. It seemed like she had a representation of a rooster from every corner of the earth. Her nephew/son (I’m not sure which) said that people would bring them back for her. But hidden behind all the roosters was also a modest amount collection of art — prints, drawings, amateur portraits, and catalogues. Most of it seemed to date from the 1950 and 1960s. Like this cheetah (I think) face. I am also proud to say that tai is the niece’s first art and first vintage purchase.

These are my art purchases: a photo of the seller’s aunt by Sylvia Schwartz. Schwartz came from a prominent family who co-owned the Park Plaza hotel (her sister ran the bookstore there as well.) Schwartz ran a p portrait studio which was particularly reknowned for her work with children. I just love the way this young woman is lit and also her presentation, which, with her pilly jacket and off kilter lipstick, makes her relatable.

And the print is a lithograph of an original stencil by Osuitok Ipeelee called “Four Musk Oxen.”

Speaking of art, I could not resist these mid-century, Italian art pottery brooches and single earring that I’ll turn into pin some day. Nor could I turn away from a 1950 art book about the ceramics of Pablo Picasso.

Most importantly, I discovered the arts and crafts era, enamelled pendant pictured above. It is marked Queensway STG silver. Some sites suggest that this silversmith sometimes sold work through Liberty London. Will have do do further investigation.