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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Recent Acquisitions & More Irons in the Fire

I have picked up a few more items from estate sales in the past few weeks.

A pewter watering can, a small duck vase, a stone carved cat from England, a curved wood stand, a tiny brass rocking horse and an interesting bottle cap.

The cap has two Grecian looking women on top and is made out of plastic.  Anyone have any ideas?  The lady at the estate sale thought it was something fancy, but I assume it may just be AVON ?  I thought it would fit in with my Art Deco Kage house.
To see my Kage collection and the house I am building click HERE

The following are a few projects that I have in the works!

I have been accumulating a few Sonia Messer -Block house pieces.  I have aspirations to do a Sonia Messer furnished house.  Most of these old pieces need some work.
The table needs a couple of new feet, the secretary is missing the side and bottom of the door and a foot.  The chairs need some upholstery.  

I found this 1930's Rich dollhouse a while back and 
have started undertaking fixing the windows.

First I carefully measured and drew them in AutoCAD, 
then laid them out for the vinyl cutting machine

The new vinyl "stickers" are ready to be mounted on some clear plastic and installed.

Never a dull moment !

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Miniatures at the Agricultural Fair

We had the chance to visit the ag fair at our local high school and a couple of the booths had miniature models as part of their displays.

This company manufactured pig barns and had models of their products.

Of course we got to see all kinds of livestock too:  lambs, goats, hens, cows, and the two little piglets

Another display was about home products made from soy

Friday, October 14, 2016

Take A Seat

I was able to find a couple more chairs from the Take-A-Seat Collection

 This comfy looking green arm chair is called the Viridian and is based on furniture designs from the 1920's.

This ornate chair is part of the Biltmore Estate collection and is a copy of the carved walnut chairs found in the music room.

I found a picture online from the estate showing the actual 1890's embroidered chairs.

To see the rest of my Take-Seat collection by Willits, click HERE

 I came across this miniature brass armillary sundial at a local estate sale this week.  
It is marked "Made in Holland" on the bottom.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Take A Seat Collection

I have been helping the local miniature club get ready for a show in a few weeks.  One of the projects is a small cabin and I have been cutting out the pieces for the kits.  I know that my family will be glad when I get all of the pieces out of the house!

I have found a few more miniature chairs from the Raine  Take-Seat-Collection.
They are approximately 1"=1'-0" scale and made from metal, resin and plastic.  The company is no longer in business and the chairs have become quite collectible.

This one is called the Willow Rocker.  It is modeled after a 1930's model with sweeping lines that form intricate patterns.

 This chair is modeled after the 18th-century style of King Louis XVI of France with revival straight legs and simple embroidered silk upholstery.

This deck chair is modeled after those found on ships in the early 1900's like the Titanic.

This is my new favorite chair.  It is modeled after architect Le Corbusier's famous chair from the 1920's.  It is finished in chrome and "black leather"

The Peacock Splendor chair is modeled after an artist chair from 2000.

The following chairs have been in my collection for a while, but I decided to photograph them, since I had them all out in one place.

The Longhorn chair is based on a 1930's design and upholstered in "cowhide"

The Adirondack know for it's craftsman style is based on a 1940's style from a mountain resort in upstate New York.

The Red Heart chair is bases on an artist's rendition of a wing back chair from 1999

The Racing Red chair is based on a design from 1991 

The Slope Wing Back chair is based on a chair from 1944 and sits on an a 
frame made of "ebony"

This chair is part of the Biltmore Estate collection and is modeled after a chair that Mrs Vanderbilt has in her private bedroom.  The design if Louis XV Style.

This chair is based on Pierre Paulin's 1966 Ribbon Chair.

This chair is based on Brittian's Charles Renee Mackintosh's famous 
Art Nouveau chair from 1902.  The original was crafted from painted oak.

This chair is called Regency Leopard and based on a design from 1810.  It was inspired by Egyptian tombs that were being discovered at the time.

This chair is miniature replica of George Washington's desk chair.  The original was built by New York cabinet maker Thomas Burling.  The seat sits on a central spindle over bone rollers set in the top of each leg.  This model revolves too.

The Slipper Chair is based on an 1880's style and was designed to accommodate a Victorian Lady's layers of petticoats.

This called the Form and Function chair from 1999

This chair is called Full Circle from 2000 

This chair is titled Mexican Leather and is based on a historic design that utilized pigskin and and wood bound with cactus fibers.

This chair is called San Demas and based on a 1992 design.  The artist reflects elements of French Empire and modern design.

This "leather" miniature is based on chairs designed for the billiards room in the Biltmore Estate.  The original design was based on 17th century chairs from London.

This is miniature copy of Mr Vanderbilt's chair from his bedroom at the Biltmore Estate.  The original was made from walnut and upholstered in 
red wool and designed by Richard Morris Hunt.

The Mission Style Rocker is based on a Gustav Stickley style from the early 1900's.

This chair is simply called Patio and based on a design from 1990.

 This comfy looking green arm chair is called the Viridian and is based on furniture designs from the 1920's.

This ornate chair is part of the Biltmore Estate collection is a copy of the carved walnut chairs found in the music room.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Recent Acquisitions

I have picked up a few things here and there over the past few months.  Including this curious ceramic dog.

I came across these miniature boxes at an estate sale for a few bucks each.
The one in front is silver (and needs to be polished!)  It also has glass beads in the top

Below is a photo with each of the boxes open.
The silver one has some sort of white enamel inside and the one with decorative scrolls is lined with red velvet.

 I came across these small ceramic pieces at another estate sale

I purchases these tobacco felt rugs on Ebay.  To read more about my tobacco felt rugs, click HERE 

I was able to find a couple of more resin "Take a seat" chair by Willit's.
This first one is called the Slipper Chair and is a reproduction of a chair from 1880.
It has tiny gold tassels and brass casters on the front feet.  The description with the chair says: Wide enough for a Victorian lady's dress with its ample layers of petticoats, the well-cushioned Slipper Chair often found it place in the boudoir.

The second Willit's chair is called the George Washington Presidential Chair circa 1790.  The description for this chair reads:  In 1790 George Washington purchases this dignified, revolving desk chair, originally known as the "Uncom[mo] Ch[ai]r" from Thomas Burling, a New York cabinetmaker.  The seat turns on a central spindle over bone rollers, one set it to the top of each leg. This miniature reproduction actually turns also.

To see the rest of my Take a Seat collection click HERE 
There are some more HERE too!

Work is continuing on the Cozy Cabin.   I have painted all of the 'in-between" places with a mixture of medium and dark grays.