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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Recent Acquisitions - Petite Princess Fantasy Furniture Collection

I have found a few pieces to add to my 1964 Ideal Petite Princess Fantasy Furniture Collection.

I finally found a Little Princess Bed to go with my other bedroom furniture.  I have been holding out to find one that was fully intact.  Usually the flame or finials are missing from the headboard.  These beds came in pink or blue.  Since I have the pink dressing table, I was looking for a pink bed.  The bed features a genuine satin cover and hand-stitched lace trim. Other items include the brass Salon Planter, the acrylic Salon Coffee table with a brass Buddha statue, flower vase, coffee pot, creamer and two bowls.  I also acquired the brass candle sticks that go with the Regency Hearthplace and a framed print. 

Here is a close-up of the accessories mentioned above.
Be sure to look for my upcoming article about the line.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Recent Acquisitions

I have picked up a few items here there - mostly at estate sales in the area.

 Starting at the top - I came across these six containers (only one lid)  I'm not entirely sure what they are but I am going to use them for planters on my Art Deco Philco Radio house terrace.  Any thoughts on what they are?  Possibly salt containers?  I think they might be made from plaster.  Any help would be appreciated.  The wicker stroller, oak night stand and metal wash stand came from the same estate sale.  I think the oak piece needs a much smaller knob, unless this is original and worth something?? The wash stand is larger than 1:12 and I will be listing it on Ebay.  Other recent finds, Pink canisters on Ebay & vintage copper, and old glass dish marked "Made in Japan, a framed cross stitch soldier in a metal frame, a mouse trap and a couple of Krysebon miniatures ( spice drawers and phone.  My most recent find is the "rug"  Its actually a vintage leather Moroccan book cover embossed with 22 Karat gold!  

I plan to use the Moroccan leather book cover as a rug in my Art Deco Philco Radio house and the back flap as the ceiling. (see below)  My only quandary is should I cut it up or not?  While I only paid a few dollars for it, I found a couple online and they are kind of valuable... thoughts?

Monday, July 1, 2019

Barbie at Crystal Bridges

I recently spent the day at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville Arkansas. (To see my previous post about the museum click HERE)

Here is picture of the museum from the architects website.

The museum has a temporary display by American photographer David Levinthal, who has been photographing small toys and collectibles in lifelike portrayals for over five decades. The display is called Barbie and Baseball. The photographs were recently gifted to the museum and were on display for the first time. The show coincides with Barbie's 60th birthday this year! I took pictures of a few of the Barbie images.

From the museum website: Artist David Levinthal is known for his photographs of dolls and toys staged like real-life photographs. In these photographs, he explores topics of racism, sexism, and politics. In his series Barbie (1997-1998), Levinthal photographs Barbies as if they were models in order to spark discussion about how women have been objectified, especially in the post-war era. He adheres to traditional beauty standards of the time and dresses them in cosmopolitan and trendy clothing mirroring traditional model portraits of women found in magazines and fashion catalogs.

Since the 1980s, Barbie has increasingly become more diverse. In response to the criticism of unrealistic and limited beauty standards, Mattel Inc. began to expand Barbie’s look to better fit America’s demographics. In 1980, the first African American and Latina Barbies were created, and since then, 40 more international Barbies have been released. Barbie’s story is now a more truthful representation of the diversity of the world.

Happy birthday, Barbie Millicent Roberts – 60 looks good on you!

 The exhibit also includes an area where you can pose a few Barbies and take your own pictures.

Here was mine!