ARTIFACTS OF THE NINETEENTH AND 20TH CENTURIES
"...rejection of the mass produced arts is not, as critics think, a defence of culture but an attack on it"
Lawrence Alloway, 1958
The line between art and artifact is sometimes hard to draw, and the distinction is obsolete. So we sell things, beautiful things, things with soul, things that have been around long enough to carry stories in their patina.
Some of the artifacts we have here are mass produced, were once plentiful and often too practical to be considered valuable beyond their original function - sandcasting patterns, factory produced mid century pottery, mid century furniture, hat boxes, toys. We have a growing collection of ephemera and trade cards from the late 19th Century, as well as recipe and product booklets, sewing ephemera, and illustrated advertisements from the early to mid 20th Century.
Other artifacts are hand crafted, often one of a kind, usually made here in Burlington. We have handbags, ceramics,furniture, lamps and lighting.
The last category is hand crafted multiples, like our vintage needlepoint pillows that most probably came from a printed packaged design or from kits but were made by hand.
Carry A Conversation with a Flashbags handbag. Made by hand in Burlington of stitched, laminated paper, with grommets and beverage tubing. The insides also have images and at least one cell phone pocket.
Flashbags has added Cara Barer book photographs into their lineup artist's images. They also make custom bags. And checkbook covers, and other great stuff. You should have at least one.
John B. Marius Furniture
This chair is made of hand forged metal and sepele wood.
Christy Mitchell Lamps
Lamps made from vintage cameras by Christy Mitchell.
Mid Century pottery
We've been busy collecting mid century pottery, the kind that is mass produced rather than hand thrown. The colors, the shapes, the cultural residue- we find it irresistable.
Paige Russell Vessels
These porcelain vessels by Burlington artist Paige Russel are classic and beautiful. Their simplicity is seductive, as the shadows from natural light play against the rounded forms.
Needlepoint, like tapestry, is a fiber rendition of a plotted drawing, called a cartoon. The color separations are similar to those of paint by number, though the technique preceeded pbn.
Familiar, homey, beautiful - the pillows in our collection are all vintage and carefully picked. They all cost $75.
The collection of mannequins at pine street art works is not for sale but is wonderous to behold.
For more on mannequins check out the PSAW Blog
Print Ephemera from Burlington Industries
For more ephemera, trade card and vintage advertising see my BLOG entries.
Lactated Food was one of the many products made by Wells, Richardson & Co on College Street in Burlington.
In the 1890's chromolithograph trade cards were all the rage. Manufacturers would distribute them through their retailer and in packaging, and people would collect them and paste them into scrapbooks.
this is a fine example of a die cut card. In this image I scanned it against a blue background.
Not For Sale.