Natural History

On offer in the display case near the cash register you’ll find some very interesting ephemera including the items below.  The cover page from an 1825 natural history book is in very good condition.  On close inspection of the detailed illustration, you’ll find several interesting scenes all happening at once not the least of which includes harpoon fishermen flying through the air along with their boat which has been knocked out of the water by a spouting whale.

Cover page for the 1825 book A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith.

Cover page for the 1825 book A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith.

A Victorian award of merit.

SOLD – A Victorian award of merit.

Hot Jazz for a Cold Winter Day

We have received a trove of sheet music spanning the 1920s through the 1960s.  It’s priced and ready for you to take home.  The best and most beautiful are some Jazz Age pieces, pictured below, which are as priceless for the music and era they document as they are for the artwork on their covers.  We’ve included links so you can hear and enjoy them the way they were meant to be played — by big, bold, brassy bands, jumpy ragtime piano players and crooning vocalists.

We also have some rare sheet music from Sinatra, Elvis, The Shirelles, Earl Grant, Doris Day and lots of others.  You’ll be able to find the rare or fragile music in the display case near the cash register, the others are in our vintage treasure room.

And by the way, we acknowledge with gratitude the people responsible for maintaining the links we posted in the captions below.

1929 - Who can resist this darling girl!  The hot dance music of Andor's Jazz Band will warm you right up.  Hear this delightful music by clicking on this link.

1929 – Who can resist this darling girl! The hot dance music of Andor’s Jazz Band will warm you right up. Hear this delightful music by clicking on this link.

1925 - If the tune is anything to go by, it must be a fairly cheerful parting.  Listen here to this beautiful player piano rendition.

1925 – If the tune is anything to go by, it must be a fairly cheerful parting. Listen here to this beautiful player piano rendition.

1928 - Earl Carroll was a producer whose shows were known for having the most scantily clad showgirls on Broadway.  It's like your mother warned you:  Go outside like that and you're sure to catch a cold.  Listen to the tune here.

1928 – Earl Carroll was a producer whose shows were known for having the most scantily clad showgirls on Broadway. It’s like your mother warned you: Go outside like that and you’re sure to catch a cold. Listen to the tune here.

This is a 1942 edition of Euday Bowman's famous ragtime tune of 1919.  Listen to Adam Swanson  play it here.  Thanks, Adam.  You're flying over those keys!

This is a 1942 edition of Euday Bowman’s famous ragtime tune of 1919. Listen to Adam Swanson play it here. Thanks, Adam. You’re flying over those keys!

 

 

Art Deco Luminescence

Sabino Art Glass, made in Paris in the 1920s and 30s, is a luminescent blueish white and so full of Art Deco class that it will make you feel like a connoisseur just for looking at it! This collection includes a squirrel, butterfly, dove and ring of birds.  Also is a bowl in the swallows design and one in the sea urchin pattern.  The atomizer is “Orchidee.”  The boudoir box is the “Fleurs” pattern, and the small bottle is “Frivolities,” which features pairs of scantily-clad ladies frolicking.  Outside.  And they’re old enough to know better.  Come in to the shop and check out this lovely display.

SOLD.   Sabino Art Glass, c. 1920s – 1930s. Made in Paris.

Colores del Pueblo

Colores del Pueblo, a signed serigraph by acclaimed American artist Amado Peña, is available for purchase at Elite Repeat for $500.  This work was created in 1988 and has a replacement value of $2,000.

Mr. Peña is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, an especially high honor.  His distinguished career includes works in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution.  His artwork hangs in museums and public spaces from Mexico to the People’s Republic of China.  He has been featured in the news media as well as in textbooks, and he has served as an artist in residence, guest speaker and teacher numerous times throughout his career.

He has a long-standing, personal commitment to volunteerism and has served in many capacities for charities such as March of Dimes and Easter Seals, to name only two from a long list of organizations that have benefited from his generous spirit.  If you would like to learn more about Mr. Peña and his work, please visit his studio gallery web site at www.penagallery.com.

Our great thanks to the staff of Peña Studio Gallery, Santa Fe, NM,  for their generous assistance in helping us identify this work of art.

SOLD - Southwest American Art. Amado Peña, Colores del Pueblo, 1988, signed serigraph II/X. Matted and framed.

Mother Earth’s Children

The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables…This beautiful book, written by Elizabeth Gordon and published in 1914, is the source of these wonderful pages.  Alas, they are a book no more, but Mother Earth’s Children still delights.  In addition to the three illustrations shown here, we also have Pomegranate, Little Miss Sugar Cane, the Mustard children, Cauliflower, Mrs. Quince, Mother Pear and her twins, Banana, Cashew, Watermelon, Olive, the Popcorn children, Herr und Frau Cabbage, Apple, Fig and the little Rice ladies.  Each page has a different illustration on each side.  They are displayed for sale in the arts and crafts section of the store along with a selection of vintage books for your browsing pleasure.  So frolic!

Miss Parsley graces one side of this page and Miss Cucumber (not pictured) is on the other.

Genial Mrs. Wheat. On the reverse is baby Citron.

The sweet and juicy Currant ladies on the front and Brussels Sprout and Horseradish on the back.

Drama Queen

Over 100 years old and still as beautiful as the day she first went on the stage!

Stein's Theatrical Make Up. This face powder tin from the early 1900s is in fair condition, though the lid no longer comes off. The label that wraps around the side of the tin gives a description of all the colors that were available in this line of face powder, which was used by both stage and moving picture actors. The beautiful Art Nouveau label has a small amount of foxing but is in otherwise very good condition. You should look this good when you're 100 years old!

Kings of England

Steel engraving is a means of printing by etching and engraving on a steel plate.  Introduced in the late 1700s, it was used for book illustrations and banknotes.  Examine US paper currency and you’ll see fine illustrations of this art.  These two small portraits–of King Edward IV and King Henry VII–are very early examples of steel engravingThe portraits and their frames are estimated to be about 200 years old.   Because these engravings are protected within their glass frames, it is impossible to see, in these scans, the clarity of the printing and the near-photographic detail captured by the unknown artist.  If you would like to visit our royal guests, you’ll find them for sale in the jewelry display case.

SOLD - Portrait of King Edward IV framed and covered with glass. This steel engraving, circa 1800, is in an ornate copper frame of the same vintage. The frame measures 3 1/4" x 2 3/4".

SOLD - Portrait of King Henry VII framed and covered with glass. This steel engraving, circa 1800, is in a brass frame of the same vintage. The frame is signed "Chase" and measures 3 1/4" x. 2 3/4".

Creature Comforts

Everyone should have a place of one’s own–a place to read, write and ponder.  The mouse who lives in this house is especially creative.  Look closely.  Everything in the house, even the orange crate that it’s made of, was originally used for something else.  Mice have to use the materials at hand (or paw, as the case may be), and this mouse house is a perfect example of recycling, repurposing and reusing cast-offs.  It’s as comfy-cozy as they come, from the glowing coals in the fireplace to the abundance of fancy foods in the kitchen.  Two mice babies snooze in a walnut shell near the wood stove and the exterior of the house features a Celtic mosaic chimney.

Created by one of Elite Repeat’s artists-in-residence, all the materials that went into making this lovely, little house were either found or donated to our shop in bits and pieces then carefully, imaginatively assembled into this fairy tale cottage.  It’s on display this week in our storefront window.  Do come by for a look!  It will be available on Monday, Dec. 5, at 10 am for $125.

Pricing Update:  As of May 1, 2012, this miniature mouse house is still available.  It’s been marked down to $100.  It’s waiting for you to take it home!

A writing desk in the upstairs living room of the mouse house.

Upstairs, downstairs...the elegant, relaxed atmosphere of this bookish mouse's living room contrasts with the busy, work-a-day kitchen.

Who else would you expect in a mouse's garden but a meditative St. Francis! The back of the house is decorated with a tall stone chimney and a bit of landscaping.

Wallflowers

If you’re in the habit of shopping Elite Repeat for art and craft supplies, you know that we have a very small exhibit space–about one square foot–atop the shelving unit where the supplies are displayed.  In this space we show off some of the artwork our staff creates using materials available at our shop.  These items are for display purposes.  They’re not for sale, but we’re sure once you see some of their ideas for using “found” art supplies, you’ll be inspired to create your own great works!  This week we’re experimenting with turning wallpaper into art paper.  We’re selling gorgeous wallpapers in lengths of 18″ to 36″ for  $2 to $3 each.  We hope you’ll visit our micro-gallery and take note of the possibility!

Wallpaper accordion book using 3 different wallpapers, stamping on the plain side and accents of gold stencil paint. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Wreath made by folding wallpaper into accordion pleats. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Wallpaper gift bag with brads for side closures and ribbon. (For display only. Not for sale.)

Wallpaper gift bag with machine sewn sides and string closure. (Display only. Not for sale.)