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In My Attic

I have been meaning to write this post for quite some time. Remember when I told you we ventured up into our attic only to find a whole bunch of crap along with a few interesting surprises. I didn't want to just post a bunch of pictures for you, I wanted to know more about our new finds and share with you a little history.



These first two paintings are oil on canvas reproductions French painter Maurice Utrillo who specialized in cityscapes. By the age 21 Utrillo suffered from mental illness and alcoholism, he was encouraged to paint by his artist mother and it was painting that helped him deal if not overcome his illness. Both paintings are of the Montmarte area of Paris where he was born and raised.


Another painting we found lacked a signature so it was harder to identify. After much googling I discovered it is called The Hay Wain by English painter John Constable. Born in Suffolk he is known primarily for his landscapes mostly of Dedham Vale, where he lived, now known as Constable County. This particular painting is now among the most popular and valuable in British art.


This painting I have unfortunately still not been able to identify. Any tips?



Next up are these big super heavy dudes. Turns our they are 3D ceramic Spanish Conquistadors also known as conquerors or explorers depending how you look at it.


This was D's favorite find.. a vintage wooden hide the telephone box. Is it me or does any one else think this guy could be a kooky character in a Disney/Pixar movie? 


and how could we forget our large tribal mask sculpture. It big, wooden and free standing and looks a little sad to me.. like those theater mask icons. 


This large metal ship was our most nostalgic, trip down memory lane discovery. My parents used to have a boat just like this when we were younger.. it was larger and hung on the wall and was lost in a move. They had even tried to find one similar to it.. some twenty years ago.. 



and at last we come to the last two pieces.. two tall ornate lamp bases.



Most of these piece will be sold so if any of you are interested in any of the above let me know, may be we can work something out.

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30 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, what finds!! And they were just left up there by the previous owner? Treasures!

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  2. The telephone box is awesome!

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  3. What an attic you have. We have insulation in ours. It just doesn't seem fair. :)

    I sure trust that those first few were prints.

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  4. You have some cool treasures in your attic. I fear if I took a trip up to my attic, I wouldn't find so much greatness.

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  5. Nice! I'd paint the first lamp and all the frames gold or gilt them.
    I can't help but admire your floor tiles.

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  6. These were in your attic? What amazing finds. I wonder if Antiques Roadshow will be in your area anytime soon... :)

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  7. My gosh, what finds. Some of them are charming.

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  8. Please invite me to your attic. If it holds such gems I'd be in heaven. Awesome finds. xxx

    www.todaymyway.com

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  9. WOW! Such cool treasures!
    Happy Tuesday, Hena!

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  10. Wow, there were quite a few beautiful things hiding in your attic! Those painting and sculptures are really nice!

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love the old telephone and totally agree it looks like a face!

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  12. Wow look at all the treasures!

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  13. oh, you found so many cool things! how exciting! x

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  14. Wow! How lucky to find treasure in the attic. I recognise The Hay Wain painting.

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  15. It's so great how u found those treasures again up in ur attic! My favs are the telephone box & metal ship!
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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  16. Some fascinating finds there. Especially the phone/Disney character :)

    I can't tell you who the original of the other painting is by, but I can tell you it's not another Constable, should that be of help.

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  17. You found all this in your attic? That is awesome! Definitely does look like a Pixar character haha.

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  18. I love these vintage things :)
    The telephone box does look like a Pixar character. It should be made into a movie. :)

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  19. what amazing finds!!

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  20. Wow! So, wait, you found these in your attic? That is amazing!

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  21. wow these are some really cool and unique finds!

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  22. Anonymous5/12/2014

    You asked about identifying the painting: Try Meindert Hobbema – Gemäldegalerie Berlin Inv. 1984. Dorfstraße unter Bäumen (c. 1663) » village.

    http://visualelsewhere.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/meindert-hobbema-gemaldegalerie-berlin-inv-1984-dorfstrase-unter-baumen-c-1663/village

    Hope this helps.

    Mike Laman

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  23. Wow! What amazing finds! It makes me wish I had an attic to explore!

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  24. WOW how cool to find these things in the attic, the paintings are nice

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  25. I love the frames of the paintings, super cool finds!

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  26. Wow, Hena. These are such gems you found! Thanks for telling us the story behind them.

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  27. How cool to find so many treasures in your attic! I love the frames on the paintings:)

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  28. Wow! Wonderful finds! Thanks for sharing! ***off to search my attic ;)

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