Painting is interesting, or scary, you be the judge
Published: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.
Q: Attached are photos of a framed art piece that a friend purchased at an estate sale. We have not been successful in researching this interesting piece, and hope that you can provide information to us about the artist and its value.
— N.J.W., Ocala
A: Interesting, perhaps, certainly a scary-looking picture, not something most folks would want as a decorative hang-on-the-wall picture. I was not able to find any secondary market interest in Charlotte Danzig Brauer. There is information about her on the Internet. She is listed as producing conceptual realism and is still an active artist. The phone number is 219-923-7171. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: My wife has her great-aunt's dinnerware. It is marked "FC Saxony." It is white with pink roses. She is wondering if she should hold onto it, or give it to our daughter. Any help you can give us as to the age and style or value would be appreciated.
— B.G., Internet
A: I think the china set was made in the early 20th century. There is no specific collector interest. The manufacturer is not important relative to recognized porcelain companies. The dollar value is based on interest in the china pattern replacement marketplace. It would be nice to pass it on to the daughter.
Q: I have been looking for just the right Mission couch and love seat for years. Finally, the right one popped up on Craigslist in Jacksonville, and I nabbed the set for $250. Now, we are totally smitten with these pieces, but we have a little debate going on. My mother, who has excellent taste, thinks the fabric is of Southwest influence, Navajo, etc. I say that that is nonsense. I think, as a Mission-influenced textile, it has Moorish, Moroccan, Berber background, possibly Persian or Turkish origins, not the simple, geometric, boldly colored and contrasting Mexican or Southwest Native American designs. Can you nail it down? The set is supposedly about 15 to 20 years old, tops.
— B.B., Internet
A: You did not include complete photos of the set. Although the photograph is not very clear, the material has the look of an antique hand-knotted rug. The pattern is Caucasian, possibly Kazak. Without clearer photos, that is all I can say.
Q: I have recently acquired a red bottle made by Pyrex that has the top molded into the glass; in other words, it will not open! I think it is about a quart size and the mark Pyrex is shown on the very top; otherwise, there are no markings. It is beautiful but completely non-functional which seems odd to me for Pyrex. I would appreciate any information you might have about such a piece. I am not interested in value as its value is its beauty. Thank you; I enjoy your column.
— A.F., Internet
A: Your description is not helpful and you did not include a photo. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. So if you will send a good, clear photo of the Pyrex bottle, perhaps I can help you.
An interesting fact about Pyrex is that it was developed by Corning Glass Works in 1912 to resist the heat shock that caused railway brakemen's lanterns to break on exposure to the elements.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email email@example.com.