Louis Icart etchings are in demand
Published: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.
Q: My mother gave these 1920s pencil or ink drawings to me 20 years ago. She has had them since the 1970s. I looked on the Internet but could not find anything about these. I cannot make out the artist. Have you ever come across these? Thank you.
— S.C., Internet
A: I wish you had sent better photographs. Based on your photograph, it appears you have an Icart print. Louis Icart, 1888-1950, was a French artist who produced a large body of etchings and paintings. His subject matter was beautiful, scantily clad or nude, sinuous, young women. The etching you have is from the Four Season series and the title is "Spring." I am fairly sure I can make out the artist's signature, pencil signed, in the lower right-hand margin. Icart prints are eagerly sought after by collectors. If I am correct, potential dollar value is in the $500 range.
Q: I called into the radio show last week about a piece that has been handed down to me from, I think, my great-great-aunt, who got it from her parents, or perhaps her grandparents. From my description, you were able to identify it as Satsuma ware. With that handle, I have been able to make out the mark; it was made by Hododa. I have attached some pictures.
— J.R., Internet
A: Yes, what you have is Satsuma ware. I wish you had included more complete photographs of your Satsuma earthenware bowl, including the interior. Satsuma has been a category of specific collector interest for a long time. There were numerous Japanese pottery companies in the Satsuma area producing large quantities of ornately decorated pottery for export to the United States and Europe. The Japanese had little to no interest in Satsuma pottery. The range of quality was fine to very coarse.
The Hododa factory was a large producer and known for good quality. Typical decoration is warlords, Japanese figures, expressive faces and dragons, all in an Oriental landscape. Colors were earth tones, gold, rust and cream. Based on the mark, I think your bowl was made during the Meiji period, 1868-1912. Without better photographs and dimensions, all I can say is the potential dollar value is likely in the $250 to $500 range.
Q: I have two scrapbooks, largely completed, that I picked up in thrift stores, planning to use the covers for myself. Now that the time has arrived, I find myself unable to discard the contents. I would like to return them to their rightful owners or family members. Do you have any suggestions?
— N.B., Internet
A: Toughen up and proceed as you had originally planned — to the dump with it all.
Q: I have and have had this collection of Big Band recordings featuring all the Big Bands of that era. All the records are in the original sleeves, and all in the original box. The records include music by all the famous bands of the 1930s and 40s. Featured are Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, etc. Can you tell me if these records have any value as antiques? I would appreciate your input.
— R.H., Internet
A: The records by the musicians you mention were produced in massive quantities, and, in general, are of very little interest. Most folks who want to listen to the music of that era use current technology. To investigate further about specifics, check out the website, www.78rpm.com.
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.