Tanjore art has been around since the 17th century
Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.
Q: Could you please provide any information on the value and origin of this artwork? This was picked up at an estate sale. I was told it is Tanjore artwork. The artwork measures 19 inches by 19 inches, not including frame. I also have a sister piece similar to this one, with a different pose on the horse. Any information would be very much appreciated.
— D.P., Ocala
A: Tanjore art comes from Tanjore City, India. Most of Tanjore art depicts Hindu gods, goddesses and saints, and is used for devotional purposes as well as decorative. It has been produced since the 17th century, and is currently still being produced.
There is a lot of information available on the Internet, where Tanjore artwork is readily available for sale. For more specific information, I suggest a visit to the library.
Q: Possibly, you can help me find information on a few items I have. It has become necessary for me to try and sell these which perhaps have some value, or maybe not. I know you always request clear photos, so I have done my best to comply with your advice. The first item is a picture that my husband came across when he was doing some "treasure hunting" in our local area. It was in a cheap frame, but I removed it and found it was done on a piece of cardboard. I have tried to find Sam Bristol on the Internet, but have been unable to find anything that would pertain to a painter. It looks like it has been done by a school-age child, however, I thought I would inquire anyway.
Next is a camera that has "Balola — Western Germany" on it. It is not in very good shape, but again no harm in inquiring.
Sorry this is so long, but since this is the first time I have written you, I was not sure just how much information I need to give. If you can give me any help, I certainly would appreciate it.
— C.E.W., Internet
A: The photographs are good, thank you. Parrots are a popular subject matter relative to the decorative arts. I was not able to find a listing for the signer, although I did not expect to. I agree it does look like it was done by a child, as you suggest.
Vintage film cameras are of collector interest. The one you have is low on the totem pole. For more information, check out www.collectiblecameras.com.
Q: I have a copy of "The Spirit of St. Louis" that was autographed by Charles Lindbergh when he was at my parent's home in 1955. What is the value?
— P.R., Internet
A: There is specific collector interest in Charles Lindbergh memorabilia. You are lucky to have a signed copy of the book. I wish you had included the complete story of his visit with your parents. Current potential dollar value is less than $1,000.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.