Tag archives: vintage

Quimper Figurine
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   April 16, 2024

SB sends me photos of a 19th c. ceramic figure; a relief-painted scullery maid holding a gold-gilded metal cookpot, and seated on a gold-gilded metal chair. Such an interesting combination of materials here: a pottery figure, glazed and painted, seated on a gilded metal chair. To produce such a piece in the 19th c. took […]

Tin Rocking Horse
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   April 9, 2024

RH sends me a tin children’s ride-on rocking horse that has been living in his garage for years; he THINKS it belonged to his mom but he is not sure. I believe this horse was his mother’s mom’s or her dad’s, as I think this toy dates from the late 19th early 20th c.  These […]

Art Nouveau Lamp
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   April 2, 2024

JJ has a wonderful goose-neck floor lamp, found at the Earl Warren flea market. The base is a naturalistic bronze – a round figure of a lily pad featuring a little crawfish with tiny minnows. The base is stamped R B and Co., with what appears to be two sets of numbers which likely indicate […]

Chinoiserie Coffee Table
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   March 26, 2024

RH has a Chinese style coffee table with a startling scene of ancient Chinese Court life, composed of applied carved semi-precious stone figures. Two of the six figures are battling: there’s a man wielding a bamboo stick and another kneeling, the other figures look on from an elegant pagoda. RH has always wondered about this […]

Flea Market Find
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   March 19, 2024

JS has a small painting on canvas purchased from a booth at the Earl Warren Flea Market. Those two figures are saints, but what else can I say about the work? She writes she has never before seen such an unfortunate looking canine and had to have this work!! First, congratulations JS; you scored. This […]

Ceramic Umbrella Stand
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   March 12, 2024

Years ago, RR inherited a tall pottery umbrella stand which was shattered in a recent wildfire; she had discovered two shards that, when put together like pieces of a puzzle, read RN 288102 and RN 284106. A trace of a word is above these marks, “Melbou-” possibly for Melbourne, more than likely the pattern name. […]

Conrad’s Falcon
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   March 5, 2024

OS asked for a dollar estimate for her Barnaby Conrad signed lithograph. When an artist is a huge personality with a legendary past, “comparable sales” (prices paid of past works) will NOT accurately reflect the stature of the artist’s oeuvre. Artist, author, portraitist, cabaret owner, bar room pianist, bullfighter, friend to writers, one-time Vice Consul […]

Hodge’s Hats
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   February 27, 2024

PP has a weakness for vintage hats; for the past 10 years she has paid $300 a month to store her collection of 1950s hats. She sent me a picture of hat which is a cross between lime green and avocado, a cloche hat with a gold silk band. The interior is marked for Mousse […]

Award Plaques
By Elizabeth Stewart   |   January 30, 2024

“Mr. Watson, come here, I need you!” So said Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant in 1876, and those were the first words understood – and heard – through a telephone wire. Bell had spilled battery acid on his pant leg, and he needed help before the acid burned through the fabric. Thus began the […]

Concours D’Elegance Pebble Beach: Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula
By James Buckley   |   September 13, 2022

The weather couldn’t have been nicer for this year’s event, held on Sunday, August 21: foggy, overcast, and slightly chilly at 65 degrees. The 71st Concours d’Elegance was held – as it almost always is – on the 18th fairway of the famed Pebble Beach golf course, and if the sun had arrived any earlier […]

What’s Old?
By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   January 4, 2022

One personal favorite of my epigrams says: “There’s nothing wrong with growing older – but where does it lead?” There are more answers to that than you might think. To my friends in the “antiques” trade, older usually means more valuable. “Antiques,” which used to require an age of at least a century, is now […]

Babcock Winds Down Summer with Vintage Market, Art + Wine Affair
By Claudia Schou   |   September 7, 2021

Expand your culinary palate this week at Babcock Winery’s Vintage Market, Art + Wine Event. Wine lovers can sip crisp or silky wines paired with savory, handcrafted dishes prepared by local catering outfit Valle Fresh. End the summer sipping rosé while shopping for unique finds for your closet and keepsakes for your home. The hillside […]

Enter United Boys and Girls’ Club Raffle for a Vintage 1956 GMC Truck!
By Tim Buckley   |   November 10, 2020

Ever see a beautifully restored vintage pickup truck and think you’d love to have one? Well, here is your chance and be able to do so from the safety and comfort of your own home. We are excited to raffle off this beautiful 1956 GMC truck valued at $60,000. Tickets are $150.00 each and the […]

Meet Shane “Big Daddy” Brown – The Creator of The Well
By Leslie Westbrook   |   July 9, 2020

Trying to catch up with Shane Brown, creator and owner of the newly opened home and garden lollapalooza called The Well, in the indoor/outdoor spaces formerly known as The French Bulldog, Café Luna, Mediterránee Antiques, Summerland Rugs, and more, is a bit like trying to catch a fish with greased hands. “I get things done! […]

New Hands at the Helm: Folded Hills Hires New Winemaker
By Gabe Saglie   |   July 2, 2020

An important change of the guard at Folded Hills: the winery has hired a new winemaker. Michael Brughelli brings a diverse background to the Folded Hills project, which operates a sprawling estate and vineyard off Highway 101 in Gaviota and an elegant tasting room in Montecito. The 38-year-old Nipomo resident gained particular acclaim with Scar […]

Wine Forever
By Douglas Margerum   |   March 26, 2020

I’m hoping you know my wines. I suspect many Montecitans know Marni and I as participating residents. I have been involved in the wine scene as a retailer, restaurateur, and now as a full-time vintner for some 38 years. I am the producer of Margerum and Barden wines and a consultant for many other wineries […]

The Bet on Rhone that Paid Off: Epiphany Cellars Turns 20
By Gabe Saglie   |   February 27, 2020

When Eli Parker launched his pet project, Epiphany Cellars, 20 years ago, his dad had doubts. “He was not thrilled with what he perceived to be a distraction at the time,” says the vintner, referencing Fess Parker, the Disney icon who launched his eponymous wine brand in 1989. Ten years in, the label, anchored on […]

Rusack’s Chardonnay Program Delivers Three Unique Wines
By Gabe Saglie   |   January 16, 2020

You could call chardonnay Santa Barbara County’s darling grape. There’s more of it growing here than any other wine grape, blanketing more than 7500 acres. Much of it is gobbled up by wine producers in Northern California – the chard here is simply better – while Santa Barbara winemakers aim each year to make Burgundy’s […]

What’s in Store Behind the Door
By Jon Vreeland   |   August 23, 2018

In an old three-story building on the inner edge of the Funk Zone, a structure made mostly of red concrete bricks, lies a collection of antique, vintage, and modern furniture and decor, local art, handmade jewelry, unique artifacts and pieces acquired from small groups of collectors, artists, and designers, many of them right here in […]