Vernon Public Art Gallery – November 17th, 2016, Art and Antiques Identification Day

NEW DATE FOR SHOW  – NOW –  

NOVEMBER 17, 2016  –  Verbal Opinions-of-Value

ART AND ANTIQUES IDENTIFICATION DAY 

with Peter and Marian Blundell

The Vernon Public Art Gallery, 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, 

October 20th, THURSDAY, 10:00 to 4:30

A portion of all proceeds goes to the Vernon Art Gallery for ongoing programmes.

Fee – $40.00 for members, $50.00 for non members – a 15 minute appointment – up to three items or as time allows.

Appointments required – call (250) 545-3173 – 15 minute appointments – the Blundells will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  If you wish to bring in more items – make two appointments for 30 minutes.    

Your Questions  –  What to bring??  Downsizing??  Preparing to move??  Considering future donations??  Mom’s favourite painting? 

These are all very important reasons to consider having Peter and his wife Marian discuss your objects, what is it?, value?, why?, today’s art and antiques retail market? what’s happening? 

The Blundells try to keep up-to-date on the world of art, antiques and collectibles. And it is a huge world!

“What to do with all my stuff??!!”  Our children do not really want it – their homes are full of their own stuff!  Family’s dinner service, only used for special occasions, now I have it!  Now what?

These are all huge questions – And your inherited art pieces – always told they are going to be worth something big!!  Well – today has arrived – is it?  Another important question!

Peter and Marian will be available to help answer so many questions, give advice, and value of course.  Is it worth going the next stage and having it added to your insurance policy?   The Blundells must see it to do the job properly.   No internet photos, No photos – the real object is required.

When you make your appointment, please tell the phone person what you are bringing, if it is an art piece – who is the artist? (if you can read the signature – if you can’t bring it anyways).  Furniture – if it is too big for your car, take some photos; check to see if there is a furniture maker stamp on the back, inside a drawer – if so, take a photo.  Bring a drawer if there is one (then Peter and Marian can really check the age – furniture is so heavily reproduced).

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

If you are considering having the Blundells come to your home for a proper written appraisal with photos, research, etc., please call or email the Blundells – 250-542-4540 for all the details.

Hope to see you soon in Vernon.

Chilliwack Arts Centre – Art and Antiques Roadshow

  • – – – –        SECOND LAST SHOW FOR 2016        – – – – 

CHILLIWACK ARTS CENTRE – 9201 Corbould Street, 604-391-7469.

Art and Antiques Identification Day

Thursday, October 6th, 2016  – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fee – $45.00 – a portion of all proceeds goes to the Chilliwack Arts Centre. 604-391-7469.

Verbal Opinion-of-Value Appraisals

Are your trinkets trash or treasure?

Appointments required – call 604-391-7469 – 15 minute appointments – Peter will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  

Idea – Phone the Box Office – make an appointment, and tell the office people what you will be bringing in to show Peter.  They might ask you to take a photo of it and email it to the Centre who will forward it to Peter.   Peter and Marian will try and do pre-show research.  The photos can be very helpful.  That creates more time to talk with you, look at your items,  and ‘usually‘ works very well.  If you bring in a painting – who is the artist?  Again, pre-show research is needed.   Send a photo with the signature to the Arts Centre.  No signature?  That’s fine.  Peter will examine it and discuss with you what it’s value might be.

If you have a piece of sterling silver, check to see what the marks are.  Take a close up photo – send it to the office who will forward it to Peter – again, pre-show research.  Your item will be weighed and analyzed.

Furniture, check to see if there are any signatures or labels – if it is too large to bring to the show, take a photo, send it to the Arts Centre.

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

All this will be discussed with the Arts Centre Box Office people when you call.

And of course, don’t just come with your items and leave!! – take time, sit back and enjoy the whole process, see what other people have.

Peter and Marian look forward to meeting you.  This will be the fourth time they have been to the Chilliwack Arts Centre and are really looking forward to returning again this year.

Blundell’s Upcoming Events 2016

 2016 – UPCOMING SHOWS –  CALENDAR OF EVENTS – 2016

For Verbal Opinions-of-Value Appraisals.  

Fees vary.

These are for Verbal Opinions-of-Values – this process cannot be used for insurance legal purposes. Appointments are required for all – payment when registering – to guarantee you a spot.

These assessments give you an idea of its value. Should you go to the next stage for a full written appraisal for insurance, estate, legal purposes, etc., Peter and Marian do complete in-home full written (with photos and measurements) appraisals for insurance, donation, estate, divorce, downsizing, selling and other legal purposes.  Today insurance companies are wanting up-dated policies every five years – something to think about.  The market is changing so quickly, and there is always the threat of fire hanging over our heads.  Peter and Marian are both fully accredited Independent Appraisers – do not buy nor sell – just appraise – so there are no conflicts.

Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

They appraise just about everything else what with their huge reference library (which comes to the shows with them) – art, silver, furniture (has written 3 books and 1 ebook), glass, china, pottery, collectibles. With their books and the internet – they are able to find just about all the answers you are looking for. Not everything is on the internet.

Bring your items and show them to Peter and Marian.

Spend the day watching and learning what others have brought in.

Are you an organization/fun group looking for a Fund Raising Opportunity?  Call or email Peter for all the details on how this process works.

Come to one of these Events and watch.

  ART AND ANTIQUES IDENTIFICATION SHOW FOR 2016

OCTOBER 6, 2016  –  Verbal Opinions-of-Value

CHILLIWACK ARTS CENTRE – 9201 Corbould Street, 604-391-7469.

Art and Antiques Identification Day

Verbal Opinion-of-Value Appraisals

Thursday, October 6th – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Are your trinkets trash or treasure?

Fee – $45  – a portion of all proceeds goes to the Chilliwack Arts Centre. 604-391-7469.

Appointments required – call 604-391-7469 – 15 minute appointments – Peter will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  

Idea – Phone the Box Office – make an appointment, and tell the office people what you will be bringing in to show Peter.  They might ask you to take a photo of it and email it to the Centre who will forward it to Peter.   Peter and Marian will try and do pre-show research.  The photos can be very helpful.  That creates more time to talk with you, look at your items,  and ‘usually‘ works very well.  If you bring in a painting – who is the artist?  Again, pre-show research is needed.   Send a photo with the signature to the Arts Centre.  No signature?  That’s fine.  Peter will examine it and discuss with you what it’s value might be.

If you have a piece of sterling silver, check to see what the marks are.  Take a close up photo – send it to the office who will forward it to Peter – again, pre-show research.  Your item will be weighed and analyzed.

Furniture, check to see if there are any signatures or labels – if it is too large to bring to the show, take a photo, send it to the Arts Centre.

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

All this will be discussed with the Arts Centre Box Office people when you call.

And of course, don’t just come with your items and leave!! – take time, sit back and enjoy the whole process, see what other people have.

Peter and Marian look forward to meeting you.  This will be the fourth time they have been to the Chilliwack Arts Centre and are really looking forward to returning again this year.

If you are considering having the Blundells come to your home for a proper written appraisal with photos, research, etc., please call or email the Blundells – 250-542-4540 for more details soon before they head to Chilliwack.

— NEW DATE – VERNON ART GALLERY – SEE BELOW —

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016  –  Verbal Opinions-of-Value

ART AND ANTIQUES IDENTIFICATION DAY

with Peter and Marian Blundell

The Vernon Public Art Gallery, 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon,

October 20th, THURSDAY, 10:00 to 4:30

A portion of all proceeds goes to the Vernon Art Gallery for ongoing programmes.

Fee$40.00 for members, $50.00 for non members – a 15 minute appointment – up to three items or as time allows.

Appointments required – call (250) 545-3173 – 15 minute appointments – the Blundells will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  If you wish to bring in more items – make two appointments for 30 minutes.    

Your Questions  –  What to bring??  Downsizing??  Preparing to move??  Considering future donations??  Mom’s favourite painting? 

These are all very important reasons to consider having Peter and his wife Marian discuss your objects, what is it?, value?, why?, today’s art and antiques retail market? what’s happening? 

The Blundells try to keep up-to-date on the world of art, antiques and collectibles. And it is a huge world!

“What to do with all my stuff??!!”  Our children do not really want it – their homes are full of their own stuff!  Family’s dinner service, only used for special occasions, now I have it!  Now what?

These are all huge questions – And your inherited art pieces – always told they are going to be worth something big!!  Well – today has arrived – is it?  Another important question!

Peter and Marian will be available to help answer so many questions, give advice, and value of course.  Is it worth going the next stage and having it added to your insurance policy?   The Blundells must see it to do the job properly.   No internet photos, No photos – the real object is required.

When you make your appointment, please tell the phone person what you are bringing, if it is an art piece – who is the artist? (if you can read the signature – if you can’t bring it anyways).  Furniture – if it is too big for your car, take some photos; check to see if there is a furniture maker stamp on the back, inside a drawer – if so, take a photo.  Bring a drawer if there is one (then Peter and Marian can really check the age – furniture is so heavily reproduced).

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

If you are considering having the Blundells come to your home for a proper written appraisal with photos, research, etc., please call or email the Blundells – 250-542-4540 for all the details.

Hope to see you soon in Vernon.

 

2016 HAS ARRIVED!

Are you ready? – keeping up-to-date on all the activities in the world of Art and Antiques.  So much exciting things is happening in this world.  All the magazines, all the books (yes the books!!) even watching Philip Mould on the TV and his art discoveries – so exciting – the hunt.  And that is what it is really all about – The Hunt – for the unusual, for Philip – the hidden painting under the painting – for that hidden treasure.

The antiques and collectible shows floating around the country – you must keep up to date on those.  There is one coming at the end of the month here in Vernon and we with a friend are going to participate.  Yes, we have our favourite items purchased way back in time – it is now time to move them along to someone else who will love them dearly for the next little while and give us a chance to find replacements for those.   And the world of antiques and collectibles moves quietly along.

In every store/show we visit, there is always a treasure sitting there waiting for the right buyer.  And the more shops you visit, the more ‘deals’ you find!!  and the more you learn.  Ask questions.  Impossible for the dealers to know everything about their stuff – impossible – we know – we were dealers for many years in Schomberg, Ontario – and yes, we remember for we have learned about some of those deals – and that is the life of an antiques dealer.

Ego Plates – Part 1

Ego Plates

By Peter S. Blundell AA

William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) had an irrepressible ego. In Victorian England, he was an alternating Prime Minister with Benjamin Disraeli. I am sure he was not only egotistical but probably a rather gruff opponent in politics. His political career started in 1834 as the Junior Lord of Treasury and rose to Prime Minister in 1866, 1873.

1880-85, 1886, 1892-94. The fact that he was elected to Britain’s highest post so many times would indicate that he certainly was doing things right to attract the voters so often.

Gladstone must have been a formidable orator. A commentator described his style thus: “Every word that he speaks has been fiercely furnaced in the blast of a life that has struggled in earnest. His periods fall on you stroke after stroke like the blows of a lumberer felling an oak.”

As well as political favours, he gave away plates! His constituents were largely illiterate but a political plate they could understand and possibly even use on a day to day basis. A plate brought back into the home would indicate to all the voter’s friends where his political sympathies lay.

In the photo, there is a pressed glass cup plate that states “Gladstone for the Million” and bearing a Scottish thistle, shamrock for Ireland and a rose for England. Yet another plate shows his home ‘Hawarden Castle’ in North Wales and ‘Hawarden Church’ which he attended. The other plate documents his career to 1886. For a large part of the Victorian era, he was the face and voice of Liberalism in Britain.

Gladstone was a collector. He loved books and had a fascination for postcards. He was also known to write huge amounts of letters. As a collector, I like him and would like to have known him and he could appreciate that we collect his plates today.

 

 

Part 2 Treasures article Aug. 11 Nikon  002

 

The three plates I have photographed for you are –

Brown with home – estimated value -$120.00

Cup Plate – $85.

History Plate – $145.00

 

 

Let it Snow!!

Let it Snow!!

By Peter S. Blundell AA

Canadians live with snow in more ways than one. The Inuit have many names that describe all the different kinds of the white stuff.

However, we do tend to have a liking for snowy scenes for the framed artworks on our walls. When I visit my appraisal customers’ homes, I am amazed at the influence of snow in our artistic taste. Not only do artists paint snowy scenes, we actually buy this art!

Why are we so endeared to snow pictures?? Maybe it is because we sort of love the stuff? And have learned to live with it and embrace its challenges.

I have noted a true lack of sunny paintings from warmer climes such as the Caribbean and Mexico.

Many Canadian artists have staked their fortunes on slippery scenes. The Group of Seven are examples of this, and others Graham Norwell, Ernest Dalton, Allen Sapp. Quebec artists by the hundred have also been inspired with pictures of skating, hockey, good old maple syrup shacks, and frozen waterfalls abound.

I cannot see a day when all this wonderful Canadian art will go to the great recycling depot in the sky! Maybe some, however, will show up in antiques shops and Value Village.

In the meantime, pull the drapes and snuggle up to a roaring fire and admire the frozen glow of your snow paintings!

The Plates of Ego – Part 2

The Plates of Ego – Part 2

By Peter S. Blundell

Politicians are well known for their massive self absorption. Canadian members of parliament have been known to have commemorative plates custom-made for their own promotional purposes. Sir John A. MacDonald had his own plate designed and so did the Federal Liberal Leader of his Opposition party Edward Blake (b.1833-d.1912). Blake was defeated twice 1882 and 1887 by Sir John A. MacDonald and did not become Prime Minister. However his ego plate remains as a memory of his political career.

Digging through some archival material can be fun if you have a character to research such as Blake. He was known to have an amazing capacity for facts and figures, however, he probably had too thin a skin for Sir John A to play with. He also was quite notorious for standing on his feet for six or seven hours giving speeches. He championed Provincial rights, was a free-trader. Blake fostered Liberal strength in Quebec but his Ontario Protestant supporters were hugely hostile to Louis Riel (Riel Rebellion) and he tried desperately to commute Riel’s death sentence on the grounds of mental illness. Whereas MacDonald let Riel hang and Quebec was estranged from the Tories for many years. Blake was the person who chose Sir Wilfred Laurier to succeed him in 1887 apparently a good move for Canada.

The end of the story is quite difficult to figure out because this Canadian Protestant became an Irish Nationalist MP in the British Parliament from 1892 to 1907. Edward Blake photo Nikon 1 001

 

KERPLUNK – IT SUNK! WHAT A LOUSY PIECE OF JUNK!……

KERPLUNK – IT SUNK! WHAT A LOUSY PIECE OF JUNK!…….

By Peter S. Blundell A.A.

So goes the old campfire song about the Titanic.

There are quite a few books on the Titanic – Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, A Night to Remember, Titanic, the Psychic and the Sea, but my favourite was written and published by Elbert Hubbard of The Roycrofters fame.

Elbert Hubbard was born into a wealthy family who were soap manufacturers. The Larkin Soap Company had an interesting method of marketing to groups of ladies who would buy soap in bulk and get the premiums made in the seven or eight furniture factories in Buffalo, N.Y.  Many houses in the U.S. were furnished this way and the Buffalo Pottery was also part of the premium scheme. You can imagine the wealth!

Elbert, however, had other ideas and was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and set up a Campus in East Aurora, New York of artisans making furniture, copperware, leather and book publishing. One of the books he wrote was a small booklet about the Titanic. Ironically, my reprint copy has a picture inside of Elbert Hubbard standing on the deck of another Atlantic liner The Lusitania which was torpedoed and was lost in the Atlantic with huge loss of life. The Roycrofters struggled on until the 1920’s and today the main campus building is a luxury 5-star hotel.

The sinking of the Titanic had a long term financial loss to Canada. Melville, Saskatchewan was being financed as a railroad centre by Charles Melville Hays (yes, the town was named after him) and he had financed the opening of the Prince Rupert port. All these exciting plans came to an abrupt end when Melville lost his life on the Titanic.

The passenger list was full of high society leaders from both the U.S. and Britain, and I’m sure that Elbert Hubbard was predicting his future demise when he wrote his booklet. I am also sure that there must be a moral in this story at the bottom of the ocean? Or – do not mention the name of the Scottish play (Macbeth) or write about the Titanic – thus saying I cancelled my Costa Concordia cruise around the Mediterranean!!

 

 

Antiques Hunting

Antiques Hunting              by Peter S. Blundell AA

This article appeared once in a great little free magazine called Treasures distributed in B.C. and Alberta – no longer being printed.

 

I am often asked surely the antiques hunting was better back East? In reality, my take on this is such that there are more antiques surfacing in B.C. and Alberta and the main reason for this was the imports for years from Britain, Scandinavia, Belgium, Italy and truckloads coming west from the east showed up here. The big era was 1960’s to early 1990’s.

So with downsizing happening at the moment — we are the beneficiaries. It’s really a matter of where you look.

I love antique shops and visit about 35 a month all through B.C. and Alberta. The antique fraternity is made up of very interesting people. There is no antique dealer alive who looks and acts like his neighbour. Some are brilliant bookworms who have steeped themselves in museums and read voraciously. There are the pure merchants who treat it as the business it is and don’t care for the stories or get involved in the provenance of a piece and most certainly don’t do a lot of research.

Some dealers are chatty and friendly and others are all levels of courtesy down to grumpy and sometimes downright rude! All these demeanors reflect how really difficult the business can be. I used to have a sign in my shop that said “I buy it, pay for it, transport it, pay rent and taxes on it, pay insurance on it, maybe strip and refinish or fix it!” Then hover over customers who often told me they had one just like it. “So how can I possibly take any less?” The sign was very true and customers often treat dealers with no courtesy.

There is a wrong and right way to ask for a discount.

You don’t run the piece down or tell the dealer the price is too high, or can you do any better? This will just aggravate the body and mind that resides behind the counter. So a couple of good choices would be – my favourite is “If I want to take this piece home with me, what would it take?” or “I’m thinking of leaving here with that piece, is there room to help me help you?”

The very best way to earn a discount is to buy more than one item. Most dealers love multiple buyers and may surprise you when the time comes to total up the bill and remember – cash is king! Plastic costs the merchant. They want you back!

Ask if there is a map of the area of dealers. If not, ask where my next stop should be?