Friday, November 14, 2008

VINTAGE VIGNETTE - #2

The simple vintage vignette I'm sharing this week includes an oil painting that was an estate auction buy. I waited all day to bid on it as I just loved the Fall trees and colors. BUT, the biggest estate auction buy of all time was the punch bowl in the foreground. My great-grandmother bought it at an estate auction in the 1920s for a dollar! It was hand painted in the famous Pickard studio of Chicago. She once told me that there were also matching punch cups, but she didn't win the bid on those. The painting of the currants and leaves with the gold tracery on the punch bowl is so exquisite, it takes my breath away each time I walk by it. Let's have a closer look!

I'm now the fourth generation in my family to be the caretaker of this beauty! It is my absolute favorite of all of the dishes I own.


Enjoy it with me,

Sally

18 comments:

onlymehere said...

That is absolutely stunning! I can't believe it's been four generations in your family without breaking!! What a beautiful treasure you have.

thepleasures of homemaking said...

Well it's gorgeous inside and out! Love the painting as well!

Manuela

Shelia said...

Oh,Sally, that's the most beautiful bowl I think I've ever seen and to think it has been passed down through your family! How wonderful! Thanks for sharing it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Southern Lady said...

Sally, I love the painting ... and the bowl is truly a work of art. It's a beautiful heirloom and knowing its history and the way it was acquired makes it even more special.

I'm so glad you shared it with us.

Sincerely,

Janie

Smilingsal said...

I've never seen a punch bowl like that one. How unique. No wonder your grandmother wanted it.

Picket said...

That is the most beautiul bowl I have ever in my life seen! What a treasure girl!!!!! Thanks for coming by sweetie...man you are 'working' that peanut butter icing ain't you! lol lol

Lynne said...

Oh my goodness... That bowl is absolutely gorgeous!! How fortunate you are to be the caretaker.. Thanks so much for swinging by..I'm glad you enjoyed the "little" lamp fetish of mine.LOL I do put in a few hours..girl I worked harder here the last couple of days than I do away from here, but it is different ya know.. I love my home and miss it when I'm gone..
hugs ~lynne~

Sue said...

Hi Sally....the punchbowl is stunning, it sure puts my milkglass one to shame...you have such beautiful things...

nikkicrumpet said...

WOW that bowl is quite a treasure...the painting on it is so beautiful..and I love the sculpted rim. What an amazing thing to be able to display!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful vignette, special memories, perfect!

imjacobsmom said...

What a beautiful treasure! To think that it was in your family that long! Amazing! I'm glad you got that painting, too - it looks perfect there. ~ Robyn

Tootsie said...

I am loving that bowl too! how precious that it holds so many memories for your family too

laurie said...

What a gorgeous punch bowl. I've never seen anything like that. The painting is beautiful too. I can see why you wanted to bid on it. Thank you for sharing this lovely vignette. laurie

Carrie said...

I've never seen a punchbowl that was so beautifully designed and painted!

Bo said...

That gorgeous punchbowl looks like a museum piece...and I can't believe the auction people separated the matching cups from it...boo! Your painting is quite the find also. ;-) Bo

Picket said...

Hey girl..love the new header pic! Ohhh love seeing that gorgeous bowl again too! lol Thanks for coming by..tomorrow we'll be doing cornbread dressing...lordy I feel like Grandpa on Hee Haw! lollol

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Ohhhhh! It is just gorgeous! And what a neat history it has and how special that you are able to display it. Your Great Grandmother would be proud to know it is still in the family. Yes, I would spend much of my time sitting right next to it and admiring it too! :) The painting compliments it nicely. Good job on winning it! :) ~ Laurie

Chari said...

Hi Sally!

Ohhhh my goodness...your beautiful hand painted punch bowl is fabulous!!! You're absolutely right in calling it "exquisite"!!! I love it and if I had ever come across it with the chance to purchase it...I sure would!!! It's just my style!!! What a blessing to have such a beautiful heirloom that's been passed down through your family!!! I love that painting too...you did good, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes...Chari (Happytodesign)