Found this catalogue at the Thieves Market last weekend. Saw the cover underneath a pile of costume jewelry. Thought it was an old magazine. Like the graphics on the cover. Didn’t look too much into the details. Bought it after negotiating on the price.
Found out that the magazine was for a photography exhibition at the Opera Gallery. The show was scheduled for public viewing from 9th March 2012 onwards.
Found also some really nice stones at another stall. Thought they ( the magazine cover and the natural stone color ) match really well. The stones looks like pieces of abstract art.
Incidentally, the stall holder that sold me the stones has a 2-tail lizard. Its the same man with the lizard that I met sometime ago. Finally saw the second tail.
Another housefly on the back of a horse. HorseFly to some. Found this at a shop on Bussorah Street. The significance of this can be found here.
Found this at the Thieves Market yesterday evening just when it was about to close for the day. There was something about it that caught my attention. Thought she’s a beauty, at least in the eye of the creator.
Its made of real animal skull molded with hardened clay. It has a wooden shank coming out from the back of her head and a typical tobacco pipe bowl that emerged from her open mouth. With the head unscrewed from her body, there is another stick that sinks deep into her body. Looks very much like a water pipe. Inside her mouth there are 2 rows of real teeth. Perhaps it was a small creature with ferocious teeth that forms the internal anatomy of this beauty. The limbs are also formed with real bones.
Source unknown. Does not look like a mass production piece. The sword which she carries on her back is made out of a small knife. Etched with the words ” TRAMONTINA-Inox Stainless Brasil ” it all points towards Brazil as the country of origin. Unconfirmed.
In metallurgy, stainless steel, also known as inox steel or inox from French “inoxydable”, is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5 or 11% chromium content by mass.
Tramontina has emerged as a leading manufacturer of house-ware products that are not only beautiful and functional but represent a very high-level of quality, craftsmanship, and value. The company began as a blacksmith business in the year 1911 in the country of Brazil. Today, Tramontina has Brazilian, US, and other global manufacturing capabilities.
Acquired from Wisconsin, United States. Unknown art piece. If you have seen a similar one or knows some background of this sculpture, I would be grateful if you can let me know.
Got this via Ebay. It came from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It arrived at the office today. Won this through a bid on 10th Sept 2011. It was shipped out on 16th Sept 2011. Today is 14th Oct 2011. That’s about a month cooped up in a box.
When I opened it today, the 4 Kings and his 4 hounds looked really battered. Fortunately, made out of pewter the material was soft and malleable enough for me to knock it back to a more decent looking shape. Pewter is a soft, malleable metal alloy traditionally composed of tin and lead.
Before…Then using a soldering iron at my workshop, I filled up a small hole at the base. Believe it was a wire hole created by the previous owner to convert it into an electrical lamp. There’s also another small hole on the body that holds the kerosene and a much bigger hole on the same base. Will probably fix both and a dent when I can find time later.
Anyway, though distorted and filled with defects, I still like what I got. There’s a lot of intricate details beside the Kings’ heads and the 4 hounds. To me, its a really nice piece of art.
Now…The holes are all patched using a combination of epoxy and soldering wire. The dent has also been made good using the elbow of a steel handle. The marks of the fillers are visible but I guess over time with oxidation the surface will turn darker to assume the usual antique look. This I believe will help in concealing the marks.
Anyway…its a joy to see it now with no holes…and no dent. Will just leave it there on my shelf at the office or I may just bring it back home….will decide later.
The opal was mined in outback Queensland Australia. Weighs 20.66 carats and measuring 24.90mm X 15.20mm X 6.90mm thick. Looks like an Eye in the rock…lizard eye perhaps.