With just nine days left in February, we're gearing up for March to come in like a lion. With that in mind, our featured sale items include lion decorations recently added to our website. With winter travels on our mind, we also offer two watercolors by Sandor Bernath: snow in the Southwest for the spring skier, and a tropical beach for those who prefer to escape the cold. Our vacation theme continues in Florida, with a pictorial map of Sarasota from the 1960s and a rare pair of 1920s posters for Palm Beach suits. And since this week — on February 22nd — we celebrate George Washington's actual birthday, we offer a Washington's birthday sale on an unusual piece of Americana portraying our first president himself.
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Sale prices in effect through March 20, 2019.
MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION
If you don't have a place for the five-foot lion above, this early-20th-century gilt metal Crouching Lion Figurine is just 5.5 inches tall and sits on a black marble base, perfect for the desk or shelf. Regularly $575, sale price $525. More information.
This Carved Giltwood Lion Head depicts a roaring lion with a flowing mane. It's in the form of a maritime cathead, a type of decoration that used to be attached to ships. The plaque is signed and dated 1918 by the artist and has a flat back for wall hanging. Regularly $5,500, sale price $4,900. More information.
A 1920s tailor shop might have displayed these placard posters advertising Palm Beach Suits. At the time, this was a brand of men’s warm weather suits so-called because they were made with Palm Beach cloth, a trademarked brand of fabric. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “The Palm Beach suit became a summer classic, washable and comfortable to wear, the legendary suit became the staple of the well-dressed man’s summer wardrobe.” This rare pair of framed posters is regularly $1,500, the pair, sale price $1,350. More information.
Longtime Saturday Evening Post illustrator Thornton Utz produced this large, pictorial map poster of Sarasota, Florida in the 1960s. It's filled with colorful and often humorous illustrations of landmarks, attractions, recreational activities, and historical references. The cartouche, shown here in a detail, is decorated with a figure of Neptune and a mermaid and signed in pencil by Utz. Regularly $1,300, sale price $1,175. More information.
SNOW VS. SAND
Two watercolors by the mid-20th-century watercolorist Sandor Bernath. First, a snowy Southwest Landscape in Winter showing an adobe house in the mountains, probably in Taos, New Mexico, where Bernath produced many similar scenes. The other depicts a windblown Coconut Palm on a sunny beach, possibly in Honduras, where Bernath painted many tropical landscapes in a loose painterly style in the 1970s.
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY SPECIAL
Lots of portraits of George Washington were engraved in the 19th century, but this one takes a highly original approach, surrounding his face with elaborate linear calligraphic decoration, including the rendering of his jacket, and text dedicating it as “Sacred to the Memory of the Illustrious Champion of Truth, General George Washington, First President of the United States of America.” It was engraved and published by John I. Donlevy, so proud of his mastery of the intaglio printing process that he actually adopted "Intaglio" as his middle name! Regularly $900, sale price $800. More information.