Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Thanks Again!


Thanks to everyone who contributed to this week's bakes!  We're getting tomorrow's packages organized and looking forward to delivering to the ER team at William Osler Health System.  There's a personal connection there as Rich and my good friend Dyanne are part of a great charity, Socks 4 Souls, that was started by doctors at Osler.  

"Socks 4 Souls Canada is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to contributing warmth, comfort, dignity, mobility and health to homeless people by providing them with new clean socks.  We recognize the importance of good foot health and how it can impact one's ability to seek food, shelter, medical care and other social services."

Like I said before, I'd like to keep this going as long as needed.  We have a few 'perpetual donors' but are grateful for the new contributors each week.
If you can help out, please DM me.  Thanks very much!  Stay safe.  Be well.  And bake good.  We'll bake it through this!  

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Thank You




It feels like we're going to be learning, and relearning, a lot about ourselves and each other during this period....and while we reset to a 'new normal' down the road.  Over the last couple of weeks, I've relearned how great my friends and clients are, and how willing people are to step up to the plate.  Thank you so much to everyone who has stepped up and contributed to this week's bake!  As I'm organizing all the beautiful goods for tomorrow's deliveries and finishing up the last batch of my mom's butterhorns, I'm feeling a little more optimistic than I did yesterday (or for the last little while) People care!  
Tomorrow's deliveries are going to the health care workers at 3 local seniors residences and nursing homes.
I've had people reach out over the past few days expressing concern for our safety regarding what we're doing.  Thank you so much for that too.  But we're good.  I've coordinated and am leaving deliveries outside the facilities and contacting the health care workers to come pick up after I've delivered the packages.  I'm also leaving packages at the home doors of individual health care workers to bring to their teams.
I'd like to keep this going as long as possible.  We have a few 'perpetual donors' but also hope for new donors each week.  If you can help out, please DM me.  Thanks very much!  Stay safe.  Be well.  And bake good.  We'll bake it through this!  

Sunday, March 29, 2020

We’ll Bake it Through This


I like to bake.  You like to bake.
I want to help. You want to help.
I’ve got time on my hands. You might too.
Here’s the plan. We’re going to be doing weekly deliveries of home baked goods to health care workers and first responders on the front lines here in Hamilton.  If you can help out with baking, I’ll pick up your goods and deliver them using safe social distancing practices.  Deliveries started yesterday.  This week we’ll be delivering to staff at a couple of local seniors residences.  I’ve got 6 dozen butterhorns on the go.  We’ve got clients and friends doing lots of cookie varieties, brownies and banana bread for this week’s deliveries.  For details and donations during the weeks to come, please DM me.  Thanks in advance, stay safe, keep well and bake good!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020



Good morning folks,

Yesterday morning we posted on our Instagram account that we had made the decision to close for the next two weeks and reevaluate at the beginning of April.  Today, it seems more realistic to amend that post and let you know we will be closed indefinitely.  If you have purchased a piece and would like to pick it up, please phone us at 416.407.1269 and we will do our best to accommodate.
Take good care, stay well and enjoy your books and movies.  And let’s keep in touch.

Best,
Michael


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Head of the Virgin


'Like A Virgin'.  Actually it is The Virgin, or at least her head, and it is a detail from the Pieta by Michelangelo.  This facsimile copy was authorized by the Vatican Museums.  It was produced under the supervision of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from direct impression molds of the original sculpture.  It is made of cold cast marble, a refined marble bonded with polymer resin.  The marble is from the quarries at Carrara, Italy, the source of the single block from which Michelangelo carved the Pieta.  Great Easter gift!  13" h., 9" w., 6" d.  c. 20th c.  $195.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear. 

Merton Gershun for Dillingham; 'Esprit' Cabinet




The 'Esprit' Collection by Dillingham was designed by Merton Gershun.  This cabinet from the collection is great looking and super functional with a 'look of classic simplicity and refined good taste.  The cabinet has two long drawers.  Below, the door on the left opens to a compartment with one drawer.  The two doors to the right open to a large compartment with a single stationary shelf. The front has ebony (laminate) accents.  The top also has an easy care laminate layer.  'A contemporary collection so elegantly at home in your chosen surroundings....fashioned for lasting service and pleasure....Esprit by Dillingham.'  Who could ask for anything more?  52" l., 19" d., 31" h.  American, c. 1960's  $695.00
Condition:  Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and a few minor darker spots to one door and minor color variation (priced accordingly)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

This week...

This week, the shop will be open by appointment Thursday-Saturday.  To make an appointment, please phone or text us at 416.407.1269.  Thank you!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

American of Martinsville Tall Chest

Tall, dark and handsome six drawer chest by American of Martinsville.  This tall chest has two short top drawers and the two long drawers below each have dividers.  45" h., 40" w., 19.5" d.  American, c. 1960's  $850.00 SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and very minor top restoration. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Victorian Ship Diorama



Winner:  Best ship in a lead role in a diorama.....’The Fanny’.  This is the most beautiful ship diorama we have seen. The hand carved ship was hand painted, as was the background.  The Victorian diorama is in its original faux tortoise frame with the original glass.  With Valentines four days away, this is the ultimate expression of love for the sailor in your life or a girl named Fanny. 25” w., 22” h., 5” d. American, c. mid-19th c.  $975.00  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Genco 'Junior' Table Pinball Game






Old sKOOL gaming.  This exceptionally cool Genco 'Junior' pinball game is functioning art.  With its quintessential Art Deco style, this small table game was "designed for any spot in your locations".  If you don't have a candy counter or a cigar counter, we suggest a coffee table or side table.  Not sure if it ever had a backrack or a coin slot.  It likely did, but it's kind of perfect just as it is now.  The mechanism functions and it's got all five of its "full size 1" balls"!  ORDER NOW! ORDER TODAY!
29" l. 16" w., 8.5" h.  American, c. 1937  $475.00
Condition:  Perfectly patinated.

Bust of Marcus Aurelius



"Very little is needed to make a happy life;  it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." 
-Marcus Aurelius 
This has always been a favorite quote.  It's one of many by the Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius.  This large and very handsome bust of a young Marcus Aurelius looks so much like stone, it's hard to believe it's ceramic.  I'm still not 100%.  Great addition to your Classics collection.  24" h., 15" w., 10" d.  American, 20th c.  $375.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jean Faber Himbert; "Snowtide"



This is one of the most fascinating pieces I have found during my time in this business.  I fell in love with this painting and won't be able to let it go, but I have to tell the story of what I discovered while researching it.  It involves a number of fine artists, several name changes, many marriages, a few affairs, a famous rock promoter and a murder.  Initially, I found very little information on the artist, but as I dug deeper into old newspaper articles, things became clearer.  I'm also sharing this information in the hope it will help others when researching the artists involved online.

My first clues about this wonderful 1950's oil on canvas came from the back of the painting.  There is a label from The Galleries of The Roosevelt Field Art Center in Long Island which identifies the artist as 'Fabert Himbert'.  The canvas has a handwritten N.Y.C. address of 30 E. 14 St. and the name Himbert. 




30 E. 14th St.  N.Y.C.

The signature on the front of the painting looks like 'Limbert' and there are quite a few pieces listed online incorrectly identifying 'H'imbert as 'L'imbert. 






In researching works, I found a number of pieces that looked similar stylistically to the Jean Faber Himbert paintings that were signed Jacques Fabert.  The signatures looked similar too. 






An article in 'The El Paso Times' from 1957 was very helpful in answering some big questions.  A photograph shows "Mr. and Mrs. Jaques Hibert, known to the art world as Jean Faber Himbert and Jean Hyson".  The article gives some good background information on the couple, both of whom were artists.  They were in Texas to paint before going on to Mexico and then South America.  At the time, he was 32 and represented by the Little Studio in N.Y.C. as well as Galerie Drouant-David in Paris.  The article mentions that he had already shown in N.Y.C., Washington, Chicago, Beverly Hills and Boston, and his patrons included Pamela Woolworth, Vincent Price, Clifton Fadiman and Hal March.  Himbert was born in Paris and studied at the Beaux Arts for four years.  Hyson was born in the U.S.  She was working in a New York gallery that handled Himbert's work, and met him on a trip to Europe after having seen his paintings in the states.  The article closes stating "The artistic pair hope to settle down eventually in a part of the U.S. appearing as nearly like the Riviera as possible.  Himbert also plans to become a U.S. citizen."



The 1957 El Paso article is the only piece I could find in which he is referred to as Jean Faber Himbert.  After that, he becomes Jacques Fabert.  A November 1961 article from 'The San Francisco Examiner' refers to him as "Jacques Fabert, a San Franciscan who has studied with Leger and Andre Lhote".   There are occassional mentions of shows by Fabert and Hyson during the sixties.  Fabert and Hyson divorced sometime prior to April of 1974.  A notice in 'The San Francisco Examiner' announces Hyson's fourth marriage to photographer Tony Fabert.  "Which is interesting because her last husband was Jacques Fabert.  Tony's daddy."  She married her stepson. Tony was Jacque's son from his first wife in France. 

Meanwhile....at some point prior to 1972 Jacques Fabert developed a relationship with Bonnie Maclean in San Francisco.  Bonnie Maclean is an artist and the former wife of rock concert promoter Bill Graham.  She is perhaps best known for her late 1960's poster art advertising Graham's concerts.  MacLean and Graham married in 1967 but had a difficult marriage.  After finding out about several affairs, MacLean left Graham and later moved to Bucks County with her son David and Jacques Fabert in 1972.



Fast forward a bit to August of 1978.  Jacques Fabert's ex-wife, Jean Hyson, and his son Tony have been married for about four years and are living in a home in San Francisco.  On August 13, 1978, she fatally shot Tony.

"On the day before the homicide, August 12, defendant and her husband saw her psychiatrist, Dr. Harris. Defendant had seen Dr. Harris on at least three other occasions. Defendant became panicky because of the many hours her husband spent away from home. At the August 12 session with Dr. Harris, defendant's husband denied that he was seeing another woman.
When defendant arrived home on the evening of August 12, her husband was not home. However, he left a note stating he would return in a few hours. When he had not returned by midnight, defendant unsuccessfully tried to locate him by telephoning the police and several of his work colleagues. He finally returned about 8:45 a. m. and they talked. He told defendant that he was seeing another woman, someone “he had met on the street.” Defendant felt as if she had been hit on the head; everything went white. The next thing she remembered was coming up the stairs with the police.

She was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.  The judgement was later reversed on appeal that her constitutional right against self incrimination was violated.  She is in her late eighties and still lives in San Francisco.


Jacques Fabert and Bonnie MacLean married in 1981.  He died in October of 2013 in Bucks County where he had lived with Bonnie since 1972.

The art world is a fascinating place to spend some time.  Living there, is another story.  And another.  And another.