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Friday, August 21, 2015

Trash to Treasure

I've been in the trash digging again! 
I brought home this filthy old piece of artwork.  Looks like it
spent a few decades down in a cellar, doesn't it?
That's because it did!




Star watched as I took it apart and cleaned it up!
I loved that it had the old fashioned wavy glass
and vintage frame still in tact.





I wiped the print, washed the glass and cleaned up the frame.






It looks pretty good in the family room paired with another
 trash find from a previous auction!




** upon further investigation, it's a 
Edwin Lamasure (1867-1915) print.
Beautiful!

66 comments:


  1. A man found an old painting and a violin which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately for him, Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter.

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    1. I think he found them in an Etsy shop. . . .

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    2. haha...maybe he can get his money back!

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  2. You really find awesome treasures. Love your "new" picture.

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  3. That is a wonderful find. It is a well don't painting and the print of it really works with the frame. In much older days, furniture stores would pick out prints from a catalog and frame them themselves in the back workroom. I have equipment and a couple of those prints that was in my late wife's family furniture store. The miter box is a very heavy cast iron device the moves from one angle to the other. Salvaging and cleaning up that photo is so self rewarding.

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    1. what a cool thing to have...you should feature that in a blog post sometime!

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  4. Talk about resurrection....It truly came back from the dead (Cellar) HaHa. Just a perfect duo.

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    1. haha...it really did! From the deep darkness up into the light! That thing was filthy!

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  5. Miraculous . . . .can you restore me please to my former glory . . . :)
    Whatever you touch turns qx

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    1. Now you are asking the impossible Eddie.

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    2. Isn't he? I dont know what qx is, either! haha. Help, Ed!

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    3. Now THAT might be a challenge! :-)

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  6. Did not finish it . . . Whatever you touch is good and new . . . can you shake my hand? . . . lol

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    1. No...a new hand would look funny on your old body!

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    2. Eddie must have gone off to sulk.

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    3. Come back Eddie, I didn't mean to upset you. . . .not much anyway.

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    4. No just back . . . .ok I am laughing . . . what more can I do? . . lol

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    5. Ha.....don't worry Eddie...it is just Keith's way....right?

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  7. Such a waste to have stored away it's beauty for so many years.
    It's a lovely calming and serene piece, and now you get to enjoy it's splendor !
    ~jo

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    1. I totally agree! It's very unique and serene!

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  8. Wow, that looked nasty at the start
    But you fixed it with a little taking it apart
    And a lot of cleaning too
    Now has quite the view

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    1. It was good to clean it up
      with my ocd hiccup!
      Now it looks much better
      in any kind of weather.
      Good enough to hang in the house
      no longer looks like a muddy mouse. ha.

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  9. What a great find! I think I would probably have a very tough time staying away from the trash if I worked the auction.
    My dad had aunts who painted and i always wonder where all those paintings ended up, especially if they were sold.
    :0)

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    1. Some people just don't appreciate the old stuff....maybe some cousins still have a few of them, though.

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    2. Yes, their offspring have many of the paintings, and I have one from Aunt Harriet that was given to my parents many years ago.
      Sadly one of her sons had a fire at his house and some of the old paintings were lost. I can't imagine how heartbreaking that must have been.
      I love old stuff. I'd probably just hang out and wait to see what needed to be rescued at the end of every auction.
      :0)

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    3. No, moochers are frowned upon....you have to work the auction to get the rights to take freebies at the end! haha...

      Too bad about the fire....that would be so sad!

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    4. I meant if I worked there. I know moochers are not appreciated.
      And I don't blame them.
      :0)

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    5. Oh, I see. The hanging out part threw me....didn't sound like you were working! lol...

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    1. Didn't it? Fortunately it was easy to wash off and nothing was stuck on there.

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  11. Great transformation - must be exciting to "peel back" the layers. Looks perfect with your other find.
    I see Star is leaving her mark too! Cute.

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    1. It was the perfect match for that other little one! So fun!

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  12. Nice job once again! I hope you looked over the painting very carefully for hidden signatures, or perhaps another painting underneath that one. Maybe something there worth a few million..... or just worth being observed and hung there in the family room. Yeah, that works!

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    1. I did find a signature but haven't looked it up yet! I'll let you know if I'm a millionaire now as soon as I do....lol....

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  13. Oh...I wish I could go thru the trash with you!
    Love the colours of both prints!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Oh, it's fun...we'd have a blast, wouldn't we? :)

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  14. It looks really nice! It has a classy, vintage look. The price was good too!

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    1. The price was reallllly good! haha...

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  15. Wow! What a treasure!! I love it!

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    1. It cleaned up pretty good, didn't it? :)

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  16. I'm hoping for a millionaire! The idea of decorating with found and treasured stuff instead of imports is wonderful. You have a really
    good eye when it comes to that auction stuff.

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    1. I've really learned a lot working for an auctioneer....and it has it's fringe benefits, too...like trash picking. haha...

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  17. Amazing what a little TLC will do. There's probably a sermon in that!

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    1. so true! lol....we all benefit from a little care...

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  18. Hi Betsy - amazing you found another picture to match your first ... and don't they look good together. Wonderful you gave it back its life ... and Star - just checking with her paw ... they do love to be around us ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, she is such a curious cat...in the middle of everything I'm doing! Makes it fun, though.

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  19. What a wonderful treasure you found and the two paintings look great together. It just goes to show that we don't need to spend a fortune to bring beauty into our homes. Have a lovely weekend... :)

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    1. Isn't that true? And it's more rewarding that paying a fortune, I think!

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  20. I first read this post on my phone. Let me tell you... this picture is beautiful when you can see all the details on the computer.
    I'm happy for you and those who get to see it up closer.

    (hurry up and finish your living room. I'm anxious to see it!)

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    1. I'm almost done....created some art in there today...need a lamp or two still. And a bookshelf I ordered won't be here for another week.
      But it's looking good and SO much better. It actually needs new paint and carpet, but we thought that could wait til next year...we wanted a new couch more. lol....

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  21. A beautiful treasure, you cleaned it up real good, Betsy!

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    1. I was so happy it didn't have anything sticky on it....just plain old dust and dirt that easily came off! yay!

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  22. U are just amazing Betsy..love you <3..u can do miracles..

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    1. Aw, thanks Ranita! It cleaned up pretty good, didn't it? :)

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  23. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm speechless, so I'll just use a lot of apostrophes!

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    1. Isn't that cool? All that color under all that dirt!

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  24. At first took I thought it might be an R. Atkinson Fox print {I collect those} but it actually looks more like a Thompson. If you do a google image search for "WM Thompson prints" you will see a lot of similar prints. Nice find Betsy.

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    1. It's a Edwin Lamasure print. Looks like he loved the lush green scenery. The prices are all over the place for his prints....very fun!

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