Then- Farm animals, especially cows, have always been popular subjects for artwork. You can still find dozens of antique paintings on eBay and other online auctions. Prices will vary from under a $100 into the thousands. (Cow oil painting currently on eBay, cow painting from One Kings Lane and Tansey’s fun cow print is available here.)
- ‘The Way We Live In The country’ by Stafford Cliff & Gilles De Chabaneix, 2011. A favorite of mine. The first chapter has a pictorial overview of life in the country from various parts of the world. Other chapters focus on the country home itself whether it be traditional or contemporary.
- ‘Living In The Countryside’ by Barbara & René Stoeltie, 2003. A tome that covers country decorating in Europe and America at its very best
- ‘A Simpler Way Of Life‘ by William Morgan & Trevor Tondro, 2013. After living in Massachusetts and attending college in New York, I’ve been captivated by the old architecture of the northeast ever since.
- ‘Country Style’ by Judith & Martin Miller, 1990. An oldie but goodie.
- ‘Nora Murphy’s Country House Style‘ by Nora Murphy, 2018. The newest book in my collection. It’s a true testament that country style endures.
#1. Painted portrait c. 1800-1860
#2. Round magnifying glass held by ribbon
#4. Postcard- artwork by Degas 1876
#5. Antique initialed wood box
#7. Vintage 8″ artist model
#8. Old books
#9. Silhouette of shipbuilder c. 1790
#10. Italian alabaster stone peach
(Photo- Martha Browne)
This painted portrait was an inexpensive purchase (a mere $12) but the face was not well done. What to do? Then I remembered a similar situation for the design team (Tara Mangini & Percy Bright) of Jersey Ice Cream Co. They took a not-so-nice looking portrait and attached vintage envelopes with string right over the face. I dug out some old postcards and did the same thing. Perfect…especially since my portrait has the person holding a letter in her hand!
(Left photo– Beth Kerby for Remodelista. Right photo- Martha Browne)
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