July 1, 2013 |
The sensory shock begins at the front door: Everywhere you turn in the 1958-vintage Stratford home of Marvin and Flo Herring is something arresting, beautiful, unusual, or absolutely spectacular But that initial disorientation is brief, as the Herrings explain how this remarkable domestic art museum came to be. At its root is a collection the couple has nurtured since 1994 of antique Japanese figurines known as Ningyo. They first saw four figurines at an antiques show in Atlantic City and were smitten.
August 29, 2012 |
WHAT DO I want with a Hunter Pence bobblehead doll? This is not a rhetorical question. I am asking it directly to my Shane Victorino bobblehead figure sitting on the shelf right opposite me. He shrugs his shoulders. When the Phillies handed out Pence figurines the other night at the Park, it made me wonder why they would honor a player now in another club's uniform. Would the San Francisco Giants - which Pence now calls home - have handed out Willie Mays bobbleheads after he was traded to the Mets?
May 25, 2012 |
LET'S HOPE Roy Halladay doesn't try to imitate the stance of the bobblehead featured on MLB.com on Thursday. According to the site, the figurine in the photo was never really offered. The site used the wrong photo of the item, taken from a prototype. But that won't stop us from poking fun at the flawed bobblehead. First off, Halladay is righthanded and his glove is on the wrong hand. Also, the ball is in his left hand, but he's using a left-leg kick. Finally, the beard is light brown, but the hair on its head is black.
January 20, 2012 |
Suburban sales over the next few days will feature photo equipment and Fantasia figurines, weaponry and watches, and other auction activity - both alliterative and affordable. The photo equipment, much of it with the Profoto brand name, will be a highlight of Briggs Auction Inc.'s weekly variety sale, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at the gallery at 1347 Naamans Creek Rd. (Route 491), Garnet Valley. It was consigned by two New York residents who in the 1970s and '80s ran a Greenwich Village studio specializing in rock bands of that era before switching to the antiques business and becoming regular Briggs customers, Briggs president John Turner said this week.
December 28, 2010 |
THE NEW year ushers in a fresh start for many of Philadelphia's cultural institutions. Catch these events before they shutter for good. And don't say we didn't warn you. Franklin Square Remember summer? Prolong those sweet memories with one last visit to Franklin Square before the rehabbed park closes up shop until April. The mini-golf course, playground and Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel are all open, despite the weather outside being more frightful than delightful. Kids are treated to their own version of New Year's Eve ( sans champagne)
August 2, 2010 |
Bric-a-brac is everywhere in Isabel Silva's North Philadelphia rowhouse. China dolls in lacy dresses. Carved candles. Indian sculptures. Horse and elephant figurines. Knickknacks accumulated over a very long lifetime, filling shelf upon shelf. Given as gifts to the revered, 99-year-old matriarch of a large Puerto Rican clan, they are tokens of appreciation for her healing powers in the art of santiguar , a form of mystical massage practiced mostly in the Caribbean. Using pure olive oil, herbs, incantations, and intuition, she diagnoses and treats friends and family by stroking their aching joints and bellies with the swirling, sign-of-the-cross motions of her perfectly manicured hands.
August 28, 2009 |
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals' two-session pre-Labor Day sale will open Monday in Chadds Ford with a catalog auction of modern collectibles, featuring 120 lots of Royal Doulton figurines. Royal Doultons are not exactly modern, having been made since the early 1800s near London. But they are still being produced, retain their popularity and are comparatively inexpensive, in part because most are open stock, as opposed to the limited-edition status of other collectible porcelain figurines, such as Hummels.
January 25, 2009 |
Faith might move mountains, but can a small piece of plastic move a four-bedroom house? In this dismal real estate market, lots of people think so, provided that the plastic is a figurine of St. Joseph. Local shops that sell religious paraphernalia are reporting phenomenal sales of tiny statuettes of St. Joseph - the earthly father of Jesus and the patron saint of the home and house sellers - to real estate agents and homeowners. "We have over 5,000 items in our store," said Norma DiCocco, who owns the St. Jude Shop in Havertown.
December 23, 2008 |
In this season of elves, a lawsuit against Urban Outfitters Inc. is taking aim at another mythological creature adored by stocking stuffers: the happy-faced troll. A Danish company that produces the fuzzy-haired Good Luck Troll doll is suing the Philadelphia retailer and its California supplier for alleged copyright infringement. Troll Co. A/S contends that it holds the exclusive rights to produce and sell troll dolls with happy facial expressions and crazy hair in this country.
May 18, 2007 |
Ever wonder what happens to the house paint that's returned to the Home Depot because it was too strident a yellow for the dining room or too purpley a pink for the shutters at the Shore house? Quite a lot of it gets recycled into Jon Manteau's abstract paintings. In fact, all of Manteau's latest paintings and sculptures (he makes those, too) at Gallery Siano employ the detritus of everyday life. When he's not salvaging paint from Home Depot's "whoops" department for his paintings, he's picking up parts of toys, driftwood, plastic juice bottles, and other castaways for his found-object sculptures.