Kitsch or Cliché?
1.art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.“the lava lamp is an example of sixties kitsch”
1.considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.“the front room is stuffed with kitsch knickknacks, little glass and gilt ornaments”
The other day the word “Kitsch” came up in a conversation. The word seems to mean different things to different people, and is misunderstood probably just as much as are the objects the word is used to describe. The “researcher” inside of me begged for more clarification, and sought to explore the world of Kitsch more deeply. (Cue dramatic Indiana Jones music).
As I began to look into this unique term, I found that people commonly use this label on everything from Velvet Elvis paintings, to ceramic poodles, vintage Hawaiian decor, and even ornately carved oriental furniture! Read on… (more…)
Genealogy and Auctions Go Hand In Hand
Every now and then something extremely cool walks in the door. Something with history and genealogical intrigue…something with a tantalizing story that it wants to tell, but stays stubbornly silent and mysterious. Sometimes it’s the things that are small and boring at first glance…until you research them. That’s exactly what I thought when I pulled this small frame off the wall and was ready to list it. It has taken a ton of research and digging to trace all the information and put the pieces of the puzzle together and this particular task was certainly no easy feat! A team effort of literally sifting through boxes of notes, antique ledgers and of course a little luck! And even after all of that, it is still a tantalizing mystery! Read on…
Antique Leather Bound Journal – Oldest Entry 1731 (more…)