Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A rose by any other name...

Not a lot of bargain hunting going on in my world at the moment. We were busy on the weekend and my husband had to take a drive to pick up some sheep fencing that he purchased online. He told me that he passed ‘tons’ of garage sales on the way there. Yeah, yeah, rub it in. As I have nothing new, I thought that I would show off a little painting that I picked up at work. We have a small tin shed Op Shop as part of our volunteer service. This probably sounds terrible, but I will say it anyway – it is WAY over priced. However occasionally there may be a gem or two. This painting is quite small in size but just beautiful. One of the things that attracted me to it was that it looks to be painted in the same era as one that my Mum has in her hall way . When her parents passed, she said she didn’t care what she inherited in household contents as long as she could take home the painting (she has four siblings). It was painted by her Grandmother who was quite an artist. I will try and get a photo of it later for you. I was a little unsure about this painting at first, but  because I couldn’t stop thinking about it I  decided I had to have it and luckily it was still  for sale. It has such gentle beauty and is almost calming to look upon. 

I believe the frame on my painting is Oak (please correct me if I am wrong)  It does have a signature on the back but it is pretty much indecipherable, at a guess could say 'Mrs Rulpitt'. There also seems to be part of a recipe written in lead pencil on the wood frame work on the back which is a great touch don't you think. 


  1. I think it's stunning.
    I myself have a soft spot for vintage, whereas my husband isn't quite as enthusiastic.
    I have an antique dresser which is just beautiful, although with four children under five, three of them being girls, I don't know if it's fragile state will be able to withhold their enthusiasm...and grubby little fingers.
    Love your blog!

  2. Thanks! I have a meat safe as my sons wardrobe at the moment. Lets just say it's not in as great condition as it was when I got it. :( I think though it's best these things get used and loved.

  3. Sherry it looks like an oldie to me....I collect vintage florals (mostly roses) myself & have several oak framed pieces similar to yours....!

    On the back in the corners are there any little wood pieces (braces)....This is generally an indication of older style framing methods & will help you to date it more accurately....I'd also say the 'Mrs Rulpitt' is a giveaway as to age as well.... :o) !!

    I'm HOPING you managed to snag it for a 'few bob'....Always NICE when an exxy op-shop has a CHEAP Treasure they didn't know they had IYKWIM....!!

    Tamarah :o)

  4. Hi Tamarah! Yes it is a bit messy at the back with little bits of wood that look like they are just shoved in the corners. Thanks for the tip. Very interesting. I did get a bargain, AU$12!
    Sherry :)


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