Monday, September 12, 2011

mcclelland barclay lily pad bookends

sunday i was out before the sun was up poking around my favorite
parking lot flea market.

this is the kind of place where display is a blue tarp on the ground. 

then i spied these beauties.  the vendor and i made the deal
and i was on my way.

i thought they were nice, but it turns out they are really, really nice.

i couldn't find out anything about them on the internet and 
i couldn't read the maker's mark.

i was stumped until i decided that those are water lily leaves.

then it all came together.

they were designed by mcclelland barclay (1891-1943) around 1930.

he was an very well known new york illustrator, 
as well as a designer of jewelry and decorative items.

i hate doing research.  i am "a buy it and sell it" kind of girl,
but this Monday morning tracking down information about these bookends was fun.

well, back to work on listing the items i am going to sell.

it was a busy weekend at le shop, anythinggoeshere.etsy.
come by for a visit.

look at those gray hairs.  who could they belong to?????


  1. Oh cool! I love finding unique things then finding out history of them to share. I've never seen anything like these. Tammy

  2. Super cool! I usually spray paint first and then go back and think...Huh maybe I should have checked to see if that was valuable!

    Love your guts

  3. I really like the book ends they have a great old art look.

    they remind me of an old artist that did work in a teal blue clay pottery etc. I can't remember the artist name sson as I hit enter it will come to me LOL



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