Friday, April 13, 2012

Picture . . . and Librarians

UPDATE AGAIN - Bonnie saved the day twice. I know I looked on ebay yesterday, but to no avail. She found it today, right there. It had a "Buy it now" option and I bought it. YAY!!! Thank you, Bonnie!

It looks like copies of the print/painting that my grandmother had are out there - mostly at antique stores, I believe. So, I'm posting today with the hope that a bunch of people who like to shop antique stores will take a gander at the picture and then keep their eyes open as they venture out.

I have an inkling that the print will be found mostly in the Midwest, so though I'll hit my local shops I doubt I'll have much luck in Utah.

If you happen upon one, I'd love to know its location, and, of course, I'd offer a finder's fee. I think finder's fees are a percentage of the cost, but I'm happy to discuss it.

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to know that copies of this picture are in circulation. It's something that enchanted me as a child; those things stick with you.

I've been looking for this picture for years. Every now and then I'd search the Internet for 'kittens on vanity' or 'kitten licking face cream,' etc., but with no luck. The other day I posted a plea for help on my Facebook page and in ten minutes, I had a link to a picture of it. Bonnie, a librarian in Baltimore, and I have become pretty good friends over the last couple of years, and she came through big time regarding the picture. I'm constantly reminded that Neil Gaiman's quote is so true: "Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one."

Thank you, Bonnie.

So, here's my call to Antiquers - help if you can! Many, many thanks!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Looking for Something . . .

UPDATE: item found. The amazing librarian, Bonnie, from Maryland pointed me to it in less than ten minutes. Librarians are amazing.

Here's the picture if you're curious. Picture


My grandmother had a framed picture on the wall by her front door. It was probably a framed print, but I'm not sure - it might have been a painting, but I doubt it.

It wasn't huge - maybe 1' by 1 1/2'.

The picture was kittens playing on a vanity. I distinctly remember one of the kittens was licking cold cream/moisturizer from a small open container. That's the only real detail I remember. The vanity was something we'd now consider antique-y.

The style of art was similar to what's shown in these links:

Sample 1

Sample 2

Sample 3

I can't find a copy of it anywhere.

The horrible part is that I had it. I got it after both my grandparents died, but I lost it, probably in a move. It's truly a mystery because it was so precious to me that every time we moved, I made sure I carried it with me. Somehow, I lost track of it, and, of course, I'm sick about having lost it. Every now and then I'll try to search for it on the Internet, but I haven't had any luck.

I'm hoping someone out there can direct me to a copy or perhaps the artist. Many, many thanks.