I haven't bought anything on eBay in ages, though I've been looking a lot. We've picked up a few woodblock prints at auctions recently, so I've been looking to find a few more. Wouldn't a whole wall of them be great?
When I find them they always seem to have colored mats and that damn gold bamboo frame. I'm going with crisp white double-matting and simple wood frames, although I haven't decided on a moulding yet. Brett worries that we've got a lot of Asian going on, but I think that a contemporary framing treatment should temper that.
Of course while I'm there searching for the thing-of-the-moment I have to search for the long-standing favorites too. Vintage Henredon, industrial baskets, murano bowls, hotel silver and Blanc de Chine.
Searching through those Blanc de Chine listings last night what did I find but this super-sweet buddha. He's unmarked, 12 inches tall, in excellent condition, and the owner estimates from the 70s. She also described him as holding "a hard boiled egg cut in half, or a seed pod."
Whatever that is in his hand, and wherever he's from, I think he's great. And thanks to a bid I floated and guarded tonight (watching on my phone's eBay app) he's on his way here.
Yes, he's very Asian. But he's also all white and small enough to tuck in most anywhere, so I'll be excited to get him. Now if I can just score a few of those woodblocks.