Have you ever been to a flea market, antique store or estate sale and found a treasure that makes your heart go thumpety-thump? And then your heart drops because you see the asking price? This has happened to me more times than I can count. But s-o-m-e-t-i-m-e-s I’ve been able to haggle the price down and bring that baby home.
The first time I saw this painting at a local church barn sale it was way too expensive for my wallet. I left without it and hoped that it would be there the following week at a reduced price. My prayers were answered because against all odds it was! Well, the price hadn’t been reduced, but I knew they wanted to unload it so I haggled them down to a third of the asking price! And it's HUGE, exactly what I've been waiting for to hang above our family room fireplace.
I LOVE THIS!
Now let me explain why…..
We live in a “village” of around 2,900 people. This bucolic and historic village is known for its horse properties and 76-year-old riding club. The village itself will be 176 years old this year. Each fall, fox hunts are a mainstay in these parts (don't worry ~ no foxes are injured!). It’s quite common to see the riders in their red or black blazers trotting down the street or on one of the many horse trails in town. This Sunday is the annual Blessing of the Hounds ~ an event where the pastor of the village church blesses the hounds who participate in the fox hunts. The blessing will be followed by a hunt, and we’ll know that fall is officially here! This painting portrays polo players but the overall homage to horses remains the same.
Look at the open book, the wire-rimmed glasses (which may be hard for you to see), riding gloves, riding hat and the vintage clock.
And I really love the "paintings within a painting" thing that's going on as well. The frame, not so much. But I guess that's going to be a whole other barn sale!
I hope you all have a great fall weekend planned ~ I know I do!
I'll be linking this up with Lemoncholy's Flight of Fancy Flea Market Finds, Debbiedoo's Garage Salen Party and Debra's Inspiration Friday at Common Ground.