Thrill of the Hunt #133

May 28, 2023

Welcome, friends, to another fun-filled Thrill of the Hunt post where I share my latest thrifty (and usually) vintage finds with you. I also share how I use and style those finds in my home.  

vintage ironstone pitcher Dundee marmalade jar flatware

My hope is that by sharing my thrifty finds I can motivate and inspire you to explore your own local thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and barn sales and make your own fabulous finds for yourself. So let's get started. 

farmhouse shelves vintage ironstone vintage paintings

It's no secret that I have way too many vintage finds. And we all know that a house can only hold so much stuff. So yes, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all my vintage finds and the spaces they take up in our home.

So I'm guessing it was this sense of dread that made me come to the conclusion that any finds I am lucky enough to snag this year have to be carefully curated. In other words, I need a "list," so to speak, for the year. That way, whenever I go out thrifting and/or antiquing, I limit my purchases to a narrow subset of items. 

And what item(s) did I put on my list? Artwork! Vintage artwork. Namely, pastorals and florals and still life fruit paintings. Preferably gold framed, but wood frames are fine as well. (I can always change the frame color.)

Lo and behold, after making that vow, I came across three, count 'em three, vintage paintings that fit the bill perfectly! Today I'm sharing those vintage art finds with you.

vintage farmhouse bucolic painting The Old Familiar Road

The first painting is a vintage landscape of sorts. It portrays a man walking along a country road next to barns and houses. In the bottom right hand corner it says "The Old Familiar Road." I found it for $22.00 in an antiques mall in southern Illinois while shopping with my daughter.

vintage painting on vintage lidded picnic basket with leather straps

Since it was April, I figured why not make it an early Mother's Day present? After googling, I was no more the wiser. I will forever wonder who painted it and how old it really is.

gilded frame pastoral wall art sheep shepherd

The second vintage painting from the same antiques mall is my favorite -- true vintage pastoral art. Can you see the sheep with their shepherd? What a beautiful, bucolic setting! I'd been waiting for a painting like this for a long time. Mother's Day gift number two for $32.00.

The gold painted wooden frame is just gorgeous, with pretty etchings and just the right amount of chippiness.  

Unfortunately, all the paintings are hard to photograph due to the glare from the glass, but this one was the most difficult to photograph. The picture doesn't do it justice. I absolutely love it.

large vintage landscape painting in frame

The third vintage painting I purchased is this gorgeous landscape that includes a creek, a winding road lined with a stone wall, fluffy clouds and a church steeple in the background. I picked it up a week after the first two at another antiques mall for only $15.00. 

The painter's name is -- I think (as best I can tell) -- Nieman. Even with that information I couldn't find out anything about the painting online.

It has a unique, very detailed cream-colored celluloid frame. 

bright dining room farmhouse shelves ironstone vintage art

I've grouped the three paintings together on the DIY farmhouse shelves in our dining room and surrounded them with other thrifty vintage finds, some of which I've shared previously and some of which I have not.

vintage ironstone pitcher tureen Dundee marmalade crock

Vintage ironstone is at the heart of many of my home decor displays.

Dundee marmalade crock mother of pearl serveware

Vintage marmalade crocks and mother of pearl handled flatware are both a welcome addition to the vintage display.

vintage ironstone pitcher Dundee marmalade jar

Vintage bread boards always add great warmth. 

vintage porcelain lamb and baby planter

I shared my vintage porcelain sheep planter in Thrill of the Hunt #114 

Henry Alcock & Co. lidded vegetable bowl

You can read all about this Henry Alcock & Co. lidded vegetable dish in Thrill of the Hunt #132.

vintage picnic basket wicker baskets vintage paintings

Baskets add much needed texture to the display.   

willow wrapped candle in boxwood wreath

As do the water hyacinth placemat and willow-wrapped candle. The candle, surrounded by a boxwood wreath, sits on top of my DIY round wood riser.

dining room farmhouse shelves with vintage paintings

Of all the displays I've created on these farmhouse shelves, I have to admit that this is one of my favorites thus far. I'm looking forward to finding more vintage paintings in the upcoming year to add to my new (and hopefully) growing collection. 

Well, that's it for today, friends! 

I hope you've enjoyed reading about  

 Thrill of the Hunt #133 

 and that I've inspired you in some way.  

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Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed seeing your new art. I prefer scenery to still lifes so I really liked these!Your wall of decor is lovely. One thing I hate about my open concept house is the lack of walls; I have to switch stuff out now and again! Kathy A

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