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Vintage Barker Brothers Furniture LA Framed Prints
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Sep 19, 2014
US $49.00
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Sammamish, Washington, United States


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Original/Reproduction: Unknown Edition Type: Open Edition
Listed By: Dealer or Reseller Subject: Children & Infants
Signed: Unsigned Size Type/Largest Dimension: Small (Up to 14")


This is a Small Vintage Pair of Framed Prints.

The back of one has a remnant of a Barker Brothers price tag.  I do not know for sure, but I believe the prints may have been sold by the well know, longstanding Barker Brothers Furniture at the corner of 7th & Flower, in Downtown Los Angeles.

The company was in business from about 1882 until 1992.  Based on the appearance of the tags, and the fact that these were purchased from a lady selling items from her aunt's grandmother's estate, many of which were circa 1930s, suggests to me that might be the age of these pieces as well but we do not know the age for sure.

My understanding is that it was common practice for furniture retailers used framed prints and similar accessories for the dual purposes of added revenue, but more importantly to provide potential buyers with an idea of how the more expensive furniture pieces might look in a fully furnished home.

The prints themselves are Victorian or older in appearance.  It looks to me like they could possibly have been plates in a book but I do not know for sure, nor whether the prints themselves are actually Victorian or later prints or reprints.  One print has a charming image of a young girl with her dog, pushing a wheel barrow of produce with the caption "POTATOES, FULL WEIGHT !".  The other is a young girl standing next to a parlor chair.  The prints are black and white with some subtle coloring as well.

Each frame is 5 3/4" x 6 1/8" x 1 3/8" deep.  The viewable area of each print is 3 3/4" x 4 7/8".  The frames complement the prints beautifully.  The sides of the frame have a dark oak or walnut colored finish; I do not know what the wood is.

The interior of each frame has a nice shadow box effect.  It is finished with a beautiful gilt, muted by a silver-grey patina applied over some of the gilt areas as seen.  There glass in each frame.


The prints and the frames are in excellent condition, and we will guarantee your satisfaction in that regard.

The backs originally had paper dust covers.  As found, the paper must have torn and been removed, leaving only some remnants glued around the perimeter of each frame, and exposing the cardboard backing held in place with finishing nails.  As found, on of the cardboard pieces has some staining that does not appear to have affected the print.  Obviously, the cardboard is not archival material, so it is recommended that you have it removed and replaced with archival materials for backing and new dust jackets.

Also, as found, a screw eye was used on each print for hanging.  These should be removed and replaced with conventional saw tooth or picture wire hangers.

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