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IPAGE 5I

SportsAntiques.com's written

coverage of the

2009 

National Sports 

Collectors Convention

Cleveland Ohio 

July 29th - August 2nd

 

 

BOOTH OF 

DAVID POLLACK VINTAGE POSTERS

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above, set of four c1910 men's clothing posters, 17"x11"
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David had a remarkable set of four 17" tall by 11" wide posters, each featuring a dapper caricature of a  c1910 college student wearing the latest fashion. The set was issued by H.M. Lindenthal and Sons clothing stores. They weren't signed but I suspect Hibberd VB Kline illustrated them. I have a hurdlers print he did which is more staid, but I've seen other work he's done closer to these in style. Actually I saw an example earlier this trip back in a Farmington area antiques store. But back to these Lindenthal clothing posters, as I recall they were about $275.00 each without the arm wrestling. They were so clever and so close to being sports related, but I reluctantly passed. Based on the silly reasoning I can't just buy everything I like. Plus I needed to reserve fire power for the National I would be at in few days.

 

BOOTH OF 

POST ROAD GALLERY LARCHMONT N.Y.

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c1859 19 1/2" tall terra cotta New York 

fireman statue attributed to Karl Muller, $5,000.00

 

The best piece I saw at the show was a c1859 19 1/2" tall terra cotta statue of a fireman, attributed to Karl Muller. This statue was a big part of why I said Rhinebeck was the best antiques show for it's size I'd ever been to. You just don't walk into shows and see this kind of quality. So American, so rare, so great! To begin with Karl Muller and his brother Nicholas produced the first baseball sculpture of merit. That would be the matching set of a striker (batter) and pitcher they produced in 1868. They also produced the Muller baseball clock I wrote a story on years ago. And now I've stumbled onto this. Americana really gets no better, and it was in the forget about ever seeing another category. Post Road Gallery owner David Bahssin discussed the statue with me. David explained although it wasn't signed by Muller, he had documentation confirming Karl Muller had exhibited a work titled "New York Fireman" in 1859. Muller was a designer for the Union porcelain works in Greenpoint New York in the same 1859 period as this statue. Moreover the art style it's rendered in, contemporary realism, is consistent with Muller's usual style. Which was unusual for American sculpture of that period since Roman Greco antiquity was the norm then.

 

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