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by Ruby Lane

Guest Blog by Eron Johnson of Eron Johnson Antiques on Ruby Lane

I have been in the antique business since I was a teenager. I have discovered that you find yourself attracted to many old things that may not seem of interest but some things just call out for a second look. I have discovered many rare and valuable pieces by stopping to see the detail, look at the patina, and wonder what the story of it is.

 

Swedish Folk Art Painted Pine Hanging Cupboard

Swedish Folk Art Painted Pine Hanging Cupboard

French Emile Galle Art Nouveau Marquetry Walnut Gallery Tray

French Emile Galle Art Nouveau Marquetry Walnut Gallery Tray

Swedish Dalarna Pine Folk Art Cabinet

Swedish Dalarna Pine Folk Art Cabinet

French LABREC Art Nouveau Oil on Canvas Painting, Portrait of a Maiden

French LABREC Art Nouveau Oil on Canvas Painting, Portrait of a Maiden

Recently, when clearing a local estate, I found a painting in the basement. It was grayish tones, a Southern American painting of a river in a swamp, complete with Spanish moss with people on a small boat floating down the river. It’s not a beautiful painting, but it told a story that looked intriguing to me. I remembered somewhere seeing images like that and thought I had better do some research because it was appealing to a narrow niche in Americana collecting.

 

Eron Johnson Antiques on Ruby Lane

How does this relate to an old dog you might ask? A few months back, my friend adopted Murray, an 11 year old toothless poodle. I had complimented her on giving this 11-year-old rather helpless creature a second life and thought that it was a wonderful gift to both of them. Late Christmas Eve, while minding my own business at my antique store, I was visited by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come who said, “Here’s your Poodle!” as she handed me a frightened looking, disheveled, miniature 11-year-old miniature poodle. This would not have been the first choice as a Holiday surprise. However, I shortly realized that I did have a niche that could be filled with another old survivor with a clear case of patina.

 

Eron Johnson Antiques The Old Poodle and the Old Painting

In instinct in the quality of this surprise, the acquisition has been true. “Arty” is a great member of my family and has quickly become a popular staff member at Eron Johnson Antiques.

 

Oh, and about that painting I mentioned earlier, my intuition was to send it to a Southern market so we consigned it with Brunk Auction and it sold this weekend for $56,000.00.  I am glad I followed my intuition on both relics. “Arty” seems to know that he’s been given a second chance, just as forgotten bits of our history just need to be presented in the right light. I guess there is a niche somewhere for everyone and everything to fill, and the old poodle and the painting have something in common – unrecognized value.

 

American Painted Pine Vendor's Push Cart

American Painted Pine Vendor’s Push Cart

If you would like to meet Arty or adopt a wayward antique, come see us at Eron Johnson Antiques at 389 South Lipan in Denver. If you’re hankering for an old poodle or some other creature with patina, check with your local animal shelter – the old ones are always on sale, and in my opinion, some of the best. 

 

Eron Johnson and Arty

Eron Johnson and Arty

You can visit Arty, Eron, and all the staff at EJA during normal business hours at 389 South Lipan Street, 80223 in Denver, Colorado. Visit Eron Johnson Antiques on Ruby Lane

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After MATHURIN MOREAU Val d'Osne Patinated Iron Fountainhead Figure, Enfant à la Rame

After MATHURIN MOREAU Val d’Osne Patinated Iron Fountainhead Figure, Enfant à la Rame

American Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass and Bronze Colonial Table Lamp

American Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass and Bronze Colonial Table Lamp

Large French Louis XV Period Pale Walnut Armoire

Large French Louis XV Period Pale Walnut Armoire

Set of Three American Stained, Leaded and Copper Foil Glass Swan Windows

Set of Three American Stained, Leaded and Copper Foil Glass Swan Windows

Swedish Gustavian Style Painted Pine Upholstered Sofa

Swedish Gustavian Style Painted Pine Upholstered Sofa

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5 Responses to “The Old Poodle and the Old Painting”

  1. Mary Ann Wilson

    This is my favorite Ruby Lane blog to date, Arty is the most priceless antique I’ve seen here and he is the perfect partner for Eron Johnson Antiques as he really does add personality to each of the pieces he is graciously accentuating! Mr. Johnson’s shop is chock full of fabulous treasures, heading back there to look at a wonderful kettle that caught my eye.

    • Ruby Lane

      Thank you for your wonderful comment, Mary Ann! We are glad you enjoyed this piece and the wonderful items in Eron’s shop. We hope you can guest blog for us someday! wink wink 🙂

  2. SiemersRafterRoom

    I think this pup has been taking lessons from another Ruby Lane Regular that loves to pose. Just one of the sweet stories of our forgotten senior pets that should be told by all means.

    Passing this one around as it is simply adorable to see.

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