Ordeshook's Antiques

Peter C. Ordeshook | Carmel Rd La Canada, California 91011 | 818-952-8106 | mordess@aol.com

I do not operate an open shop but prefer instead to treat my interest in Americana in a more relaxed manner. Indeed, my primary preoccupation is teaching at the California Institute of Technology, which affords me the luxury of pursuing a tertiary interest in American history. This feeds my interest in Americana and gives me the flexibility to pursue offering a selection of American country and formal antiques that represent the best of what we might otherwise associate with Back East tastes and design. In fact, after 40+ years of collecting Americana, with the last two and a half decades spent scouring the estate sales and flea markets of Southern California, the time has come to begin letting go. What you’ll find here, then, are things from my personal collection with the occasional addition of some treasure I found in my ongoing compulsive hunting. Needless to say, there’s a full “L.L.Bean-type” no questions asked guarantee on anything I sell. I do make mistakes, but I try not to pass them on to anyone. Tel #s: 818-952-8106; 818-618-7984 (cell). Email address is mordess@aol.com.


Naive oil on artist board farm scene (Shaker?)

Offered here is this primitive or naive folk art style oil on artist board farm scene in its original frame. Unsigned, its somewhat difficult to date but my best guess is ca 1900, possibly a tad earlier. The paining is in excellent untouched condition (there has been gilt touchup to the frame). In its frame measures 31" x 20 3/4" whereas the painting itself measures 25" x 15". Notice though that thge main building is too complex/large for a typical farmhouse .. seems more in keeping with being a meeting house for any of dozens communal societies that existed in the uS in the 19th C.

Price: $550

2021-Nov-22 02:45pm EST | Tags : Paintings

Gorgeous 19th C theorem on velvet

Thgis 19th century theorem on velvet is in perfect condition, with but minimal tonong to the background, and vibrant colors throughout. Sight dimensions are 23" x 17 3/4".

Price: $950

2021-Jan-24 01:52pm EST | Tags : Theorem

Tiger maple Chippendale style mirror, 40 1/2"

The first question is: Is this of the period (ca 1790), and frankly I'm not sure. I'd tend to doubt it but can find no contrary evidence ... and as my 3rd picture shows, the back reveals all the hand chiseled tool marks of a legitimate period piece. Be that as it may, I'll price it as mid-19th C just to be safe. As for dimensions, she's 40 1/2" x 22 1/4", with obviously replaced backboard and mirror. Two lower ears to one side broke and are reglued (but not replaced).

Price: $895

2021-Jan-23 01:22pm EST | Tags : Mirrors Furniture

19th C miniature cupboard, original paint

Here's a beauty ... a miniature 19th century jelly cupboard bearing its original paint. The sole apology is the replaced back and backsplash. Measuring 22" high (not counting the backsplash) x 16 1/2" wide x 11 1/2" deep.

Price: $1975

2021-Jan-22 12:15pm EST | Tags : Folk art Miniatures

Offered here is an excellent American Theorem painting on velvet, first half 19th century, probably of Maine or Northeast origin. In stunning condition, minimal wear overall. The back with possibly the original signature and greeting inscribed in pencil, "Miss Nancy Dulton Ellsworth ME" (Maine), this is now cut out and re-attached to the back of the new framing. Height 18in (45cm); width 22in (55cm); framed 25 3/4 x 28 3/4in. Condition is great, and better than most other examples you often see. Some light brownish toning to areas of velvet as seen in the photographs. No apparent damages, in-painting or repairs. Professionally framed, matted and glazed.

Price: $995

2020-Feb-15 12:07pm EST | Tags : Theorem Folk art

single sided framed & on tin trade sign

a single sided wood framed on tin trade sign advertising Peter's Press (whoever that might have been), she's 100% original without touchups to the paint, etc. Measuring 33 1/4" x 19 3/4" x 1 1/8", if I had to date her I'd say 1920s or 30s based on the lettering style.

Price: $275

2019-Nov-04 10:55am EST | Tags : Primitives Trade Sign

18th C Mass. serpentine tilt top candlestand

Offered here is this Massachusetts (North Shore or Boston) tilt top mahogany candlestand with a serpentine top. She stands 26 3/4" high, with a top that measures 23" diagonal corner to corner (appx 16 3/4" square) with an appx toe-to-toe spread of 16 3/4" to the feet. Beautifully formed with no repairs whatsoever, she bears an early and possibly original surface and is thus in original untouched condition.

Price: $1,250

2019-Apr-16 06:53am EDT | Tags : Candle stand

Five signed ca 1928 Folk Art carvings, original paint

Herbert Mills (b. 1878, d. 1948) is buried in the military cemetery in San Antonio Texas and served as a 1st Lt in WWI. These five folk art carvings are all, with the exception of the WWI doughboy, signed "Herbert Mills San Antonio Texas ca 1928". One can presume that the doughboy (9 1/4" h) is Mills himself whereas the largest carving (10 7/8") is Punch from Punch & Judy. The man (10" h) reminds me of those cartoon-like drawings hanging on the walls of various restaurants corresponding to the celebrities who frequented that establishment from time to time. In any event, offered as a set ...

Price: $395.00

2015-Nov-17 03:00pm EST | Tags : Folk art


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