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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chinese Poster for Cigarettes, vintage, lithographed

Rooster Cigarettes poster

China, 1920s: Colorful adevertising in poster style for "Rooster Cigarettes", British Cigarette Co., Ltd, Shanghai.

Good design with 2 fighting cocks, a cigarette package and Chinese characters.

Lithographed, size: 5,2 x 8,5 inches ( 132 x 215 mm), fine condition.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Very scarce, early Porcelain Mao Button

Very scarce, early Porcelain Mao Button

scarce Mao badge

Very early and scarce Mao Button with portrait of Chairman Mao against Chinese flag. Porcelain badge. It seems that the flag was painted by hand. The portrait was imprinted and the surface a kind of broke up during the process of burning.

Diameter: 0,8 inches (13 mm), Original-needle.

More Mao Zedong Badges: HERE

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Renata Tebaldi Autograph: Signed Photo from 1960

Renata Tebaldi Autograph: Signed Photo, 1960

Renata Tebaldi Autograph

Beautiful b/w portrait photo of Renata Tebaldi, signed with violet ink, 1960. 4 x 6 inches photograph. Fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Renata Tebaldi ( February 1, 1922 - December 19, 2004) was an Italian lyric soprano, popular in the post-war period. Her major breakthrough came in 1946, when she auditioned in Milan for Arturo Toscanini. Toscanini was favorably impressed, calling her "voce d'angelo" (angel voice).

Tebaldi made her La Scala debut that year at the concert which marked the reopening of the theatre after World War II. She sang the "Prayer" ("Dal tuo stellato soglio") from Rossini's biblical opera, Mose in Egitto, as well as the soprano part in Verdi's Te Deum. Toscanini encouraged her to sing the role of Aida and invited her to rehearse the role in his studio.

She was of the opinion that the role of Aida was reserved for a dramatic soprano, but Toscanini convinced her and she made her role debut at La Scala in 1950 alongside Mario del Monaco and Fedora Barbieri in a performance conducted by Antonino Votto. This was the greatest success in her still young career and was to launch her international career.

In 1953 her voice was used to dub Sophia Loren's singing in the film version of Aida.

More autographs: HERE

Friday, November 04, 2011

Old Chinese Water Dispenser with Spoon, Boxwood.

Old Chinese Water Dispenser with Spoon, Boxwood.

Chinese Water Dispenser Boxwood

Qing Dynasty/beginning of last century: Decorative, Chinese water dispenser (for painters and calligraphers).

Boxwood, and matching old spoon with dragon head. The object is from app. 1900.

Shape of a pear (longevity) with leaved and twig. 3,5 x 2,9 x 2 inches (90 x 70 x 43 mm, 133 gram). Fine condition.

Mor such items: HERE