体彩手机在线app Comments for Kelekchens's Blog https:// Much have I traveled in the realms of gold. J. Keats Sun, 03 Mar 2013 21:23:54 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ 体彩手机在线app Comment on Paperweights – American Contemporary Artist – Orient & Flume by kelekchens https:///2010/09/28/paperweights-american-contemporary-artist-orient-flume/#comment-8455 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 21:23:54 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=648#comment-8455 In reply to louis.

Yes, there are lots of pictures.

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体彩手机在线app Comment on Paperweights – American Contemporary Artist – Orient & Flume by louis https:///2010/09/28/paperweights-american-contemporary-artist-orient-flume/#comment-8442 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 16:42:09 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=648#comment-8442 In reply to lisa ruchte.

do you have pictures?

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体彩手机在线app Comment on Paperweights – American Contemporary Artist – Orient & Flume by lisa ruchte https:///2010/09/28/paperweights-american-contemporary-artist-orient-flume/#comment-8325 Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:47:51 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=648#comment-8325 I have a collection of 10 Orient & Flume paperweights that were my father’s that I would like to sell. Any thoughts on who or how?

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体彩手机在线app Comment on Paperweights – American Contempory Artist – Intaglio Levay by Meredith Elliott https:///2011/07/13/paperweights-american-contempory-artist-intaglio-levay/#comment-7800 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 15:53:56 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=791#comment-7800 Oh! And I forgot to mention- he sold the Westmoreland molds before we acquired the building. We could’ve made a fortune off of them…..there were many, many people who came looking for them.

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体彩手机在线app Comment on Paperweights – American Contempory Artist – Intaglio Levay by Meredith Elliott https:///2011/07/13/paperweights-american-contempory-artist-intaglio-levay/#comment-7799 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 15:52:46 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=791#comment-7799 Hey Doug! This is Meredith from The Milton Schoolhouse- I think you’ve actually bought some of your pieces from us as we found them. I never knew you had a blog! Another fellow eBayer pointed us to you, and I’m so glad that they did.

At the time we bought the school, there were two very large kilns, a “glory hole”, and several cooling boxes still (partially) assembled in the warehouse. A local glass maker told us that he had sold pieces from the kilns after the factory had closed. However, there was a pallet of very high quality and brand new fire brick in the warehouse- it still had the invoice attached. So, if Mr. Levi had anticipated his factory closing, he was certainly still optimistic about expanding.

I wish I could have met the man. The last three years of my life have been so influenced by this mystery character- with only scraps of papers, puzzle pieces, and rumors from old factory workers and angry neighbors to put together. As for the factory’s closing, we did find this which gave us much better insight as to what happened:

(The artist is actually Kevin DUNCAN- a really awesome cartoonist that live not far from the schoolhouse. I met him at the post office and he was pretty amused that we found this binder). After speaking with Kevin, it appears that before building the warehouse onto the school, Mr. Levi had received a verbal promise of some sort from the SBA association about a matching loan for his company’s expansion. From what I understand, the program was tiered: so Mr. Levi borrowed a significant sum of money (supposedly from family and The Bank of Edwardsville- but that first part may be a rumor) to add not only the warehouse but make improvements on the school itself- such as installing exiting lighting and track ceiling. Meanwhile, the administration of the SBA changed around and changed its mind, and decided not to grant Mr. Levi the matching funds…even though Mr. Levi had already “spent” them on the building.

Mr. Levi had the property assessed at an outrageous amount on its potential worth to borrow against in order to keep the cash flow for the factory running. When we purchased the building, the worth was assessed at nearly 1.5 million. Needless to say, the decaying structure was worth far less. Mr. Levi ran into general upkeep and safety/zoning problems- and meanwhile was having trouble paying the taxes on the property (which were now much higher than they needed to be). This led to numerous unscrupulous business partnerships and adventures, further bad feelings between Mr. Levi and the fire/safety inspectors, and eventually the factory closed. Mr. Levi still battled the debt financially, and the strain of the building took its toll on his health.

As a side note, we battled Mr. Levi’s reputation for poor quality workmanship and minimal care of the building up until this last year. The former Fire Chief, Mr. Bock, had so much bad blood against Mr. Levi that when he came to inspect the building the first year, he told us that “Anyone who owns this building isn’t worth risking my men for- I won’t come save you if this place starts to burn.” Yikes.

My husband, Joel, knew Mr. Levi during the period after the factory closed. It obvious by Mr. Levi’s journals that he had high ambitions for this building. I like to think our progress would have made him very proud.

And no, we are not putting apartments in the school. We have several spaces currently rented by a variety of small businesses- and business tenants are enough work as it is! I have no ambitions to be a residential landlord- no fixing toilets at one in the morning for this girl. 🙂

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体彩手机在线app Comment on How To Research Your Collectibles and Antiques by Gail https:///2010/03/09/how-to-research-your-collectibles-antiques/#comment-7789 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:25:32 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=168#comment-7789 Have just read your research.Thanks saved me a load of work. My late husband bought a shirt in Paris approx 22yrs ago and it has ,stitched on the front of it is the exact same picture and we always said it was silk. Also on it,underneath the nuns praying it says LES RAMEAUX. I believe this translates to branches and as you can see,the older nun is holding a branch. The tag has been cut of the shirt(as it was annoying)so I dont even know who made the shirt….even more annoying! I was going through my husbands things and as he always loved this shirt I decided to keep it and thought I’d freshen it up in the washing machine,but now I think I’ll hang it back in the wardrobe.

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体彩手机在线app Comment on How To Research Your Collectibles and Antiques by Thomas Mohr https:///2010/03/09/how-to-research-your-collectibles-antiques/#comment-7712 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:57:58 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=168#comment-7712 Thanks for sharing your research:
The title is les Rameaux (Palm Sunday), it existed in 3 sizes. All the information about it and a lot of information about silks on , including a lot of information about Neyret Freres. Stevengraphs is a huge collecting area.

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体彩手机在线app Comment on Paperweights – American Contemporary Artist – Orient & Flume by andrea https:///2010/09/28/paperweights-american-contemporary-artist-orient-flume/#comment-7483 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 03:27:50 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=648#comment-7483 I have a paperweight signed “Orient & Flume”, and numbered W0285LY. Is there anybody out there who can help me identify the date, artist, or any other relevant information? Many thanks!

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体彩手机在线app Comment on Tobbaciana – Ashtray as Art by Letterboxes https:///2010/05/18/tobbaciana-ashtray-as-art/#comment-7433 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 14:51:20 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=409#comment-7433 So nice sets of ashtray. No one will ever deny to have this ashtray. It can be also a good display at 体彩手机在线app because of the artistic design.

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体彩手机在线app Comment on Paperweights – American Contemporary Artist – Orient & Flume by Judith Kohlhaas https:///2010/09/28/paperweights-american-contemporary-artist-orient-flume/#comment-7296 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:43:22 +0000 http://kelekchens.wordpress.com/?p=648#comment-7296 Hi. Really enjoyed reading your piece above. I recently bought a paperweight that I believe is Richter but no signature anywhere. Did he always sign his weights? It is from Orient and Flume, 1977, when I believe he was there. Thank you! Judy

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