11.03.2010

Pair of Owl Oil Paintings from Vanguard Studios

4 comments:

Kathy said...

I have a pair of owl painting VERY much like yours, nearly identical, initialed LR. I acquired them from the estate of a dear family friend. I was wondering if you have any more specific information about the artist, etc?

Joe said...

Hi Kathy, I'm afraid I don't have any info about the artist. They were stamped on the back "Vanguard Studios 1967" and that's it. I'm assuming they were a home decor item, with many produced and sold through designers or furniture stores.

Kathy said...

Thanks, Joe. Mine say Vanguard Studios 1968. I looked up Vanguard, and found that the initials "LR" are for Lee Reynolds Burr. He is one of the executives of the studio, and pieces/projects that he approved were given his name or initials (so I assume it was probably a multitude of art students or starving artists). The pieces are numbered, so they were somehow mass-produced. I read that you can call the studios and give them the markings from the back and they can trace to the original artist. I don't care enough for that, but thought you'd like to know. FYI, Lee Reynolds does have some of his own original works out there which, of course, command a much greater price than the pieces like ours. I have no interest in trying to sell them, since they carry sentimental value. But thanks for your help in tracking them down. Good luck with your hobby!

ann horack said...

Hi I have a 1967 faux wood vanguard carving of an owl does anyone know anything of this piece