THE SALINA JOURNAL HOME & GARDEN FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1998 A3 T ANTIQUE DETECTIVE Animal bronzes easy on budget ANNE GILBERT Small, European "animalier" bronzes have been popular with collectors since they were made in quantity in the 19th century. Surprisingly, even when done by the finest sculptures, they fetch relatively reasonable auction prices from $690 to $3,000. At the recent Skinner auction of English and Continental furniture and decorations, fine recastings of dogs, by such famed French bronze sculptors ^ as Pierre Jules i.Mene (1810-1871) and Jean Joire .(born 1862) were in that range. As Skinner expert Stuart Whitehurst '. explained, these were part of a dog -lover's collection and represented "nice early castings." He pointed out that there are many poor castings and reproductions of ani- malier bronzes floating around. Most such figures have light brown, black and green patina- tion. "Whatever the color of pati- nation, the value isn't affected," he said. "Brown is a favorite." Patination refers to the color V SPRING HAZARDS Skinner Galleries, Boston These 19th century dog bronze statutes were sculpted by Charles Valton (from left), Pierre Jules Mene and Waagen. treatment used. Aside from the browns and black, is medallion black, which has glints of brown, and "embugadon," a reddish brown. Others are gilt bronze, silvered bronze and many other shadings. Whitehurst advises being wary of animal bronzes affixed to marble or green felt. "This is often used to hide poor production and faking." Sharpness of detail is important. Later and recent casting look soft. Signed pieces don't guarantee anything. If the piece bears a famous name, it may be "after Trees, plants may face hazards now CHIP MILLER KSU'-Saline County Extension Horticulture Agent There are many things to call your attention to this time of year: • Periodical cicadas — What most people call "locusts." At this latitude, periodical cicadas spend 17 years in the ground, then come out to mate and * lay eggs: a very noisy process for cicadas. The only damage they are alleged to cause is a slit in the bark of woody plants in which they lay eggs. The newly hatched larvae fall to the ground, and back they go. Ignore them if you can. If the number of cicadas in trees are phenomenal, it can damage or kill a small tree. Some of the chemicals registered to control cicadas include Sevin and Dursban. • Peach leaf curl — A fungus that makes peach leaves puckered, warty, and reddish in spots. It only can be sprayed in the dormant season, so mark you calendar for late October (or whenever the leaves fall from the tree). Use liquid lime-sulfur, Daconil, fer- bam, Bordeaux mixture, or other copper fungicides. Water and fertilize affected trees. • Bagworms — The small caterpillars that are so damaging to red cedars and arborvitae. Spray them now and again in one month. Ignore them, and they will eat entire trees. • Honeylocusts — May look thin and sickly. Usually, this is an insect problem. Two insects living in symbiosis gang up on honeylocust trees and cause the leaves to appear dwarfed, distorted and sparse. It is called plant bug/leafhopper, complex for obvious reasons. Spray with horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps, BioNEEM, or registered synthetic Inventory Reduction Sidewalk Sale ( Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, June 4,5, & 6; 7 am ) Huge Savings Throughout the Store Selected items up to 50% off! Sale Items Include: •Gliders • Mirrors • Desks •End Tables • Bedroom Sets Bookcases* Home Decorating items* End Tables* Coffee Tables* Chest of Drawers* Quirt Racks* Dinette Sets* FOREVER OAK " Handcrafted Oak Furniture & Accents " 1-800-864-4429 823-9729 619 E. Crawford * Elmore Center Open 7 am! Monday-Friday 10-6 Sat. 10-4 Mene." This means it was done after the original casting, or that it was copied from another work of art. It should have a foundry name or mark. Early recastings will still show sharpness of detail and keep their value. Most important when buying any type of bronze is to know if the piece is really bronze. The popularity of animal figures and groups resulted in copies being made of spelter (white metal with a silver look). It was given a bronzed finish. Look for a scratch made by others that will reveal the gold tint of bronze under the patination. Of course, if you are buying at an estate sale or other source that can't offer written proof, ask the seller to make a tiny scratch for you. The white metal will of course show up silver. Many pieces, mounted on bases, may actually be spelter on bronze bases. Another trick of fakers is to dip a plaster figure in bronze. An expert wouldn't be fooled but a beginner would. Be suspicious of a signed piece that is too much of a bargain. Inferior bronze may have a recently inscribed name of a famous sculptor. Familiarize yourself with the names of early foundries. The same casting was often recast by several foundries. These pieces differ in quality and value. Where it was cast can be as important as the artist. Bronzes you are most likely to come across are the commercially produced models, usually cast by the Barbedienne foundry of Paris, with the stamp ofthe"fondeur." - BOTH PR CES NCLUDE • ANY FRAME IN STOCK WITH LENSES! • OVER 750 FRAMES ON DISPLAY! • NO LIMITED SELECTION! • PROGRESSIVE MULTIFOCALS $1O9.95 INCLUDING ANY: FRAME WITH LENSES • WE CAN FILL YOUR DOCTOR'S PRESCRIPTION! •Rx's up to (+) or (-) 8.00 diopters on up to a (-) 2.00 cylinder, with adds no higher than (+) 3.00, additional charge If oversized lenses are required. Phbtochromatics. Prism Lenses, Invisible Progressive Lenses and other options available at similar savings. Eye exam not Included. 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If your tree wilts suddenly, one branch or one segment of the tree canopy at a time, take a sample from a recently wilted branch. The sample should be % to 1 inch in diameter and 9 to 12 inches long. We can submit these to the plant pathology diagnostic lab on the Manhattan campus of Kansas State University. • Weeds in buffalo grass — Don't use trimec. It contains banvel, which is death to buffalo grass. • Leaves falling from elm trees — A combination of weather and disease has elm trees divesting themselves of leaves. Nothing can be done about the fungus disease, and nothing usually is the best response. The trees will be all right but may look bad. • Iron chlorosis — If your plants look yellow when they should be green, it may be that the plant is unable to get iron out of alkaline soils. Medium to large trees can have a liquid form of iron fertilizer injected into their trunks. Smaller plants will need a soil treatment — pouring a dry iron fertilizer into a lot of holes. 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