CRESTLINE – The sales throughout the Lincoln Highway Buyway, held August 7-9, were well stocked this year, but the ones that produced the most interesting objects tended to be the estate sales.
Following Main Street in Crestline, there was an estate sale off of Eckstein Road at a home that had been decorated in a very high-fashion, oriental style. There were beautiful oak hutches along with beautiful flower paintings and miniature sculptures. Even antique chests were seen throughout the house, which were, of course, already sold.
Along with lavish paintings and other beautiful pieces, there was a metallic faceless statue. Its clothes were designed in neutral beige tones, while the “skin” was extremely shiny metal possibly meaning it is a modern piece. This statue drew me to it because it is sitting seiza-style, a traditional way of sitting in Japan that most Americans might have seen only via Geishas as it is not used very much anymore.
The owner of the house showed off its beauty by keeping it in great condition, just like everything else in the house. It was very clean; there were no scratches or dust to be found. I find that what makes the statue even more interesting is the fact that the owner/designer of the house knew the history well enough to put it in the dining room, for seiza is still commonly used for tea ceremonies. The statue’s placement creates interest in the house, relays history, releases a calming effect, and proves to be a very good find!
Aside from the Asian-influence, there was also another item that was very unique: an antique life-size boy mannequin in perfect condition from at least 1997. His clothes suggest the 1997 date, but I am almost certain it is from a later date as it does not have “real” hair. He was dressed in a pink and black hoodie with black slacks and light brown bear-styled loafers. While it was only being sold for $50, if you look on EBay, there are similar ones for hundreds of dollars.
What also makes this piece more valuable is its leaning position, which is very rare for vintage mannequins. As that is my only true knowledge of mannequins, I can’t say I could tell you the designer, year, or actual value, but I was extremely impressed from the little information I dug up how it would definitely be a steal!
The house, on its 1.6 acres of land, is still on the market. The estate sale ended on August 9, but they are looking to sell certain pieces left over, including a complete dining room table set.