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1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370


Nature's Art Village & The Dinosaur Place: 860-443-4367
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Due to customer demand, we are extending our Westmoreland glass sale through February.

Buy one, get one free!

(Free item must be of equal
or lesser value)

Now is the time to add to your collection of elegant glassware. We have a variety of colors available including ruby, amethyst, and cobalt in satin and iridescent finishes.Read more about Westmoreland glass here on our blog.

 

 

 

 

The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village has a wide selection of Westmoreland and other vintage glassware. Visit us on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles!

 

 

 

 

Goebel HummelsJanuary 04, 2019

Hummels are the best known line produced by Goebel. These cherubic characters have worldwide recognition.

Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel’s drawings of children first appeared in the 1930s in Germany and Switzerland. The German art publisher Ars Sacra was involved in the early popularization of the art on postcards. Hummel’s “art cards” became popular throughout Germany, catching the eye of Franz Goebel, porcelain maker and head of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik. Goebel acquired rights to turn Hummel’s drawings into figurines, producing the first line in 1935. Hummel motifs were sold in America at Marshall Field & Co., F. W. Woolworth and other American retailers. Following the end of World War II, the popularity of Hummel figurines grew as American soldiers stationed in West Germany began sending the figurines home as gifts.

After Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel’s death in 1946, an Artistic Board was appointed at the Convent of Siessen as guardians of the legacy of Sister Hummel. Sister Hummel left behind a collection of drawings that Goebel uses today to produce new M. I. Hummel figurines.

Over the years Goebel has faced a number of financial woes which lead to filing for insolvency a number of times. In 2017 German entrepreneur Bernd Förtsch took over the brand and Hummel figurines continue to be produced in the original factory in Rödental, Germany, although manufacturing of Hummel figures has greatly diminished.

The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village has a wide selection of Goebel decorative figurines. Stop by to see these and a wide variety of other vintage collectibles. Visit us on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles!

Goebel MiniaturesDecember 28, 2018

This week we peer into the tiny world of Goebel Miniatures.

From 1980 to 1994, Robert W. Olszewski was the “Master Artist” for Goebel Miniatures Studios. Most of these detailed figures are about an inch tall, although some are a bit larger. Olszewski carved the master design for each figurine and used the lost wax process to produce a bronze version. After hand-painting the miniatures, Olszewski gave them to trained artisans to reproduce.

One of his collections is the Kinder Way, a set of Bavarian buildings and tranquil settings to accompany the M.I. Hummel miniatures. Goebel Miniatures produced 26 different scaled down M.I. Hummel figurines before the series was suspended in 1992.

In 1985, Grolier Enterprises commissioned Goebel Miniatures to produce the Walt Disney Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the animated film. This collection consisted of eight individual figurine pieces, cast in bronze and hand-painted and glazed to mimic the look and feel of fine porcelain. The collection met with success, and Goebel secured its own license for reproducing Walt Disney characters in miniature sold under the name “Marquee Classics.”

In addition to the M.I. Hummel series and Marquee Classics, Olszewski created his own miniatures, produced by Goebel, including a series inspired by the stories he read to his children called Storybook Lane. After being diagnosed with colon cancer in 1994, Robert Olszewski left Goebel to recuperate and later established his own Olszewski Studios.

 

The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village has a wide selection of Goebel decorative figurines. Stop by to see these and a wide variety of other vintage collectibles. Visit us on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles!

Goebel “Redheads”December 19, 2018

A common misconception is that this collection of red-headed figures are Hummels. However, Goebel’s two most popular lines of porcelain statues were designed by different female artists.

Charlot Byj started out by creating her famous redheaded children as greeting cards. Her artwork captured the attention of Franz Goebel of the Goebel Company in the mid-1940s who turned Byj’s characters into three dimensional figurines. Her first figurine, “Strike”, featuring a bowling tyke, was modeled by the master sculptor Arthur Moeller in 1957.

The red-haired brother and sister known as Shabby O’Hair and Raggy Muffin were designed as lighthearted characters, full of life and mischief. Their dog, Waggy, also makes an appearance on many of the pieces.

More than 100 different figurines were designed, molded, and produced before the series was discontinued in 1988. These charming kids continue to be a favorite among Goebel collectors.

Next week we explore the fascinating works by Goebel Miniatures Studios.

The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village has a wide selection of Goebel decorative figurines. Stop by to see these and a wide variety of other vintage collectibles. Visit us on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles!

 

 

December’s Vendor of the Month is Booth 66, located downstairs in the PAST Antiques Marketplace.

If you need some inspiration for holiday decorating and gifting, you have to visit this booth! Just look at all these beautiful items. Everything you need to complete your Christmas décor: Santa, snowmen, nutcrackers, blown glass ornaments, snow globes and more. They even have holiday jewelry to dress up your wardrobe.  Stop in today and add a little sparkle to your holiday!

 

 

With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us.

 

 

 

 

The World of GoebelDecember 12, 2018

The Goebel Company, based in northern Bavaria, has been creating fine porcelain tableware and decorative items since 1871. While most famous for producing M.I. Hummel decorative pieces, Goebel’s offerings also include gifts, tabletop and home décor. Focusing exclusively on the Hummel line would be unfair to their many other quality, sought-after collectibles including Co-Boys and Redheads. This month we delve into the background of a few of Goebel’s more popular collections.

Co-Boys
“Co-Boy” figurines are a popular series of gnome-like figurines made by the Goebel Company. In order to market the Co-Boys, Goebel created a fictional tale about gnomes who reside in Coburg, Germany. These cute gnomes were patterned after the town’s inhabitants, such as a doctor, cook, wine maker, butcher, etc. There are more than 60 different figures in this first series.

Co-Boys figurines are noted for their high quality, beautiful style and excellent handiwork. These vintage Goebel collectibles were produced between 1971 and 1987.

Next week we will enter the world of Goebel’s “Redheads”.

With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us. Visit us at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville!

 

 

Frogs are a great way to decorate your home and office. These quirky critters don’t just add a charming touch to your décor, they are believed to bring you luck.

In Japan frogs are very auspicious. The Japanese word for frog is “kaeru” and its homonym means “to return”.  Travelers bring a frog amulet on their journey as this is believed to secure a safe return. Some people keep a small frog amulet in their purse or wallet to ensure money will return.

Whether you are hoping to attract some luck, or just enjoy unusual collectibles, visit the Frog Room at The PAST Antiques and take home some lovable amphibians today.

During the month of December, all frog-related items in our Frog Room are buy two, get one free!
(Free item must be of equal or lesser value. Sale good through December 31st, 2018)

With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us. Visit us at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville!

When we get together with our families for the holidays we may be seeing relatives that we may not normally see during the year.  This may make it difficult to find a gift because you may not know what they want or need. The Shops at Natures Art Village carry unique items that will make anyone’s face light up. Take a look at our last minute gift ideas below for some excellent ideas you can pick up any day this week at The Shops:

Great ideas under $30:

  1. Games carved out of stone or wood with gemstone playing pieces. We carry a variety of games and dice made out of these materials.
  2. Healing Touch Pottery. These one of a kind mugs come in a variety of styles and have a gemstone set into the handle of the mug.  Each mug is hand-thrown and glazed by artisans in nearby New Hampshire.
  3. Essential Oils, Incense and Smudging supplies. We carry these items plus many accessories that go with them.
  4. Carved Stone Kitchenwares. We have a line of stone plates, trays and canisters.  Stone is hugely versatile for kitchenwares because it can hold warm and cold temperatures evenly and for a long time.
  5. Minerals and Crystals. We have many beautiful specimens.  Some of our minerals have been made into candle holders, wine bottle stoppers and beautiful gemstone trees.
  6. Trinket and storage boxes. We have boxes made of carved stone, shell and even enameled Swarovski jeweled boxes.

Come down to The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut and browse our endless aisles of amazing gifts. We are open 7 days a week from 9:30 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. through December 23, 2017. Happy Holidays from all of us at Nature’s Art Village!

Want to get a great gift for a co worker who has gone the extra mile for you? How about a gift for your boss, manager, or supervisor who has supported you throughout the year? The Shops at Natures Art Village have the perfect items for you!

Great office gift ideas for under $20:

  1. Hand carved desk supplies. Onyx marble pen and pencil holders, stone business card holders and carved change bowls.
  2. Coasters and coffee cups. The shops carry a good selection of stone coasters and different styles of coffee mugs.  Pick out a set of agate slices for coasters.
  3. Model Sets. The Metal Earth line features many reproductions and characters/vehicles from movies such as Star Wars and The Avengers.
  4. Himalayan Salt Products. Our gift shop carries salt lamps, cooking salts and other Himalayan salt items.
  5. The Shops at Nature’s Art Village carries a nice variety of candles from both Crystal Journey and A Cheerful Giver.  We also have a full line of candle holders as well.
  6. We also carry unique gifts such as Zen Gardens, Buddha Boards and gemstone trees.

Next to come is our gift guide for other adults in your life! Come down to The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut and browse our endless aisles of amazing gifts. We are open 7 days a week from 9:30 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. through December 23, 2017. Happy Holidays from all of us at Nature’s Art Village!

Marbles & Onyx Giftware

Monday, December 11th, 2017 until Sunday, December 17th, 2017 Select Marble & Onyx Giftware is on sale for 20% off at Nature’s Art Village!

These beautiful and durable jars, mortars and pestles, vases, wine chillers and more make memorable gifts for anyone on your holiday shopping list. Carved from marble and onyx, these pieces standout and add a unique ambiance to any dining room or kitchen.

Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full collection of stone giftware and holiday gift ideas perfect for everyone on your shopping list!