Antiques and collectibles that share a love of all things reading. Many of the items here are no longer available from contemporary sources. Some are genuine antiques, others are simply collectibles, and others such as the Boyds Bears figurines are no longer available from any source (on December 31, 2014 Enesco - the current owner of the Boyds Bear line put the collection "into hibernation" for an undetermined time.


#7 - Mother and Child - Reading Nursery Rhymes

Child cuddles a blanket and a rabbit as mother reads a book titled Nursery Rhymes. Inside pages reads "Once upon a time." Pinks and blues, against the white. Figurine is approximately 4.75 inches. © Russ Berrie and Company, Inc. Design No. 15409


Monk Reading

#8 - Monk Reading

Hand carved figurine approximately 8.75 inches tall.
One of a kind.


These storytellers were handcrafted by Pueblo artisans. There are 19 Puebloes and the color of the clay used to form the figures can indicate the home pueblo of the artisan. From L-R: the storyteller with two children in her lap is approximately 2.75 inches in height. The largest storyteller is about 4.5 inches and she holds five children (two on her shoulders and three in her lap. That storyteller was created in the Cochiit Pueblo and signed with stylized initials. The two smallest storytellers are each approximately 1.25 inches tall. One holds three children and the other holds a small baby which is barely visible. The angel figure is a storyteller ornament. On her angel wings is a very small baby in a cradle board and she holds two small children (one in pink and one in blue swaddling clothes. The clay storyteller was hand crafted with clay from Alamogordo, NA -- da Nunzia- the ornament is approximately 3 inches tall.

#9 - Storytellers (6 pieces)

Includes "Mama Storyteller" 6 x 6 inches, Teissedre trivet ceramic art tile -- hand paintedand kiln fired. This item was manufactured in the Teissedre facilities in Tucson, Arizona.

A Storyteller is a clay figurine made by the Pueblo people of New Mexico. The first contemporary storyteller was made by Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo in 1964 in honor of her grandfather, who was a tribal storyteller. It is basically a figure of a storyteller, usually a man or a woman and its mouth is always open. It is surrounded by figures of children and other things, who represent those who are listening to the storyteller. The motif is based on the traditional "singing mother" motif which depicts a woman with her mouth open holding one or two children.