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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Poseidon mirror | Unknown designer | Finesse Originals, United States of America | 1970s (?)

I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that wall art was pretty big back in the day.  Some of the pieces produced by Finesse Originals are the most impressive – and over the top - I’ve come across.  Totally maximalist design.  If you know anything about Finesse Originals, please comment!  No idea on the date, but I’m guessing late 1960s to early 1970s.

I finally have one of these mirrors hanging in my room after seeing it a few years ago.  It’s not the Poseidon, the one I have I’ll share in the next post.  These mirrors are unwieldy and difficult to ship.  This one is 30 pounds, 43 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep.  It is a two part frame, with a metal base and fiberglass and resin relief.  The mirror is antiqued.  It has a mottled appearance and this is natural and original to the pieces.Poseidon mirror, Finesse OriginalsThe mirror was described as being a “Large mirror depicting mythological Poseidon with Hippocampi”

Large and elaborate fantasy mirror comprised of mythical Greco-Roman figures. Features Poseidon/Neptune, god of the sea, brandishing his trident and surrounded by a herd of hippocampi, the "seahorses" of ancient mythology. The perimeter of the mirror is embellished with stylized waves, representing Poseidon's mastery of the seas, and possibly his frustration with the goddess he is pursuing. The cast resin frame is gilt finished and antiqued. Signed “Finesse Originals.”

Unfortunately, it’s been sold and I didn’t get a look at the price, which I would imagine would have been in the high three figures from a retail antique store.

Assemblage, Ltd. logo

Some other selected pictures of this item, sold by Assemblage, Ltd. in Chicago are posted below.

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58 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have collected these pieces over the last 20 years. The most valuable and sought after three, the psideon mirror, four horses w/men, and horses and men with early century armors on each side. these pieces are valued at $20,000 or more each and all others are at around $10-15,000 per piece. All information on this site is exact. I am looking intensly for the item with armor on the sides, it is only 1 of 1.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous:

I was pleased to read your comment about the different pieces of Finesse Originals. Very
interesting, especially since I have that
1 of 1. The knight on the horse is like in 3D, and is very large. It measures approx. 41"(L)
x 38"(W). The detail is fabulous. This piece
was originally purchased in Bedford Ohio in
the mid 70's. I am the 2nd owner, the first
owner was my father in law.

Anonymous said...

My Finesse Original features nine knights, two horses and a ship. It measures 66"w x 26"h.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #3: Are you the person who wrote the first comment & stated the various prices?
I would be interested in talking to you.

donna said...

I purchased a Finesse Original for my son about 3 years ago at a flee market , it measures approx 46 inches by 38 inches and it is of a charging knight on a horse. I've been trying to find out information on it but, can't seem to get very far, any info you can provide would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Anon #3 here! I did not write the first comment.
My piece is sort of a Don Quixote theme and quite obviously by the same artists hand who executed the Zodiac mirror. There are two knights and a horse in bas-relief in the center flanked on either side by three knights on the left and four knights, a horse and a ship in the distance on the right. The end medallions are flanked with shields on the ends featuring castles and lions. Signed and original finish.

Anonymous said...

Donna: From the description about a knight on a charging horse, I too have the same artwork.
If you would send me a picture of yours, I will send you a picture of mine & we can compare. My email address is:
elvisonstamps@embarqmail.com
Thanks, Ron
original 6-14-10

Anonymous said...

Hello, I was looking for info on my finesse originals mirror as well and came across this. Mine is of angels on top and a man and women on bottom with what looks like a devils head in between them. It is a large mirror as well. Anybody know anything about this peice?

Anonymous said...

I have the same mirror with the devil head at the bottom anybody know what it is called or a value?

maviemamaison said...

I have a finesse original, signed, etc. Victorian man, woman and a cherub at the bottom. Any suggestions on links or websites I can research for more information?

Thanks,

Angie
asuarez10@tampabay.rr.com

Anonymous said...

I too have a Finesse Originals that also has the angels on top and a man and women on bottom with what looks like a devils head or goats head in between them.
I'd also like further information, name of piece, value, etc.
Thanks,
Allie
akellerm01@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi All - I am interested in buying either a Zodiac mirror or one of the Angel/Devil mirrors. If anyone is interested in selling one, please e-mail me pictures and your price. I have not been able to locate a picture of the angel mirror so if someone could e-mail it, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much
Nick
thedarkknight77@netzero.com

Anonymous said...

i have an item where 2 warriers on horses are charging at each others with some sort of sticks. i just got this piece as a gift and i want to know what it may be worth. i have pictures of it. my email is basketballstar_2003@msn.com if anyone can help me.
the piece is about 60 inches long and about 28 inches tall and its solid bronze it would appear
thanks

Anonymous said...

I have a Finnesse Originals piece by the artist Espada. The scene is of three jesters playing musical instruments while singing.Their is a castle in the background. Any ideas on the date or value. It is about 48 inches long and 36 inches wide.

Anonymous said...

I have the poseidon mirror. Really cool mirror, i have no idea however the value. It was ina a funeral homes inbalming room. real freaky. please contact me. 812-249-3630 Mike

I am trying to sell this peice and have no e-mail account so just call my cell phone (812)249-3630

Anonymous said...

Mike - I an interested in the poseidon mirror, please contact me @ thedarkknight77@netzero.com

Anonymous said...

frederick89@live.ca is my email name's Michael parrell I am a newfoundlander born and rasised. And ill be one tell i die...but for real i have a knight on a horse kind of 3d i am putting pictures on my facebook names Michae parrell feel free to take a look in my photo's i noticaed that the finesse Originals signiture is on the knights cape Very SEXY Wall art 10/10 looks amazing in my eyes no damage is done to it...and any info or links would be helpfull I am interested in selling my birthday gift !!!

Anonymous said...

frederick89@live.ca

Finesse Original

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150390470155327&set=a.10150390470090327.615444.515440326

Anonymous said...

Let me clarify a few things for people who either might be interested in buying or selling a Finesse mirror or sculpture. These works of Art are not worth nearly what some have said on this web sight............How do I know? Because I have bought 3 pieces and all 3 times, I have never paid over $300. The Poseidon mirror is not worth 10,000-15,000.....lol It's worth about $450 from what I can tell and even then good luck selling it for that much as shipping will cost $150. Currently on ebay there is a Zodiac and a Poseidon mirror and neither one has sold. Zodiac is selling for $200 & Poseidon $700. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Hi there! My name is Jenn. Today I purchased some antiques from this guy. I googled finesse originals to see what info was out there on this piece. It's a knight on a horse, signed Finesse Originals, and definitely made with plaster. Any info or appraisals? Im very curious.

Anonymous said...

does anyone know where u can get one theese pieces appraised????

Anonymous said...

I have a signed finesse original of two jousting knights. hard to find any info on it. my parents bought it when I was a child

Anonymous said...

I have finesse original "school of fishes" sculpture. Anyone interested? Thanks

Anonymous said...

I own the large piece with the Jousting Knight on the horse. I bought it on ebay for $175. Shipping was the issue as it cost me $50 due to the size and weight.

Anonymous said...

I just bought the Poseidon mirror on ebay for $600. Shipping cost me $250.....Yikes. After making a few repairs and repainting it, I can honestly say it was worth it. It is beautiful!

kevin404 said...

Yeah, these mirrors are totally over the top. I really like to see the reaction of people who have not seen one before. It is usually love it or hate it! Glad you are enjoying yours.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have a piece with Four Horses. Looks to be Spartan or Greek Warriors with Spear and Swords. It about 5 Feet long by foot and 1/2 wide..The warriors bronze amor and weapons with white horse..Very nice piece..Have seen some pieces online but none as impressive as this one..Any information on value this piece might have? Finesse Original..

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have a piece, it what seems to be a nude women sleeping in three different positions. I have been trying to look it up on the net but had no luck, I am curious to know if anyone knows anything about this piece? Thank you for reading

kevin404 said...

Most of the large scale Finesse Originals pieces I've seen sell for $250 to $750. Due to their size they are difficult to pack and ship. Greyhound is a great way to send large pieces at a reasonable cost if you are near a station. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

I am on Staten Island and am willing to forgo shipping costs if the buyer will come to pick up the art work.I have possessed this piece for a few years and kept it hanging on a wall near the piano over my office then my wife started saying she wants a totally new look.I agreed to give up this Finesse Original by Espada M.
brokenheartedly but I realize it's only fair that she gets a turn to decorate our living space.This is a good original poured fiberglass rendition from a mold that was used to get the main form and then each piece such as this unique one was hand bronzed and finished by the artist.E-mail me at eaglesme101@yahoo.com1347-8253592 Two knights jousting on horses

lyndsay said...

Hello!! I just bought a piece that is very heavy. Its the 4 horses w men. I cant find ANY information on them. Can someone help me? Its fiberglass and HUGE. I believe theyre roman or greek soldiers on the horses. Its super cool though! Thanks tons!

Anonymous said...

hi i have a finesse original as well its of afisherman draging a net with a village behind him the fisherman looks 3d looking for info or value it has a small crack and some of the paint has come off easy to restore still looks amazing live in australia

Anonymous said...

I am tryin to sell the... 9 settlers and two horses with the crests on the sides.... please contact me lunarah05@yahoo.com or 860-460-0847... I have it posted on craislist in eastern ct under antigues..... I do have photos!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have a mirror that resembles the one in the pic it's an amazing antique

Anonymous said...

I have a mirrior that resembles the one in the pic finesse originals is what is inscribed on a seahorse any questions or comments email @ destiny _dayspring@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have a Finesse Original mirror with cherubs,flowers and fruit. It's 34" x 58" . Date is 1972. I can't find any info or pics of it on the internet. The company Finesse Displays seems to went out of business in 1985? Does anyone know about this item or value? It was left to me by my grandmother. email @s.l.rivera@hotmail.com plz include mirror in subject line.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I did not realize these sculptures were so popular! I have a pair of cherub wall pocket planters hallmarked Finesse Originals and they are in pretty much perfect condition!
If anyone has any information about this pair, I would love to know more!
They measure about 42" in height x 22" w x 7" or more deep.
Email; clynnhughes@yahoo.com and/or I will be checking this post for future comments.

Anonymous said...

I got two pictures one has a roman soldier with a shield in one hand and a sword in the other the other pic is of a roman soldier with a axe in hand and other hand on hip

diane said...

i have a large piece of art work from finesse orginals 4 horses with men in armor swords and shields roman or greek i am willing to sell it at a reasonable price...iit no longer fits my decor happy to see it fit in someone collection..email bellarose1@comcast.et

Anonymous said...

We have 1 nice Jousters on horses Finesse Original(Fiber Glass) for sale if you can come pick it up then no shipping charge.
There was a small kink in the javlin like weapon and it was repaired nicely seems undetyectable to the naked eye. Will consider offers. 347-825-3592

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have one of these posieden mirrors in excellent condition. Any idea what it might actually be worth?

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CARMEN CANTU said...

Hello I'm here to let you know I have a picture of a soldier with a spear in one hand and a shield in the other. If interesting please contact me, thank you !!! At carmencantu6gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I have one of these zodiac mirrors signed finesse Originals an excellent excellent condition if you would like pictures I will send them to you. I know it's been 6 years since you put up this post but what I don't know is if you found one. Thank you. Contact: drgoodbar@dr.com Bill

Marlene G said...

Hi, I have a Finesse Original Jousting Knight on Horseback wall sculpture. I cannot find much information on it and was wondering if anyone knew the current value. Thanks.

Marlene G said...

Hi, I have a Finesse Original Jousting Knight on Horseback wall sculpture. I cannot find much information on it and was wondering if anyone knew the current value. Thanks.

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Unknown said...

I have a picture that I am trying to verify that it is a finesse original. I cannot find a signature. It's very dirty ( been in the basement) it is a huge Roman scene with a chariot...any idea of where I may find a signature? I found 2 on eBay that say they are finesse originals but there are no pictures of the signatures. I also heard there is a company in Florida who makes pictures similar to the finesse originals. Anyone have any information. About it or tell me if it safe to clean it?

Anonymous said...

My mother has a chariot race scene in her den that she would like to sell . She bought it in 1972 and it is in terrific shape

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Anonymous said...

From Diane
I'm looking for the current value of a
Finesse Originals I own, signed by Bill Hochhausen and am looking to possibly sell it.
It's a 49"W x 35.1/4"H fiberglass relief of three armored knights on horses, holding long axes. one man and all the horses look like they have greek looking wreaths around their heads. The background has a bark like texture with a log relief at the bottom left ground area. This artist is still around with regular fine art installments in the northeast. http://billhochhausen.com.
you can also email me at dikuz18@aol.com

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