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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wilardy Lucite orange | Will Hardy | Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

Here are two oranges by Will Hardy for Wilardy.  They have a carefully sculptured, many faceted, but smooth surface just like the lemon does.  Both oranges are signed “Will Hardy” in an arc around a small indentation that has been cut into the bottom of the orange.  The larger orange is a slightly irregular sphere with a diameter of 3”.  The smaller orange is a bit more oblong, at 3” across measured one way, 2-3/4” across measured the other.

A U.S. quarter is approximately 1” in diameter and is shown for scale.

Wilardy Lucite oranges by Will Hardy

Wilardy Lucite oranges by Will Hardy signature

Wilardy Lucite oranges by Will Hardy signature 1

Wilardy Lucite oranges by Will Hardy signature 2


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Wilardy Lucite lemon | Will Hardy | Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

Here is a lemon by Will Hardy for Wilardy.  It has a carefully sculptured, many faceted, but smooth surface with nubs on each end.  The lemon is signed “Will Hardy” in an arc around one of the ends of the lemon.  The lemon is 2-3/4” across and 2” across at its widest.

A U.S. quarter is approximately 1” in diameter and is shown for scale.

Wilardy Lucite lemon by Will Hardy side

Wilardy Lucite lemon by Will Hardy

Wilardy Lucite lemon by Will Hardy signature


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wilardy Lucite grape bunch | Will Hardy | Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

Here are four grape bunches by Will Hardy for Wilardy.  Two have stems and two have stems that have been broken off.  The two with stems are signed “Will Hardy” on the stem.  The four bunches each feature approximately 30 spherical grapes.

Two bunches have grapes that are 13/16” in diameter and are crackled.  One bunch has grapes that are 13/16” in diameter and are transparent.  One bunch has grapes that are 11/16” in diameter and are transparent.  The grape bunches are all between 5 and 6” in length and approximately 2-1/2 and 3-1/2” across at their widest.

A U.S. quarter is approximately 1” in diameter and is shown for scale.

Four bunches of Wilardy grapes by Will Hardy

Clockwise from upper left:  transparent 11/16” diameter grapes (no stem), transparent 13/16” diameter grapes (no stem), crackled 13/16” diameter grapes (two bunches, both with stem).

Wilardy Lucite grape bunch by Will Hardy

Wilardy Lucite grape bunch by Will Hardy top

Wilardy Lucite grape bunch by Will Hardy front

Wilardy Lucite grape bunch by Will Hardy signature

Wilardy lucite grape bunch signature close up


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Wilardy Lucite banana | Will Hardy | Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

Here are two bananas by Will Hardy for Wilardy.  One banana is much smaller in size than the other.  The smaller banana measures  5-5/8” from tip to tip and 1-3/8” across at its widest.  The larger banana measures 7-1/2” from tip to tip and 2” across at its widest.  The smaller of the two bananas is signed twice, the larger is unsigned. 

A U.S. quarter is approximately 1” in diameter and is shown for scale.

Wilardy Lucite banana by Will Hardy

Wilardy Lucite bananas by Will Hardy

Wilardy Lucite banana by Will Hardy signature

Wilardy Lucite banana by Will Hardy signature 2


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wilardy Lucite apple | Will Hardy | Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

Here are two apples by Will Hardy for Wilardy.  The apples are similar in size and appearance but clearly modeled from different fruit.  One is signed “Will Hardy” on the base.  The other is unsigned. The unsigned apple is 3-1/4” tall with an extra 1/2” tall stem and 2-3/4” across.  The signed apple is shorter at 2-7/8” tall and 2-3/4” across.  The stem has been broken off this one.  The stems are fragile and easily shear off.   Both apples have flattened bottoms to stand upright, or can be easily placed in a bowl setting.

A U.S. quarter is approximately 1” in diameter and is shown for scale.

Wilardy Lucite apple by Will Hardy

Wilardy Lucite apple by Will Hardy signature

Wilardy Lucite apple by Will Hardy signature 2


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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wilardy Lucite fruit | Will Hardy | Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

Wilardy logoSome time ago, I was fortunate to buy an auction lot on eBay consisting of Lucite fruit.  They were created by the famed Wilardy company and many are signed by Will Hardy himself.  They currently reside as a centerpiece in a large Astrolite by Ritts, Inc. biomorphic bowl.

Lucite Fruit Bowl

Wilardy Originals began in New York City as Handbag Specialties in 1946.  The venture was a collaboration between father Charles William Hardy and son William Hammond Hardy. In 1953, the office and factory moved to Union City, New Jersey.  Will Hardy took over the business in the 1960s and operations concluded in the early 1980s.

Wilardy Lucite purse

Wilardy Lucite purse.  Image source:  etsy.com.

While well known worldwide for designer handbags and purses, Wilardy also was responsible for a wide variety of other artistic items including lighting and bathroom fixtures, jewelry, tableware for the Grainware Company, and even clothing.

I contacted Will Hardy for some information about the fruit pieces and received the following reply:

These art pieces are most likely 30 - 40 years old, all fashioned by hand from solid blocks of optical quality lucite. They were often fashioned after actual pieces of fruit. Back then the grapes would sell for $50 retail and a lemon $40, banana $45.

The following are the pieces in my collection:

Apple (2)
Banana (2) 
Grape bunch (4)
Lemon (1)
Orange (2) 
Peach (2) 
Pear (1)
Plum (2)

Reference

Wilardy History. Retrieved May 1, 2014 from http://wilardy.com/wilardy_history.html


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