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rugbymatt
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Posted: 2007-07-15 09:33 am   Permalink

It does have a Daga look to it. The biggest mystery is what it was? The top is carved out like a bowl. Was it an ashtray? a stand for some larger object? a drum missing its skin? I am trying to get the original auction receipts from them to see if they shed any light on things.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-07-15 12:06 pm   Permalink

I would say it was the holder for an ashtray. Trader Vic's used to have similar mid size Tikis (similar in size, not in form)

What a great haul! Considering the rarity of mid-century Tiki Temples in the Philly area, this is a find of a life time!

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On 2007-07-15 08:36, Tikinomad wrote:
Great score! The one Tiki carving reminds me of the Ren Clark Tiki mug.........






That's because the above Tiki is definitely a Milan Guanko carving! Guanko carved all the Tikis for Ren Clark's Polynesian Village. In fact this one looks so much like the Ren Clark logo Tiki (see Polynesian Village brochure BOT page 44), it could have come from there. But Guanko did repeat his motifs, too.


 
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Tiki Kaimuki
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Posted: 2007-07-15 1:07 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-07-14 21:04, Paipo wrote:
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On 2007-07-14 20:01, rugbymatt wrote:





What was the story with this fella who's in a couple of your pics? Looks a lot like a Bumatay....

That's a very nice assortment of tikis - thanks for sharing. Pics like these are grist for the creative mill.




Paip, You were reading my mind. When I saw those eyes, my eyes got just as big.
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rugbymatt
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Posted: 2007-07-15 1:27 pm   Permalink

I think Charlie wanted $1500 for that one.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2007-07-15 8:28 pm   Permalink

there is also a pair of salt and pepper shakers in black and white that are the same as that large tiki with the hat on....are those ren clark shakers too??

 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2007-07-16 06:52 am   Permalink

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On 2007-07-15 09:33, rugbymatt wrote:
It does have a Daga look to it. The biggest mystery is what it was? The top is carved out like a bowl. Was it an ashtray? a stand for some larger object? a drum missing its skin? I am trying to get the original auction receipts from them to see if they shed any light on things.



It's an ashtray. There are dozens of carvings like that at the Mai Kai. Drums, tikis, etc, that they put sand or gravel in as ashtrays.
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ootwoods
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Posted: 2007-07-16 3:28 pm   Permalink

Hey Matt.. I found your "ashtray"

Look down this page till you find the second postard from "Langerman's Luau"

http://www.arkivatropika.com/cgi-bin/tags.cgi?tags=%22bar%20photo%22

top left corner.



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-07-16 5:03 pm   Permalink

Aaaah! What an amazing place mat indeed! That door in the first photo is wild, could be from today...

Ootwoods, I thought only me and some hardcore cases here on TC would peruse old postcards with a looking glass for details! I fear there is no return for you now, my friend, it's the fever.


 
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ootwoods
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Posted: 2007-07-16 5:07 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-07-16 17:03, bigbrotiki wrote:
Aaaah! What an amazing place mat indeed! That door in the first photo is wild, could be from today...

Ootwoods, I thought only me and some hardcore cases here on TC would peruse old postcards with a looking glass for details! I fear there is no return for you now, my friend, it's the fever.



Then let me suffer!

I just happened upon it. looking for photos of the place in Montreal, of all things.. and remembered reading the thread.

I'm relatively close to Philly (and could hit RugbyMatt's with a well thrown stone, probably) so I figured I'd point it out to him.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2007-07-16 7:28 pm   Permalink

Good for you Matt!
It's great to find a picture of these items where they may have sat.
The one you have could be the very one in that photo.
Was charlie a little more easy to work with than the woman?
How many are left?
Good catch Ootwoods!


 
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rugbymatt
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Posted: 2007-07-16 8:43 pm   Permalink

Good eye Ootwoods, mahalo for the link.

Tipsy, I saw the Ren Clark S&P's too but after dropping serious caish on the real tikis I just can see payng $120+ for the little guys.


 
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senioraqua
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Posted: 2007-07-17 05:26 am   Permalink



Close relative on postcard from Tonga Lei - Malibu, CA.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-07-17 11:27 am   Permalink

Aaaah, very good! Here he is in the '80s Oceanic Arts catalog:





 
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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2007-07-17 1:04 pm   Permalink

Wow, Big Bro Tiki i'd love to have a look through the 80's OA catalog.
Great stuff!


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tikicar
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Posted: 2007-07-17 3:06 pm   Permalink

My wife saw those Tikis at that store in Philly two months ago. I had been wanting to get over there to check them out but just have not had the time. Plus I don't need to be tempted to spend the $$$ on them now. Very cool stuff though. Scott

 
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