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House of Ran Su
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-07-10 9:19 pm   Permalink

Gee, that's mighty nice! I wanna see one of those in-store postcards from that place...or find an old catalog.

 
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BigRedTiki
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Joined: Jan 14, 2007
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From: Fremont, Nebraska
Posted: 2009-04-04 08:04 am   Permalink

I found these guys at a thrift store in Omaha yesterday. It is good old "Vanguard" and his brother "The Devil".







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BigRedTiki
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From: Fremont, Nebraska
Posted: 2009-04-04 6:27 pm   Permalink

Not than anyone probably cares, but upon closer inspection, I believe that the title of the horned example opposite "Vanguard" is "She Devil", not "The Devil".
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Kamaina Kraig
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Joined: Mar 13, 2009
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From: Afton, NY
Posted: 2009-04-04 6:46 pm   Permalink

I love all the pieces and will be actively looking for some to add to my bar.

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Tiki Shaker
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Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 706
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2009-04-04 10:21 pm   Permalink

I love this stuff. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for it.

 
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Tiki Tinkie
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Joined: Jan 12, 2008
Posts: 34
From: Tiki Jersey
Posted: 2009-09-17 3:28 pm   Permalink

I, also, have a Ran Su piece hanging above my Grundig Majestic console player. I don't know anything about Ran Su but would love to. My parents bought this piece (called 'Bonefish') in 1959 or '60 when they bought their first house.






 
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Or Got Rum?
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Joined: Jul 29, 2009
Posts: 331
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2009-09-18 06:01 am   Permalink

Borrowed pic from a VA shop that states these are from a Palm Springs estate "To The Arbitrator"....$500.00




 
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rballard9
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Joined: Mar 24, 2010
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Posted: 2010-03-24 10:00 am   Permalink

We also have a Ran Su piece. My wife's parents gave it to her a long time ago. Does anyone know about this piece?
Thanks,
-Rich





 
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koko
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Joined: May 18, 2011
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Posted: 2011-05-18 11:11 am   Permalink

This is what I have found on the now gone House of Ran Su in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. This company did their small part to supply the middle of the last century with Asian and Caribbean-inspired decor, generally in the form of wood cutout wall hangings. RanSu was a local art producer/framing company - really a Mom and Pop shop - somewhere near the IRT station at 90th street. Long gone as that neighborhood has gone thru a major alteration in the 60 years since that time.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-05-18 11:41 am   Permalink

Wonder if they ever made a catalog...if so, probably just hand-xeroxed sheets.

I love that some of these here are inherited from the previous generation.

I also wonder if the owners were named Randolph and Susan...


 
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senioraqua
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Joined: Jul 11, 2004
Posts: 404
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2011-05-20 06:47 am   Permalink



Here are some House of Ran Su work that's a lil' bit Caribbean and a lil'
bit rock 'n' roll with a nice cubist look to the faces. I like that the artwork states on back that it is "guaranteed hand colored" but I guess silkscreen is done by hand. Let me know if anyone might be interested in them.


 
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jmh191111
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Joined: Jun 07, 2011
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Posted: 2011-06-07 1:15 pm   Permalink

I also have 3 pieces from Ran Su. They were my grandparents and now they belong to me.








 
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RanWiz
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Joined: Feb 24, 2013
Posts: 1
From: Mass
Posted: 2013-02-24 04:32 am   Permalink

We have two RanSu pieces - one acquired at a yard sale a few years ago [birds] but the other: the african mask heads was purchased AT the RanSu studio in Elmhurst, NY (part of flushing - somewhere near 90th st and the #7 Subway Line). That's near where we lived when I was very little. My folks had constructed an african themed playroom, and this piece was part of that decor. Now, 50 years later, we have "Zanzibar" our african themed guest room, which is designed around this work of art.
I understand that the artist(s) are no longer living, and that the studio ended production decades ago.
The value of the art is problematic - not high enough to buy/sell and profit from, but not low enough to just go on and collect for the heck (and beauty) of it. My daughter, the interior designer, has also found two through the years...and we'd love to find more. Email me if you have one to sell, but we can't pay anything like 'collector' prices. If you are anywhere from DC to BOSTON we may come pick up rather than add to the expense by shipping.
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11106
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-02-24 10:03 am   Permalink

Wow: This page shows that the appreciation for Ran-Su more than any other mid-century "exotic" art seems to have been handed down through the generations. Very cool.

 
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