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Kava Bowl

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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Posted: 2003-10-12 7:37 pm   Permalink

I picked up this Kava Bowl from my friend KC Heylin a couple of weeks ago. It was owned by the founder of TEPCO - John Pagliero.

Underneath the base is etched "2/7/43" and "John and Mary Jo Pagliero". Mary Jo was John's wife.

Front Side - note 'MJP' for Mary Jo Pagliero.

Back Side of Kava Bowl.

Antone was John's son and handled the business end of TEPCO. John continued to do the hands on work almost up until his death at age 85 in 1968 - the same year TEPCO ceased operations.

I consider this bowl unique in that their is no duplicate. It was created by John for his wife Mary Jo, and is one of a kind.

[ This Message was edited by: Tiki_Bong on 2003-10-12 19:39 ]

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Joined: Jun 14, 2002
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Posted: 2003-10-12 9:15 pm   Permalink

That is super cool Bong. Good for you.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 01, 2002
Posts: 1049
From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-10-13 03:42 am   Permalink

Eh, howzit Kevin,
how'd ya get em? was it that great tiki hunter in your tribe?(your wahine)

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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-10-13 09:03 am   Permalink

I'd have to say you have a monster in your hands....that's up there with the Stratavari of the tiki collecting world. Great, great find.

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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Posted: 2003-10-13 09:27 am   Permalink


We acquired it from KC, who purchased it from a antiques dealer up in the bay area, who purchased it from the Pagliero estate sale.

The antique dealer that purchased it from the estate sale knew he had something, but not quite what.

KC is a very knowledgeable collector of Hawaiian art and ceramic pieces. Anyone familiar with Mark Blackburn's books on Hawaiiana has seen KC's pieces in those books.
"I'm ashamed to be here, but not too ashamed to leave..."

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Tiki Royale
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Joined: Dec 06, 2002
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2003-10-14 2:28 pm   Permalink

You are STOKED!!! Wow.

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2003-10-14 5:23 pm   Permalink

This puppy seems to be the prototype of the Trader Vic's Kava Bowl. You can find a rendering of it in Trader Vic's 1947 "Bartender's guide" on page 18. The copies alone are very hard to find, so this one of a kind is indeed a rare vessel. Put it in an earthquake safe display case, with a laser grid alarm system protecting it from the Tepco collectors.

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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2003-10-14 6:59 pm   Permalink

Aaaww, I say put it up on e-bay and get yourself a new Cadillac.

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