December 23, 2011

Antonio Vitali Rocking Snail Too Slow For Christmas

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Assuming you didn't already blow your Christmas wad on the ersatz nativity set last fall, you should now be ready to pounce on this: an early hand-carved rocking snail from Antonio Vitali's Swiss toys days.

The shaped details are pretty great; the finish, especially that green paint, is pretty sweet; and the amateurish vintage repairs are correct for the history of a toy. The replaced runner is unfortunate, but if you're a real stickler, you can keep waiting until a complete original example turns up. Which--it's a snail--could take a while.

Antonio Vitali Rocking Snail Riding Toy Vintage Creative Playthings Designer, no reserve, opening bid $2,495, but free shipping, auction ends Jan. 1 [ebay]

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