Bambis

Retro bambisBambis
made in Japan, 1950s

Ok, we’re back into Bambi territory. I have already confessed that the reason I love bambis SO much is that I wasn’t allowed to have one when I was little – they were considered by my parents to be ‘common’ [which I take to be code for ‘kitsch’.] I have observed that a great deal of nostalgia is born from a past longing – it’s not always routed in memory and fondness for something owned then lost. [I’m looking at you- model train collectors…]

These 1950 era bambis were made in Japan – these are NOT Disney figurines, which I think look more ‘commercial’. All the bambis are in repose, except for the back left who is frolicking over a tree stump, and the baby bambi talking to its mother in the back right. Both the rear bambis are ‘planters’ -they have a hollow area in which to grow something. I recently saw the mother and fawn bambi planter for sale on Ebay for $50- which goes to show the extent of Bambi love worldwide [ie: it’s not just me.]

All the bambis are in excellent condition, and are for sale: $AUD125

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Bambis

Retro bambisDeer in landscape cross stitch, made in Australia c.1960
Bambi planters, made in Japan c.1960

My son [Gen Y] likens cross stitch to ‘pixel art’ and I can see his point. I have teamed this rather impressive cross stitch of deers in their natural habitat with two Bambi planters. Together they make a great ensemble.

The Bambi planters can – indeed- hold plants or utensils, etc and they are in good condition. The cross stitch- by some unknown pixel artist of the 1960s, is framed and ready to hang- and likewise is in good condition.

This ensemble is for sale: $AUD95

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Bambi in the Giant Redwood Forest

B James litho printBambi in the Giant Redwood Forest framed litho
made in USA, c.1960

Bringing together my love of Bambi, 60s Americana and – weirdly- botany, I present to you this wonderful ‘painting’- by a B. James [as signed in the b.r.h. corner.] It’s a lithograph measuring 48” x 24” [1.21m x 0.6m] in a timber frame, mounted to stand proud of the hessian backing. The total size of this beauty: 54” x 30” [1.37m x 0.76m] – how good would it look hung over your Parker sideboard? This is a picture that all the hipsters are sure to love.

Two Bambis stand dwarfed by the Giant Sequoia trees as the morning sun glistens on the idyllic scene. To say the image references the Garden of Eden is to state the obvious- so one Bambi is clearly Eve, the other Adam. Or this is the sixth day of Creation, before those pesky humans showed up and ruined it all.

Whatever, this picture is iconic. It just fits into the back of the car [with the windows down and the frame peeking out.] And it’s for sale: $AUD155

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Bambi figurines [sold]

vintage bambi figurinesBambi figurines
made in Australia and Japan, c.1950s

Ok, we’re back into kitsch territory. I fully acknowledge that the reason I love bambis SO much is that I wasn’t allowed to have one when I was little – they were considered by my parents to be ‘common’ [by which they meant kitsch.] Little wonder that I grew to so thoroughly embrace all things kitsch!

I have purposely collected 1950 era bambis that were made here in Australia or in Japan – these are NOT Disney figurines, which I think look more ‘commercial’. All the bambis are in repose, except for the back one that is part of a set of two, who is frolicking over a tree stump. The darker brown bambi in the front is souvenir ware, hailing from the South Coast in Narooma [as evidenced by the painted script on its side.]

For sale: $AUD145

Bambis for the retro nursery [sold]

bambi bookends and nightlightBambi bookends, made in Japan 1958
Bambi nursery night-light, made in Melbourne, Australia c.1959

I thought after my last kitsch post, you might be ready for some more Bambis…

The ceramic bookends were made for the 50s souvenir trade in Japan…originally they would have had a sticker placed on the horizontal front section: “Greetings from Alaska” [where deer are known to frequent] or “Greetings from Honolulu” [you get the picture.]

Unfortunately the deer on the left has had an ear repaired; it’s the one facing away from the viewer so you only see it if you look from behind. The mend is sympathetic to the ceramic, a hairline fracture, but it is a repair none-the-less and that is reflected in the sale price.

The night-light is in excellent working order, and has been checked by an electrician. It was made by Pan Pacific Plastics in Melbourne, and uses a 15 watt lamp and AC/DC power. Who doesn’t want a Bambi night-light in their nursery? Nine out of 10 babies give it a thumbs up!      For sale: $AUD75