Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 53 – August 2010)

Submitted by denny October 26th, 2010
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I love this brass candle holder that sits above the fireplace at “Willis Wonderland”. Note the ceramic “dice dish” that it’s sitting on.

This gold bull statue is stunning and is a favorite among all who enter “Willis Wonderland”.

This is also an incredible statue and I believe this one is made of lucite.

I love this but I’m not sure if this was originally meant to hold a candle or not. Note those stunning lamps in the background!


I love this vase!

2 Responses to “Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 53 – August 2010)”

  1. Allee Willis

    I bought the little gold figural candleholder for a couple bucks and then kept it in a drawer for years. The first time I dragged it out and put a candle on it I couldn’t believe how great it was. It was one of those great surprises, its beauty not appreciated at first glance, which has always led me to buy something in a thrift shop or at a swap or flea that’s cheap as long as I have a vibe about it. You never know when it’s going to jump out at you.

    The bull in the second photo is literally one of the most popular things in my house. I got it for $18. It was made by Sasha Brastoff in the 1950s and is a very rare Brastoff piece. I’ve had a trillion people joke to me that when I leave this planet I should leave them the bull.

    I absolutely love the Lucite couple in the third photo. I got it at an indoor swap meet in Detroit in the late 80s for $20.

    The pink dish in the third photo was not meant to be a candle holder. It’s one of a set of six snack plates that I have. I got them at the Rose Bowl swap meet in the late 70s when I first moved to LA. The big round hole is for a glass, the oblong area is for hors d’oeuvres. On the left side of that you can see a little indentation to hold a cigarette and right next to where I now have the candles sitting, the little round hole is to put your cigarette out in. I have three pink ones and three turquoise ones.

    The pink sculpture in the fourth photo is very heavy and made out of chalk. I spray painted it pink about 25 years ago and pink it has remained.

    The vase in the bottom photo is one of my favorites. Classic pink and gray 50s colors. I was painting in my living room once and I used to use a lot of springs to use as hair in my three dimensional fond object art. I needed some place to lay the brush down, which had a lot of paint dripping down the side of it. So just as a temporary holder I stuck this spring in the vase and stuck the brush in the spring. When I woke up the next morning and looked at it it looked too good to disassemble. I washed the brush and that was it.

  2. denny

    The Brastoff piece is worthy of having it’s own shrine! I’ll have to research Sasha Brastoff, never heard of that artist before.

    The more and more I look at the lucite couple, the more I love that as well!

    The fourth picture captures my ultimate faves, the nubian chalk lamps. They take my breath away.

    I need a pie please.