Max's Kona Kai Frigate Bird - Super Limited Edition

in 2 collections

This mug is based on a vintage 10' tall carving of a Frigate Bird done by Jim Casey that originated in 1960 with the opening of the Kona Kai in Philadelphia. It sat above their entryway originally and was salvaged when the Kona Kai was demolished in 1985. Later, it was purchased for Max's along with several other pieces in the Jordan Reichek collection which were catalogued by Sven Tiki in his exhibition catalogue book, The Art of Tiki, in 2017.

Along with the mug came an 8 1/2" x 14" poster of the original Kona-Ka architectural plans by Armet & Davis (Los Angeles Architectural Firm).

This is the ultra detailed version limited to 25 pieces and are hand-painted by Max's in-house ceramics crew (Olivia, Elise, and Jerry "Bertiki " or "The Rainbow Professor"). There is also a less detailed regular limited edition of 200 pieces which are 40% smaller than the Super Limited version.

Production

Designer
Bertiki
Production Count
25

Release

Date
13 Dec 2020

Physical Characteristics

Material
Ceramic
Shape
Other
Colour
Beige / Black
Imagery
Animal
Marking
"Max's South Seas Hideaway" and "Kona Kai" on the underside/front. "Bertiki" on bottom and numbered.
Distinguishing Characteristics
40% larger and more detailed. Light beige with black, blue, yellow, and red accents matching the original carving.

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    Max's Kona Kai Frigate Bird - Artist Proof a.k.a. Max's Kona Kai Frigate Bird - AP - in 3 collections

    Designer
    Bertiki

    This mug is based on a vintage 10' tall carving of a Frigate Bird done by Jim Casey that originated in 1960 with the opening of the Kona Kai in Philadelphia. It sat above their entryway originally and was salvaged when the Kona Kai was demolished in 1985. Later, it was purchased for Max's along with several other pieces in the Jordan Reichek collection which were catalogued by Sven Tiki in his exhibition catalogue book, The Art of Tiki, in 2017.

    There was a larger and ultra detailed Super Limited version limited to 25 pieces hand-painted by Max's in-house ceramics crew (Olivia, Elise, and Jerry "Bertiki " or "The Rainbow Professor"). There was also a less detailed regular limited edition of 200 pieces which are 40% smaller than the Super Limited version.

    This is an Artist Proof (AP) of the regular limited edition pieces, same size as those in the edition of 200, but as artist proofs each one is unique in glaze color and details.

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    Designer
    Bertiki

    This mug is based on a vintage 10' tall carving of a Frigate Bird done by Jim Casey that originated in 1960 with the opening of the Kona Kai in Philadelphia. It sat above their entryway originally and was salvaged when the Kona Kai was demolished in 1985. Later, it was purchased for Max's along with several other pieces in the Jordan Reichek collection which were catalogued by Sven Tiki in his exhibition catalogue book, The Art of Tiki, in 2017.

    This mug was preceded by an ultra detailed version limited to 25 pieces and hand-painted by Max's in-house ceramics crew (Olivia, Elise, and Jerry "Bertiki " or "The Rainbow Professor").

    This is the less detailed regular limited edition of 200 pieces which are 40% smaller than the Super Limited version.

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    Designers
    Gecko, Bertiki
    Manufacturer
    Gecko'z South Sea Arts
    Producer
    Gecko

    This mug is based on a vintage 10' tall carving of a Frigate Bird done by Jim Casey that originated in 1960 with the opening of the Kona Kai in Philadelphia. It sat above their entryway originally and was salvaged when the Kona Kai was demolished in 1985. Later, it was purchased for Max's along with several other pieces in the Jordan Reichek collection which were catalogued by Sven Tiki in his exhibition catalogue book, The Art of Tiki, in 2017.

    *NOTE: This is an exclusive 1/1 version of the Kona Kai Frigate Bird mug created for Max's South Seas Hideaway, but this version is mounted on a piece of wood from the Ward Warehouse and features special detailing and Kustomization by Gecko.

Attribution Meta

Source
Max's South Seas website

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Date Created
17 Dec 2020
Date Updated
1 Nov 2021
Author
Trader Tom
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