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Northern Wei (386-535AD) stone Bodhisattva, in an unusual seated asana with crossed ankles and hands in mudras “fear not” and “charity.” 11” tall.  Some remaining pigment.  captures.  Gianguan Auctions, Lot 148, June 10, 2017.

Buddhist Art Bootcamp

Posted: May 26, 2017 10:27 Last Updated: | Regina Kolbe

Like so many of the Chinese arts, China’s ultra elite have driven the demand for Buddhist art to new highs.  While the ultimate intention of the works may be to encourage serenity, harmony, meditation and study,  disruption in the sales room is not uncommon as bidding wars escalate. There are still occassions to acquire fine Buddhist sculpture at more reasonable prices, if you know the ropes. The most expensive Chinese work to sell at auction was a 15th-century embroidered thangka painting with direct links to the Imperial Court. It went off in 2014 at Christie’s for $45M (around £29M). ...


Open 2016 Online Art Exhibition

6th Annual “Open” 2016 Art Exhibition Results Now Online & Ready to View

Posted: October 04, 2016 10:15 Last Updated: | John R. Math

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its October 2016 art exhibition, the 6th Annual “Open” (No Theme) Art Exhibition is now posted on their website and can be viewed online.  There is no theme for this art exhibition and artists were asked to submit their best abstract or representational art for this competition. The gallery received and judged 654 entries from 20 different countries and from 40 different states. The gallery also selected artists for Special Merit and Special Recognition awards as well. Congratulations to the artists who have been des...


Francois Linke Secretarie

Pre-Holiday Auctions Become Essential for Retail Market

Posted: December 01, 2015 13:49 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

As the country saw a downturn in storefront traffic on Black Friday, retailers now turn to auction as the best way to buy before the holidays. Clarke Auction's upcoming December 6th sale provides a quality selection on a carefully selected date to bolster retail holiday stockings (no pun intended) and collection building alike.  The wide variety of fine art, modern design, Asian antiques and decorative arts present important works across a number of markets, including several extensive collections of fine jewelry and watches that will be featured in the sale.  Fine art selections will ...


Left: Fairy and Crane, Embroidery with silk from the Qing Dynasty.  Right: Covered ewer, Porcelain painted in enamels from the Qing Dynasty

The Significance of Cranes as Symbols in Chinese Art and Carpets

Posted: September 04, 2015 10:48 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Cranes in Chinese art -- Since ancient times, the Chinese have been exceptionally creative in using various living, non-living and imaginary objects to represent abstract ideas. They have a symbol for everything, including life, death and longevity. One glance at Chinese art and carpets can educate on the myriads of Chinese symbols. Among the most popular and widely used symbols are the ones for longevity. They include bamboo, cicada, peach, gourd, pine, deer and crane. Cranes, or herons as they are also referred to as, play an important role in Chinese mytholog...


Call for Abstract Art

Posted: July 20, 2015 09:15 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

The ArtisTTable is seeking art for its 2015 juried online all media Abstract Exhibition. Artists 18 and over are invited to submit art of all media for consideration in the show, drawing, painting, sculpture, video, orginal prints and more. Cash prizes are awarded to the first 3 places choosen by our juror. Submit your art by 02 August 2015. All the details and registration can be found online: www.ArtisTTableOnline.com/abstract15prospectus


Call for Small Works for ArtisTTable Gallery Show at Richard App Gallery - Deadline Extended!

Posted: April 13, 2015 11:08 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

The submission deadline has been extended to 29 April for the Second Annual smaill works show of the ArtisTTable, hosted at the Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. • 2 LITTLE • An International Juried Exhibition at Richard App Gallery • An all media show with an open theme. • All Artwork must be for sale. • Longest dimension of the art must be 15" (38cm) or less. (Including frame) • Entry Fee $35 (Approximately €30) Submit up to 5 pieces for review online. • Submit online by: 29 April 2015 • Artist Acceptance Notification: 01 May 2015 • Artwork must be r...


ArtisTTable Figure Show is now online.

Posted: March 27, 2015 10:51 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

Over 60 painters, sculptors, and photographers submitted to this juried online show and competed for cash prizes in four different categories. The exhibition is divided up into galleries that feature art by Women that make art of Women, Women that make art of Men, Men that make art of Women, Men that make art of Men. The show will be online until 04 June 2015 at http://bit.ly/Vaw9Vo Visit the show and you can decide who will win the People’s Choice Award by voting for your favorite art. You may see all of the prior ArtisTTable exhibitions in the archive section called Shelved. http:/...


5th Annual Landscapes Online Art Competition

Call for Art – 5th Annual “Landscapes” Online Art Competition

Posted: March 20, 2015 09:58 Last Updated: | John R. Math

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 5th Annual “Landscapes” online juried art competition for the month of April 2015.  The gallery urges all 2D and 3D artists (Including Photography) to submit their best landscape art for possible inclusion into the gallery’s May 2015 online group exhibition. Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery encourages entries from artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field to send the gallery their best interpretation of the theme “Landscapes".  The Landscape theme wil...


A Few Days Remaining to Enter the ArtisTTable Figure Show.

Posted: March 11, 2015 14:59 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

There are a few days left that you can gather your art featuring the human form and submit it to the ArtisTTable's Figure Show. The Figure Show is a juried online exhibition with cash prizes. The prizes will be awarded in four separate categories. The categories are: • Women that make ART of the Female form • Women that make ART of the Male form • Men that make ART of the Female form • Men that make ART of the Male form ArtisTTable exhibitions always have a People's Choice Award as well. You may submit up to 5 images for a single $25 entry fee. The...


Call for Small Works for ArtisTTable Gallery Show at Richard App Gallery

Posted: March 10, 2015 14:37 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

The ArtisTTable is seeking submissions for the Second Annual International Juried Small Works Show at Richard App Gallery - 2 LITTLE. Last year the ArtisTTable partnered with the Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the response from was great from Europe and around the US as well as the expected local Michigan artist community. Grand Rapids, Michigan has been much more of an arts destination than anyone thought for years with its museums and festivals, but it was advent of ArtPrize that really put Grand Rapids on the larger worldwide stage. That event draws artists and ar...


Introducing the ArtisTTable

Posted: March 10, 2015 07:31 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

We just want to make this post as a quick introduction to the ArtisTTable. Started at the very end of 2012, The ArtisTTable is an art community and gallery. We host juried online art exhibitions with cash prizes. (See our current call for entries at The ArtisTTable Figure Show Call! ) We also have an art retreat program that gives artists the opportunity to get away from there studios, gather with other artists in a remote location and spend a week making art and exploring creativity. At the moment we have two retreats available, The next one is this June in Wisconsin, USA, ...


The quality and scale of these stunning Sèves porcelain vases denotes their creation for the 1900 World's Fair.

On The World Stage: Sèvres World’s Fair Vases

Posted: May 23, 2014 16:01 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Beginning in the mid-19th century, the universal showcase for the world’s greatest artisans and craftsmen to unveil trend-setting techniques, styles and ideas were the International Exhibitions. The legendary Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory saw the perfect opportunity to illustrate their mastery of the Art Nouveau aesthetic through these Monumental Swan Vases at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair.  Designed by Sèvres artist Horace Bieuville, these exquisite vases were created to draw attention to the shift in European decorative art ideals at the turn of the 20th century, which focused upon ...


My vintage Henredon desk and chair from where I will write those notes...

How the Hand Written Note Just Might Save Us...

Posted: March 18, 2014 20:46 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Earlier tonite I spent an hour connecting with folks from around the world through a weekly online forum called Interior Designer Chat. The topic of tonight's chat had to do with referrals in the Interior Design business. As it was my first time participating in such a forum and as I am a dealer in antique and vintage furnishings, I spent more time reading than responding. As I scanned through the fast moving flow of comments, I noticed an overwhelming theme from this group of Interior Designers. Personal connection is a key to success. My business is buying and selling decorative and d...


"Prelude" by Agnes Pelton at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Our Favorite 40 Museums - Part 4

Posted: December 30, 2013 07:58 Last Updated: | Jay Caldwell

31. Museum of Fine Arts Boston With the recent Art of the Americas Wing expansion, the allure of MFA Boston has grown exponentially. These four floors showcase artworks from the entire continent – North, South, and Central America with artworks that span over 3000 years. Some of our particular favorites include works by Paul Revere, Thomas Sully, John Singer Sargent, and John Singleton Copley. The art at MFA Boston is not limited to that of the Americas. With an eclectic  collection of nearly half a million objects the museum allows you to explore many other world cultures and time...


Picasso Madura.  "Bearded Man's Wife." Est.  25/35,000 USD.

Fine Art Leads Best Ever January at Clarke.

Posted: December 11, 2013 13:10 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

     The New Year at Clarke Auction will start, perhaps stronger than ever before, with a demonstration of their resolution for consistent excellence in 2014.      The fine art selection for Clarke’s January 5th sale already boasts some unbelievable pieces that will propel Clarke into 2014 with fantastic appeal including a massive work by Walasse Ting,  an important gouache by Emil Schumacher, an oil on masonite of stellar execution by Ettore Caser, and a multitude of fine works from a magnificent and large Hartford, Connecticut estate.   &nbsp...


COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET - November 29, 2013 - Volume 156

Posted: December 04, 2013 08:24 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

Rehs Contemporary on Amazon We are eager to announce our growing involvement in the newest trend that has been sweeping over the art gallery market.   According to Amazon, their buyers have shown a tremendous interest in high end brands, luxury products, and home decor. With that said, we decided to team up with AmazonArt and are now live on the site!    Our hope is that by joining this new venue, which looks to share our quality works of art with a global online market, we will bring a new international client base to our contemporary program.  For the...


Visit and shop the Farmington Valley Arts Center Drezner Holiday Artisan Show and Gift Gallery.  Opening November 22, 2013 5:00-9:00pm.

37TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT OPENING AT FARMINGTON VALLEY ARTS CENTER

Posted: November 18, 2013 12:28 Last Updated: | C. Dianne Zweig

During the month of November there is a lot of excitement at The Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT as studio artists are getting ready for the 37th Annual Candlelight Opening (November 22, 2013 5:00-9:00pm). Avon is one of the prettiest towns in New England and lucky to have a fabulous non-profit Art Center which has been home to twenty studio artists and fabulous art and cultural events since the 1970s.  I'm somewhat of a newbie at FVAC, with an Abstract Mixed Media art studio (9B) on the second level of this former Ensign Bickford factory. While there are many new profess...


 Farmington Valley Artist studios now accepting appplications.

Rent Professional Artist Studio Space: Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT

Posted: November 18, 2013 12:28 Last Updated: | C. Dianne Zweig

Creative Space Available For Rent At Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT The Farmington Valley Arts Center in beautiful Avon, CT is currently accepting applications from gifted artists who wish to lease studio artist space. Twenty artist studios are maintained at FVAC for dedicated artists who wish to both make art and have a venue to exhibit and sell their work. Nestled in a quiet park like setting, right off the Route 44 in Avon is FVAC, home to artists and creative professionals who enjoy the benefits of  individual space as well as the advantage of an artist...


$13,000 hammer.  De Forest, Roy D.  "Swamp Fever" Oil on Canvas.

Clarke Auction's Second September Sale Highlights

Posted: October 01, 2013 11:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Clarke Auction brought a respectable range of results from their mixed offering sale on September 29th, their second in September, to close out the first month of an extremely promising fall auction season. The fine art selections showed excellent results from both old masters and modern works. The mixture of fine technique and desirability brought in bidding for an exceptional Old Master oil on canvas of Piazza San Marco. The painting, in the manner of Guardi, created significant interest in presale viewings and exploded past its conservative $1,000 to $1,500 estimate, finally hammerin...


OVIEDO, Ramon.  Oil on Canvas.

Falling Up: Clarke to Continue Fall Success with September 29th Sale.

Posted: September 25, 2013 14:36 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Just three weeks after a highly successful start to the fall auction season, the Clarke Auction team of appraisers has collectively created another quality sale of fine art, midcentury, silver, jewelry, antiques, and Asian items to be held on Sunday, September 8th at 12pm EST.   The fine art selection will begin the sale and will include a number of important estate fresh pieces. One of the most exciting pieces in the fine art selection is a Roy D. Deforest  polymer on canvas entitled “Swamp Fever.” The work is signed and dated 1982 with a Phoenix Art Museum label verso.&...


1981 Delorean.

Summer Heat Brings the Cool to Clarke Auction July 22nd.

Posted: July 21, 2013 15:10 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

      With the summer heat wave reaching its peak this weekend in the Northeast, Clarke Auction hopes to break the weather’s trend with some exceptionally cool lots in their sale on Monday July 22nd at 5pm.       A featured item in the sale is the ultra-cool 1981 Delorean to be sold without reserve at an estimate of $8,000 - $12,000 on July 22nd. Ironic how the ‘80s icon of style is considered cool since the body is made of stainless steel and has been displayed in front of the Larchmont auction gallery for the past week during the recent heat wave.  I...


This incredible Nayarit Warrior Figure represents a highly respected chieftain, as indicated by the horns, staff and seated posture.

Windows Into a Lost World: Pre-Columbian Pottery

Posted: January 16, 2013 09:15 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

While much of Europe was in the throes of the artistic and social decline known as the Middle Ages, across the Atlantic, the ancient cultures of the Americas were experiencing a vibrant cultural period distinguished by fascinating works of art, particularly pottery. The Pre-Columbian era generally refers to the span of time in the Americas prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus in 1492. However, the term more accurately describes the history of Native American cultures before significant contact with or conquest by Europeans.  Regardless of the location in either North, Ce...


Paul Evans Sculptured Dining Table

A Rosewood By Any Other Name : Arne Vodder, Eames, and Evans at Clarke Auction's October 21st Sale.

Posted: October 16, 2012 13:55 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Midcentury Modern furniture has been recently challenging the idea that only fine art is art. The combination of functionality, design foresight, elegance, and edginess has made the midcentury modern market bring fine art numbers at auction over the last several months.     Clarke Auction in Larchmont, NY, Westchester's Premier Auction House, has successfully navigated the rough economy of late by providing its bidders with exceptional midcentury selections in its last several sales. The upcoming Sunday, October 21st sale at Clarke Auction will maintain the reputation for ...


These massive Sèvres Palace urns stand over five feet tall and are extremely rare due to their size and expense to produce

The Royal Roots of Sèvres Porcelain

Posted: October 12, 2011 16:09 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

When King Louis XV took an interest in porcelain and became a primary shareholder of what would become the Sèvres factory in 1752, he intended to catapult the international status of French porcelain to the finest in the world. It's believed that his motivation came from his famed mistress, Madame de Pompadour, who possessed a penchant for the factory's creations. Regardless of the reason, it is the royal roots of Sèvres that provided the foundation for some of the most coveted porcelain ever made. After the King purchased the factory in 1759, he had the operations moved from Chateau de...


Chinese Vase Sold For $18 million

Did Sotheby's Document $18 million Vase Correctly?

Posted: May 11, 2011 06:40 Last Updated: | Joseph K. Levene

A Chinese Vase expected to sell for $800. to $1,200., was sold by Sotheby's New York for an astonishing $18 million on March 22, 2011. Described as an unusual famille rose and gold decorated vase, an Anonymous Sotheby's bidder paid $18 million for this 20 century porcelain. The Chinese Vase was among 300 lots consigned by J.T. Tai and Company, a well-known  Dealer of Chinese Porcelain; the Sotheby's Sale realized $36.3 million and took nine hours to complete. Why did Sotheby's estimate the $18 million Chinese Vase at only $800-$1,200? Sotheby's felt there was no actual...


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