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Woodsculpted cutaway showing action on both decks with the feature of 70 handcarved wood figurines.

Gun Deck Cutaways -A Decorative and Definitive Art Form

Posted: April 30, 2014 11:41 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It is not surprising that this subject matter has not been recognized in the arts. However, it is a subject that warrants appreciation for its unique form of symmetry and balance when being viewed as a concept. Fine art is anything that is beyond the ordinary; a work which holds unprecedented merit at its finest level -regardless of medium. Money, nor an expert's opinion, cannot control it. What's factual is fine art is defined as "a form"..."a sculpture"...and/or "decorative piece". I can be further said by notables as "a knowledge made efficient by skill" (Genung) or "the expression o...


 The Art of Style: Fine Art & Contemporary Fashion" Featuring The Fuse Factory Artists of The Farmington Valley Arts Center at Bodytalk Boutique May 1, 2014, 5:30-8:00 p.m

The Art of Style: Fine Art & Contemporary Fashion" Featuring The Fuse Factory Artists of The Farmington Valley Arts Center at Bodytalk Boutique May 1, 2014, 5:30-8:00 p.m

Posted: April 15, 2014 10:19 Last Updated: | C. Dianne Zweig

THE SECRET IS OUT  The Fuse Factory Artists of The Farmington Valley Arts Center are having their first event ,The Art of Style: Fine Art and Contemporary Fashion. Spring into color for an evening featuring original artwork by the Fuse Factory Artists of the Farmington Valley Arts Center along with a beautiful collection of stylish women's clothing. The public is invited to a complimentary wine and cheese opening reception Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:30- 8:00p.m. to meet the artists and view their works including paintings, collages, sculpture and ceramics which have...


This model of the Beetle Whaleboat is produced completely in wood.  The model overall length which include the steering oar is 14" inches.  The scale is 1:32, 3/8" = 1'.

BEETLE Whaleboat Model -A Collector's Choice

Posted: March 24, 2014 15:10 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

When travelling in and around New England, it would not be surprising to discover a small, yet interesting multi-oared boat model displayed somewhere in a home, office, or library setting. This small double-ended type vessel would also be found in likely places such as antique shops, online galleries, and at notable maritime galleries -serving as a decorative art accent, or part of a collection. And, of course, these are very much part of the museum settings around the world for its simplistic yet esthetic design. The whaleboat has been the subject of countless stories and maritime...


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...


"Tunnel of Love" by Henry Koerner at the Yale University of Art Gallery.

Our Favorite 40 Museums - Part 3

Posted: December 02, 2013 07:30 Last Updated: | Jay Caldwell

As we continue to celebrate our gallery’s fortieth year in business we encourage you to explore some of these exceptional museums located throughout the US. *Note this list of museums is not in any particular order. To read about some of the other museums on our list click here for part 1 and here for part 2 of this series. 21. Yale University Art Gallery Established in 1832 to open up dialogue between students, faculty, and the wider public, the Yale University Art Gallery is both one of the oldest university art museums, and one of the biggest with a collection which h...


Danielle Langford, figurative sculpture on exhibit at The Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT

Sculpture by Danielle Langford Exhibited at The Farmington Valley Arts Center, November 22-December 21 2013, Candlelight Celebration Opening November 22, 2013 5:00-9:00

Posted: November 20, 2013 07:30 Last Updated: | C. Dianne Zweig

Sculpturer Danielle Langsford returns to The Farmington Valley Arts Center for the 37th Annual Candlelight Celebration which opens Friday, November 22, 2013 and continues, Saturday, Novemberr 23, December 6 and weekends through December 21, 2013. Danielle is a gifted sculpturer and teache who enjoys the art of Bronze sculpting. The process of making bronze figurative sculptures is an arduous task with many steps along the way to create a life like  sculpture which conveys emotion,  subtle movement , expression and anatomic realism.  The sculptor needs to select the right ...


Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas: Making the Familiar Unfamiliar

Posted: November 15, 2013 10:53 Last Updated: | Kenny Ackerman

Some portraits represent how the subject appears and others invoke the inner character. Marlene Dumas chooses a different path. The figures are cold and flat. They stand plainly against a void, most have an unreadable expression. It evokes ideas of atrophy and decay. These portraits are states of mind, larger ideas of society in human form. Marlene Dumas has commented that she does not feel as if someone can be judged by their appearance nor does she feel comfortable having her art reduced to theme or plot. Her inspiration is from the image itself. Polaroids, magazine ads, drowning vict...


COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET – Volume 155 - November 2013

Posted: November 09, 2013 11:58 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

The Banksy Hunt & Art Market Hype! (by: Alyssa)   “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside” – Paul Cezanne, a quote that has truly inspired one artist that has been sparking headlines consistently during the month of October.  British born artist, Banksy, has been making his mark on New York since the first of October; promising one graffiti work of art a day scattered throughout the City for his show, “Better Out Than In.”  After the completion of each work he posts a picture to Instagram, which sends his followers o...


SCHLEETER, Howard.  "Campo Santo" oil glaze.  Sold for $13,420.

Art Suprised and Diamonds Shined at Clarke Auction's October 27th Sale.

Posted: November 04, 2013 09:44 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

In the fine art selection, a Howard Schleeter oil glaze entitled “Campo Santo” garnered a surprising amount of interest directly before the sale and brought nearly 15 times the high estimate of $900 with a selling price of $13,420. Even more impressive was the verso label dating it to 1941 with an original price tag of $25. Clarke art specialist Nelia Moore, who directly handled the consignment of the painting, was pleased with the outcome saying, “We knew this was an important regional painting but we did not anticipate such aggressive bidding from collectors and dealers across the countr...


$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.&...


Purported Jasper Johns Bronze Seized by FBI

FBI Seizes Counterfeit Jasper Johns Sculpture

Posted: September 08, 2013 15:17 Last Updated: | Joseph K. Levene

The FBI arrested Brian Ramnarine, 58, on charges he created a purported Jasper Johns Bronze Flag sculpture and attempted to sell it for $11 million. In 1990, Jasper Johns had provided Mr. Ramnarine with a mold so that he could create a wax cast, which he completed for the Artist.   Although Mr. Ramnarine claimed the wax mold was destroyed, he allegedly created a 1989 Bronze Flag resembling a Jasper Johns Flag Work and also "forged the artist's signature on the sculpture", prosecutors said.   The FBI began an investigation in 2010 when "Ramnarine tried to sell the bronze pie...


My History....

Posted: August 28, 2013 10:28 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

My great grandfather, M. Edwin Schillay, or Eddie as everyone called him, was an accountant here in New York City.  During the late 1930s / early 1940s one of his clients, an antique dealer, suggested that he would be a great fit in the antique business and should try it out.  My great grandfather gave it a go…he began booking trips to Europe, buying groups of paintings in bulk, packing them in 7 x 7 x 10 foot containers (which would hold 400 – 500 paintings), shipped them back to a New York rental space in the Manhattan Storage Warehouse and would sell them upon arrival.  ...


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...


Richard Oelze, Archaic Fragment

The Surreal Deal: Rare Oelze Painting Discovered At Clarke Auction June 3rd.

Posted: May 24, 2013 15:06 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

In one of those rare and anticipated moments when an appraiser goes to a location to view what are usually copies, the opposite happened. Peering out from under an old sheet, Clarke Auction art specialist Nelia Moore and owner Ronan Clarke then discovered what would turn out to be a long lost and magnificent oil on canvas by the German surrealist artist Richard Oelze.  The large and intricate painting entitled Archaic Fragment was executed in 1935 when the artist was in Paris. The work was included in the major 1942 surrealist exhibition, First Papers of Surrealism, in New York ...


This beautiful candid of Monroe was taken in 1960 behind the scenes of "Let's Make Love"

What’s In A Name?: Marilyn Monroe Photographs by Lawrence Schiller

Posted: April 12, 2013 10:18 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Few names evoke thoughts of feminine beauty and Hollywood glamour quite like Marilyn Monroe. Arguably one of the most famous Americans in modern history, she captured hearts and imaginations around the world through the memorable characters she portrayed on the silver screen. Now, nearly 50 years later, it is the enduring images in these signed, limited-edition photographs taken by famed photographer, director and author, Lawrence Schiller, that are bringing this larger-than-life figure back in the spotlight. Many of them have never been printed until now. Schiller shot Marilyn in May o...


Eero Aarnio for Asko Ball Chairs

Back to the Future of Cool: Clarke Auction's Midcentury Selection for November 18th Sale.

Posted: November 14, 2012 13:57 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

  Taking the best of the 1950s and bringing it into the present has become the specialty of Clarke Auction in recent months. Theoretically, time travel has not been invented, but Clarke Auction certainly comes close by bringing midcentury back to the future. Firing up their flux capacitors for Sunday November 18th at 2pm are the top design names of Paul Evans, Mira Nakashima, Eero Aarnio, Paul Kjaerholm, Paul McCobb, Harry Bertoia, Bruno Matheson, Vladimir Kagan, and Karl Springer. Hoping to prove that lightning strikes twice, not only on clock towers, but at auctions as well, P...


Important Bronze, Illegibly Signed

Rebuilding with Art: Clarke Auction's November 18th Sale Provides Renewal After Sandy.

Posted: November 14, 2012 08:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

After Hurricane Sandy, we are all reminded that we may lose our possessions, but we never lose our need to be surrounded by beauty and brightness. A force of nature forces changes in landscape, residence, and environment, so why not a change in what we fill our homes and our lives with? Clarke Auction, Westchester's Premier Auction House, appreciates the severity of destruction that Sandy has left behind, down to a personal level. They also appreciate people's need to rebuild and renew.  On Sunday November 18th, Clarke Auction will provide over 400 lots of beauty and structure in...


Nakashima Conoid Table

Furniture Friendships : A Midcentury Hangout at Clarke Auction.

Posted: September 20, 2012 11:50 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Springer. Tiffany. Evans. Nakashima. What may sound like a Sunday night baseball lineup is actually more of a midcentury social gathering in Larchmont, NY's Clarke Auction. All of these makers of exceptional furniture and lighting come together at Clarke's upcoming Sunday, September 30th sale to make up an eclectic cast of characters. Nakashima, the creative genius and humble guru of the midcentury social club, brings the natural energy of his Conoid Table...to the table. The Conoid's arborous style, however, proves to be a point of personality conflict with the industrialist of the gr...


Fraud Could Be Stopped With Department Heads

eBay Leaves Buyers of Counterfeit Coach Bags Holding the Bag

Posted: July 27, 2012 18:14 Last Updated: | Joseph K. Levene

Coach awarded £28.3 million, but will eBay reimburse these duped buyers?   eBay aggressively advertises its Buyer Protection Policy, and like most insurance policies, you need to read the "fine print"! Even with eBay's "10 year too late Buyer Protection Policy", as we wrote 12/30/2007, Counterfeit listings are the norm, as eBay has not implemented appropriate Consumer Fraud Protection that provides requisite protection.  According to eBay's Buyer Protection program, eBay only provides Buyer Protection to US buyers for 45 days even though the Uniform Commer...


Nantucket Sleigh Ride - Wood Sculpture

Whaling - The Advent of Art Collecting

Posted: June 01, 2012 07:10 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Documents, motion pictures, lectures, and annual gatherings -all are mediums working together to bring back the era of whaling. With this year's celebration at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic Connecticut, with the restoration of whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN, more art venues are honing in on whaling themes in high numbers. At homes on Cape Cod, shoreline communities in and around New England, and maritime communities -worldwide, the whale has been an integral part of our culture. In history and art, there is no comparison to the degree of interest this mammal has promoted. Each year there are co...


Maritime artist and shipmodel specialist Rex Stewart restoring Van Ryper T2 Tanker

Damaged Van Ryper Models -The Great Investment / Rex Stewart

Posted: May 20, 2012 09:38 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Some years ago it was suggested that I build waterline models for profitable sales, similiar to the work of noted builder Charles Van Ryper. At that time I was not familiar with his work, nor did I know the history about his contemporary "Art Deco' style which emerged when he produced his Travel Series prior to the Second World War. Today, in the maritime arts, especially in the Collectible market of ship models, there seem to be a strong resurgence of collectors sprouting up in America and across the atlantic relative to the antique shipmodels of Charles Van Ryper. This is due, in part,...


MAYFLOWER II Miniature on cradle base

Miniature Collectibles - The Stewart Collection of Classic Ships

Posted: April 15, 2012 08:31 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It's evident on the collectible's circuit that miniature ship models have taken on a new perspective as an artform. In recent times it has been garnered the distinctive titleship as being a highend collectible under the auctioneer's hammer -and bidding participants who look upon these tiny gems, with awe and appreciation, anticipate ownership. These ship miniatures have been bought, sold, and appraised for hundreds (sometimes thousand of dollars) -attesting to the fact that these are, indeed, highly desirable art pieces. Ship models, or rather, the ship model has long been regarded in ...


Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries with the theme “Nature” for a juried art competition for the month of April 2012.

Art Call – Theme “Nature” Juried Art Competition

Posted: March 27, 2012 21:02 Last Updated: | John R. Math

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries with the theme “Nature” for a juried art competition for the month of April 2012. The gallery invites all 2D artists (including photography) regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field to send us your best interpretation of the theme “Nature" by depicting the physical world. “Nature” is considered to be anything that was not created by or has been substantially altered by man. Subjects that would encompass “Nature” would include geographical matter, natural obj...


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