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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...


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...


In this 1868 painting, entitled Jeannie, Bouguereau demonstrates why his is considered one of the greatest painters of human form and emotion.

A Commanding Presence: The Art of William Bouguereau

Posted: February 20, 2014 14:27 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

“For me a work of art must be an elevated interpretation of nature. The search for the ideal has been the purpose of my life. In landscape or seascape, I love above all the poetic motif.”  –William Bouguereau  The name William Bouguereau is synonymous with some of the greatest paintings in turn-of-the-century fine art. Known for his technical prowess and loyalty to the academic style of painting, it is hard to imagine that such an artistic giant was relegated to obscurity for over 70 years. With a character of sincerity and modesty, Bouguereau became one of the most deco...


This Arburo Orchestrion revolutionized the automated music industry by utilizing stand-alone instruments in its ingenious mechanism.  Each was special ordered and made entirely by hand.

Melodious Mechanical Marvels: Antique Music Boxes

Posted: January 20, 2014 16:33 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato Music has the ability to uplift, convey strong emotions and bring people from all walks of life closer together. The desire for reproducing and sharing this powerful art form is as old as music itself. Long before MP3s and CDs made their impact on the world, craftsmen sought to make music not only portable, but also accessible to a broader audience. It wasn’t until the invention of the music box did that idea become a reality. The first historical record of a mechanical ...


This extraordinary pair of George III period tea caddies are enveloped in ivory, with tortoiseshell and sterling silver trim and mounts.  Circa 1790.

Time for Tea! Exquisite Tea Caddies

Posted: January 11, 2014 07:54 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

No other practice evokes British sophistication and elegance quite like the drinking of tea. It is hard to believe that this now-common beverage was once an incredibly expensive commodity that could only be enjoyed by nobility and the social elite. These connoisseurs would soon demand elaborate and luxurious accoutrements to store and prepare this prized drink. Tea was introduced to England from China sometime in the middle of the 17th century. It is believed that it was Catherine of Braganza, wife of King Charles II, who was responsible for bringing the tea habit to the country around ...


The Augustus III Clock by Jean-Pierre Latz, circa 1745, stands nearly nine-feet high

The Name Says it All: The Augustus III Clock by Jean-Pierre Latz

Posted: December 16, 2013 09:12 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Few things in the fine art and antiques world get the heart racing quite like provenance. Imagine touching an object that once belonged to a king, or even a celebrity. Now imagine the thrill of actually owning that precious object! Important maker, rarity and quality are immensely important, but when you have a fantastic provenance, you have something truly special–a tangible piece of history. Created for King Augustus III of Saxony and Poland by the great French ébéniste Jean-Pierre Latz, this astonishing clock is arguably one of the greatest and most important French timepieces to eve...


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...


Renoir captures the dramatic apex of the legendary Greek tragedy in this work entitled Oedipus Rex

Art Depicting Art: "Oedipus Rex" by Renoir

Posted: December 02, 2013 14:37 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

In 1895, Renoir was commissioned to paint a series of paintings to decorate the home of the director of the Theatre des Varietes, Paul Gallimard. Perhaps one of the best loved Impressionists of all time, Renoir was renowned for capturing all of his subjects with grace and sensuality and Gallimard, a patron and friend of the artist, thought the artist’s work a perfect fit for his homes in Paris and Normandy. Revered for his figures, still-lives, and landscapes, Renoir chose a theatrical subject for the director’s homes. Encouraged by his friend, the actor Mounet-Sully, Renoir did a series o...


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...


This awe-inspiring marble sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons is one of the few pre-1780 renditions not currently in a museum.

A Masterpiece for the Ages: Laocoön and His Sons

Posted: October 11, 2013 10:33 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Artistic influence comes in many forms through numerous disciplines. One work of art, in particular, has influenced some of the greatest artistic minds in history. Inspired by the writings of Homer and Virgil, admired by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Francis I, and even Napoleon, Laocoön and His Sons is truly a timeless masterpiece. This incredible 18th-century Laocoön and His Sons is one of only a handful of pre-1780 interpretations ever created, and dates between 1650-1780. With the other known early examples now part of the Uffizi Museum of ...


$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.&...


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...


This incredibly rare pedestal desk bears numerous characteristics that suggest its creation by Thomas Chippendale himself.

The Work of a Master:18th-Century Pedestal Desk by Thomas Chippendale

Posted: July 20, 2013 16:35 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Finding an 18th-century furnishing that can be attributed to Thomas Chippendale is like finding the “holy grail” of antique furniture. This George III Mahogany Twin Pedestal Desk is just such a treasure.  Every inch of this spectacular desk bears qualities synonymous with Chippendale’s signature craftsmanship. A letter of authenticity by appraiser Gary Fowler notates seven characteristics attributed specifically to the master cabinetmaker. The use of the highest-quality Cuban mahogany, his signature "red wash", "triple-wheel" friction casters and locking mechanisms by London met...


This incredible pietre dure plaque is comprised of numerous hardstones intricately inlaid to create a "painting of stone."

Beauty Set In Stone: The Art of Pietre Dure

Posted: April 22, 2013 16:10 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Pietre dure is one of the oldest decorative arts. With a meticulous eye and steady hand, a master of this hardstone inlay technique can literally “paint” a picture in stone. The art form developed in ancient Rome in the 4th century where the technique was known as opus sectile (“carved and cut work”). Much like mosaic, this new process utilized larger sections of materials such as marble and glass inlaid into floors and walls to compose an image or decorative pattern. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technique was brought to Byzantium, where it was used to grace the interiors ...


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...


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,...


Art Wynwood Fair Highlights

Posted: February 18, 2012 10:17 Last Updated: | Pamela Cohen

    FLYING MURALS OF WYNWOOD & CAMO DEER Capturing the essence of what the Wynwood Arts District and the Miami art scene have to offer, Wynwood pioneer Tony Goldman will exhibit what he describes as “the flying murals of Wynwood” in the fair’s VIP Lounge.  Under his guidance, six 8’ x 24’ murals by international artists, including a Retna work from the Janet and Tony Goldman Collection, an existing piece from How & Nosm, as well as new murals from DAZE, Aiko and Futura, are installed Goldman has also commissioned a special exhibit by Ron English, who is one ...


This resplendent Viennese charger is inset with nine intricately engraved panels of rock crystal

From Myth to Masterpiece: Viennese Rock Crystal

Posted: January 30, 2012 08:12 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Australian aborigines called it the "stone of light" and the Celts believed its prismatic properties linked it to the sun. Even the fortuneteller's rudimentary crystal ball was originally crafted of the mysteriously alluring mineral we refer to today as rock crystal. Rock crystal, or clear quartz, has been revered by nearly every ancient culture in history. It's clear, ice-like appearance, enhanced by light refracting fissures gave the mineral an air of mystique that carried on well into the Renaissance. The mineral's innate beauty piqued the interest of 14th-century European royals and...


The Antique Helper staff, outside of Antique Helper Auctions, Indianapolis.  November, 2011

Sell It With A Flourish

Posted: January 12, 2012 12:05 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

Some folks like to do things in a big way.  They enjoy the spotlight, and blossom with a little extra attention.  We’re sort of that way, too, so we understand.  Even when it comes to selling an antique or collectible, we think it’s always more fun to make a splash.  Why do anything the conventional way when you can make it fun? Do you remember that Super Hero Auction we had last year?  We had national news coverage for that event, plus plenty of local headlines and spots on our local news networks.  Our own John discovered he looked good in...


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