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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...


Henry Dasson based this commode upon the famous pair Boulle created for Louis XIV.

Royal Ambitions: The Henry Dasson Boulle Commode

Posted: November 16, 2011 08:16 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

One of the missions of M.S. Rau Antiques is to seek out and provide our clients with the absolute finest antiques, works of art and jewelry...something we like to call The Best of The Best. To come across pieces that embody the key elements of beauty, rarity and history is what really excites us. This opulent Royal Commode by Henry Dasson is just such an antique. In terms of rarity and history, it is distinguished by not just one, but two of the most important craftsmen, or ébénistes, to have ever lived. The great Henry Dasson based its design on a pair of commodes André Charles Bou...


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...


Antique telescopes such as this monumental example by Robert-Aglae Cauchoix are perfect for viewing the night sky

Out of This World: Antique Telescopes

Posted: July 19, 2011 10:30 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

When was the last time you went outside on a clear night for the sole purpose of looking at the night sky?  I sometimes wonder about the level of amazement that must have gone through the minds of early man, observing comets, eclipses and moon phases with a surreal combination of awe and trepidation. These first “astronomers” used what they observed with the naked eye to explain everything from the changing seasons to their religious beliefs. But it wasn’t until the invention of the telescope that these observations made the giant leap from mere assumption to revolutionary truth. ...


Yellow, green and rose golds create a subtle yet stunning effect in this Swiss snuffbox

The Right Snuff: Antique Snuffboxes

Posted: June 30, 2011 14:56 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The "taking of snuff" was a very social activity among Europe's upper class, beginning in the early 16th century. It's hard to believe a habit that caused frequent, and at times messy, sneezing fits would become so en vogue, but it did. And, with such widespread usage by seemingly every person of importance in the 16th century, the demand for a fashionable yet functional way to carry one's snuff inspired the greatest jewelers, enamellers, goldsmiths and silversmiths of the time to create what we know today as the snuffbox. It is said that Queens Anne and Charlotte enjoyed snuff so much,...


The Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots triptychs illustrate how the medium was perfect for telling a story

An Image is Worth 1000 Words: The Triptych

Posted: April 19, 2011 12:57 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Whether it's meant to tell you what to wear, what to eat or what to admire, images surround us in our media-rich society. But not that long ago, images served a much higher purpose. Images were a visual representation of the world and its principles of both order and morality. Various forms of ecclesiastical art immerged primarily to convey these principles to the masses, and the triptych was one of the first of these stunning art forms. Often referred to as the "traveling icon," the triptych, whether painted or carved, was a portable, convenient, and often times breathtaking work of ar...


This amazing dressoir, or sideboard, was created over 425 years ago

The Thrill of The Hunt: The Francis I Renaissance Sideboard

Posted: February 22, 2011 11:33 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

As both an antiques dealer and a collector, I'm always actively searching for items that embody the greatest qualities of their type. Now, it may sound odd to say that a piece of furniture is exciting, but this 16th-century sideboard is certainly one piece that would top off a museum curator's wish list. Created during the French Renaissance, this Francis I-period sideboard, or dressoir, is over 425 years old, and represents an inconceivably small number of furnishings from this era to exist-anywhere. Just look at the condition of this sideboard and you can understand why "exciting" really...


Each serving piece had a specific purpose at the well-appointed dining table.  These pieces are from the Chrysanthemum Flatware Service by Tiffany & Co.

So Many Choices…The Golden Age of Flatware

Posted: January 10, 2011 10:03 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Dining in the Victorian-era was truly an art form. The economic prosperity of the late 19th and early 20th centuries catapulted many into the middle and upper classes, and the desire to display just how wealthy you were was of the utmost importance to maintain, if not raise, your standing in high society. These displays took many forms, but it was the dinner party that proved to be an affair that could make or break a socialite. Even the extravagance of the utensils you provided for guests was considered proportionate to one's wealth. The affluent demanded dining services that could mee...


Stunning George II Silver Epergne by Ann Craig and John Neville.  Theirs was one of only a handful of female/male silversmithing partnerships to ever exist

A Woman’s Touch: The Masterpieces of Female Silversmiths

Posted: December 11, 2010 09:31 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The contributions of women are one, if not the most, overlooked aspect in the history of silver craftsmanship. The natural elegance and refinement exhibited in the works created by the hand of female silversmiths set them apart from all others, and, in many cases, are considered the finest masterworks ever made. It is imperative to remind ourselves that, until fairly recently, women had very little rights under the law in the industrialized world, and were at the mercy of the men in their lives in every respect, including profession (if one were even allowed a career). Most women who di...


The stunning King Farouk Bedroom Suite

Prime Provenance: The King Farouk Bedroom Suite

Posted: October 27, 2010 14:03 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Few things excite me more than discovering rare treasures that are distinguished by an incredible provenance. It's the provenance that turns a great piece into a phenomenal piece, and literally brings the events normally only read in history books to life. In the case of this amazing seven-piece Empire Bedroom Suite, made by Parisian ébéniste Antoine Krieger and owned by Egypt's last ruling king, Farouk I...can it get any better? The rule of the king can be described as tumultuous at best, but there is no denying Farouk's insatiable appetite for the best money could buy. Although he al...


This monumental chandelier is saturated with oversized, luminous prisms and beads of fine Baccarat crystal

Baccarat…Crystal Fit for a King

Posted: October 13, 2010 07:58 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

In response to a wealthy landowner's request to make the best use of the natural resources of the infertile Baccarat region of France, King Louis XV created “Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat” in 1765 by royal degree.  The company was the first French glassworks firm established to directly compete with imported Bohemian counterparts. For the next 245 years, the House of Baccarat would continue to garner the attention of kings, sultans and maharajas throughout the world. By the mid-19th century Baccarat was internationally recognized for their magnificent chandeliers, tabl...


"Portrait of Lydia Kuznetsova" by Ilya Efimovitch Repin, 1901.  Oil on canvas.

ALVR'S PARIS YEARS: INSIDE A DEALER'S LITTLE GOLD BOOK

Posted: September 13, 2010 15:03 Last Updated: | Laura Beach

PARIS, FRANCE  –  A La Vieille Russie is lifting the cover on a dealer’s most closely-guarded secret: its guest book, or livre d’or, containing the names of dozens of its best clients, colleagues and sources in the 1920s and 1930s.   The revelations are part of a selling exhibition that the Manhattan dealers in Russian art and antiques are mounting at Didier Aaron & Cie in Paris. Loosely timed to coincide with the Biennale des Antiquaires, the display opens September 16 at Aaron’s galleries at 118 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, minutes away from A La Vieille Russie’s forme...


Palazzo Strozzi's exhibition 'Art and Illusion' featured Pere Borrell Del Caso's (1835-1910) Escaping Criticism, 1874.  Oil on canvas, 76 x 63 cm.  Collection of the Bank of Spain.

Most popular Fall 2009 press releases on ARTFIXdaily

Posted: December 31, 2009 12:19 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

The three most-read press releases on ARTFIXdaily, published in the ArtWire section between September 1 and December 31, 2009, highlighted museum exhibitions: 1. Art and Illusions, Masterpieces of Trompe-l'loeil from Antiquity to the Present. On view through January 24, 2010, this major exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, explores the art of optical illusion with 140 artworks. From Roman antiquity to Old Masters to present-day painters, artists whose work masterfully "fools the eye" seems to perenially delight viewers. 2. Paintings by Jay Connaway on view at Portland Muse...


Chelsea Antiques Fair ranked as the number 1 viewed event on ARTFIXdaily's fall 2009 calendar.

Most popular fall art events on ARTFIXdaily

Posted: December 30, 2009 20:59 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

The top three fall art events, garnering the greatest number of views by ARTFIXdaily readers, were listed in the Calendar section from September 1 to December 31, 2009: 1. Chelsea Antiques Fair. Held twice annually, this five-year-old London antiques show takes place in the 17th-century style Old Town Hall on King's Road. About 35 exhibitors, including many BADA and LAPADA members, are focused on educating the collector; there is an extra emphasis on encouraging new collectors at this relaxed venue. The 2010 dates are: March 17-21, Sept. 22-26. 2. Identity Theft: How a Cropsey became a...


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