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La Mer à Grandcamp (The Sea at Grandcamp) by Georges Seurat.  Circa 1885.  Highly important, this painting is among the key works in the founding of the Neo-Impressionist movement.

When Art and Science Meet: Georges Seurat

Posted: October 16, 2018 08:53 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The paintings of French Post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat balance a fine line between the avant-garde and the traditional. The burgeoning scientific theories on color and expression inspired his development of groundbreaking techniques that would form the bases of the Neo-Impressionist movement – a movement which would alter the trajectory of art history. The Science of Color From Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution to Dmitri Mendeleev’s work in atomic theory and chemistry, the 19th century was an era rich in scientific discovery. One scientist in particular caught the attentio...


Femme à la Robe Jaune (Lady in a Yellow Dress) epitomizes Domergue's breathtaking "la belle Parisienne".  Signed "Jean Gabriel Domergue" (lower right).  Oil on board.  Mid-20th century.

From Pin-Ups to Prestige: Jean-Gabriel Domergue

Posted: August 07, 2018 10:31 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The end of World War I and the dawn of the 1920s ushered in an era of women’s liberation that forever changed the course of history. Women first began to enter the spheres of commerce, fashion and entertainment, freeing themselves from the confines of traditional submissive roles in all facets of society. This optimism was felt especially in Paris, and all branches of the arts reflected this new-found enthusiasm.   It was within this context that the great Parisian artist, Jean-Gabriel Domergue, would redefine feminine beauty. First known for his impeccable landscapes, the artist would...


Cyrus Artisan Rugs Showroom

Minnesota's Largest Artisan Rugs Store

Posted: July 26, 2018 03:43 Last Updated: | Alex Farahan

Handcrafted artisan rugs are timeless works of art that not only beautify our indoor spaces, but also transmit a long history of art and culture to our homes. To ensure that you’re making the best investment, it’s vital to seek the expertise of established rug dealers who maintain a careful selection of premium rugs from renowned designers and production centers. We offer this assurance of quality and more at Cyrus Artisan Rugs. The Most Trusted Retailer of Artisan Rugs For nearly 30 years, Cyrus Artisan Rugs has been a trusted retailer of authentic artisan rugs in Minneapolis and the ...


The Art Market: Rockefeller Sales

Posted: June 06, 2018 11:50 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

The Art Market By: Howard Rehs & Lance Rehs     Part I of the Rockefeller Sale   On May 8th, Christie’s New York (located in Rockefeller Center) held part 1 of their highly anticipated sale of the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. Billed as “the sale of the century,” more than 1,500 lots are to be offered including the 44 star lots from last evening. It probably should be noted that all 44 works carried a guarantee from Christie’s… Christie’s was only able to secure the sale over their rival Sotheby’s by guaranteeing a minimum total of $650M to the Rockefeller esta...


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Comments on the Art Market, Volume 210

Posted: June 01, 2018 12:54 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

We just released Volume 210 of our Comments on the Art Market. In this issue, we cover the gallery’s hours for the month of June, Stocks, Tales from the Dark Side (there were some good ones this month), Really, and detailed coverage of the recent auctions in New York City: Rockefeller, Impressionist/Modern, Post-War/ Contemporary, 19th Century European and American. I will warn you, it is a long one! Use the links below to read Comments on the Art Market, Volume 210: Website: http://rehs.com/newsletterarchives.htm?newsletter_no=223   PDF: http://rehs.com/pdf/Q3drI1IWeTFCfdsxFyG...


Edward VII's Siège d'Amour Love Chair.  This chair allowed the notorious playboy to "entertain" himself with two women at once.

Naughty and Nice Collide in M.S. Rau Antiques’ Latest Exhibition

Posted: May 01, 2018 13:03 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

In one of America’s most historic and fascinating cities, a delicate balance exists between excess and reverence that has endured for 300 years. It is this dichotomy that is the focus of M.S. Rau Antiques’ latest, and most tempting, exhibition.   In commemoration of New Orleans’ tricentennial, M.S. Rau Antiques presents Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin. Through the careful curation of over 100 works of fine art and rare objects from throughout history, M.S. Rau Antiques weaves a fascinating tale examining the fine line separating the righteous from the scandalous...


MY 2 CENTS ON MUSEUM DEACCESSIONS

Posted: April 25, 2018 09:26 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

The decisions by the Berkshire Museum and La Salle University to sell off most of their major works of art for financial reasons has caused a real uproar. While I am a firm believer that museums should not sell their works to ‘pay the bills’, I do feel that many museums need to ‘clean house’.  There are so many wonderful works in museum storage areas that will never see the light of day. So, why not do something so people can see and enjoy them? I would love to know when the last time Auguste Bonheur’s Environs of Fontainebleau: Woodland and Cattle (a 105 x 157 inch painting) was on displa...


The Martyrdom of Saint Valeria and Saint Martial by the Vatican Mosaic Studio was displayed at St.  Peter's Basilica and the Studio for nearly a century.

Divine Provenance: The Vatican Micromosaic

Posted: March 29, 2018 10:53 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Everyone loves a good story. In the realm of fine art and antiques, a good story, or what we call “provenance”, has the power to take a work of art from exceptional to awe-inspiring. In terms of workmanship, subject matter and sheer size, this incredible micromosaic detailing the Biblical story of Saints Valeria and Martial has it all. Measuring over 10 feet tall, the precision and detail required to execute such a piece is baffling. Combined with the high cost of materials, micromosaics of this immense size and artistry are beyond rare. When you factor in its provenance of being craft...


A glittering tablescape in M.S.  Rau Antiques' exhibition, Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain

Dining with the Victorians: An Aristocratic Indulgence

Posted: December 13, 2017 13:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

M.S. Rau Antiques’ latest exhibition, Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain, delves into the aristocratic lifestyle of 19th-century England’s most elite families. While also exploring the history of tea, the centuries-old tradition of the hunting party, and the modern phenomenon of the Great Exhibition, the exhibition also boasts a remarkable dinner spread at the apex of the show. Set with gleaming mother of pearl and silver flatware, golden candelabra and exquisite porcelain, the tablescape offers a momentary glimpse into the long-standing traditions that surround the dinner table. ...


Frères Rochat crafted this rare, early Swiss singing bird box with the desirable fusée movement, housed in an elegant engraved silver and hand-enameled case.  Circa 1840.

The Tiniest of Treasures: Rare & Important Singing Bird Boxes

Posted: November 29, 2017 15:38 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

It’s often been said that the best gifts come in small packages. The maxim certainly rings true when delving into the world of antique singing bird boxes.  The Magic Within Masterpieces that literally fit in the palm of your hand, singing bird boxes combine the engineering genius of the watchmaker with the cultivated eye of the jeweler. At once, these miniature marvels appear to be snuffboxes – magnificent objets d’art delectably crafted of luxurious materials such as silver, gold, tortoiseshell or enamel – which is why they are often referred to as “tabatières à oiseau chanteur” (“s...


Au Val Saint-Nicolas près Dieppe, Matin by Claude Monet.  Oil on canvas.  Signed, dated 1897.

Five Important Considerations When Buying Fine Art

Posted: November 06, 2017 12:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The art market is a $45 billion global industry. With so much activity, in galleries, online, at fairs, and elsewhere, the act of collecting can be daunting. Whether you have eclectic taste or are assembling a highly curated collection, the five considerations below will help you build a collection with confidence. Provenance and Literature An artwork’s provenance, or chain of ownership, is crucial in establishing its authenticity and historical importance. It helps to trace the whereabouts of a work over time, backwards to the point it exited an artist’s studio. In addition to buildi...


With its luminous palette and feathery brushstrokes, "Le Gué aux Cinq Vaches" is exemplary of Corot's mature style.  Oil on canvas.  Signed "Corot", circa 1865

The Landscapes of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Posted: June 13, 2017 10:56 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is regarded by many as the most important landscape artist of the 19th century. Though he identified primarily with the Barbizon artists that painted in the Forest of Fontainebleau, Corot proved to be a bridge between the academic and the avant-garde, with his canvases showing the earliest hints of the techniques and ideals that led to the formation of Impressionism. Corot took up painting in adolescence, executing his first landscapes inspired by casual nature walks in his late teens. Between 1821 and 1822, the burgeoning artist devoted himself to oil paintin...


Mary DeNeale Morgan (1868 - 1948) "Cypress Trees, Carmel" Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches AVAILABLE NOW

Early California Painters of the Monterey Peninsula

Posted: April 13, 2017 15:08 Last Updated: | The Editorial Staff at William A. Karges Fine Art

By Rob Pierce, Associate Director, William A. Karges Fine Art, Santa Monica Since the beginning of the 20th century, the climactic landscape of the Monterey Peninsula has attracted artists from around the world, eager to try their hand at capturing the spirit of the dramatic shoreline. Over the ensuing century, hundreds of artists produced thousands of works, each a unique interpretation of the region’s natural beauty. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the region was inundated with musicians, writers, painters and other artists who established an artist colony after th...


Folk Dancers by Jacques Martin-Ferrières.  The artist's inimitable technique, rich with swift and short brushstrokes of opaque color, reveals the strong influence of his father, Henri Martin, and the legendary Post-Impressionist generation before him.

More Than a Name: The Paintings of Jacques Martin-Ferrières

Posted: April 07, 2017 15:14 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The paintings of Jacques Martin-Ferrières (1893-1972), abounding with exuberance and skill, stand as brilliantly-hued snapshots of the human spirit. The son of famed Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, Martin-Ferrières sought to step out of his father’s commanding shadow and forge a path of his own, a feat that he not only achieved, but surpassed.  By the age of six, it became clear that art was in Martin-Ferrières’ blood, as he had already begun to draw regularly and dabble in painting. At first, however, he didn’t allow art to be a driving force in his life, deciding instead to devote his...


Set against a serene seascape, the woman in this work, entitled September, exemplifies the elegance of Cassigneul's work.

Art of Inspiration: The Paintings of Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

Posted: February 03, 2017 16:25 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Vibrant, evocative and captivating, the works of contemporary French artist Jean-Pierre Cassigneul arouse the senses with their distinctive blend of classical beauty and avant-garde sophistication. Every brushstroke executed through the course of his over-60-year career pays tribute to the modern art masters that came before in a style that is uniquely Cassigneul. Cassigneul’s artistic gifts were evident as a small boy growing up in Paris. Incredibly, with the encouragement of his parents, he had his first solo exhibition at the Lucy Krogh Gallery in 1952 when he was just 17. Then a stud...


Charles Bullet Ohio River Valley watercolor.

Charles Bullet: Visions of Kentucky and Florida

Posted: January 31, 2017 11:40 Last Updated: | Warren Payne

Charles Bullet, an Ohio Valley School artist, was born in Cincinnati in 1860 but lived much of his life across the Ohio River in Campbell County, Kentucky.  He was a winter resident of the Fort Myers, Florida, area and is as well-known for his early Florida paintings as for his work along the Ohio in Kentucky and Indiana.   His father, Charles Bullett (the son dropped the last “t”), was a sculptor and stoneworker who worked in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati but eventually moved the family to Louisville, Kentucky, where he was  a partner in Muldoon, Bullett & Co. (the enterprise s...


Helen LaFrance's memory paintings document her life as an African-American woman.

Helen LaFrance: Insider outsider

Posted: January 27, 2017 10:37 Last Updated: | Warren Payne

Helen LaFrance (b. 1919) has been an artist since her childhood on her family’s farm in her native Graves County, Kentucky. She is considered a self-taught memory painter, a category in so-called naïve or outsider art, and she also makes quilts and other textiles, animal carvings and dolls. Her works are in the collections of media mogul Oprah Winfrey and artist Red Grooms, as well as many institutions including the Van Nelle collection of tobacco art in Holland. She has been exhibited all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky, from Mayfield to Murray to Owensboro to Bowling Green, and in N...


An 1882 Botto oil of the Venetian lagoon.

Botto's up

Posted: September 06, 2016 12:42 Last Updated: | Warren Payne

Louisville, Kentucky, native John Bartholomew Botto (1842-1910) was one of the earliest Ohio Valley Tonalists. His works are few and far between, even in his native state. We know the Speed Art Museum has four, including two of the best we’ve seen, and Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, in Lexington, Kentucky, has at least two. We’ve seen a large riverscape in a private collection –  and we once saw a small harbor painting loose on the market. Not many Louisville artists die in their country home outside Paris, leaving an estate of $150,000 to $200,000 ($4,000,000 in current cash) – and a b...


One of only seven known to exist, this immense Farcot conical mystery clock was made for and purchased at the great London International Exhibition of 1862.

Made to Mesmerize: The Farcot Conical Mystery Clock

Posted: June 14, 2016 11:53 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The great International Exhibitions of the 19th and early 20th centuries were the means by which the world’s latest artistic, industrial and technological innovations could take center stage. Attracting millions of visitors over the duration, it was these world’s fairs that allowed artisans from every discipline to showcase their absolute best to a global audience that included royalty and the social elite. For a craftsman, their exhibit was a watershed moment with the power to make or break their career. The 1862 International Exhibition had been a long time coming. The exhibition marked...


This incredible Pembroke table is one of the handful of pieces created by the legendary Thomas Chippendale that is still in private hands.

A Legacy of Excellence: The Paxton House Pembroke Table Crafted by Thomas Chippendale

Posted: April 05, 2016 15:48 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The mere mention of “Chippendale” invokes thoughts of sophistication and the absolute finest furniture ever made...and rightly so. Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was legendary for his furniture designs that blended English, Chinese and Gothic motifs to create the distinctly elegant style that bears his name. In fact, the English cabinetmaker is the first to have an entire style named after him and not a monarch.   Born into a family of carpenters, little is known about his early career. What is certain is that Chippendale was primarily a designer. His influential treatise of design, Th...


Egyptian Revival Clock Garniture

Secrets of the Pyramids: Is Another Egyptian Revival on the Horizon?

Posted: January 26, 2016 08:43 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Coffins, mummies, pyramids and ancient tombs – words that seem more at home in a film script have been recently seen flooding headlines. Archeologists and Egyptologists seem on the brink of a major discovery that would rock both the academic world and popular culture. With stories about cosmic particles and secret chambers in the Great Pyramids to the burial site of one particularly famous ancient Egyptian, Queen Nefertiti, eyes are looking to Egypt for the next big revelation about this fascinating, though mysterious, ancient culture. In the art and antiques world, these revelations are...


Pencil portrait titled "Gentile's Daughter" ...a colored pencil drawing on parchment paper.

Artist To Artist Interview...The why of becoming an artist

Posted: December 17, 2015 07:39 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

For nearly fifty years, my mind and hands raced to create pieces that stirred the imagination of my viewers. It was never an accident that the skills I possessed were given to gloat over what I could or could not do; but to find clarity in this strange journey while creating subject matter that brought about the quest of -why? Every artist has a story or account relative to their existance. No two paths are alike. And yet, in the journey that's taken, there seem to be explosive egos that dictate the formalities of the creator. I found this to be perplexed during my early years because th...


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 ...


Entitled "Vachère dans une Clairière," this painting showcases the legendary Camille Pissarro's mastery of color and light.

Pissarro's Legacy: Over a Century of Breathtaking Art

Posted: October 29, 2015 08:56 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Considered by many to be the father of Impressionism and one of the most respected artists of the 19th century, Camille Pissarro forever changed the course of art history.  With an artistic career that spanned over 50 years, the revolutionary patriarch influenced the likes of Monet, Cézanne, Cassatt and van Gogh with the founding ideals of portraying everyday life, always remaining true to the innate beauty of the natural world. Composed during one of the Impressionist master’s most significant periods, Vachère dans une Clairière is the culmination of everything the artist had tirelessly...


Bust of Christ by Edmonia Lewis, 1870

Exciting Edmonia Lewis Discovery

Posted: September 15, 2015 00:30 Last Updated: | M. Richardson

EXCITING EDMONIA LEWIS DISCOVERY An important discovery has been made of an1870 Bust of Christ by the Afro-Indian sculptor Edmonia Lewis (1842-1907). It was created for the Marquis of Bute, one of her earliest British patrons and is in the Bute family collection on the Isle of Bute off of Scotland.  An earlier piece by her commissioned by the Marquis, a Madonna and Child With Angels, is lost and thought to have been destroyed in a fire. A work by Lewis of this name was auctioned in London in the latter part of the 19th-century, but with no illustration and little other information...


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