Blog Posts tagged with general antiques & arts

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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 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 ...


Globes, such as this pair of 18" examples from J.& W.  Cary, afforded their owner a wealth of information right at their fingertips.

Global Advantage: Antique Globes

Posted: February 26, 2013 16:41 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

“Knowledge is power.” –Sir Francis Bacon Arguably the most valuable tool in business today is the computer. Within seconds, an entrepreneur can answer any question, accessing information from around the world. For the 19th-century businessman, the globe often served that same role. In matters of commerce, especially shipping, geography and exploration, the globe was an invaluable asset when determining the best and most cost effective ways to get your goods from one point to another. Accuracy and timely information meant everything, and firms such as John Newton & Son, John and W...


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...


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 ...


Indianapolis 500 presentation frame by Heintz Art Metal Smiths, 1913

1913 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Sweepstakes Trophy at Antique Helper Auctions

Posted: October 04, 2012 12:08 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

We have had the privilege to offer some fantastic Indy 500 and auto racing-related treasures over the years. Thanks to the Duesenberg and Clarence Cagle Estates, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with retired racer Jigger Sirois, we have all become, in some shape or form, race fans. For many of us, racing has always been a big deal. For others, it’s been the collections and rich history of auto racing that served as the bait. We can unequivocally state that we all love auto racing and all of the interesting and amazing bits and pieces of memorabilia that go with it. ...


Lot 57: ARA, Krishna.  Gouache on Cardboard of Figures.

Indian Artist Krishna Hawlaji Ara Painting to Highlight Art at Clarke Auction

Posted: September 19, 2012 15:09 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

A beautiful and significant painting by renowned Indian artist Krishna Hawlaji Ara is coming to the block at Clarke Auction in Westchester, NY on Sunday Sept. 30th.   The painting, a gouache on paper of multiple figures including beggars and a dog, is to be sold in as found condition.   Ara, a founding member of the Progressive Artists Group in Bomaby (now Mumbai), was the first contemporary Indian painter to meticulously use the female nude as a subject not straying from the limits of naturism unlike his colleagues such as F.N. Souza. His work was rooted in the delig...


Jasper Cropsey Oil on Canvas

Another Cropsey Discovered in New York.

Posted: September 06, 2012 10:08 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

A fresh to market oil by Hudson River School artist, Jasper Cropsey,  was recently authenticated by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation with the help of Clarke’s Fine Art Specialist, Nelia Moore, and will be put up for auction at Clarke’s Larchmont, NY location on September 10th, 2012. The Cropsey oil had been kept away in a private collection since the mid 1960’s and was unavailable to the market until now. The emergence of this newly discovered Cropsey comes a little more than a year after a Clarke Auction consigner brought in two unknown paintings, which were later verified...


The Arburo Orchestrion Organ creates incredible music previously accomplished by a full orchestra

Orchestrion Organ Brings Music to Life

Posted: July 25, 2012 16:18 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

You enter a room filled with spirited music; the rhythm grabbing you immediately as it travels through the air. Drums keep time to a bright organ and accordion melody peppered with the crisp ring of a triangle. Certainly such a lively and delightful sound would be the collaborative effort of several talented musicians...right?  A complete musical band set within a sleek Art Deco cabinet, this remarkable Orchestrion Organ by the Belgian firm of Arburo has the ability to create an incredible level of sound. High air pressure is used to control the workings within via a large bellows....


20th Century by HKFA

Off the Shoulder and In the Shop

Posted: June 11, 2012 15:33 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

It's official, 20th Century by HKFA is open.  There is something quite fulfilling about having the key to your own shop.  Opening the door each day and enjoying what it means to be 'open'.  Open to new customers, open to new possibilities, open to new ideas.     The Grand Opening was a wonderful event, old friends stopped by, new clients came in and the folks in the neighborhood welcomed us with open arms.  Fishtown is becoming an arts destination.  It's the rebirth of a neighborhood.  A neighborhood that was open to it.  In these old buil...


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 ...


20th Century Traditions - The Store (almost!)

Flea Market Finds...

Posted: April 02, 2012 17:07 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Or what finds YOU at the flea market.  As you may know, I am re-examining my roots and heading back to Philly to open my own antique store.  The antique and design scene there is growing at a break neck pace as new locales are created and new traditions begun.  I have been writing about the store and looking at ways to become involved in this growing scene.  One of those ideas was to set up at a local flea market...   Flea markets are where I began to first understand antiques and where I began my business those ten years ago in New York City.  So, it se...


Miniature shipmodel BATAVIA c.1628

SHIP MODEL Miniature - Defining the art

Posted: March 26, 2012 10:34 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It has been long regarded that ship models exist as a craftsman's art and has never been taken seriously as a true artform. On the contrary... Over the years, as both artist and historian, I have studied this art trend -and to my amazement and awe, found that the artist and the artform has, in my most humble observation, been a medium much sought after. Moreover, with the recent passing of noted British artist Donald McNarry, world-wide collectors have scowered the maritime searching for his signature miniatures since his retirement from the medium in 1983. At the auction house of Chri...


the kids and me in Winter...  can't wait for Spring!

Spring has Sprung!

Posted: March 14, 2012 11:19 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

20th Century Traditions.  It's more than a blog.  It's an idea.  A blending of what is to come with the foundation of what has been built.  It's a starting point from which to re-invent.  It's the embodiment of Spring.  It's the beginning of my newest venture.  A store in Philadelphia.   Philly was my home for many years before moving to New York City.  It's wonderful to go home again.  People always say that it can't be done, but that is because they are expecting to see what they knew.  I am expecting to see the rebirth of the ...


Maritime artist Rex Stewart working on a contemporary shadowbox titled - Midday Endeavor

Maritime Shadowboxes - Defining A Contemporary Style

Posted: March 08, 2012 06:22 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Shadowboxes came into vogue as sailor keepsakes during the 18th century when crews placed in this window-framed box items that denoted a sailor or officer's career while with a ship. This was the early shadowbox. Since then, the shadowbox has developed into pictureque two-dimensional form containing either cultural or maritime-related subjects. As the American maritime market grew in the mid-70s, so did the shadowbox. These were bulky wall pieces that centered around a shipmodel that was plaed in a setting with other vessels or coastal scenes which either depicted a lighthouse or town. T...


A Regency style table and chairs set with a Mid Century style

Time for a Change and Changing for the Times

Posted: March 05, 2012 16:07 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

It had to be done.  Re-invention is the stuff that keeps us young.  In the moment.  Fresh.  And in doing this, just how do we keep our feet on the ground?  How do we build on our foundation?  How do we grow?  We hold steadfast to our traditions while always looking to the future.  This is the new 20th Century Tradition.     Many of my colleagues have agonized over our business and the direction in which they perceive it to be heading.  Where is the antiques buyer of today and tomorrow?  These dealers simply cannot understand...


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...


This extremely rare and delightful carousel horse by Philadelphia Toboggan is one of the earliest made by the renowned company

Hot to Trot Collectibles: Antique Carousel Horses

Posted: January 05, 2012 09:41 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

There was a time when no amusement park or playground was complete without a carousel ride. Children and even adults could take pleasure in a whimsical ride atop an array of horses and other fanciful creatures carved by the most skilled artisans of the day. Though quality examples of these nostalgic masterpieces come few and far between on the market, that doesn't seem to deter the demand for these magnificent figures. The carousel reached its golden age in early 20th-century America, and lasted until the Great Depression of 1929. This roughly 25-year period saw the creation of carousel ...


Age 3, with a 16 lb.  gander

The Winter Sale 2012

Posted: December 23, 2011 09:53 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

  I recently came across this rather amusing photograph of me while cleaning out a drawer of old photographs. I find it comical that at the age of three I possessed the strength to lift what appears to be a sixteen pound gander.  Upon seeing this photo, the first question that came to my mind was "Could I have ever ended up in a non-waterfowl related field?" With an avid hunter as a father and the past Chairman of National Audubon Society as my uncle and Godfather, the sporting field was a profession I couldn't refuse. Little has changed in the last forty years, I still love p...


The rental truck after load in

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Posted: November 29, 2011 10:27 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

My neighbor described it as a desperate act.  An act forced upon dealers whose need for sales outweighed any other factors.  With this, I envisioned a rather gloomy scene of empty show aisles, dealers trolling booths looking for steals for which they could offset payment and the few potential customers that might be there would be saying over and over, "I'll think about it...".   But that was not to be the case.  Instead it was a vibrant show.  With happy dealers.  And a buying public out in full force.  While it wasn't the best show of my career th...


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...


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