Blog Posts tagged with general antiques & arts

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Buying Antique Rugs - Nazmiyal's New York Antique Rug Gallery

Surviving Your First Experience Buying Antique Rugs

Posted: March 11, 2015 14:51 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Click To View Our Comprehensive Antique Rug Buyers Guide What you Should Know If This Is Your First Experience Buying Antique Rugs So you're looking for a rug for you home, but you're not sure what to do to get started. You took to Google and ran your searches. You went to Facebook and even joined some online groups. You spoke with people you trust. Despite all this, you are still a little wary. You love rugs - you appreciate their artistry, their history, their uniqueness, and you want to make sure you find the right piece at a fair price. So what’s next? First Antiq...


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Care and Maintenance of Antique Rugs and Carpets

Posted: March 11, 2015 07:58 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Click Here For More Information About Rug Cleaning in NYC A Guide to Care and Maintenance of Your Investment Quality Rugs Care and Maintenance of Antique Rugs - Owning an antique rug, especially a fine antique one, is not only a pleasure, but a responsibility. Owners of antique carpets and Persian rugs should actually think of themselves as "the current owner", one in a series extending from the past and into the future. Antique rug care and maintenance is perhaps the most important and simplest aspect of owning a rug. Maintaining it is vital to pro...


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Consumer Guide to Buying Rugs and Oriental Carpets

Posted: March 11, 2015 07:52 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Section 1: What Should I consider before I shop for an antique rug? I want to buy an antique rug but I am unsure on how to begin shopping for one. One of the most asked questions we receive is: "I want to buy an antique oriental rug but don't know where to start and what to look for". So with that in mind we have decided to tackle this question head on! First of all, one needs to understand that antique rugs and carpets are collectible items. They are sought after by collectors, dealers, interior designers and private clients. They are magnificent works of art...


Poodoocottah: Durbar Linnaeus Tripe, via the Metropolitan Museum of Art | Nazmiyal Design Blog

Historic Photographs of Nineteenth Century India at the Met Museum, 19th Century Indian Rugs at Nazmiyal

Posted: March 10, 2015 14:17 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

View Photographs from Nineteenth Century India and Browse Indian Rugs From the Same Period Nineteenth-Century Indian Photography and Indian Rugs – On view currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is an exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) of India during the mid 19th Century. This is the first major exhibition of Captain Tripe’s work in New York. As a member of the British Army, Tripe traveled with the East India Trading Company’s expeditions, creating a visual inventory of the art and people of the region of South India. His work gives ...


Michael Kors Collection & Vintage Moroccan Rugs

High Style: Antique Rug Selection Inspired by Fashion Week Runways

Posted: March 02, 2015 08:15 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

To View Full Article with Images, visit the Nazmiyal Design Blog. Antique Rugs Inspired by Fashion – At Nazmiyal, we believe that style extends to every aspect of life, from the way we design our homes, to the way we dress. Fashion Week in New York just ended, and we’re feeling so inspired by the beautiful styles worn by the models walking the runways. We couldn’t help but notice that many of the collections shown were reminiscent of styles of antique rugs and vintage carpets in the Nazmiyal inventory! We’ve highlighted a few below, in the hopes that you will also feel that...


French Art Deco Rug 48257 by Leleu at Nazmiyal Collection

The House of Leleu: A Legacy of French Rug Design at Nazmiyal Antique Rug Gallery in New York

Posted: February 18, 2015 07:45 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

NEW YORK, NY.- The interior design firm Leleu, named for the family who founded it, was one of the most prominent and well-respected design houses of the 20th century. From furniture design to textiles and beautiful rugs, Leleu was known for its chic and modern creations. This week, Jason Nazmiyal, owner of the Nazmiyal Antique Rug Collection in New York, is pleased to announce to the public the recent addition of three Leleu rugs to his vast collection. “This group of Leleu carpets, which we recently acquired from a private estate in Paris, embodies the ideals of Art Deco design. We’...


Giovanni dal Ponte, Madonna and Child, Circa 1420

Innocence, Temptation, and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art

Posted: February 12, 2015 12:14 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

This is the first of a three part series of blog posts preceding our exhibition Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art, on view at M.S. Rau Antiques from March 27 – May 4. A mystifying creature with the ability to nurture, seduce, create and conquer, women have served as an endless source of inspiration for history’s most iconic artists, representing archetypes of ideal beauty, model behavior, and the ultimate temptation. These canvases invite viewers to peel back their many layers, each telling a different story about the woman it depicts, the artist who pain...


Figure 1.  Antique Persian Suzani Embroidery, Circa 17th Century

Iranian Textile History from the Nazmiyal Archives

Posted: February 09, 2015 15:58 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

The recorded history of the civilization of the area now known as Iran stretches back to the third millennium BCE, and their textile production goes back even farther. Situated between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf, the region of modern day Iran has been a trading city and cultural epicenter for thousands of years. It has seen the rise and fall of many different dynasties and cultures, which have all left distinct marks on the artistic output of the area, giving Iran’s textiles a unique look and history that is impossible to replicate. In this blog...


a vintage tessellated bone table lamp

In the Style of... a brief look into Karl Springer's designs

Posted: February 02, 2015 17:05 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

It's a lamp.  A tessellated bone lamp.  With the original finial.  Okay, now what?  Well, now we take a look at one of the most sought after (and imitated) designers of recent memory - Karl Springer.  Born in Berlin in 1931 he came to America in the late 1950's with dreams of becoming a famous bookbinder.  After gaining a position at Lord and Taylor's his work, and pursuit of quality, was quickly recognized.  His hand crafted leather and exotic skin smalls soon caught the eye of a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman and became all the rage (it certainly didn't hur...


"St.  Jerome in a Dark Chamber" displays the stunning artistry and emotional depth for which Rembrandt is renowned.

A Lasting Impression: Rembrandt's Incredible Etchings

Posted: January 02, 2015 12:00 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself.  His portraits and genre scenes are iconic, enriched with a level of realism that gives them an exquisite ethereal quality unmatched by any other artist before or since. Yet, few realize that Rembrandt was also a master etcher, and is responsible for not only creating some of the most amazing etchings in history, but he also evolved and gave new life to the entire process of printmaking.   Rembrandt’s painting and etching careers run parallel, and in many cases, i...


Godward's "Phyleis" renders the Greek tragedy with an exquisite color palette and meticulous detailing

Misunderstood Genius: British Neoclassical Artist John William Godward

Posted: August 27, 2014 11:44 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Known as the most talented Neoclassical painter of all time, John William Godward’s (1861-1922) Classical-inspired canvases, with their sensual subjects and scrupulous attention to historical detail, reflect a complexity and sensitivity unlike those composed by any other artist of the Victorian era. Godward’s technical skills were second to none. His works were often compared to those of Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema (to whom Godward was a protégé) depicting Greco-Roman themes with maidens draped in sheer fabrics. Yet, the artistic prowess of the two masters could not be more distinct. Go...


Artist Boardwalk Tag Sale Farmington Valley Art Center

Artist Boardwalk Tag Sale Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT Saturday July 19, 2014 9:00am -1:00pm

Posted: July 14, 2014 14:33 Last Updated: | C. Dianne Zweig

The Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT announces a HUGE special Artist Tag Sale on their boardwalk this Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 9:00am-1:00pm. With twenty plus artist studios at this non profit Art Center, there will be lots of art treasures to pick up at bargain prices, including paint, supports, frames, craft materials, original artwork, studio furnishings, jewelry, art book, tools and more.  This multi-studio HUGE tag sale will take place on two levels of The Farmington Valley Arts Center which is located at 25 Arts Center Lane and will help support the many ...


Image identified as Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley or Dido Elizabeth Belle?

Posted: May 29, 2014 12:51 Last Updated: | M. Richardson

Now that we have the fascinating story of Dido Belle, let’s take another look at the supposed portrait of the American slave and literary prodigy, Phillis Wheatley, in evening dress (Image 1). Published in a French review in the 1830s, long after Wheatley’s death, there is virtually no documentation to establish the subject’s identity. The historical context suggests it is far more likely a depiction of Dido Belle. (Image 2) Detail from double portrait of Elizabeth Murray and her cousin, Dido Elizabeth Belle by an unknown artist (formerly att. Johann Zoffany). Scotland (177...


The quality and scale of these stunning Sèves porcelain vases denotes their creation for the 1900 World's Fair.

On The World Stage: Sèvres World’s Fair Vases

Posted: May 23, 2014 16:01 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Beginning in the mid-19th century, the universal showcase for the world’s greatest artisans and craftsmen to unveil trend-setting techniques, styles and ideas were the International Exhibitions. The legendary Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory saw the perfect opportunity to illustrate their mastery of the Art Nouveau aesthetic through these Monumental Swan Vases at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair.  Designed by Sèvres artist Horace Bieuville, these exquisite vases were created to draw attention to the shift in European decorative art ideals at the turn of the 20th century, which focused upon ...


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...


Amelia Jeffers visited China for the 2014 International Auctioneer Forum.

Beijing, International Auctioneer Forum, Part 1

Posted: April 18, 2014 07:16 Last Updated: | Amelia & Jeff Jeffers

Last week I made a ridiculously quick trip to China. Invited as a representative of the US luxury auction market by our live online auction platform provider, Invaluable.com, the trip represented a unique opportunity for our company to more deeply connect with the Chinese collecting and auction community. I will be blogging about the trip over a series of posts.  Enjoy! Landing at about 4p China time on Thursday, April 10 (coincidentally my oldest child's 16th birthday!)  I found the Beijing traffic was not kind. My small group arrived at the Shangri La China World...


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...


Entitled La Promeneuse (The Walker), this oil painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is an incredible rarity on the market.

When A City Speaks: A Rare Painting by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

Posted: March 19, 2014 15:50 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Though his career lasted only a decade, no other artist is more associated with Parisian nightlife and turn-of-the-century decadence of the Belle Époque than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Born into an aristocratic family, Lautrec gravitated to art at a very young age, spending most of his formative years bedridden due to a multitude of illnesses and genetic issues stemming from the consanguineous marriage of his parents (they were first cousins). His mother was the driving force in his life, always encouraging and focusing his attentions on his art. By 1882, he had moved to Paris and joine...


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...


a collage photo of my booth at the Antique and Design Center during High Point

How the Furniture Industry Can Save Antiques...

Posted: February 24, 2014 19:58 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

It was a year ago that found me feverishly buying and packing for an upcoming show. A show I had never been to because I always thought it was only for new furniture.  Perish the thought, I would say.  Who needs something new when there are so many incredible antique and vintage options.  I'll tell you who needs new furniture: Interior Designers.  They need something to fit in a certain space, in a certain fabric, in a certain time frame and in a certain budget.  Could these folks really embrace the world of antique and vintage furnishings?  A world of uncerta...


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...


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