Blog Posts tagged with pre-columbian art

Left: Fairy and Crane, Embroidery with silk from the Qing Dynasty.  Right: Covered ewer, Porcelain painted in enamels from the Qing Dynasty

The Significance of Cranes as Symbols in Chinese Art and Carpets

Posted: September 04, 2015 10:48 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Cranes in Chinese art -- Since ancient times, the Chinese have been exceptionally creative in using various living, non-living and imaginary objects to represent abstract ideas. They have a symbol for everything, including life, death and longevity. One glance at Chinese art and carpets can educate on the myriads of Chinese symbols. Among the most popular and widely used symbols are the ones for longevity. They include bamboo, cicada, peach, gourd, pine, deer and crane. Cranes, or herons as they are also referred to as, play an important role in Chinese mytholog...


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...


Paris and Back 2013

Posted: October 29, 2013 13:42 Last Updated: | John Buxton

I feel compelled to share a little of what happened earlier this year during my trip to Paris, which certainly was a trip to be included as a chapter in the book that I will never write. We arrived and took just enough time to drop our suitcases off at the hotel before heading out to Quai Branly (or I now understand is simply MQB). MQB opened in 2006 as a result of at least partially of the efforts of President Chirac, the great art dealer Jacques Kerchache, and many others that I just don't know about. Madame Helene Joubert was given the task of moving 80,000 plus objects from the Musee d...


Jean Paul Barbier

Barbier Pre-Columbian Sale - Sotheby's Paris

Posted: October 23, 2013 11:31 Last Updated: | John Buxton

PARIS: The sale is now over in Paris and is it is now obvious that the French Government never had any intention of stopping the sale. Considering that many objects had a pretty solid collection history and considering the fact that many had been in the public sector for at least fifteen years while exhibited in the museum in Barcelona, this position is pretty defensible. Never had a single owner sale with this quality and this collection history been offered at a public sale. So this certainly was a very big target for these countries and those individuals that feel all indigenous art bel...


Chupicuaro Figure

When is Enough Really Enough?

Posted: October 22, 2013 19:43 Last Updated: | John Buxton

No one seems to be asking exactly what these countries want that are protesting the sale of Pre-Columbian art. It certainly goes far beyond stopping a sale. There are interests groups within the U.S. that believe strongly that the firewall for acquisitions is 1970 suggesting that anything acquired and imported into the United States prior to this date will be untouchable. The countries of orgin in Mexico, and Central and South America have not publicly agreed to this date. In addition the basis of their protest on the Barbier sale pointedly stated a very different time frame. Peru - 182...


This incredible Nayarit Warrior Figure represents a highly respected chieftain, as indicated by the horns, staff and seated posture.

Windows Into a Lost World: Pre-Columbian Pottery

Posted: January 16, 2013 09:15 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

While much of Europe was in the throes of the artistic and social decline known as the Middle Ages, across the Atlantic, the ancient cultures of the Americas were experiencing a vibrant cultural period distinguished by fascinating works of art, particularly pottery. The Pre-Columbian era generally refers to the span of time in the Americas prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus in 1492. However, the term more accurately describes the history of Native American cultures before significant contact with or conquest by Europeans.  Regardless of the location in either North, Ce...


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 ...


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