Antiques & Art
inOctober 12, 2011 - 4:39pm
This is not strictly speaking an antiques question, but in that many of us are dealing in décor, it is an important question to have answered. I have selected dining room chandelier because it is the most common need. You can apply the principals I will delineate to all ceiling fixtures in any location around a home.
inSeptember 29, 2011 - 4:50pm
You often hear that an artist is listed, so what does this mean? Basically, it means that an artist has attained a certain level of recognition.
inSeptember 28, 2011 - 6:42am
Poor man’s bronze. Spelter. White Metal. Zinc. French Bronze…Don’t let these interchangeable terms scare you away from collecting some very fine examples of art from that wonderful Art Deco Era, the 20’s through the 40’s.
Many artists worked in both bronze and spelter mediums to increase their market and make their pieces available to the ‘common man’. Pieces were often artist signed, either on the statue or on the base. . Common subject matter was a female or gymnast, along with animals. Diana the Huntress was a favorite theme of many artists, often paired with a dog or a deer. The women tended to be svelte, with long muscular limbs. They were often nude or semi-clad. The haute coulture featured gauntlet waists, rusching, gold colored designs on the clothing and elaborate hats.
inAugust 31, 2011 - 12:21pm
Antique and Vintage Glass Anyone? My siblings and I are in the process of sifting, sorting, dividing and selling my parents’ estate, and OH MY GOODNESS, what a job it is!!! Mother had already begun trying to prioritize and clear out lots of things so we wouldn’t have to go through so much, and she did help us A LOT with papers and records that she shredded. However, I don’t believe I have ever seen as much pressed glass, patterned glass, depression glass and painted glass under one roof!
inAugust 29, 2011 - 2:10pm
[Author’s Note: This is the first in a series of blogs focusing on the authentication of antiques and collectibles. After exploring the general principles of authentication, subsequent blogs will discuss authentication issues specific to ceramics, furniture, glass, and other collecting categories.]
Authentication when applied to an antique or collectible is the process used to determine an object’s origin and history. It extends beyond identifying an object’s form. While a chair is a chair, this statement provides only limited information about the chair.
inAugust 22, 2011 - 1:09pm
The fan itself may not be as old as time, but flirtation certainly must be. Was Adam enticed to eat the apple when Eve's flirtatious eyes fluttered above a palm frond, gently wafting a cooling breeze in the sunlit Garden of Eden?
Practical, ceremonial or decorative - fans were in use more than 3000 years ago and the form has changed, but surprisingly little, over those thousands of years. Fans of a simple design were discovered in 1922 inside Tutankhamen's tomb. A fixed palmate screen fan, mounted on a long handle and wafted by Cleopatra's slaves, an ancient Chinese hand fan made of beaten gold, an extravagant peacock feather fan from Asia 500 years BC - all would be instantly recognizable as symbols of luxury and rank but with a practical purpose too.
inAugust 11, 2011 - 4:03pm
Stand the heat without air conditioning I mean. In my lifetime air conditioning has become a household standard, however before the 1960's it was rare. My younger years were spent without air but my clothing was adjusted for the weather, less was best.
Going back to a time around the 1860s and in the deep South where it gets really hot and stays that way over half of the year, how did our foremothers do it given the amount of clothing it was mandatory they wear?
inAugust 2, 2011 - 4:50pm
As with most antique specialties, there are questions that customers repeatedly ask. I deal in antique lighting fixtures primarily wall sconces and chandeliers many from before the turn of the century. Some questions I often hear are: What is the correct chandelier for the period of my house? What should the shade look like on my chandelier? How do I determine the quality of a glass shade? How big should my dining room chandelier be? I will answer all these questions in a series of articles on the Ruby Lane blog.
What should the shade look like on my chandelier?
inAugust 1, 2011 - 2:55pm
Artists motivated and properly equipped to paint outside, often referred to as “en plein air” or “alla prima” enjoy the challenge of capturing a local scene when the atmosphere is purest and that is at the beginning of the day. Being in position at sunrise, offers artists so much more drama whether foggy or bright than working in the studio.
inJuly 19, 2011 - 3:49pm
"What causes the cracking in oil paints that is often seen in antique paintings?" is one of the most common questions that I am asked.
This phenomena of small cracks within the oil paint is known as crazing and is usually caused by drying times and the environmental conditions that the art has been subjected to.