Wood in Antique Furniture | Antique & Art Exchange

Wood in Antique Furniture

One of the things I love best about studying and collecting antiques is unraveling the puzzle of where and when a piece was made. One of the best indications of where a piece was fabricated is the wood used to make it. The farther north you travel in Europe the more likely you are to see pine used as a …

How to Use Antiques In the Modern Home | Antique & Art Exchange

“How to Use Antiques In the Modern Home”

Join us tomorrow to celebrate the fabulous spread. For the second year we have collaborated with six Bay Area designers to produce a spread of six vignettes colorfully illustrating the use of antiques in contemporary design. Celebrate Third Thursdays in the Design District!!! Festivities include wine, fruit, and tall tales! See you tomorrow!!! 4:30-7:30pm 151 Vermont St, Ste 4 Design …

Party On | Antique & Art Exchange

Party On

We loved seeing everyone at the party last week! It wasn’t difficult to notice a common thread in conversations over the course of the night, as our favorite designers and clients mingled. That thread relates to what Richard Gump once said, “Good taste doesn’t cost any more.” This quotes speaks to the importance of training one’s eye to observe the …

Witches Brew | Antique & Art Exchange

Witches Brew

The wonderful thing about antiques is that they gently remind us of our place in history. The piece is yours, but you are a mere link in a variable chain of owners. Antiques have a quality and a rich wonderful surface that comes with age. Nearly all of these things are absent in modern furniture and decorative art. With few …

I do things out of excitement | Antique & Art Exchange

“I do things out of excitement”

What fun we had yesterday with Ira Yeager. He shared stories of his life as an artist, from Washington state to the island of Korfu, Tangiers, Morocco, and Florence. He regaled us with tales working in the Bay Area and studying with Richard Diebenkorn, who he said was tall, shy, sensitive, sweet and kind and instructed his students to never …

HOCKNEY AT THE DE YOUNG | Antique & Art Exchange

HOCKNEY AT THE DE YOUNG

Is there more than one way to look at a painting? Such a loaded question appears redundant whenever it crosses my mind. Most of us would refuse to answer in the affirmative for painting is, as any form of art, (once we settle the most objective aspects of it) a profoundly subjective experience. And yet, Hockney’s work forces me to …

How do you want to live? | Antique & Art Exchange

How do you want to live?

Why are some creative people so successful while others can’t get anyone’s attention? It seems to me this is probably a matter of taste, talent and style. Coco Chanel, Parrish Hadley, Thomas Kelller, Alice Waters, Lagerfeld, Laboutin all have taste and style that is highly valued. 50 dollars worth of canvas and paint can amount to millions if the right …

Collecting | Antique & Art Exchange

Collecting

I don’t recall where the term “hunter-gatherer” was first used to describe early human society. Whatever the origins, the term would seem to imply that the penchant for collecting is hardwired into us, possibly linked to survival instincts. Shells and precious stones in ancient archeological sites are unearthed at vast distances from the sea or mine from which they were …

Extrodinary to Ordinary or: Why I Learned to Love and Hate the Internet | Antique & Art Exchange

Extrodinary to Ordinary or: Why I Learned to Love and Hate the Internet

There is a horrible joke that leads off this post, albeit edited for reasons of taste and political correctness: Two friends are having coffee together when an extraordinarily beautiful starlet walks past them. After she was past, the friend turns to the other and remarks “just you imagine, somewhere there is a person that is sick and tired of living …

Construction of Antiques | Antique & Art Exchange

Construction of Antiques

I think I was about 20 the first time I saw a 200 years old Georgian mahogany chest of drawers in a shop in San Francisco. I asked the owner how he knew that it was that old. Quickly I was glad that I am tall and after enduring a few “blessings” i sulked out of the shop. I decided …

Irish IS Better... | Antique & Art Exchange

Irish IS Better…

When it comes to antiques, pieces made in Ireland present an interesting story. When it comes to material culture, the Irish are an interesting lot. It appears that for most of their history they weren’t concerned about “stuff” – the trappings of having and wanting things. And then there was a change. Around the time of the 18th & 19th …

Live It Up | Antique & Art Exchange

Live It Up

If there is a lesson we have learned in the past 12 years, it is that to prepare oneself for the future is practically impossible. We’ve seen great fortunes that were carefully invested wiped out by no interest income. Saving for a rainy day or delaying happiness no longer fit in a world where material circumstances are changing so rapidly. …