Japanese Imari Porcelain

Japanese export porcelain made for the Western market.  Exporters literally told the potters to make dishes that looked like the silks that they were making.  Most of these pieces are 19th century.

Indian Miniatures

These wonderful brilliant and sometimes erotic paintings where originally part of books used to teach people stories from their ancient traditions.. We are lucky to have a few at the moment for you to consider.  Orientalist themes where part of some the the best 19th century interior.   These are prized for their age color condition and size.  We love them. …

Collecting Bronzes

Bronze literally changed history as it allowed us to make better tools and weapons.  A good number of ancient bronze pieces survive well over a thousand years.  These decorative statues represent decorative uses of bronze.  This implies over time we were becoming wealthier.  It is worth noting that many of these pieces are direct copies or inspired by ancient pieces …

Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain

Famille Rose was developed in China in the early 18th century.  The introduction of white glazes allowed the color pink to emerge.  This type of porcelain is literally named for this pink color.  Most of the pieces we have on offer are 19th century.  The green pattern with figures in pavilions is known as Rose Medallion.  There are several variation …

Export Blue & White Porcelain

Porcelain arrived in Europe in the early 16th century.  Extremely rare and beautiful these pieces were originally valued more highly than gold as they appeared to hold light and the colors remained brilliant.  Blue and White porcelain was made in China and Japan with some production in Vietnam and Korea.  Originally pieces where brilliant white but over time the brilliant …

Staffordshire

These colorful and amusing figures are mostly 19th century.  They where made for shallow mantles is Victorian English Cottages.  Often these where prizes won at traveling fairs.  Generally these pieces have flat backs and are decorated on one side.

Cabinet of Curiosities

For most of recorded history people have collected things they saw as unique and beautiful.  This group covers a few thousand years.  In the 18th and 19th century gentlemen would take pleasure in discussing and sharing their collections.

Shunga

Japanese Shunga literally translates to “spring pictures”.   These sensual erotic paintings and woodblocks where made over a 300 year period.  Japanese have a relaxed attitude about nudity and these fantastic images where meant to inform and amuse.  We acquired a pillow book and are pleased to offer these paintings.  They have a Mapplethorpe intensity that is wonderful and surprising.   If …

Palissy

19th century Europe was exciting.  The merchant class was prospering.  The bankers where the new aristocracy.    Slowly but surely the aristocratic class was being supplanted as the industrial revolution took hold.  As the wealthy sought to decorate their homes many earlier styles where revived and improved.  Bernard Palissy made amazing decorative plates full of creatures and insects.  The originals …

Pair of Italian Fruitwood Louis XVI Side Chairs circa 1780 | Antique and Art Exchange

The History of Seating

A dear friend was interested in knowing more about caning. In case you are unfamiliar with this technique, its the weaving of narrow strips of wood or, most commonly, rattan palm into intricate mesh patterns that provide flexible support in a good proportion of antique furniture. It is also worth noting prior to springs and foam, it was not uncommon …

18th Century Portrait of a Beauty | Antique and Art Exchange

Portraits

Long before cameras we see portraits. Paintings in ancient Egypt sometimes replace carved masks on mummies. They are done in “encaustic,” which is a kind of pigmented wax, and has allowed some painting remain brilliant even to present day. The Romans and Etruscan have beautiful fresco paintings that have miraculously survived for about 2000 years. The European Renaissance brings us painting as most of …

Chippendale Revival Settee

Thomas Chippendale

When you hear the word “Chippendale,” chances are it will conjure images of Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley loosely choreographed, gyrating and thrusting. The other famous Chippendale is Thomas Chippendale, who was one of England’s most famous designers and cabinet makers. He published a book of designs (largely the work of Robert Adams) with the backing of John Rannie. This …