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 …

Fruitwood Chateau Armoire c. 1740 | Antique and Art Exchange

French Armoires

This week we are pleased to feature a beautiful selection of amoires. Many armoires can be as tall as 10 feet. Armoires were originally built for huge, chateau-like homes and are generally themselves reflections of the sheerly enormous spaces for which they were once intended. It is important to make the distinction between the different types of armoires. Such types …