And just like that, we have sailed away to Houston! The 2018 Theta Charity Antiques Show kicks off tomorrow night with the preview party. You don’t want to miss it! @houstonthetas @thetacharityantiquesshow
Exceptional 19th century double sided watchmaker trade sign with unusual wood face, detailed cast iron surround, and fancy ribbed fob. All in as found surface of old silver over an earlier gilt surface. Swipe to see additional photos. Available from American Garage Antiques. www.americangarageantiques.com
#justadded A beautiful 19th century portrait with a very interesting story. The artist, Jean Baptiste Discart, studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under German classical painter, Anselm Feuerbach (1829-1880). In 1884, he exhibited at the Paris Salon and his works have reached up to £270,000 at auction.
We believe that this early portrait was created in 1879 during his time in Austria, two years after leaving the Academy. It bears all the hallmarks of a young and confident emerging artist looking to establish himself during one of the most exciting times for art. We’ve written a blog article to explain a little more about the portrait and its background and you can find it on the home page!
Its all in the detail...Arriving in stock the “Harlequinade” by Clarke Hutton for School Prints, 1946.
The School Prints series (1946 - 1949) concept was conceived by arts campaigner Brenda Rawnsley (1917-2007) (who was a fascinating individual – a squadron leader in WWII no less), its aim was to allow children to view examples of contemporary art. Each print was designed with a frame around the outside and are of identical sizes so that they could simply be attached to classroom walls or alternatively easily interchanged in a single frame.
Initially the series was a success, post-war optimism combined with the appeal of promoting children’s education resulted in artists willing to contribute their work. Rawnsley selected the artists together with a group chaired by art historian Herbert Read. L.S. Lowry, John Nash and Henry Moore, to name but a few, all contributed works to the series.
By 1948 Rawnsley had managed to sign up a number of European artists including Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy and Henri Matisse. The European series however proved too adventurous for the audience and subsequently production ceased in 1949.
Artist Stanley Clarke Hutton (British, 1898 – 1984) was initially a stage designer, but decided to become an artist after a trip to Italy during the 1920s. Clarke Hutton (as he was known as an artist) specialised in auto-lithography (where the artist draws on the plate directly), and eventually taught the subject at Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. Often working in children’s book illustration, Hutton was hugely important for Penguin Books in the development of the Puffin imprint. He worked with a range of other publishers including the Oxford University Press, The Folio Society and Chatto & Windus.
The most wonderful time of the year calls for proper decor. ✨ I love minimal seasonal decorations like this glistening snow-white reindeer. 🦌 The aesthetic works for both Thanksgiving and Christmas and adds a little holiday cheer to any display. 🧡
Note the rustic twine bow embellished with bouquets of white seashells, snowy acorns and delicate dried flowers. 😍
Available in the shop! Link in bio. 😘