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  • The Woven Art of Antique Uzbek Ikat

    13.01.15

    Antique Russian Silk Ikat Wall Hanging. Silk with cotton lining, Uzbekistan, Russia, 1880. H: 75" W: 60". Alexander's Antiques, Gallery 43/212.935.9386

    In the 19th century, in the desert oases along the Silk Road, the eye-catching art of ikat flourished. Likely one of the oldest forms of textile decoration, ikat is common to many cultures around the globe. The word "ikat" itself originates from the Indonesian language, where, depending on context, it means to bind, knot, thread, or cord. Before if became commercialized, ikat produced between 1800 and 1890 was considered a particularly unique and creative artistic practice, and among the Central Asian desert cities of the time, the most exemplary ikat came from the city of Bukhara, today known as Uzbekistan.   

    An Unusual Antique Silk and Cotton Russian Ikat Jacket. Very rare colors, cotton lining and beaded trim. Silk and cotton, Uzbekistan, Russia, 1860. H: 49" L: 70". Alexander's Antiques, Gallery 43/212.935.9386

    Of all the desert trading cities along the Silk Road, Bukhara had "the best economy, the most trade and the most surplus wealth," which naturally lent itself to cultivating the best artisans. Each stage of the elaborate Ikat process was performed by a specialized craftsman. Briefly, ikat employs "resist dyeing," which is a process of tightly binding bundles of threads in a desired pattern before dying. The binding can then be altered and the thread bundles can be dyed again to form glorious multi-colored patterns such as the ones showcased in this post. After the dyeing is finished, the threads are woven into the cloth. 

    Woven Ikat from Central Asian made of silk and cotton, Uzbekistan, 19th century, 5-1/2 ft x 4 ft. Les Looms, Gallery 59/212.752.0995

    Uzbek ikat were symbols of prestige, wealth, and power. It is said that a stranger walking through one of the desert cities in Central Asia could guess the status of a townsperson just by what they were wearing. It wasn't uncommon for the poorer members of society to add torn or discarded pieces of ikat  to their outfits, as evidenced by old photographs. To learn more about ikat  featured here, contact Alexander's Antiques and Les Looms

    Antique Russian Ikat Jacket. A fine Antique Russian ikat jacket in natural silk, geometric motif with beaded trim. One of many in the collection. Silk and cotton lining, Uzbekistan, Russia, 1890. H: 50" L: 67". Alexander's Antiques, Gallery 43/212.935.9386
    Antique Russian Silk Ikat. Long, narrow antique Russian silk ikat. Silk, Russia, 1880's. L: 144" W: 18". Alexander's Antiques 43/212/935.9386
  • The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center Welcomes New Gallery, The Antique Toy Shop

    06.01.15

    The Manhattan Art & Antique Center is proud to welcome new gallery, The Antique Toy Shop, a time capsule to childhood memories from 1880 to the 1970s. The gallery offers rare and unique antique toys in original condition, mostly with their original boxes. 

    Blink a Gear Robort with original box, Talyo, Made in Japan, 1960. The Antique Toy Shop, Gallery 13/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    A veritable Santa's treasure bag of classic toys: cars, plans, motorcycles, robots, flying saucers, pedal cars, steam engines, toy soldiers, diecast models, automata, Disneyana, and more are to be found at The Antique Toy Shop, Gallery 13, on the street-level floor of the Center.

    large celluloid Santa Claus, Petitcolin, France 1930. The Antique Toy Shop, Gallery 13/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Gallery owner, Jean-Pol Ventugol buys single items as well as complete collections. His exceptional finds range from ex-shop stock to barn finds. To inquire about any of the toys featured here or to see more pieces, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don't hesitate to ask for an appointment!

    Mechanical Chimes Trooper Robot Astronaut, Asc, Made in Japan 1950. The Antique Toy Shop, Gallery 13/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    ST1 Robot with cart, Strenco, Made in Germany 1950. The Antique Toy Shop, Gallery 13/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • CNN Profiles Manhattan Art & Antiques Center Dealer, Robert Lloyd, The World's No. 1 Guinness Art Dealer

    31.12.14

    Vanessa Yurkevich of CNN Money reports, "Meet the world's No. 1 dealer in Guinness art," Manhattan Art & Antiques Center dealer, Robert Lloyd. Robert Lloyd/Gallery 63 - 212.750.8752/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Robert Lloyd, a New York antique dealer, holds an unusual distinction: He is the world's largest dealer of Guinness advertising art.

    He has bought hundreds of paintings, once lost to obscurity in a London archive, that were original renderings of iconic Guinness posters displayed in pubs and college dorm rooms.

    The paintings are by the English artist John Gilroy, who died in 1985.

    Gilroy worked for S.H. Benson, an advertising agency that held the Guinness account from 1929 until the late 1960s. Gilroy designed thousands of posters for the beer giant's ad campaigns.

    Lloyd, the antique dealer, came upon his Guinness obsession somewhat accidentally.

    Nearly five years ago, he was at an antique show in Florida when he stumbled on a few of the original Guinness paintings.

    Lloyd bought what the dealer had on hand but was thirsty for more. He went to London to see the rest of the paintings--and wasted no time snapping them up.

    "I bought them from a very astute business man," said lloyd, declining to elaborate. "They were not on the market." 

    The paintings had apparently spent some 40 years stored away in a London building that had housed the offices of the S.H. Benson agency.

    Lloyd won't exactly say how many he bought, but he said he sold a couple hundred and has about 125 left. 

    The paintings are all single originals--there are no copies. 

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