NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: A Haunting Hawk Okimono

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Silvered Okimono of a Hawk. Silver-plated bronze, Japan, Meiji period 19th c. Signature plaque of Seiya on tail feathers. H: 23-3/4". Flying Cranes Gallery; Gallery 55 & 212.223.4600

As it’s the haunting season, in this week’s NEW Vintage & Antique Finds, we feature a beautifully sinister hawk okimono that could give Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre raven a run for its money. This richly sculptured Meiji period okimono (which translates to “objet d’art”) features a predatory hawk chiseled in a naturalistic style with its intense gaze fixed on its unfortunate prey. Part of the realism in the sculpture’s eye can be attributed to use of shakudo, a gold and copper alloy treated to form a “black patina resembling lacquer.” Notice also the gripping, weighted quality of the hawk’s talons–the talons are shibuichi, “an alloy which can be patinated into a range of subtle muted shades of blue or green.” Taken together, the sculptor’s subtle, blended artistry begets a creature that recalls for us the very last lines of Poe’s famed “The Raven” –

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!

okimono of a hawk

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Friday Nights at The Frick Collection: College Night

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We were happy to see a few newer art and antique fairs geared towards young collectors (Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair, Affordable Art Fair, et al.) really take off at the start of the 2014 fall season. One of our favorite New York City museums, The Frick Collection,  continues the encouragement of young art enthusiasts this Friday, October 10, 6-9PM, with Nights at the Frick: College Night. Nights at the Frick offer free after-hours access to the Frick’s magnificent collection, and a range of programs, including lectures and gallery talks, open sketching in the Garden Court, and dance and music performances.

Tomorrow night’s College Night offers students a chance to discover great works of art and meet like-minded friends as well as sample college-level programs offered throughout the year. This event is free and open to undergraduate and graduate students with a valid college ID. Online reservations are required and be accessed via the Google link here.

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Carrying the Fruit of the Majestic Tree: An Antique Etrog Box For Sukkot

Silver plate over bronze etrog box, European, circa 1880.  Height: 3"  Length: 6"

Silver plate over bronze etrog box, European, circa 1880. Height: 3" Length: 6" Lev Tov Antiques; Gallery 93/212.308.3516

Today marks the first full day of the seven-day Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which began at sundown yesterday. For those unfamiliar with the holiday, Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles, is an agricultural holiday that commemorates the Book of Exodus story in which the Israelites leave Egypt and travel in the desert for 40 years before finally entering the holy land. Sukkot, which literally translates to “booths,” refers to the temporary shelters the Israelites built in their long, hard sojourn. Today, the Jewish people remember their ancestors and by extension, the fragility of human life, by building temporary huts (sukkahs), and by waving four plants from the Torah known as the Four Species. Key among these symbolic plants is the yellow citron known as the etrog.

Of the Four Species (each of which represents a different “conduit of divine flow”), the etrog symbolizes the feminine element; “the heart, the place of understanding and wisdom.” In fact, after the holiday of Sukkot, eating etrog or etrog jam is thought to aid in easy childbirth for women. During the holiday, the etrog is carefully protected in a special box made for it, such as the magnificent antique specimen in this post, which is embossed with the symbolic fruit and its Hebew moniker “Pri Etz Hadar“–the fruit of the majestic tree. For more information about this box, reach out to Lev Tov Antiques.

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Auguste Moreau’s Graceful Bronze Goddess of the Dawn

"Le Char D'Aurore" by Auguste Moreau, bronze, France, 1880.   Height:  33"

"Le Char D'Aurore" by Auguste Moreau, bronze, France, 1880. Height: 33". F&P Associates, Gallery 39 & 83/212.644.5885

The third son of French sculptor, Jean Baptiste Moreau, Auguste Moreau (1834-1917) was proof that talent does indeed run in families. Along with his brother, acclaimed sculptor Mathurin, Auguste Moreau initiated himself into sculpture at a young age, and likely studied at one of the acclaimed art schools in Paris, such as “École des Beaux-Arts.” In 1861, he made his debut at the famed Paris Salon where he exhibited regularly until his death. In keeping with the Moreau clan aesthetic, Auguste Moreau focused on pastoral scenes and allegory in the natural, graceful style exemplified in this gilt and patinated bronze figure, “Le Char D’Aurore,” which translates to “The Chariot of Aurore.” The airy, sensual figure represented here is likely Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn. To learn more about this lovely sculpture, contact F&P Associates here.

"Le Char D'Aurore" by Auguste Moreau, bronze, France, 1880.   Height:  33"

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Seeking Jane Austen & One Exquisite Bound Set Of Collected Works

12 volumes exquisitely bound set of Jane Austen's collected works. Bound in contemporary three quater calf over marbled boards, gilt decorated spines with leather labels, top edges gilt. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1899. Approx. 7" tall.The Novels of Jane Austen, 12 volumes exquisitely bound set of Jane Austen’s collected works. Bound in contemporary three quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt decorated spines with leather labels, top edges gilt. American, 1899. Approx. 7″ tall. Manhattan Rare Books, Gallery #90/212.326.8907

It has been a busy year for Janeites. As New York Times columnist Eve M. Kahn reports, likely due to last year’s 200th anniversary of the publication of “Pride and Prejudice,” there has been “a market flurry” of Jane Austen artifacts, not to mention The Morgan Museum & Library‘s current exhibition of a rare fragment of Austen’s unfinished novel, “The Watsons.” And with the Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair behind us and the highly-anticipated NY Art Book Fair ahead of us this weekend, we’re feeling book fever too–a perfect time to highlight this gorgeous calf bound set of Austen’s collected works, published by Little, Brown, and Company (Boston) in 1899.

Exquisitely bound set of Jane Austen’s works.Austen aficionados who wish to see the “Watsons” fragment, written in Austen’s own pristine, legible hand, should head to The Morgan soon as the exhibition featuring it (among a treasure trove of other literary manuscripts from the Bodleian Library) ends September 28th. According to Eve M. Khan, this fragment cost the Bodleian Library a cool $1.6 million. Part of the manuscript also travels to Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, England, which recently scored a coup of its own with the purchase of an Austen-owned turquoise ring for $250,000. Khan also reports a watercolor portrait of her recently sold to a private collector for $270, 000. Needless to say, anything around, about, or by Austen, fetches high prices–and for good reason. As Margaret C. Sullivan, author of austenblog.com, says to Khan, “There’s just so little that we cling to everything.”

Exquisitely bound set of Jane Austen’s works.The elegant set featured here, while valuable and markedly beautiful, won’t set you back that kind of money–but the impulse to own a perfect piece of Austen remains the same. Jane Austen died at the age of 42, likely at the height of her powers, if tantalizing glimpses into unfinished works like “The Watsons” are any clues. All that survives of her are a few letters and tokens, a handful of portraits, and seven perfect novels. Reports on her personal life and character are scant, and sometimes contradictory. The fullest view of Austen we have is likely to remain in her novels. Fortunately, these are works that give up their secrets over time, and as Janeites the world over can attest, are always worth returning to. For more information about this set, reach out to Manhattan Rare Books.

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Our Dealers at Manhattan’s Largest Antiques Market: NYC Big Flea

nyc big fleaFor those of us who love antiques, all antique hunts are treasure hunts, but this weekend is the closest you’ll come to the real thing in New York City! Styled after the famed markets of Paris and London’s Portobello Road, The Big Flea Market presents NYC Big Flea, which features over 600 booths of treasures to lose yourself in, including booths from The Manhattan Art & Antique Center’s own Irish Rosenthal, Gallery 47, and Melody Rodgers. Offering every kind of vintage, estate, and antique goods, including vintage clothing, jewelry, and fine art, this is the largest indoor antiques flea market in Manhattan. The show is held at Pier 94, September 27-28, Saturday 9AM-7PM/Sunday 10AM-5PM.

Iris Rosenthal

Menu holder featuring a putti holding a pig"s head on a platter, 800 silver.

Menu holder featuring a putti holding a pig"s head on a platter, 800 silver.

Iris Rosenthal prides itself on a variety of diversified small things from estate sales. Depending on the day, Iris Rosenthal will have a plethora of treasures such as antique silver tea strainers, boxes, baby items, estate jewelry, sterling silver serving pieces, antique and designer pocketbooks, and dolls. Gallery #34/201.615.7917

Vintage Gucci purse, fabric and leather with brass, Italy, 1970"s.

Vintage Gucci purse, fabric and leather with brass, Italy, 1970s.

Gold plated and enamel Kenneth Jay Lane leopard form fur clip with green stone eyes, and rhinestone collar, American, 1980s.

Gold plated and enamel Kenneth Jay Lane leopard form fur clip with green stone eyes, and rhinestone collar, American, 1980s.

Gallery 47

Ear clips, custom made by Sorab & Roshi, featuring diamonds and 5 types of coral set in18K gold, American, circa 1980s.  Diameter: 1-1/4"

Ear clips, custom made by Sorab & Roshi, featuring diamonds and 5 types of coral set in18K gold, American, circa 1980s. Diameter: 1-1/4"

Now a half-century in business, Gallery 47 features fine 20th century jewelry from Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels, in addition to commercial Lalique and Baccarat perfume bottles. Gallery 47/212.888.0165/ken@gallery47.com

Lalique perfume bottle for Nina Ricci, "Coeur Joie" (Happy Heart), in original box, the graphics by Christian Berard, glass, France, 1942.

Lalique perfume bottle for Nina Ricci, "Coeur Joie" (Happy Heart), in original box, the graphics by Christian Berard, glass, France, 1942.

Art Deco clock, bronze back with a silver front, set with marcasites, carved onyx, and carnelian, Germany, circa 1920s.

Art Deco clock, bronze back with a silver front, set with marcasites, carved onyx, and carnelian, Germany, circa 1920s.

Melody Rodgers

Regency period painted miniature features ethereal dancing figures (mother and son), within a gold and silver frame and surrounded by paste stones. Back locket opens.  French, c. 1820.

Regency period painted miniature features ethereal dancing figures (mother and son), within a gold and silver frame and surrounded by paste stones. Back locket opens. French, c. 1820.

A second generation owner, Melody Rodgers offers a constantly changing collection of visually enticing and highly individual pieces. Featuring fine, faux and fashion jewelry from the 17th century to this moment. Gallery #10A/212.758.3164/info@melodyrodgers.com

Metal geometric cuff, signed Robin, c. 1960.

Metal geometric cuff, signed Robin, c. 1960.

Eisenberg original fur clip, handset marquis crystal stones in sterling silver.  A rare item in excellent condition.  Featured in the "Jewels of Fantasy" book, Chicago, USA, c. 1940.

Eisenberg original fur clip, handset marquis crystal stones in sterling silver. A rare item in excellent condition. Featured in the "Jewels of Fantasy" book, Chicago, USA, c. 1940.

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Visit Our Galleries at The Asia Art Fair New York, Sept 17-21, 2014

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"The Expected 2010," Zhao Kailin, oil on canvas. On view at The Asia Art Fair New York, Sept. 17-21, 2014

Following the resounding success of the inaugural Asia Art Fair in March, the Bohemian National Hall has beautifully remounted The Asia Art Fair this week, September 17-21, 2014 with an expanded roster of international galleries and dealers. The Fair features 30 distinguished dealers in Fine Art, Antiques, and Contemporary Asian works of art, including our galleries, Anavian Gallery, Niki Art, and Flying Cranes Antiques.

Antiquity from Anavian Gallery

Antiquity from Anavian Gallery, The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center. [Gallery #81/212.319.5030

Specializing in Ancient Near Eastern and Islamic Works of Art from the 4th millennium BC through the 19th century AD, Anavian Gallery has been at the forefront of the Middle Eastern art/antiquity market since it was established 50 years ago. Their long list of clients includes many of the top museums, institutions and private collectors worldwide. Anavian deal in fine ceramics, glass, metalwork and rare objects spanning the millennia.

Contemporary Japanese work, Niki Art

Contemporary Japanese work from Niki Art, Manhattan Art & Antiques Center [Gallery #81/212.319.5030

Niki Art features contemporary Japanese Works of Art, specializing in the works of the artist Ko Kono “Leather Sculpture”. The artist of the extraordinary piece above, Ko Kono is an extremely rare and talented individual who seems uniquely tuned into the natural and even the supernatural worlds. His sculptures, works in leather, create a reflection, an instance of time, captured in a manner that inspires the imagination.

Objet d'art from Flying Cranes Antiques

Objet d'art from Flying Cranes Antiques, The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center. [Gallery #55&58/212.223.4600

Based in New York City since the 1970’s, Flying Cranes Antiques, Ltd. has long been regarded worldwide as a leading specialist in the field of Japanese art from the Meiji Period. The firm offers an extensive selection of museum-quality material to sophisticated collectors, royalty, museum curators and serious beginning collectors, and is known for the finest and the unusual in metalwork, cloisonné, Satsuma, netsuke, studio ceramics, Imari ware, lacquer, ikebana basketry and samurai weaponry.

"3-Dimensional Calligraphy" by contemporary artist Cui Fe. On display at The Asia Art Fair, Sept. 17-21, 2014

"3-Dimensional Calligraphy" by contemporary artist Cui Fe. On display at The Asia Art Fair, Sept. 17-21, 2014

The September edition of the Fair also presents a contemporary art exhibition, curated by Dr. Zhijian Qian, and featuring some of the finest emerging artists in the field today. The exhibition, which beautifully showcases the breadth and depth in the contemporary Asian arts, is displayed on the third floor. All artists will be in attendance to discuss their work so don’t miss the rare opportunity to speak with this fascinating group.

Mohan Samant.

Work by Mohan Samant. On display at The Asia Art Fair, Sept. 17-21, 2014

Lastly, the Asia Art Fair presents a Special Exhibition of Mohan Samant (1924-2004), one of the earliest post-Independence modern Indian artists to train in India and settle as a successful mature artist in the West. He has been called ‘one of the few artists who has successfully made the bridge between Eastern and Western traditions.’

Tickets for The Asia Art Fair can be purchased HERE. The Bohemian National Hall is located at 321 E 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021. You can reach the Fair for more information at info@theasiaartfair.com or (212) 988-1733.

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15 First Edition & Vintage Books for #FridayReads

First edition of Ian Fleming"s "You Only Live Twice" the 12th James Bond novel, original cloth, original dust jacket, United Kingdom, 1964First edition of Ian Fleming’s “You Only Live Twice” the 12th James Bond novel, original cloth, original dust jacket, United Kingdom, 1964. Gallery #90: Manhattan Rare Books/212.326.8907

With the first-ever Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair headed our way this weekend, we thought we’d share 15 of our favorite tomes from our first editions, antique books, autographs gallery, Manhattan Rare Books. Happy Friday, and happy #FridayReads!

First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, by William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge, contemporary full leather, UK, 1800.First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, by William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge, contemporary full leather, UK, 1800.

First edition of Winston Churchill "Speech in the House of Commons" paper, United Kingdom, 1940.First edition of Winston Churchill “Speech in the House of Commons” paper, United Kingdom, 1940.

First Edition of Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, original cloth, original dust jacket, USA, 1952.First Edition of Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, original cloth, original dust jacket, USA, 1952.

First Edition of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, original cloth and original dust jacket, American, 1957.

First Edition of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, original cloth and original dust jacket, American, 1957.

The Complete Poems of Robert Frost, signed limited edition, one of only 1500 copies signed by Frost, 1950.The Complete Poems of Robert Frost, signed limited edition, one of only 1500 copies signed by Frost, 1950.

First edition of "The Rough Riders" by Theodore Roosevelt, original cloth, American, 1899.First edition of “The Rough Riders” by Theodore Roosevelt, original cloth, American, 1899.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather gilt, UK, 1902.The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather gilt, UK, 1902.

Thomas Pynchon, First Edition, Gravity"s Rainbow, original cloth, original dust jacket, USA, 1973.Thomas Pynchon, First Edition, Gravity”s Rainbow, original cloth, original dust jacket, USA, 1973.

Vintage The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisVintage The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

Signed limited edition of the Poems of Oscar Wilde, one of 220 copies signed by Wilde, original cloth gilt cover, UK: 1892.Signed limited edition of the Poems of Oscar Wilde, one of 220 copies signed by Wilde, original cloth gilt cover, UK: 1892.

First Edition of Looking Forward, by Franklin D Roosevelt, full morocco leather, USA, 1933.First Edition of Looking Forward, by Franklin D Roosevelt, full morocco leather, USA, 1933.

vintage Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne Vintage Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

First edition in original cloth of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850.First edition in original cloth of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850.

The Second World War, 6 volume set, morocco leather, cloth boards, UK, 1948-1954.The Second World War, 6 volume set, morocco leather, cloth boards, UK, 1948-1954.

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The First-Ever Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair

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Joining the New York antique fairs world this fall, the first-ever Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair (Sept. 13-14, 2014) aims at book lovers and a younger set of New Yorkers than the crowds that gather annually at the Manhattan-based Pier Antique Show and Armory Antique Show. The show will be held at the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, with a preview Opening Night on September 12, 7:30-9:30 PM, at the beautiful Greenpoint branch of the Public Library.

The show features “110 dealers from all over the eastern seabord selling their best antiques with an emphasis on mid-century, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry , art deco, folk art, Americana, arts and crafts, and some of the best book and ephemera dealers in the business presenting vintage and antiquarian books on every subject matter, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, prints, autographs, posters, and so much more.”

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Japanese Sculpture – See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil

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Bronze Okimono Sculpture, Japan, Meiji Period. L: 15-1/4". Gallery #55 & 58: Flying Cranes Antiques/212.223.4600

This week’s featured NEW Vintage & Antique Find is this wonderfully dynamic bronze “okimono” (the Japanese term for objet d’art) from the artistically prolific Meiji period (1868-1912). The sculpture depicts two macaques performing the maxim embodied by sanbiki no saru (three monkeys): see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. This playful realization has two monkeys illustrate all three roles of the proverb, which was originally depicted on one section of an eight-panel 17th century Japenese door carving illustrating Confucius’s Code of Conduct. While in the West, the proverb has come to have the negative connotation of willful ignorance in the face of injustice, the original Buddhist meaning of the proverb was likely simply to avoid dwelling on evil thoughts. To learn more about this piece, contact Flying Cranes Antiques here.

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