Take A Seat: A Global Collection of Antique Chairs

Thonet child"s chair, beechwood and cane, Vienna, circa 1900.  Width: 15-1/2"    Depth: 18"    Height: 27"

Thonet child’s chair, beechwood and cane, Vienna, circa 1900. Width: 15-1/2″    Depth: 18″    Height: 27″ Burke’s Antiques.

With summer home decoration in full swing, we thought we’d take a look at our galleries’ fantastic collection of antique and vintage seating furniture. Taken together, it’s a fascinating picture of the opulent, playful, daring ways to engage in that most common of human activities: sitting down. See more chairs from around the world here.

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Moroccan wood arm chair, carved with arabic text and inlaid with mother of pearl, circa 1890. Height: 40″    Width: 23″     Depth: 22-1/2″ Robin’s Antiques

Elm wood windsor chair, England, circa 1770. Elm wood windsor chair, England, circa 1770. Robert Lloyd.

Late 19th century chair, pierced and inlaid wood, Syria.  Height: 42-3/8"

Late 19th century chair, pierced and inlaid wood, Syria. Height: 42-3/8″ Palmyra Heritage

Mermaid Chair, Bozo Fishin Tribe, Mali. Height: 45" Width: 17" Depth: 42"Mermaid Chair, Bozo Fishin Tribe, Mali. Height: 45″ Width: 17″ Depth: 42″ Hemingway African Gallery.

Upholstered Empire a rmchair, light mahogany, gilt bronze mounts, France, 19th Century.  Height: 36"    Width: 25"    Depth: 23"

Upholstered Empire armchair, light mahogany, gilt bronze mounts, France, 19th Century. Height: 36″    Width: 25″    Depth: 23″ Intertrus

Polished steel lounge chair, custom made for Hermes of Paris, French circa 1990. Length: 58.5" Height: 38" Width: 19.75"

Polished steel lounge chair, custom made for Hermes of Paris, French circa 1990. Length: 58.5″  Height: 38″  Width: 19.75″ Paul Stamati

ronwood chair, carved with World Cup Soccer and animal motifs, dated 2010, South Africa. Height: 42"

Ironwood chair, carved with World Cup Soccer and animal motifs, dated 2010, South Africa. Height: 42″. Hemingway African Gallery

A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite, upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs. Settee Height: 53"    Length: 77"

A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite, upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs. Settee Height: 53″    Length: 77″ F&P Associates

Khatam-work arm chairs.  Inlaid wood, Iran, 19th century. Height: 45"

Khatam-work arm chairs.  Inlaid wood, Iran, 19th century. Height: 45″ Anavian Gallery

Congo wood and old Obi Kuba textile chief"s chair. Height: 5ft   Width: 20"

Congo wood and old Obi Kuba textile chief”s chair.Height: 5ft   Width: 20″ Hemingway Gallery

Jules Leleu 5 piece upholstered set comprising of a sofa, two club chairs and two armchairs. Oak with bronze sabots (gilt bronze "shoe" at the bottom of the furniture) and Aubusson upholstery, French, circa 1940. Height: 33.5"

Jules Leleu 5 piece upholstered set comprising of a sofa, two club chairs and two armchairs.  Oak with bronze sabots (gilt bronze “shoe” at the bottom of the furniture) and Aubusson upholstery, French, circa 1940. Height: 33.5″ Paul Stamati

Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut armchair, circa 1760. Height: 40 inches   Width: 25 inches

Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut armchair, circa 1760. Height: 40 inches   Width: 25 inches

Important pair of Italian baroque-style side chairs, ebonized with pietra dura panels, circa 1850. Overall height: 47"  Width: 21"  Depth: 21"

Important pair of Italian baroque-style side chairs, ebonized with pietra dura panels, circa 1850.Overall height: 47″  Width: 21″  Depth: 21″ Alexanders Antiques

his striking pair of antique decorative armchairs hail from South China, 19th century, Ching Dynasty.  They are made of carved hardwood, with marble, stone insets and are inlaid with mother of pearl. Height: 38 inches   Depth: 18 inches   Width: 24 inches

This striking pair of antique decorative armchairs hail from South China, 19th century, Ching Dynasty.  They are made of carved hardwood, with marble, stone insets and are inlaid with mother of pearl. Height: 38 inches   Depth: 18 inches   Width: 24 inches P.M. Tung Arts

Art Deco Armchair by Sue et Mare, mahogany frame with green leather back and suedette upholstery, France, circa 1925. Height: 36.25"  Width: 31.5"  Depth: 31.5"

Art Deco Armchair by Sue et Mare, mahogany frame with green leather back and suedette upholstery, France, circa 1925. Height: 36.25″  Width: 31.5″  Depth: 31.5″ Paul Stamati Gallery

Contemporary Ogoni tribe beaded chair from Nigeria.  The design featuring wildlife, masks and geometrical patterns. Height: 42"    Width: 24"

Contemporary Ogoni tribe beaded chair from Nigeria.  The design featuring wildlife, masks and geometrical patterns. Height: 42″    Width: 24″ Hemingway African Gallery

Pair of Belgian burlwood and mahogany Art Deco chairs by De Coene Frères, circa 1940"s. Height: 43"

Pair of Belgian burlwood and mahogany Art Deco chairs by De Coene Frères, circa 1940″s. Height: 43″ Paul Stamati

Pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs, late 19th century. Seat Height: 19 1/2".

Pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs, late 19th century. Seat Height: 19 1/2″. Dragon Treasures Ltd.

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Vintage Father’s Day Gifts

Airplane Figure with Six Places for Cigars, silverplate, America, 1960s. 14" x 8"

Airplane Figure with Six Places for Cigars, silverplate, America, 1960s.
14″ x 8″ Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.

Father’s Day is coming up Sunday, June 15, but it’s hard to deny that men get the short end of the stick when it comes to parental celebrations. Following Mother’s Day both in the calendar year and in its founding, Father’s Day was not instituted as a national holiday until 1972 (some 40+ years after Mother’s Day had become an established holiday). Father’s Day was originally founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of William Jackson Smart, who raised her and her five siblings alone after her mother’s death. Mrs. Dodd struggled for many years to get the celebration recognized, so in honor of fathers, who are just as deserving of outpourings of love and presents, we share some of our favorite gifts for gentlemen of every taste. See our Pinterest board for more.

Previously posted in 2013. For new Father’s Day gifts this year, see NEW ITEMS.

Cartier Paris 18KT yellow gold gentlemen"s ring with black diamond and white diamond in center, France, circa 1980s.  Width: 1/2"

Cartier Paris 18KT yellow gold gentlemen”s ring with black diamond and white diamond in center, France, circa 1980s. Width: 1/2″. Antique Reflections.

First Edition of The Casebook of Sherlock Homes, Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather, UK, 1927.  Size: 5" x 7"

First Edition of The Casebook of Sherlock Homes, Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather, UK, 1927. Size: 5″ x 7″  Manhattan Rare Books.

Julius Caesar gold aureus, Italy, Rome, 46 BC.  Weight: 8.07 gms

Julius Caesar gold aureus, Italy, Rome, 46 BC. Weight: 8.07 gms Palmyra Heritage.
Bulgari Sterling Silver Pen Caddy for DeskBvlgari Sterling Silver Pen Caddy for Desk. AAA Silver Gallery.
Very Special Dunhill Chrome & Leather Flask, Germany, 1960s. 5-1/4" x 4"A Very Special Dunhill Chrome & Leather Flask, Germany, 1960s.
5-1/4″ x 4″  Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.
Bulgari automatic, stainless steel wristwatch, Swiss made.Bvlgari automatic, stainless steel wristwatch, Swiss made. Intertrus.

World map, on rice paper, Japan, 1861.  Dimensions: 53" x 53"

World map, on rice paper, Japan, 1861. Dimensions: 53″ x 53″ Akasaka Collection.
"Schnapps-O-Flex" Pottery Camera, the flash bulb comes out, USA, 1980s. 8-1/2" x 3-1/4"“Schnapps-O-Flex” Pottery Camera, the flash bulb comes out, USA, 1980s.
8-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.
Cufflinks signed Cartier, Cipullo design, 18K gold and carnelian, American, circa 1970s.Cufflinks signed Cartier, Cipullo design, 18K gold and carnelian, American, circa 1970s.  Gallery 47.

19th Century ivory sword holder (?), Chinese, circa 1870s.  Height: 5" Width: 5"

19th Century ivory sword holder, Chinese, circa 1870s. Height: 5″ Width: 5″ Robin’s Antiques.
Fly-shaped brass match safe and strike, England, circa 1890.  Length: 4"    Width: 3"    Height: 1-1/4"Fly-shaped brass match safe and strike, England, circa 1890. Length: 4″    Width: 3″    Height: 1-1/4″  Burke’s Antiques.

Mixtec mask, terracotta, Mexico, 800 AD.  Height: 7 3/8"  Width: 8 1/8"

Mixtec mask, terracotta, Mexico, 800 AD. Height: 7 3/8″  Width: 8 1/8″ Palmyra Heritage.
Henry Dunay 18K Gold belt buckle with original Henry Dunay Aliigator belt.Henry Dunay 18K Gold belt buckle with original Henry Dunay Alligator belt. AAA Silver.

Brass nut cracker in the form of a cat, England, circa 1890.  Length: 5-1/2"    Width: 1"    Depth: 1-1/2"

Brass nut cracker in the form of a cat, England, circa 1890. Length: 5-1/2″    Width: 1″    Depth: 1-1/2″ Burke’s Antiques.

Touch-Tip" cigar and pipe lighter, sterling silver, London, England, 1896.  Height: 5-1/2"

Touch-Tip” cigar and pipe lighter, sterling silver, London, England, 1896. Height: 5-1/2″ Gallery 47.
Three antique Scottish kilt pins, gold and semi-precious stones, Scotland, late 19th Century.Three antique Scottish kilt pins, gold and semi-precious stones, Scotland, late 19th Century. Intertrus.

Chess set, sterling and vermeil silver by Hecor Aguilar. Taxco, Mexico, circa 1950s.  Silver weight: 80 oz.  Condition: Vermeil re-gilded.  King: 4" Queen: 3-1/4" Bishop: 3-1/8" Knight: 3-1/8" Rook: 2-1/2" Pawn: 1-5/8"

Chess set, sterling and vermeil silver by Hecor Aguilar. Taxco, Mexico, circa 1950s.  Silver weight: 80 oz. Condition: Vermeil re-gilded. Leah Gordon Gallery.

Japanese Samurai helmet and face mask, iron, 18th century.  Height: 14"  Width: 12".

Japanese Samurai helmet and face mask, iron, 18th century. Height: 14″  Width: 12″. Akasaka Collection.

Tie bar holder, 18K two-tone gold, American, c. 1950-1960.  Size: 2.5" x 2.75" (with chain)

Tie bar holder, 18K two-tone gold, American, c. 1950-1960. Size: 2.5″ x 2.75″ (with chain). Sooky Goofriend Gallery.

Silver dagger in sheath decorated with an applied dragon and engraved flowers with chain, 19th century.  Overall length: 11 1/2"

Silver dagger in sheath decorated with an applied dragon and engraved flowers with chain, 19th century. Overall length: 11 1/2″  Hoffman-Gampetro.

Meerschaum and ivory pipe featuring the head of a Turk, 19th century.  Length: 7"  Width: 3"

Meerschaum and ivory pipe featuring the head of a Turk, 19th century. Length: 7″  Width: 3″. Palace Galleries.

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June Estate Sale At Kaminski Auctions Featuring American Art, Jewelry and More

"Down Stream" by A.T. Hibbard (1886-1972)

"Down Stream" by A.T. Hibbard (1886-1972)

This June, Kaminski Auctions, Gallery #28 at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, presents a broad selection of impressive items, from important paintings, to fine estate jewelry, a large collection of chintz, and collectable dolls at their Massachusetts location.

One of the stars of the auction is sure to be A. T. Hibbard’s painting “Down Stream.” A large and important work from this famed Rockport artist, the painting depicts an open stream carving its way through a snowy winter landscape. Recently, Hibbard’s work has commanded high prices, and the piece is expected to do well. Kaminski experts have valued it at between $8,000 and $12,000.

four and a half carat diamond and platinum ring

Four and a half carat diamond and platinum period ring

Impressive jewelry will also feature in the upcoming auction. A four and a half carat diamond and platinum ring is sure to catch the attention of many bidders. The period ring features a delicately worked open channel design set with thirty three single cut diamonds. A truly stunning piece, it is predicted to sell for between $40,000 and $60,000. A large collection of jewelry from the same Framingham, MA estate will accompany the ring. The selection includes fine gold, diamond, ruby, pearl and turquoise pieces.

International Sterling tea set

International Sterling tea set

An International Sterling tea set will also cross the auction block on the 22nd. Seven pieces comprise the impressive set, all finely decorated in the hand chased Richelieu pattern. With a weight of approximately 393 troy ounces, the set is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

Of much interest is an impressive Savage Model 99 rifle, engraved by craftsman Alvin White and commissioned by Roland Hartman. The gun features an exceptional carved stock and grip with three inlaid scenes in gold with intricate figural carvings. Since the original commission, the rifle has descended within the Hartman family. It is estimated to sell for between $10,000 and $15,000.

a set of two limited edition “Julia” pattern Delamere stacking teapots

Set of two limited edition “Julia” pattern Delamere stacking teapots

The second portion of the June 22nd auction will present a large single owner collection of chintz and dolls, from a Framingham, MA estate. The collection includes a wide variety of patterns from both Shelly and Royal Winton. Of particular interest is a Royal Winton “Old Cottage” chintz set including a rarely seen salad server fork and spoon set. The collection also offers a set of two limited edition “Julia” pattern Delamere stacking teapots, estimated at $400 to $600. The teapots are numbered 81 and 137 out of 1000.

Following the chintz items, Kaminski will auction off an equally large collection of vintage dolls. The selection includes Madame Alexander, Nancy Ann, Toni and Vogue Ginny dolls. Collectors will be particularly interested in a Madame Alexander Painted Lash guardian angel doll, valued at $700 to $1,000. Many of the dolls offered come complete with their original boxes and accessories.

The auction will be held at the Kaminski Auctions, 17 Elliott St. Rte 62 Beverly MA. Preview for the auction will be held on Thursday, June 19th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm; Friday, June 20th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday, June 21st, from 10:00am to 5:00pm and the day of sale, Sunday, June 22, beginning at 8:00am.

The New York branch of Kaminski Auctions is located on the main floor of The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, Gallery #28. Kaminski offers free expert appraisal service at the Center every Tuesday from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

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Tears of Joy: June Birthstone Spotlight on the Pearl

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Pearl antiques & objects of art at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center

The only gem born of a living creature, the June birthstone pearl has been valued since antiquity. It’s easy to understand the fascination people have always felt for this most elegant of gemstones originating in the humblest of places. As many know, the pearl is found in the shells of mollusks but you may not know that pearls begin in an even lowlier state–when an irritant (such as a small parasite or fish), lodges inside the flesh of an oyster, the oyster forms a protective substance called “nacre” over it. Over the years, layers and layers of nacre form over the interloper creating the transclucent pearl. Unlike other gemstones, pearls require no faceting or polishing to reveal their beauty.

Retro platinum, pearl and diamond ring.  Size: 8-1/4"

Retro platinum, pearl and diamond ring. Size: 8-1/4″ One Jewelers.

The natural occurrence of pearls is rare but the demand for pearls has always been great so a process was developed in the 1900s to stimulate the production of nacre by forcing a piece of shell inside living mollusks. Since the 1920s, almost all the pearls found in the market have been cultured this way. While the most common color of pearl is white, “pearls also come in delicate shades of black, cream, gray, blue, yellow” and beyond.The very popular cream-colored “Orientals” are found in the Persian Gulf and Sri Lanka. Japan is particularly famous for its cultured pearls–the best-known name being Mikimoto pearls, named after Kokichi Mikimoto who began the cultured pearl industry.

This Georgian foiled cushion-cut paste stone is mounted in 14K gold with a border of gray pearls.  English, late Georgian, circa 1835.   Ring size: 4 1/2  Dimensions: 0.75" x 0.75" x 0.75"

This Georgian foiled cushion-cut paste stone is mounted in 14K gold with a border of gray pearls.  English, late Georgian, circa 1835. Ring size: 4 1/2 Melody Rodgers

Before the cultured pearl industry, the pearl was beloved of royalty; it was used to indicate  high social standing in ancient Rome and “later in Tudor England, the 1500s were known as the pearl age.The largest known pearl in the world (three inches long and two inches across) is known as the Pearl of Asia and was a gift from the famed Indian king Shah Jahan to his favorite wife for whom he built the Taj Mahal. It was said that the indomitable queen Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in a cup of wine to seduce Marc Antony. Tales such as these have led to the pearl’s deep association with love and marriage. Queen Elizabeth II wore them to her wedding as did Jacqueline Kennedy.

Art Nouveau necklace, open back heart with pin back, 14K gold and pearls, circa 1915.  Dimensions:  1/2" x 1/2".

Art Nouveau necklace, open back heart with pin back, 14K gold and pearls, circa 1915. 1/2″ x 1/2″. Melody Rodgers

The ancient Greeks even believed pearls promoted marital harmony, an association probably originating with the Greek myth that “pearls were the hardened tears of joy that the goddess of love shook from her eyes as she was born from the sea.” A long-standing symbol of refinement inspired by their royal history and natural delicacy, pearls are often given at marriages and births of children, a lovely coincidence in this season of June brides and abounding weddings. The pearl is the traditional stone of the 30th wedding anniversary. You can see more of our pearl jewelry below and here.

Platinum, 18K gold, mother of pearl and diamond cufflinksPlatinum, 18K gold, mother of pearl and diamond cufflinks. One Jewelers.

Cabochon pink tourmaline & pearl drop earrings, 18K yellow gold with shephersrds hook closures, American, 1960s.  Length: 1"

Cabochon pink tourmaline & pearl drop earrings, 18K yellow gold with shephersrds hook closures, American, 1960s. Josie at Place

Amusing coral, diamond and pearl brooch by Nardi, Italy, circa 1950.

Amusing coral, diamond and pearl brooch by Nardi, Italy, circa 1950. Samuel Saidian & Sons.
Pearl and grey crystal multi-strand necklace, 18k white gold, USA, 1970"s.Pearl and grey crystal multi-strand necklace, 18k white gold, USA, 1970″s. Sooky Goodfriend

Very unusual antique Islamic/Indian/Moghul gold pin, set with natural pearls and rubies with the Arabic inscription: "Ya Ali Mohammed."  18th/19th century.  Size: 1 5/8" x 1 3/8"

Very unusual antique Islamic/Indian/Moghul gold pin, set with natural pearls and rubies with the Arabic inscription: “Ya Ali Mohammed.”  18th/19th century. Alexander’s Antiques

"Art Deco Woman" by Erte (1892-1990), signed and numbered, 14K gold, sterling silver, mother of pearl, and diamonds, American, 1970. Length: 1-7/8" Width: 1-1/2"

Erte sterling silver Art Deco style bracelet, with 14K gold, onyx, pearl, and diamond, American, limited edition, #65/600, 1970s.

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June 2014 Art & Antiques Highlights

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The height of summer is upon us, which means wedding bells are ringing all over the country–and Father’s Day is just around the corner! See some of our favorite antiques and objects of art for brides & dads here.

The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center is located at 1050 Second Avenue at 56th Street, New York, NY. We’re open Mon-Sat 10:30 AM to 6 PM, Sun 12 noon to 6 PM. You can reach us at 212.355.4400 and info@the-maac.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for art and antique highlights.

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Hemingway Gallery Presents Shona Sculpture Exhibition at The MAAC

Shona Sculpture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…

HEMINGWAY SHOWCASES NEW COLLECTION OF SHONA SCULPTURE

Hemingway African Gallery, importers of fine African sculpture and artifacts at The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center, is showcasing a new and exciting collection of Shona sculpture.  Brian Gaisford, gallery owner and original tenant of The Center, has been at this location, since its inception thirty-nine years ago. The sculpture will be on view and for sale in galleries #50 E and 96 until July 31st.

Having grown into a formidable art form in the past three decades, Shona sculpture is rooted in the spiritual and cultural traditions of Zimbabwe. Sculptures range in size from small intricately detailed works to massive architectural masterpieces; all carved from stone with simple tools and polished vigorously to bring out the stone’s natural grain and finish.

Most sculptors are still mostly untrained in the typical Western tradition of the artist. Their talent and understanding of sculpture is self-taught, handed down from generation to generation. As art critic Pierre Descargues wrote in French Culture, “The Shona sculptors appeared to pick up their tools where their ancestors of several hundred years before had laid them down.” Shona sculpture was first thrust into the spotlight of collectors and museums worldwide through the National Gallery in Rhodesia in the late 1950’s and encouraged through the museum’s national Gallery Workshop School. Today’s highest valued Shona pieces have been created in present times. However, the roots of this art form date back for centuries.

Today there are dozens of world-renowned Shona sculptors, all creating and sharing there own styles. Themes vary, ranging from the abstract to traditional African folklore; and also include religious figures.

If you are captivated by this unique and powerful art form, you can take an art safari with Brian Gaisford to Zimbabwe sculpture villages where Africa’s finest sculptors live and work. Brian points out, “Shona art is new to the art world and thus, a great investment.” He invites you to, “Combine your art safari with a wildlife photo safari through Botswana. Young people’s safaris for children eight and older are also available.”

Hemingway African Gallery, #50E & 96 is located in The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center, 1050 Second Ave. (Between 55th &56th St.), New York City. For more information contact Brian Gaisford. Tel: (212) 838-3650. www.hemingwayafricangallery.com
Open Monday thru Saturday from 10:30AM to 6PM   Sunday, 12 Noon to 6PM.

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Vintage Floral Paperweights

Floral "Firework" Paperweight with Three Flowers, glass, 20th century.Floral “Firework” Paperweight with Three Flowers, glass, 20th century. Michael’s Antiques.

This week in our NEW Vintage & Antique Finds series, highlighting our favorite NEW additions to our vintage & antiques online catalog, we present these enchanting vintage floral paperweights from Michael’s Antiques. It’s likely that the first paperweights appeared alongside paper in ancient Egypt but glass paperweights first appeared at “an 1845 industrial exposition in Vienna.” There are several styles and makers of glass paperweights, the most famous being Baccarat, but as May flowers bloom across the country, we can’t help but be drawn to this particular series of vivid glass weights.

Orange and White Floral Paperweight, glass, continental, 20th century.Red and White Floral Paperweight, glass, continental, 20th century.

Faceted Cut Glass Floral Petal Base Paperweight, glass, continental, 20th century.

Faceted Cut Glass Floral Petal Base Paperweight, glass, continental, 20th century.
Orange and White Floral Paperweight, single flower, 20th century.Orange and White Floral Paperweight, single flower, 20th century.
Glass Paperweight with Floral Anemone, glass, continental.Glass Paperweight with Floral Anemone, glass, continental.

Floral Paperweight, 2 blue flowers 1 orange flower, continental, 20th century.

Floral Paperweight, 2 blue flowers 1 orange flower, continental, 20th century.

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Anatomy of a Home: Russian Popov Porcelain Figurine of Peasant House

Russian Porcelain Figure of Peasant Home, porcelain Popov Factory, Russia, XIX century,1860-1870.     7" x 6" x 6"

Russian Porcelain Figure of Peasant Home, porcelain Popov Factory, Russia, XIX century, 1860-1870. 7" x 6" x 6" RDM Fine Art

In early-18th century Europe, porcelain was “a rare luxury item.” Tsar Peter the Great imported costly porcelain items from Western Europe for his personal use, and dreamed of establishing porcelain production in his own land of Russia–a dream finally realized during the reign of his daughter, Empress Elizabeth. Today, porcelain from the Imperial Porcelain Factory established by this family is the best known, but in the same period, private Russian enterprises were also turning out work of equal beauty and quality. One such is the Popov Factory, the manufacturer of this beautiful bucolic figurine–a piece that is a far cry from royal plate, but to some of us, far more moving.

Russian Porcelain Figure of Peasant Home, porcelain Popov Factory, Russia, XIX century,1860-1870.

The Popov Factory was founded in 1804 in Gorbunovo, a village in the Moscow Province, and came into the hands of a Moscow merchant named Alexei Popov in 1811. Under Popov, the factory developed its own characteristic features–which can be seen to their best effect in this charming sculpture–a bright color palette, careful treatment of details, and rich polychrome painting. This loving attention to detail is visible in the closeup (above) of the ground alone–the loamy earth dotted with varying yellow and green grass while the moss creeping up the base of the log home is raised and painted a darker green. Even the toenails of the mild-eyed lamb are carefully marked by deft black strokes.

Russian Porcelain Figure of Peasant Home, porcelain Popov Factory, Russia, XIX century,1860-1870.

The sculpture’s charm seems completed by the fanciful flowering tree leaning into the house but once the figurine is turned, you’re rewarded with a view of the peasant’s wife leaning inquiringly out of the back door (below). While there is a long tradition of idealized peasant figurines in Russian porcelain, many are stand-alone figures. It is rare to see a figurine of an intimate and active domestic scene such as this. This sculpture was fired between 1860-1870 at the height of the factory’s creative powers. After Popov died, the “technical and artistic standards declined, and in 1875 the factory closed.” According to The State Hermitage of Russian porcelain, the Popov factory works were “created in the best traditions of European porcelain, [and] occupy an honourable place in the history of Russian ceramics.” For further inquiries on this figurine, please contact RDM Fine Art. Russian Porcelain Figure of Peasant Home, porcelain Popov Factory, Russia, XIX century,1860-1870.

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Paul Evans’ Modernist Cityscape Coffee Table

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Paul Evans Cityscape Coffee Table, a 1970s silvered bronze American coffee table by Paul Evans, with glass top, signed Paul Evans. Silvered bronze and glass, America, 1970's. Height: 17" Length: 42" Width: 42" Alexander's Antiques

Newly added to our online catalog is this fantastic architectural Cityscape Coffee Table by Paul Evans (1931-1987), renowned modernist sculptor and designer. The “first comprehensive survey of Paul Evans’s work,” documenting his seminal role in the mid-century studio furniture movement, Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, is on view at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania until June 1, 2014. See the New York Times review of the show “The Furniture and Life of Paul Evans” for an overview of this trouble and brilliant figure. You can see more of our latest objects of art in NEW Vintage & Antique Finds.

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Art and Antiques For Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: A Photo Tour

Large porcelain Tian Qiu vase, decorated with a continuous landscape, China, Republican period.Large porcelain Tian Qiu vase, decorated with a continuous landscape, China, Republican period. Dragon Treasures Antique Ltd.

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, we present some of our favorite antiques and objects of Asian art curated from our galleries. We highlight a wide range of antique to contemporary Asian art here but there are many more treasures in our collection than we can possibly cover in one post–you can browse our Asian Art, Japanese Art, and Chinese Export categories to see more.

Akasaka Collection

Japanese Samurai Doll

Japanese Samurai Doll. Wood and textile, Japan, 19th century, 10″ H x 6″ W.

Japanese woodblock print on rice paper by Hiroshige, "Fifty Three Stations (Nihonbashi)", Japan, 1840.  Height: 12-1/2"    Width: 8-1/2"

Japanese woodblock print on rice paper by Hiroshige, “Fifty Three Stations (Nihonbashi)”, Japan, 1840. Height: 12-1/2″    Width: 8-1/2″

A Samurai helmet and mask, painted and lacquered steel, Japan, 18th century.  15" x 11"

A Samurai helmet and mask, painted and lacquered steel, Japan, 18th century. 15″ x 11″

Map of Tokyo, on rice paper, Japan, 1856.Map of Tokyo, on rice paper, Japan, 1856.

Suchow & Seigal Antiques

A fine and rare Chinese Export porcelain miniature cup and saucer, the European subject depicting children departing for school.  The design probably after an engraving by Thomas Stoddart (R.A. 1755-1834).  China, circa 1795-1800.  Saucer diameter: 3 5/8"    Cup height: 1 3/4"

A fine and rare Chinese Export porcelain miniature cup and saucer, the European subject depicting children departing for school.  The design probably after an engraving by Thomas Stoddart (R.A. 1755-1834).  China, circa 1795-1800. Saucer diameter: 3 5/8″    Cup height: 1 3/4″

Chinese Export Armorial porcelain plate with the arms of Macleod quartering Man and Mackenzie impaling Straiton, Yung Cheng period, c. 1733.  Diameter: 9-1/4"

Chinese Export Armorial porcelain plate with the arms of Macleod quartering Man and Mackenzie impaling Straiton, Yung Cheng period, c. 1733. Diameter: 9-1/4″

Flying Cranes Antiques

Large Satsuma earthenware charger depicting the private quarters of a court lady, her many attendants assisting with her kimono and obi.  Screens and writing implements in the background, gilt and colbalt brocade along rim.  Kinkozan mark on base.  Japan, Meiji Period.  Diameter:  15"

Large Satsuma earthenware charger depicting the private quarters of a court lady, her many attendants assisting with her kimono and obi.  Screens and writing implements in the background, gilt and colbalt brocade along rim.  Kinkozan mark on base.  Japan, Meiji Period. Diameter:  15″

Gourd shaped stoneware vase with luminous mottled blue glaze, and sculpted oni and snail upon its surface. Signed with Koji mark on base.  Japanese, Meiji Period.  Height: 8.5"

Gourd shaped stoneware vase with luminous mottled blue glaze, and sculpted oni and snail upon its surface. Signed with Koji mark on base.  Japanese, Meiji Period. Height: 8.5″

Pair of bronze and parcel gilt figures, naturalistically modeled, the femal carrying a bucket, the male a broom.   Mounted on lacquered wood stands, and signed Miya-o Eisuke.  Japan, c. 1890, Meiji period.  Height: 7.5"

Pair of bronze and parcel gilt figures, naturalistically modeled, the femal carrying a bucket, the male a broom.   Mounted on lacquered wood stands, and signed Miya-o Eisuke.  Japan, c. 1890, Meiji period. Height: 7.5″

A large, square cloisonne enamel vase with panels of the four seasons rendered in wired and musen (wireless) techniques, separated by chrysanthemums on a black backgroundl, Japan, Meiji period.  Height: 22.5"

A large, square cloisonne enamel vase with panels of the four seasons rendered in wired and musen (wireless) techniques, separated by chrysanthemums on a black backgroundl, Japan, Meiji period. Height: 22.5″

Japanese ivory Oni of a demon, 19th century.

Japanese ivory Oni of a demon, 19th century.

Three-handled Studio Pottery vase in the style of Ninsei, with flowering plum tree and tenmoko drip glaze.  Ito Tozan mark on base, with tomobako.  Japan, circa 1934.  Height: 12.25"  Diameter: 13"

Three-handled Studio Pottery vase in the style of Ninsei, with flowering plum tree and tenmoko drip glaze.  Ito Tozan mark on base, with tomobako.  Japan, circa 1934. Height: 12.25″  Diameter: 13″

Double sided tsuba with susano-o (in Chinese mythology, the powerful storm of the summer) with vajra (thunderbolt) and dragon.  Bronze, copper, shakundo (gold/copper alloy), gold, shibuichi (silver/copper alloy).  Japan, 19th century.Double sided tsuba with susano-o (in Chinese mythology, the powerful storm of the summer) with vajra (thunderbolt) and dragon.  Bronze, copper, shakundo (gold/copper alloy), gold, shibuichi (silver/copper alloy).  Japan, 19th century.

Japanese peony-style ikebana bamboo basket with double-twisted handle, mat woven body with unusual red lacquer interior with tomobako, 19th century.  Height: 25"

Japanese peony-style ikebana bamboo basket with double-twisted handle, mat woven body with unusual red lacquer interior with tomobako, 19th century. Height: 25″

Globular-shaped vase with blue and white lappets and etched white ground, signed Makuzu Kozan, Japan, 19th century.  Height: 5.5".

Globular-shaped vase with blue and white lappets and etched white ground, signed Makuzu Kozan, Japan, 19th century. Height: 5.5″.

Dragon Treasures Antique Ltd.

Jade mask, China, Shang Dynasty.    Height: 9"; Width: 6"

Jade mask, China, Shang Dynasty. Height: 9″; Width: 6″

Pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs, late 19th century.  Seat Height: 19 1/2".

Pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs, late 19th century. Seat Height: 19 1/2″.

Lev Tov Antiques

Gilt laquered ostrich egg, decorated with figures and cockerels, Japan, circa 1895.  Height: 6"

Gilt laquered ostrich egg, decorated with figures and cockerels, Japan, circa 1895. Height: 6″

Amber carved group, depicting a warrior, China, late 19th century.  Width: 6"

Amber carved group, depicting a warrior, China, late 19th century. Width: 6″

Fine silver and enamel box and cover, decorated with butterflies and flowers, Japan, circa 1890.  Height: 4"

Fine silver and enamel box and cover, decorated with butterflies and flowers, Japan, circa 1890. Height: 4″

A Japanese bronze figural group, of a man and buffalo, wood stand, Japan, circa 1890.  Height: 6"     Length: 13"

A Japanese bronze figural group, of a man and buffalo, wood stand, Japan, circa 1890. Height: 6″     Length: 13″

P.M. Tung Arts

Hand painted ancestor portrait of a male and female on rice paper, North China, late 19th century.  Height: 56"     Width: 45-1/2"  Framed

Hand painted ancestor portrait of a male and female on rice paper, North China, late 19th century. Height: 56″     Width: 45-1/2″  Framed

Antique Bronze Seated Yuan-Kin Buddha with Wooden Stand, bronze, Peking, China, 19th century.     Height:  33"  Width: 16"  With Stand:  Height:  62"  Width:  23"

Antique Bronze Seated Yuan-Kin Buddha with Wooden Stand, bronze, Peking, China, 19th century.Height:  33″  Width: 16″With Stand:  Height:  62″  Width:  23″

Green jade bowl, China, late 19th century.    Height: 4"; Height with stand: 7"; Width: 8"

Green jade bowl, China, late 19th century. Height: 4″; Height with stand: 7″; Width: 8″

Pair of Mongolian sheep, silver plated pewter with jade horns, China, 19th century.  Height: 30"  Width: 34"  Diameter: 10"

Pair of Mongolian sheep, silver plated pewter with jade horns, China, 19th century. Height: 30″  Width: 34″  Diameter: 10″

his striking pair of antique decorative armchairs hail from South China, 19th century, Ching Dynasty.  They are made of carved hardwood, with marble, stone insets and are inlaid with mother of pearl.  Height: 38 inches   Depth: 18 inches   Width: 24 inches

This striking pair of antique decorative armchairs hail from South China, 19th century, Ching Dynasty.  They are made of carved hardwood, with marble, stone insets and are inlaid with mother of pearl. Height: 38 inches   Depth: 18 inches   Width: 24 inches

Wood carving of a seated Buddha, North China, Ming Dynasty.  Height: 29 ½ inches   Width: 17 inches

Wood carving of a seated Buddha, North China, Ming Dynasty. Height: 29 ½ inches   Width: 17 inches

Intertrus

Japanese Shakudo necklace, mixed metals including gold, and silver, Meiji period (1868-1912).  Length: 16.5"

Japanese Shakudo necklace, mixed metals including gold, and silver, Meiji period (1868-1912). Length: 16.5″

Contemporary ceramic vase by Kawakami, Japan.  Height: 8 1/2"

Contemporary ceramic vase by Kawakami, Japan. Height: 8 1/2″

Contemporary Japanese glass vase by the artist Sano Yoko.  Height: 4"

Contemporary Japanese glass vase by the artist Sano Yoko. Height: 4″

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