Art

The Rise of Vintage Poster

In the world of antiques, a particular area of interest — a collecting field if you like — will often tick over quietly for a couple of decades or more and then take off, gradually expanding its appeal beyond hard-core aficionados to draw many more new and enthusiastic collectors. Read more

Sonism – Laurence Blackwell

THE VISUAL DESCRIPTION OF SOUND

“SONISM IS LIKE A BLIND MAN RUNNING HIS FINGERS OVER AN UNKNOWN OBJECT, TRYING TO IMAGINE IT’S FORM AND TEXTURE.”
“Sonism”. It is pure art straight from the mind with no consideration for other art that has been produced. Each new canvas has no connection with Read more

Pub Signs

There is recent interest amongst dealers and collectors in the few surviving pictorial pub signs. The best examples of these are competently painted traditional subjects which make unusual, attractive and economic decor, with the added interest of a historical name or image stretching back a couple of thousand years. Read more

Impressionism & Impressionist

Impressionism was a 19th century art movement, which began as a loose association of Paris-based artists who began publicly exhibiting their art in the 1860s. The name of the movement is derived from Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant). Critic Louis Leroy inadvertently coined the term in a Read more

Canadian School of Painting

The greatest influence on Canadian painting in the 1920s and 1930s was exerted by the Group of Seven, an association of artists in Toronto who strove to produce a style they felt appropriate to Canada. They were the first to proclaim a national school of painting and challenge other Read more

Miniature Painting on Ivory

Small, finely wrought portrait executed on vellum, prepared card, copper, or ivory. The name is derived from the minium, or red lead, used by the medieval illuminators. Arising from a fusion of the separate traditions of the illuminated manuscript and the medal, miniature painting flourished from the beginning of Read more

Meanings of Antique Jade Carvings

bamboo
meaning: Emblem of longevity and honesty
bat
meaning: Emblem of happiness, an upside down bat signifies that good fortune and happiness has arrived. The Wu Fu, or five bats, stand for the five blessings; long life, riches, health, love and a natural death
butterfly
meaning: With a cat it means a wish to Read more

Inuit Sculptures

Sculpture of the Inuit is descended from the ancient craft of carving, honed for generations on the land. Most objects traditionally made were useful in very specific ways. A nomadic people could take little else with them besides the tools of their daily living. A few small objects were Read more