The art dealer Marco Voena is interviewed in London
Perfume, wine, glass and more and how to start your collection of bottles.
It’s that time of year, when the weather begins to warm up and people begin to hold yard and garage sales. These are the point at which most antiques enter the market. But unlike the 1960s when the garage sale phenomenon began, today’s sellers know the relative value of what they’re selling, so items aren’t necessarily cheap anymore.
French jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann is renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship. Trained in gemology and with a Masters in art history, her eponymous fashion and fine collections are bohemian and draw on nature – think shells, leaves and animals.
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The interview with the distinguished art dealer and philanthropist Anthony d’Offay takes place in his elegant first floor office on London’s Dering Street, an historic wood-panelled room where he works with his young assistant. Downstairs is Postcard Teas, a shop selling exquisite rare varieties of teas, which is run by Anthony’s son Timothy and his Japanese wife Asako. At Anthony’s request a pot of delicious caffeine free Chinese tea is bought up for us to drink during the interview.
Valentines day and the dilemma of what to give this year to that someone special, the one you love
Clockmaking a Bristish legacy and more.
From the 15th century onwards public clocks had been erected in the squares and local spaces of larger towns around Scotland, from Peebles to Dundee. The mechanisms of these early clocks were produced overseas, and it wasn’t until the late 15th century to early 16th century that British clockmakers became competent in making and repairing clocks. As the practice developed, an area in Edinburgh was dedicated to their trade, Clock Maker’s Land in the West Bow, which most notably housed the workshop and residence of the watchmaker and horologist Paul Roumieu, 1677-94. His craftsmanship has been recorded in documents of the time, praising the quality of his movements and pieces.
GLASS ORNAMENTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST ADD SPARKLE TO A CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Free Online Antique Price Guide and appraisals
Beware of witches and creeks in the attic as it's Halloween weekend
French Sculptor Auguste Rodin is generally considered the Father of Modern Sculpture. In September I was lucky enough to visit an exhibition of his work organised by Iain Brunt at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf which is an exciting concept building and provides an exceptional space to display sculpture exhibitions.
When purchasing art we often buy because we like the subject matter or style of the piece. This is of course a great reason to purchase, but often we don’t look further than aesthetics and this can mean we miss clues from the artist as to the real meaning to the artwork, which can completely change the way we look it.
Fashion and Victorian Art
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done it – moving house is one of the most stressful experiences there is. And if you’re someone with an extensive antique collection, or even just a few precious family heirlooms, the stress immediately multiplies.
The thought of moving antiques to a new home, or even into storage for a period of time, can cause significant anxiety amongst collectors. Even when properly cared for, antiques can be extremely fragile and require specialist care to keep them in their best condition. Unfortunately, this means that a lot can go wrong when moving them if proper precautions aren’t taken. But if you follow our below tips, you’ll find yourself in your new home in no time, with all your priceless items still in perfect condition.
The 1950’s and 1960’s were the hay day for magazine illustration. The War Years were a thing of the past, paper came off ration and ‘lifestyle’ illustration flooded the pages in glorious colour. Commercial artists, many of whom had started their careers in art school, were in now in high demand.
When looking at the antiques and collectibles markets today, perhaps it’s appropriate to paraphrase the name of one of the recent urgent-care centers, Patient First, by saying “patience first”—because that’s what it takes to play the antiques game.