13 posts tagged fine art

Collecting Greek Coins

Whether for the Art, Age or Beauty, there's great enjoyment in Collecting Greek Coins ... Ancient Greek Coin collectors fall into three main categories Those who appreciate the exceptional art on many of the coins. Those that find the shear age of the coins fascinating and those who find the rarity of Greek coins appealing. The art on Greek coins can be exceptionally beautiful and most Greek coin collectors often fit into this appreciating art category. The standard of the art has never ... Continue Reading

Dorothy & Freda Doughty

Worcester Artists Dorothy Doughty (1892-1962) and Freda Doughty (-1972) The Doughty Sisters, Dorothy and Freda Doughty, probably did more to ensure the future prosperity and stability of the Royal Worcester factory than any other Worcester artists or modellers. Born in San Remo, Italy, Dorothy and Freda were the daughters of Charles Doughty, the English poet and traveller (The author of 'Arabia Deserta'and the inspiration for Lawrence of Arabia ). They came to England when the sisters were ... Continue Reading

Collecting Whitefriars Glass

Collecting Whitefriars Glass is fast becoming one of the most popular areas of glass collecting... Owned by James Powell & Sons from 1834, the Whitefriars glassworks (later Whitefriars Glass Limited), produced glass of the highest quality until the business closed in 1980. In 1834 James Powell, a successful London wine merchant, bought the Whitefriars Glassworks. His grandson Harry Powell played a major role during the nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century At ... Continue Reading

Buying Antiques at Auction

Buying Antiques at Auction is a fun and simple process that most buyers shy away from. But when buying antiques at auction you should be open minded, do not buy anything unless you've handled it and if you're unsure or can't reach it, then ask the auctioneer or a member of staff to get it, or for more information about it. There are a great many auction houses spread across the country. Some are part of chains and some are small local houses that provide a valuable local service through ... Continue Reading

Sevres Porcelain Gallery

A quick look at a few good examples of Sevres porcelain in our Sevres Porcelain Gallery. The Wallace Collection holds the finest museum collection of Antique Sevres Porcelain in the world. The other great Sevres' porcelain collections are housed at ... 1. The Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle 2. The Rothschild Collection at Waddeson Manor Both collections were mostly put together in the nineteenth century. Largely as a result of the French Revolution when so ... Continue Reading

Baron Victor Horta

Baron Victor Horta was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1861. He studied drawing, textiles, and architecture at the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Ghent, then went to Paris to work. He then returned to Belgium and drafted for Classical architect Alphons Balat. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   In 1890, Victor Horta set up his own firm. In 1893 he designed what is widely regarded as the first architectural expression of mature Art Nouveau, namely Tassel house in ... Continue Reading

Collect Japanese Antiques & Reap Rich Rewards

Japanese antiques provide a link to the rich culture and fascinating history of Japan. The collector has many choices but Kutani, Satsuma and Imari ceramics are a good choice as are the more affordable Netsuke Continue Reading

Josef Hoffmann – Art Nouveau Artist

Josef Hoffman produced and designed artworks during the Art Nouveau period and in the Art Deco style, as well as most other decorative art styles. Josef Hoffmann studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, under Art Nouveau architect Otto Wagner whose theories of functional modern architecture profoundly influenced Hoffman's work. In 1903 Hoffmann co-founded the Wiener Werkstatte and his stewardship of the well respected design workshop lasted until 1931. While ... Continue Reading

Art Deco Gallery

Our Art Deco Gallery featuring examples of the diversity and quality of items produced during the art deco period. A gallery of the ever popular art deco style. The architectural and decorative-arts style popular from 1910 to 1940, that is characterised by highly stylised and geometric forms. Art Deco themes were often classical motifs reduced to geometric stylisations. From Edgar Brandt decorated wrought-iron screens with symmetrical fountains and Emil Ruhlman ebony cabinets with ivory ... Continue Reading

Antique Resource Sites

Interesting Antique Resources and informative references outside the antique marks site. A useful selection of antique associations and other resources that should help with any area of antiques but especially antique collecting. No matter whether you collect silver, glass, china or any other antique collectibles, there are always diverse opinions and various interpretations on what is rare, what is valuable and or what is just downright fake. Assessing and evaluating those opinions ... Continue Reading