Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Palm Beach Antiques Part 4

Otto Weber.  "Casting a Shoe."  German-American
The show featured mostly European and Asian antiques, but there were some American.
This genre scene by Otto Weber, surrounded by a number of wooden and iron
animals and birds, was typical: quiet, domestic, uplifting. positive, hard-working.

Several wooden and iron birds from the 19th century.  U.S.

Raquell Carnoell.  "Sweets."  U.S.  Photo-Realist
This was a recent painting, and its realism was typical for the show.

Gino Miles.  "Nimbus."  Stainless Steel.  U.S.
Gino created this abstract work out of more than 80 pieces of iron welded together,
and then covered in stainless steel.  The sculpture is mounted on a pivot and can be 
rotated, so that you constantly see a new sculpture before you.

Gino Miles.  "Aspiring."  Stainless Steel.  U.S.
Gino makes both large scale sculptures meant to be placed in a garden, as well as
smaller pieces meant to be inside.

Thalen and Thalen.  "Silver Ojects."  Dutch / Belgian.
The father and son make objects by hammering from a single sheet of pure silver.

Thalen and Thalen.  "Silver Vase."  David Spiller.  "I LoveYou."
David creates posters of bright lettering and generally cheerful, upbeat messages.

David Spiller.  'It's Only Love and That is all" and
"Let's Face the Music and Dance."  Two posters by David Spiller.

Diamond and Pearl Necklace in original case.  19th century.
The finest pieces always have individual cases made specifically for them.

An assortment of flower and butterfly brooches with diamonds and pearls.

Marlene Rose.  "Autumn Bells."  U.S.  Cast Glass.
Marlene is the leading cast-glass artist in the U.S. and world.  She carves the forms she
wants in styrofoam and then presses the forms into a sand-like mixture, which becomes
the mold.  She pours molten glass into the mold and then brings the form down to room temperature over a period of seven days, very slowly so that the thick glass does not crack.
These forms are derived from ancient bronze Chinese bells.

Marlene Rose.  "Three Buddha Heads."  U.S.  cast Glass.  Back-lit.

Marlene Rose.  "Cherry Blossom Window."  U.S.  Cast Glass.
Each of the rectangular pieces is sand-cast and is more than an inch thick.  They are
supported by steel armatures.  Behind is an LED panel of white light which is even
all over, no hot spots.  The LED is controlled by a little remote gadget, which looks a
car key fob and allows her to make a very light blue or dark blue panel, as she or the
owner desires.  It was very beautiful.

Furniture room setting with Jewel Box of Marie Antoinette on table in center.

Marie Antoinette Jewel Casket
The dealer said five of these were made, and today two of them are in museums.
A portrait of the queen is on the front and s portrait of her husband, Louis XVI, is on
the back.  The table / stand is original to the case.

19th century furniture room setting.

Italian 19th century cabinet inlaid with various marbles.

Close-up of front of 19th century Italian case.  Little drawers and compartments
open up all over.

Philippe Hiquily.  "Three Giroufles / Weather Vanes."  Iron.  French.
Hiquily is one of the leading contemporary French sculptors, and these forms
are typical.  Although they all move, they are not meant to be functional weather vanes.

Keith Haring.  "Two Men Flying."  U.S.  Graffiti Art.

William Grasdorf.  "Still Life with Grapes and Peace."  Dutch 1720.
One of the galleries had only Dutch paintings of the 17th - 19th centuries in a
darkened gallery space.  All of the works were of very fine quality, and the setting 
contributed a great deal.

Osias Beert.  "Still Life with Oysters and Sweets."  Dutch.  17th century.
Still life paintings were very popular with the middle-class Dutch, who liked to
show off the fine foods and objects they could afford in their homes.  All of these
paintings had wonderful frames specially made in London to imitate what an
original frame would have looked like.  If you could find an original 17th century
frame, it would probably cost more than the painting.

Batholomeus van Hove.  "Great Harbor in Haarlem."  Dutch.  19th century.
This type of local scene was popular throughout the 17th-19th centuries.  Its realism
appealed to the practical Dutch.  It also appealed to their pride in their country, rich
in business and tolerant in religion and ideas.

Norman Rockwell.  "A Scout is Reverend."  U.S.  1940  oil on canvas
Norman Rockwell was the most popular illustrator in America in the mid 20th
century; his works were reproduced on magazine covers and in books in
great numbers. They all began with careful oil painting, and this is an

Robert Gwathmey.  "A Gathering."  U.S.
Gwathmey is an African-American artist who often depicts the lives of Black
Americans in bold, simple forms and strong otlines.

A display case full of large pearl jewelry.

Gold and Diamond Jewelry.

Rubies and Diamonds in Necklaces, Earrings. and Finger Rings.

Alexi Torres.  "Wild Warhol."  U.S.
This is a large 5x8 foot painting based on Warhol's famous
self-portrait photo-print.  Torres often reworks famous Pop Art.

Francisco Valverde.  "Yellow Stripes."  Acrylic paints allowed to drip at bottom.

Claude Venard.  "Woman with Lamp."  French
Venard is a popular contemporary French painter.  His works were
handled by several different galleries.

Claude Venard.  "Sunflowers and Fruit."  French.
Venard's style makes use of the compressed space and multiple
views of Cubism, along with the brilliant color of Matisse.

Claude Venard.  "King and Joker."  French

Jean Lurcat.  "Ceramic Dish."  French.
Lurcat was one of the foremost tapestry designers of the 20th century.
Here he adapts one of his typical images for tapestry for decoration on
a plate.

Jean Cocteau.  "Janus Plate."  Rosenthal Porcelain.
Cocteau was a poet and playwright as well as an artist.
This is a plate he created for the Rosenthal Pottery.

Jean Cocteau.  "Face on Dish."  French.

Rene Lalique.  "Two Molded Glass Vases."  French.
Lalique believed everyone should have the opportunity to have beautiful objects in their
home, and glass was a perfect material to create beautiful objects which could be
mass produced from molds.

Rene Lalique.  "The Danaides."  French.  Molded Glass.

One of the dealers handled ancient Chinese art.  This beautiful glazed T'ang Dynasty
horse was originally a tomb figure of the 9th century.  Many of these, along with
camels and various servants, would be found in the tombs of wealthy and powerful men.

One of the oldest objects I saw at the fair was this Yang-shao pot from
China.  It is Neolithic and made about 2500 B.C. and meant to be
placed in a tomb with an offering of food or wine inside.  It is very
rare to see them for sale these days.

And that's all folks!  I had a wonderful time at the show, and I hope
you have enjoyed joining me for a virtual walk through.


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