Sunday, July 14, 2013

American antique jade

American jade is made up of a group of semiprecious hard stones. Chief among them is a dense rock composed almost entirely of the mineral jadeite, a sodium aluminum silicate of the pyroxene family noted for its beautiful color when worked. The rock is extremely durable and very rare, and it was used in two ancient American regions: in Mesoamerica, where it is believed to have been made initially into simple items such as beads around 1500 B.C., and in the part of Central America now known as Costa Rica, where the first sculptural forms were probably carved about a thousand years later.

As in China, where semiprecious hard stones—also known collectively today as jade—were worked from very early times, the initial use of such stones is thought to be an outgrowth of the production of tools, weapons, and ornaments of more common stone. Its compact structure, hardness, and admirable surface gleam when polished recommended jade for works of special status.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Antique maiolica

Maiolica is simply an old Italian word for pottery – specifically earthenware (as opposed to red terracotta), with painted decoration on a white background under a tin-based glaze. It is believed the term was first used to describe the medieval lustre pottery from Spain that was imported into Italy via the island of Mallorca. As the spirit or Renaissance spread through Italy during the 15th century, maiolica potters in Tuscany, particularly those near Florence, took the manufacture of pottery into a totally new dimension.

It is these early pieces and, to a lesser extent, 17th and 18th-century examples that interest collectors today. More affordable are 19th-century copies of early master works predominantly pictured on the photos here – which have just as much decorative potential without the high price tag.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Buy and sell antiques with the help of online portals

Having and collecting old and used antiques is a passion for many. An antique is considered as one of the most important and sought after items.

Having and collecting old and used antiques is a passion for many. An antique is considered as one of the most important and sought after items. They are found in every house or office. Old antiques are crafted with precision and care. It is impossible to find any fault with these items and accessories. They offer grandeur because of their classic magnificence. They are designed with patterns that bring life to the old era and age. In today's modern world, it is just impossible to find true and authentic antiques. They are not easily available in normal furniture stores. Are you on the lookout to buy or sell antiques for your house? In case, your answer is yes, it is strongly recommended to try visiting various online portals.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The object of the day: Maurice Utrillo's painting

Maurice Utrillo - Eglise de la Boissière, Rue Principale 
(1935 France)

Oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed/Dated Signed, inscribed verso, and dated 1935
Dimensions 25.50inch wide 19.50inch high (64.77 cm wide 49.53 cm high)
Framed Dimensions 33 inch framed width 27 inch framed height (83.82 cm framed width 68.58 cm framed height)
Literature Paul Petrides, Maurice Utrillo Catalogue Raisonné, 1964, listed, titled as Eglise et rue principale a la Boissière, Ecole, ref #1633

This painting is accompanied by a Petrides Photo Certificate, certification #1.072
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