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2012 Archive

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Begin To Look At Small Glimpses of Hope

Mary Helen McCoy 14/01/2012It is hard to imagine that we are almost in mid- January and soon we will be entering a new season of Art and Antique Shows as well as auctions and private sales. The climate for business has actually changed over the course of the last year and so as...[Read More]
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The 9th Annual National Art, Fine Art & Antiques...

David Harvey 16/01/2012Britain's most prestigious fair outside the capital takes place this week at the NEC, Birmingham. The National Fine Art & Antiques Fair, supported by LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, runs 18th - 22nd January 2012 and will be the...[Read More]
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Decorating Paradigms, Fear of Color and the Emperor's...

Douglas Stock 19/02/2012I recently travelled to New York to serve on the vetting committee for The Winter Antiques Show. I had received a "good deal" on a four star, tower style hotel in mid-town and was given quite a spacious room on a high floor. What struck me, in...[Read More]
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Dutch Courage

Nynke Van Der Ven 04/03/2012This year TEFAF is celebrating its silver jubilee in the Chinese year of the water dragon. As many of you will know, Clemens Van der Ven is one of the founders of TEFAF Maastricht. The move from Valkenburg to the new MECC building – in 1988 –...[Read More]
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Terms and Conditions - oopsy-daisy

18/03/2012Two days ago I had a visit from my framer. He looked worried and alarmed at a problem which was troubling him and asked my advice: Some while ago he had made some frames for a client which were delivered and paid for. Many months later the client has...[Read More]
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Art Dealers Pay 15% to Give DACS a 6 Year Interest...

15/04/2012The article in this weeks Antique Trade Gazette is truly shocking. It seems that The Design and Copyright Society (DACS) have announced that they will hand back undistributed Resale Right Royalties after 6 years. They say they will charge a 15%...[Read More]
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Displaying Art –| Tricks of the Trade

Gail Green 27/04/2012When DISPLAYING small sized ART works, it is best to gather them into a closely allied grouping. When positioned on the wall as a unit, they resemble a strong composition. Small works, such as prints, are most effectively hung 1/2 inch apart in all...[Read More]
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Ball of Wax

06/05/2012The Art and Antiques Design blog emanating out of London is straining to become an industry voice and I applaud the effort being taken by Elliot Lee and Francesca Fiumano on the industry's behalf. In point of fact, there is not much of an industry...[Read More]
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SPRING SHOW NYC | Engages & Enlightens

Gail Green 07/05/2012How better suited to this Blog than the appearance of a show that defines it’s very name: Art Antiques and Design! The confluence of these allied arts in one place illustrates how a marriage between them can be at once successful and engaging. What...[Read More]
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Dante | the Typeface NOT the Poet

Gail Green 13/05/2012While the words may not sound as lyrical, the look of them is chic and sophisticated! Thanks to John Bidwell, Head of Printed Books at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, the institution now has a new typographical look! But, this is no ordinary...[Read More]
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Symbols

14/05/2012In reading Penepole Treadwell's book on Johan Zoffany, the German painter who emigrated to England in 1760, I came across an interesting fact that pertains to one of the pieces in my inventory. Eighteenth century England, and Europe for that matter, was...[Read More]
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What is Art?

Lawrence Klepper 19/05/2012Art can roughly be divided into two categories: art that you think you could have done yourself, and art you definitely know you could never have done yourself. You reach a point with some art where you say to yourself why didn’t I think of doing...[Read More]
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INTERIORS – THE PHANTASMAGORIA OF MARLENE MOCQUET:...

Gail Green 21/05/2012At first glance the images in Marlene Mocquet’s paintings appear whimsical and witty. There are all sorts of chimerical figures: it is a fantastical world of animated and anthropomorphic creatures. In what looks like Hieronymus Bosch meets Max...[Read More]
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Attitude's the key

Nicola Fontanella 21/05/2012We may be living in the age of the internet but, for all the websites in the world, the tried and trusted ways of sourcing art and antiques are still the best. For interior designers, including myself, relationships and attitude remains key to success...[Read More]
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A Pretty Nice Girl

03/06/2012I have been in the position to see the Queen a number of times over the years. I saw her when I was in Scotland with my mother in 1962 and I have seen her a number of times since. I was talking to a Brit the other day about this and he said he had never...[Read More]
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DEFINING DIFFERENCES: DECORATORS, DESIGNERS,...

Gail Green 04/06/2012As an interior designer, I am frequently asked about the defining differences between an architect, an interior designer, and a decorator. It is an insightful question because the distinctions can be so subtle, yet radical, as to make all the difference...[Read More]
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Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Flooring

Gail Green 04/07/2012For a dramatic floor, one that emphasizes the furniture and grandeur of a room, stain it a very dark brown or black. Staining it so will make the floor disappear, thus giving emphasis to the furniture, adding drama to the room’s landscape. It also...[Read More]
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Interiors –| Attention to Detail: God is in the...

Gail Green 22/07/2012As Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe exclaimed “God is in the details.” The famous architect knew that what separates the sublime from the mundane is the attention to detail that an artisan expresses in their work. It is refinement of technique, if...[Read More]
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Fashioning Standards For Industry Conduct

Lewis Baer 23/07/2012Doctors have the American Medical Association; lawyers are represented by the American Bar Association, car dealers, teachers, religions, and even countries have organized representation to promote their best interests to the public and government. Art...[Read More]
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Talking To My Chair

28/07/2012I read an article in the Wall Street Journal the other day by Jack and Suzy Welch about how corporations are people. It reminded me of why I like English antique furniture so much. It speaks to me. The other day, as a matter of fact, I bumped into one of...[Read More]
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Interiors –| Niches : Carving a Curve, Not a Path

Gail Green 03/08/2012In their most narrow sense, niches are the professed specialization areas marketing experts tell us to pursue. Like a well-trodden path, is it singularly bound with little perspective. Enter the architectural niche, it’s almost forgotten cousin....[Read More]
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Interiors |– Great design transcends time

Gail Green 26/08/2012MODERN MEETS TRADITIONAL History proves that trends come and go; what’s trendy one moment becomes passe the next. But, great design transcends the barriers of time and place. The qualities that rise above the shabby-chic or super minimalist modern...[Read More]
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Poetry in Motion: Roger Federer & Flow

Gail Green 08/09/2012After watching Roger Federer’s win at Wimbledon this summer, I was inspired to ponder the commonalities between the champion’s elegant performance and that of great design. With some replay observation, I came to the conclusion that the...[Read More]
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A Confluence of Cross Cultural Exchanges

Gail Green 13/09/2012A Confluence of Cross Cultural Exchanges between the Muslims, Christians, and Jews from the 3rd Century to the early 17th Century “Crossing Borders,” the current exhibition at the Jewish Museum, showcases an impressive selection from the...[Read More]
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The Cost of Administering Artists Resale Right to the...

18/09/2012WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP! Art Dealers may be aware that there is a continuing campaign to increase the threshold at which ARR is charged from €1000 to €3000. If we are successful in achieving this it will have great benefits for the entire...[Read More]
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FROM THE TOWER OF LONDON TO THE GATES OF PARADISE

Gail Green 19/10/2012The 24th Annual Preview Party for the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers show last night presented a cavalcade of sterling objects. Silver, jewels, books, paintings, statues, and objet’s d’art from ancient to modern times are on...[Read More]
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DIVORCE & ART: A Restoration

Gail Green 27/10/2012The marriage of Divorce and Art is the happy confluence of positive reinvention. Having been through a challenging time, you are now ready to settle into a calmer, happier situation. In effect, the home’s visual setting provides the divorcee with a...[Read More]
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SANDY: BOUNDARIES REDEFINED

Gail Green 02/11/2012Every now and then, man’s boundaries are redefined. That is, just when we think we have a hold on things, that man’s mastery over nature reigns supreme, a correction sets us right. When man’s hubris takes him, like Icarus, too close to...[Read More]
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Deflation in the Antiques Trade?

Lewis Baer 10/11/2012The “go-go” years of the antiques trade in the 1980s relished the economy’s inflationary bias. The effect on prices for these objects was devastating, in a good way. Prices, like homes values prior to the present “Great...[Read More]
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The Salon: Fame and Folly

Gail Green 12/11/2012The Salon, a show both sophisticated and chic, is sure to delight its observers and buyers. With paintings, furnishings, sculpture, books at a exceptionally refined level of quality, the exhibition is top tier. Works span centuries and cover multiple...[Read More]
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Unassignable and Inalienable Right?

John R Walker 13/11/20121. Member States shall provide that authors who are nationals of third countries and, subject to Article 8(2), their successors in title shall enjoy the resale right in accordance with this Directive and the legislation of the Member State concerned only...[Read More]
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The Salon: fame and folly

Gail Green 13/11/2012The Salon, a show both sophisticated and chic, is sure to delight its observers and buyers. With paintings, furnishings, sculpture, books at a exceptionally refined level of quality, the exhibition is top tier. Works span centuries and cover multiple...[Read More]
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Young Collectors, Oxymoron or Reality?

Douglas Stock 17/11/2012In the classic film The Scarlet Pimpernel, the lead character, Percy, a member of the British noble class who is aiding French nobles to escape during the French Revolution, utters the short poem "They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies...[Read More]
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Museums that exhibits Modern Art Could Be...

John R Walker 27/11/2012There is a case before the US high Court( Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sonsbefore) that at first seems to have little to do the public exhibition of modern art. Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Involves a Thai student , Kirtsaeng, who while studying...[Read More]
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Culture | The Reasons For Hope

Laure Kaltenbach 29/11/2012The theme of the fifth edition of The Forum d’Avignon, was neither provocative nor thoughtless at a time of budget shortages. Exchanges between its 450 participants from 43 countries representing the worlds of culture, the economy and the media,...[Read More]
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An Overview of 2011 | Moving Forward

Lewis Baer 01/12/2012I often think of my grandmother these days who was fifty years old when the Depression hit the United States in 1929. My father was 19 and he had a brother of 17 and another that was 12. My father was at Yale and his two brothers were in boarding school...[Read More]
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Friskier in Miami

Maura Haverly 08/12/2012I was invited to the opening – well, one of the openings – of Art Miami Basel – along with about 8 million others. I lasted 15 minutes. Lots of pretty girls complaining about their very expensive foot wear. And you couldn't see the...[Read More]
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What Clients Want

08/12/2012Clearly, the most difficult aspect of walking into an antique shop for most would-be buyers is knowing what it is you want to buy. "I will know it when I see it." Perhaps you will and perhaps you won't, but I find that most people want to be talked into...[Read More]
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Ronny's Revenge

Tom Higginson 09/12/2012My Irish leprechaun wife wants the kitchen painting before Christmas. She handed me a paint colour card telling me that it’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ for men. At the moment I feel much less ‘The Story of O’ and more the...[Read More]
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Ink In Miami

Maura Haverly 09/12/2012Ink, an art fair for works on paper, now in it's 7th year was a huge surprise to me. First of all, although I've been coming to Art Miami Basel for years, I had never heard of it. Second, I too had been listening to all the doom and gloom about prints...[Read More]
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GREENBERG'S ART DECO: THE SPLENDOR OF THE SUBLIME

Gail Green 11/12/2012The Salon, a show both sophisticated and chic, is sure to delight its observers and buyers. With paintings, furnishings, sculpture, books at a exceptionally refined level of quality, the exhibition is top tier. Works span centuries and cover multiple...[Read More]
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Greenberg's Art Deco | The Splendor of The Sublime

Gail Green 11/12/2012MASTERFUL CRAFTSMANSHIP The Steven Greenberg collection of Art Deco art, furniture, and accessories represents the magnificence of a time relived through the eyes of this special collector. Capturing the Art Deco zeitgeist through selective...[Read More]
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Biennale Des Antiquaires 2012 - Karl Lagerfeld In The...

Kalman Maklary 12/12/2012Bonjour Everyone I thought you might like to see these photographs. Image by Éva Soós Image by Éva Soós Image by Éva Soós Image by Éva Soós Image by Éva Soós[Read More]
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Real or Fake? That Is The Question!

Mary Helen McCoy 14/12/2012Period furniture with the elaborate carvings of walnut or oak and stories the panels of the case pieces told. When I opened my own gallery I stayed away from acquiring these pieces until I saw an Armoire a deux corps from an area in Provence where French...[Read More]
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Where is the Decorative Arts Market Going?

Lewis Baer 14/12/2012It depends on what you are looking for. While the antiques market may be fickle, it is still a very viable market, with a definite supply and demand quotient. However, the economic encumbrance of the present worldwide recession in consumer luxuries has...[Read More]
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Beam Me Up Scottie

Tom Higginson 18/12/2012“ till the Sun grows cold / the Stars grow old /and the leaves of the Judgment Book unfold” (Bayard Taylor 1825-78) Wow, that’s a relief then, the world didn’t end on the 21st after all. I woke up on the 22nd with a thumping...[Read More]
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In The Beginning There Was Light

Gail Green 27/12/2012Light is not only an expression of heavenly awareness, it is one of the designer’s basic tools through which architectural invention is reflected. Without light, neither the aesthetics nor the function of a room would be highly visible. Light,...[Read More]
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Selling Art V Antiques; Apples VS. Oranges

Lewis Baer 29/12/2012Antiques and art are not really so similar. While they both fall under the same industry category, selling these items seems to require very different approaches. As I strolled down the side streets of Chelsea’s West 24/25/26th Streets, I saw...[Read More]
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Price Guides

30/12/2012Is there a need for price guides in the world of English antique furniture? Our corporate culture likes to think that everything can be quantified as long as we have enough information from which to draw a conclusion. However, I don't think English...[Read More]
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