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Russian i-Tours Preview

AAD REPORTS 15/06/2011 Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926), Bogatyrs, Ilya Muromets a folk hero of the Kievan Rus defending the realm, ultimately buried at a monastery in Kiev Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844-1930), Ivan The Terrible And His Son Ivan On November 16, 1581 Ilya...[Read More]
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AAD :: Comment Policy

Elliot Lee 15/06/2011AAD Community & Commenting Guidelines The ART-ANTIQUES-DESIGN - in the following called 'AAD site has a thriving user community and we actively encourage commenting on our features and news. We are dedicated to this community and strive to maintain...[Read More]
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New York City Part I

Clinton Howell 09/07/2011London and St. Petersburg My visit to both these cities this June was fantastic. London continues to prepare for the 2012 Olympics with road works and infrastructure repairs to the city. The London Underground, however, will never be prepared. It is...[Read More]
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New York City Part II

Clinton Howell 10/10/2011Jon Huntsman, the one Republican candidate that doesn't seem to worry about cozying up to the Republican right, skipped the debate last night in Nevada, reducing the field to seven. By all accounts, it was an attempted mugging of Mitt Romney who I have...[Read More]
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Investing in Art or Gold : The Best Option

Michael Kanyuchi 02/11/2011Ever heard the saying ''A butterfly flapping its wings in Africa can cause a hurricane in America''? This saying implies that a small event can trigger a bigger reaction. Today’s global economic crisis (GEC) which has hit hardest most developed...[Read More]
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Art as an Investment

Michael Kanyuchi 23/11/2011For new art collectors to compare the significance of investing in art, I decided to show a comparison of return on investment if one had invested in a blue chip company and the value today if one had invested in an art piece. 'Standard Oil' was the...[Read More]
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Looking at English Furniture Part I

Clinton Howell 24/11/2011The pleasure of art is, in part, in its ambiguity. Ambiguity allows us to insert our own narrative into a painting. For example, when I look at a Rembrandt self-portrait, I feel I am looking at the artist. Rembrandt, for me, somehow inserts character in...[Read More]
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Art as An Asset & Collateral

Michael Kanyuchi 02/12/2011An old school way of thinking that I often hear is that art is an illiquid asset, but the same can be said about real-estate. The fact is, a shrewd investor doesn't buy and sell real-estate, they hold onto their property and use their real estate asset...[Read More]
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Looking at English Furniture Part II

Clinton Howell 10/12/2011I look down on a street of Bradford pear trees and the color of the leaves, scarlet and yellow, is uplifting. The Bradford pear, an Asian species, was thought to be the answer for New York City's streets as it has beautiful flowers in the spring and...[Read More]
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Fine French Furniture of The Provinces of France

Mary Helen McCoy 11/12/2011AN OVERVIEW ON FINE FURNITURE FROM THE PROVINCES OF FRANCE During the reign of Louis XIV, the French developed a desire foe beautiful and luxurious decorative arts in their homes. Louis XIV inspired the creative talents of French artisans and...[Read More]
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Ripe Tomatoes

Clinton Howell 14/12/2011Years ago, when I was first in England and longing for a tomato sandwich, I was told that if I wanted to peel the tomato skin from the tomato, I should put it into boiling water for twenty to thirty seconds. I was scandalized and decided that it was...[Read More]
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Telephone Bids, Incompetence

Clinton Howell 16/12/2011Auction houses offer the essential service of telephone bidding for clients who cannot personally attend an auction. It is a service, like most of their services, which has a caveat meaning that if they don't get in touch with you, it is too bad. Like...[Read More]
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The Artists Resale Right. Do The Maths

John Robertson 17/12/2011Whatever the moral arguments in favour of this badly drafted directive from Brussels the result will be the closure of many privately run commercial dealerships which have provided an income for many artists. I ran The Bourne Gallery in Surrey for forty...[Read More]
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Looking at English Furniture Part III

Clinton Howell 25/12/2011Everyone knows that Christmas is a holiday that has been wedded to pagan rituals. Our appreciation for the Christmas tree, the Yule log, the singing of carols and some of the carols themselves, all hark to a non-Christian tradition. As far as I am...[Read More]
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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

Niall Fairhead 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...

Niall Fairhead 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

Clinton Howell 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

Clinton Howell 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

Clinton Howell 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

Clinton Howell 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...

Niall Fairhead 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

Clinton Howell 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

Clinton Howell 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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What's Driving Istanbul's Hot Art Scene?

03/01/2013Tansa Eksioglu sits in the conference room of her offices at SPOT, the organization she co-founded with two other Turkish women, her blonde hair casually pinned behind her head, notepad at the ready, and describes, with no small urgency in her voice, the...[Read More]
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Frisky As A Bull In A China Shop

Maura Haverly 09/01/2013Porcelain. Quick, what first comes to mind? The tea set Aunt Edna left you in her will? Those incredibly delicate sculptures you see in antique shops that make you think immediately “dust catcher”? Me too. But, I was just having a glass of...[Read More]
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Keith Richards Gets It

Clinton Howell 10/01/2013The best thing about Christmas are the presents that are books, even if I do have to buy some of them for myself. Keith Richards’, “Life” has been recommended to me by numerous and varied people so I bought myself a copy and read it...[Read More]
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The Mayfair Fair Wrap Report

David Harvey 16/01/2013Ingrid Nilson’s latest venture, the Mayfair Fine Art and Antiques Fair has caused considerable excitement and interest. Held last week in the ballroom of the Grosvenor Square Marriott Hotel it housed some 43 stands and provided a way to kick start...[Read More]
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The Decorative Arts, Where To Next?

Lewis Baer 17/01/2013Today, in the higher end decorative arts market, it is not about what an auctioneer can offer (or demand), but how can dealers present a better alternative. The auction method as practiced by the Sotheby’s/Christie’s duopoly works quite well...[Read More]
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David Roentgen At The MMA

Clinton Howell 17/01/2013The David Roentgen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum ends on Jan. 27. It is extremely worthwhile. I went for the second time last Sunday and was astounded by the quality of the craftsmanship. Every aspect, from the mechanics within the furniture, the...[Read More]
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Invitation To Online Dialogue - The Future Of Charity...

AAD REPORTS 19/01/2013I have followed with fascination the lengthy discussion about the role/ potential of auction houses in antiques shows or fairs (just one of many variant words between the UK and USA to describe the same thing). What the discussion made me keenly aware of...[Read More]
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The Analysis Of 'Invitation To Online Dialogue - The...

Mary Helen McCoy 23/01/2013Here for all to share is a compilation of the fruits of this discussion to date. Despite dealers often being criticized as a negative lot, that is not my experience–deep down we are in fact immensely positive. Despite the disappointments we may...[Read More]
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The Enigma Of Trust

Clinton Howell 26/01/2013Perhaps the most persistent question adults ask about any and everything they do is whether something is genuine? It is the question that no amount of self assuredness can adequately answer. From scams to straightforward disingenuousness, it is hard to...[Read More]
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News - As Art Values Rise, So Do Concerns About...

Lewis Baer 29/01/2013 When some of the world’s richest people gather for the glittering New York auction season this spring, they will spend hundreds of millions of dollars in an art market that allows opaque transactions and has few outside monitors. At major...[Read More]
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The Good Guide To Charity Shows In America

Mary Helen McCoy 31/01/2013INTRODUCTION Art and Antique Shows held in smaller metropolitan areas with a population of affluent buyers play a significant role for the trade. Most all dealers have exhibited at these shows making contacts in different markets which have been the key...[Read More]
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: DESTINATION POINTS

Gail Green 06/02/2013What are destination points? They are a location spots, in effect, the first visual areas one sees upon entering a space. It is where the eye naturally falls and is drawn into when looking directly ahead into a room. Spacial circumstances form these...[Read More]
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Location, Location, Location: Destination Points

Gail Green 06/02/2013What are destination points? They are a location spots, in effect, the first visual areas one sees upon entering a space. It is where the eye naturally falls and is drawn into when looking directly ahead into a room. Spacial circumstances form these...[Read More]
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Fashionably Frisky

Maura Haverly 09/02/2013Enjoying my favorite beverage the other night (hint: it has bubbles) I noticed that last year’s Hugo Boss award winner, Danh Vo, has a show coming up at the Guggenheim. OK – full disclosure here - I worked on the Hugo Boss awards project some...[Read More]
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What's In A Word?

Tom Higginson 10/02/2013“ The object of oratory is not truth but persuasion” ( Macaulay –letters on Athenian Orators ) Hands up all those old timers who once drove a 1950’s Ford Popular Van? You remember, the with one with no power, three gears, no...[Read More]
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Follow Up: Future Of Charity Shows

AAD REPORTS 15/02/2013In the middle of January I was invited to share my thoughts on the health of antiques shows in America, as the on-line antiques world in England, Europe and America kept swirling with debates about the success of shows, the failures of shows, the...[Read More]
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Fine French Furniture Of The Provinces Of France

Mary Helen McCoy 17/02/2013AN OVERVIEW ON FINE FURNITURE FROM THE PROVINCES OF FRANCE During the reign of Louis XIV, the French developed a desire foe beautiful and luxurious decorative arts in their homes. Louis XIV inspired the creative talents of French artisans and...[Read More]
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Schwitters The Chameleon

Chloe Nelkin 18/02/2013I thought I knew Schwitters. That is until I walked around Tate Britain’s latest exhibition. It is said of so many people that they are forerunners of their time but Schwitters really was and his incredible multi-disciplinary practice brought...[Read More]
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Hey Any Art, Antique and Design Dealer Friends, ..

Mark Goodger 24/02/2013Hey any Art, Antique and Design Dealer friends, got something to say blurb it out on here for all to see. Going…going…gone! When buying antiques, us dealers are often up at silly hours of the day travelling hundreds of miles whilst most...[Read More]
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NEWS - Zimbabwe Exhibiting At The 55th Venice...

Michael Kanyuchi 25/02/2013With a great sense of pride, I can report that Zimbabwe is one of the 4 African countries exhibiting at the 55th Venice Biennale, which is taking place from the 1st of June – 24th November this year, in Venice Italy. Through the ministry of...[Read More]
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Psst…. Anybody Want To Buy A Wall?

Tom Higginson 26/02/2013Back in the good old days, just before the Millennium, I rented for a very short period a shop/workshop in Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales (don’t ask !). One day a highly intelligent master criminal walked around the Centre to case the joint and...[Read More]
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Educating Art Buyers

Lawrence Klepper 01/03/2013Why should I trust you? That is a simple enough question for most people in their daily lives, but it takes on added significance when you are dealing with art, artists, and art gallery owners in the on-going endeavor of selling works of art. To the...[Read More]
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A Taxing Situation

Maura Haverly 07/03/2013Tax on internet sales is coming…..why should you care? Hmmm, do you have a website?As AAD recently pointed out in the article of April 11, 71% of collectors have bought a piece of art (or more than one!) without having seen it in person...[Read More]
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Frisky With Phillip Pearlstein

Maura Haverly 08/03/2013Last weekend I met Phillip Pearlstein. By accident. I’m a member of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg Florida, and somehow I missed the date of the cocktail party heralding the opening of the exhibition of his work. I know it’s hard...[Read More]
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Psst...Anyone Want To Buy Brian Boru's Desk?

Tom Higginson 11/03/2013Brian Boru. Legendary hero and last High King of Ireland. Killed. 1014 ad. at the battle of Clontarf, Dublin. His(?) harp and the Book of Kells can be seen in Trinity College Library, Dublin. Also (if interested!) see ‘Psst-anyone want to buy a...[Read More]
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From Ben-Day To Man Ray

Chloe Nelkin 12/03/2013As soon as the escalator emerged at level 2 of Tate Modern, I knew I had made a mistake. Why oh why would I have thought a Friday morning in half term was a good time to visit an exhibition of one of the most popular and recognisable artists in the world...[Read More]
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The French “Mercer” or Mercier-Marchand

Mary Helen McCoy 16/03/2013Webster’s dictionary defines “mercer” as a dealer in textile fabrics however this is the British definition of an old French word meaning a trader in goods or wares (including the textiles) which comes from the Latin. French mercers...[Read More]
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The Next Generation

Lewis Baer 17/03/2013Building a business to survive for multiple generations is a daunting possibility. Bill Gates hasn’t done it yet, but he certainly has everything in place for Microsoft to be passed on to a next generation. Could he perceive how Microsoft would be...[Read More]
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Getting Lucky

Clinton Howell 19/03/2013Have you ever walked down the street and found a dollar bill or maybe even a five or a ten? Neither have I. I know I have lost them, but I have never found any. The reason is that I like to look at people. All kinds of people attract my attention. Tall,...[Read More]
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Reinventing Our Physical Landscape: Apres Le Divorce...

Gail Green 20/03/2013The value of altering our physical landscape – the home – is an excellent first step towards personal reinvention, paving a visual path to becoming a more positive and happy person. If clothes make the man, then surely a change in one’s...[Read More]
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Q & A - Someone Asked Me A Question

Lewis Baer 22/03/2013Question “Do you know, by chance, about similar cases? Where should I address myself to (I live in Germany) , New York State Attorney? Consumer Affairs? Is there any special body in NY dealing with “misbehaviour” of auction...[Read More]
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Educating Art Buyers, Part 2

Lawrence Klepper 25/03/2013I stepped into a fascinating discussion between two local art gallery owners. One owner came calling on the other while I was visiting with the latter and their discussion was an eye opener. The visiting gallery owner was promoting the idea of a sit-down...[Read More]
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Claustrophobic Alleyways Or A Delightful Treasure...

Chloe Nelkin 26/03/2013The V&A could not really have fitted much more into one gallery for their latest exhibition. Entitled Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars it doesn’t sound the most inspiring but it’s a treasure trove with...[Read More]
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Pablo Picasso And The Influence Of Zimbabwe

Michael Kanyuchi 03/04/2013Pablo Picasso is in the AAD news again, with the sale of one of his paintings entitled “ Le Reve’’ , which was bought for by hedge fund manager Steve Cohen for $155 million from casino mogul Steve Wynn . The $155 million price-tag for...[Read More]
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Sustainable Sales

Lawrence Klepper 04/04/2013I remember it like it was yesterday, the artist had just concluded his first one-man show in a highly reputable gallery and the sales were admittedly good. He’d struggled for a number of years making a living as a part-time studio art instructor...[Read More]
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Change, It Happens

Clinton Howell 06/04/2013Dominant power in any situation is always temporary. Societies, religion, business all seem incapable of holding a center. Inevitably, there is change be it for better or worse if only because societal inertia is so implausible. This is equally true in...[Read More]
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Frisky With Art

Maura Haverly 09/04/2013Well, I was just settling down with a glass of my favorite beverage (hint: it rhymes with wine) when I chanced to open up the current issue of Art in America. Now, I will confess, usually I mostly look at the pictures, (and I am sure I’m not alone...[Read More]
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