Ernest Montaut: A Collectible Automobilia Artist
Not too many years ago the automobile was considered the work of madmen, determined to corrupt the morals of our society, not to mention upset the enterprise of the blacksmith, the horse breeder and the harness maker. (They weren’t far from the truth.) It is difficult for the current generation to understand how the automobile caught the world’s imagination.
When Should I Restore an Antique or Fine Art Painting?
When you’re considering buying an item or a painting that needs repair, as an antique dealer, you might ask yourself what the increase in value will be after its restoration. While I usually recommend the members of my antique business club, the 31 Club, to allow the purchaser do the restoration, there is that rare […]
Illustrator: Aubrey Vincent Beardsley 1872-1898
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was born in Brighton on 21 August 1872 and early showed artistic ability, acting and playing in concerts with his sister Mabel and producing drawings of recognized merit. The Beardsley family’s means were modest, and by 1888 Aubrey had quit school to work as a clerk. At the age of nineteen Aubrey […]
Spelter, The Great Pretender
Spelter figurines and busts of this type were produced in great numbers during the late 19th Century, most were based on Greek and Roman Classical works or originals of famous 19th Century sculptors. The spelter examples were made as an inexpensive option to the expensive bronze examples produced by noted artists such as Frederic Remington, Auguste Rodin, P.J. Mene and A.L.
Vietnamese Antiques Take Big Euro Hit
A strange mix of art, antiques and collectibles news leads off with a multimillion-dollar miscalculation by the Vietnamese when auctioning a sunken treasure, followed by a collector who didn’t like paying for his artwork and finally, a 1938 Alfa Romeo takes Best of Show.