Blog Posts tagged with Old Masters

Au Val Saint-Nicolas près Dieppe, Matin by Claude Monet.  Oil on canvas.  Signed, dated 1897.

Five Important Considerations When Buying Fine Art

Posted: November 06, 2017 12:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The art market is a $45 billion global industry. With so much activity, in galleries, online, at fairs, and elsewhere, the act of collecting can be daunting. Whether you have eclectic taste or are assembling a highly curated collection, the five considerations below will help you build a collection with confidence. Provenance and Literature An artwork’s provenance, or chain of ownership, is crucial in establishing its authenticity and historical importance. It helps to trace the whereabouts of a work over time, backwards to the point it exited an artist’s studio. In addition to buildi...


Buying Antique Rugs - Nazmiyal's New York Antique Rug Gallery

Surviving Your First Experience Buying Antique Rugs

Posted: March 11, 2015 14:51 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Click To View Our Comprehensive Antique Rug Buyers Guide What you Should Know If This Is Your First Experience Buying Antique Rugs So you're looking for a rug for you home, but you're not sure what to do to get started. You took to Google and ran your searches. You went to Facebook and even joined some online groups. You spoke with people you trust. Despite all this, you are still a little wary. You love rugs - you appreciate their artistry, their history, their uniqueness, and you want to make sure you find the right piece at a fair price. So what’s next? First Antiq...


Introducing the ArtisTTable

Posted: March 10, 2015 07:31 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

We just want to make this post as a quick introduction to the ArtisTTable. Started at the very end of 2012, The ArtisTTable is an art community and gallery. We host juried online art exhibitions with cash prizes. (See our current call for entries at The ArtisTTable Figure Show Call! ) We also have an art retreat program that gives artists the opportunity to get away from there studios, gather with other artists in a remote location and spend a week making art and exploring creativity. At the moment we have two retreats available, The next one is this June in Wisconsin, USA, ...


Giovanni dal Ponte, Madonna and Child, Circa 1420

Innocence, Temptation, and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art

Posted: February 12, 2015 12:14 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

This is the first of a three part series of blog posts preceding our exhibition Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art, on view at M.S. Rau Antiques from March 27 – May 4. A mystifying creature with the ability to nurture, seduce, create and conquer, women have served as an endless source of inspiration for history’s most iconic artists, representing archetypes of ideal beauty, model behavior, and the ultimate temptation. These canvases invite viewers to peel back their many layers, each telling a different story about the woman it depicts, the artist who pain...


Figure 1.  Antique Persian Suzani Embroidery, Circa 17th Century

Iranian Textile History from the Nazmiyal Archives

Posted: February 09, 2015 15:58 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

The recorded history of the civilization of the area now known as Iran stretches back to the third millennium BCE, and their textile production goes back even farther. Situated between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf, the region of modern day Iran has been a trading city and cultural epicenter for thousands of years. It has seen the rise and fall of many different dynasties and cultures, which have all left distinct marks on the artistic output of the area, giving Iran’s textiles a unique look and history that is impossible to replicate. In this blog...


"St.  Jerome in a Dark Chamber" displays the stunning artistry and emotional depth for which Rembrandt is renowned.

A Lasting Impression: Rembrandt's Incredible Etchings

Posted: January 02, 2015 12:00 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself.  His portraits and genre scenes are iconic, enriched with a level of realism that gives them an exquisite ethereal quality unmatched by any other artist before or since. Yet, few realize that Rembrandt was also a master etcher, and is responsible for not only creating some of the most amazing etchings in history, but he also evolved and gave new life to the entire process of printmaking.   Rembrandt’s painting and etching careers run parallel, and in many cases, i...


Image identified as Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley or Dido Elizabeth Belle?

Posted: May 29, 2014 12:51 Last Updated: | M. Richardson

Now that we have the fascinating story of Dido Belle, let’s take another look at the supposed portrait of the American slave and literary prodigy, Phillis Wheatley, in evening dress (Image 1). Published in a French review in the 1830s, long after Wheatley’s death, there is virtually no documentation to establish the subject’s identity. The historical context suggests it is far more likely a depiction of Dido Belle. (Image 2) Detail from double portrait of Elizabeth Murray and her cousin, Dido Elizabeth Belle by an unknown artist (formerly att. Johann Zoffany). Scotland (177...


Picasso Madura.  "Bearded Man's Wife." Est.  25/35,000 USD.

Fine Art Leads Best Ever January at Clarke.

Posted: December 11, 2013 13:10 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

     The New Year at Clarke Auction will start, perhaps stronger than ever before, with a demonstration of their resolution for consistent excellence in 2014.      The fine art selection for Clarke’s January 5th sale already boasts some unbelievable pieces that will propel Clarke into 2014 with fantastic appeal including a massive work by Walasse Ting,  an important gouache by Emil Schumacher, an oil on masonite of stellar execution by Ettore Caser, and a multitude of fine works from a magnificent and large Hartford, Connecticut estate.   &nbsp...


"Tunnel of Love" by Henry Koerner at the Yale University of Art Gallery.

Our Favorite 40 Museums - Part 3

Posted: December 02, 2013 07:30 Last Updated: | Jay Caldwell

As we continue to celebrate our gallery’s fortieth year in business we encourage you to explore some of these exceptional museums located throughout the US. *Note this list of museums is not in any particular order. To read about some of the other museums on our list click here for part 1 and here for part 2 of this series. 21. Yale University Art Gallery Established in 1832 to open up dialogue between students, faculty, and the wider public, the Yale University Art Gallery is both one of the oldest university art museums, and one of the biggest with a collection which h...


COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET – Volume 155 - November 2013

Posted: November 09, 2013 11:58 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

The Banksy Hunt & Art Market Hype! (by: Alyssa)   “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside” – Paul Cezanne, a quote that has truly inspired one artist that has been sparking headlines consistently during the month of October.  British born artist, Banksy, has been making his mark on New York since the first of October; promising one graffiti work of art a day scattered throughout the City for his show, “Better Out Than In.”  After the completion of each work he posts a picture to Instagram, which sends his followers o...


$13,000 hammer.  De Forest, Roy D.  "Swamp Fever" Oil on Canvas.

Clarke Auction's Second September Sale Highlights

Posted: October 01, 2013 11:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Clarke Auction brought a respectable range of results from their mixed offering sale on September 29th, their second in September, to close out the first month of an extremely promising fall auction season. The fine art selections showed excellent results from both old masters and modern works. The mixture of fine technique and desirability brought in bidding for an exceptional Old Master oil on canvas of Piazza San Marco. The painting, in the manner of Guardi, created significant interest in presale viewings and exploded past its conservative $1,000 to $1,500 estimate, finally hammerin...


OVIEDO, Ramon.  Oil on Canvas.

Falling Up: Clarke to Continue Fall Success with September 29th Sale.

Posted: September 25, 2013 14:36 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Just three weeks after a highly successful start to the fall auction season, the Clarke Auction team of appraisers has collectively created another quality sale of fine art, midcentury, silver, jewelry, antiques, and Asian items to be held on Sunday, September 8th at 12pm EST.   The fine art selection will begin the sale and will include a number of important estate fresh pieces. One of the most exciting pieces in the fine art selection is a Roy D. Deforest  polymer on canvas entitled “Swamp Fever.” The work is signed and dated 1982 with a Phoenix Art Museum label verso.&...


This portrait of Emperor Marcus Aurelius by Peter Paul Rubens dates to his days as a student in Antwerp.  It is a rare glimpse into the artist's early work, circa 1600.

First Steps To Greatness: An Early Rubens Masterpiece

Posted: May 29, 2013 13:23 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Emotional. Mesmerizing. Profound.  All of these words and more have been used over the centuries to describe the work of Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens. We’re all familiar with the spiritually charged, vibrant canvases that grace the collections of major museums throughout the world. Too seldom do art lovers get the chance to see a legendary artist’s early works–the true foundations of their genius. This painting, entitled The Emperor Marcus Aurelius provides this intriguing insight into the works of the Baroque master.    As was typical of the time, students in his ...


Important Bronze, Illegibly Signed

Rebuilding with Art: Clarke Auction's November 18th Sale Provides Renewal After Sandy.

Posted: November 14, 2012 08:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

After Hurricane Sandy, we are all reminded that we may lose our possessions, but we never lose our need to be surrounded by beauty and brightness. A force of nature forces changes in landscape, residence, and environment, so why not a change in what we fill our homes and our lives with? Clarke Auction, Westchester's Premier Auction House, appreciates the severity of destruction that Sandy has left behind, down to a personal level. They also appreciate people's need to rebuild and renew.  On Sunday November 18th, Clarke Auction will provide over 400 lots of beauty and structure in...


Paul Evans Sculptured Dining Table

A Rosewood By Any Other Name : Arne Vodder, Eames, and Evans at Clarke Auction's October 21st Sale.

Posted: October 16, 2012 13:55 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Midcentury Modern furniture has been recently challenging the idea that only fine art is art. The combination of functionality, design foresight, elegance, and edginess has made the midcentury modern market bring fine art numbers at auction over the last several months.     Clarke Auction in Larchmont, NY, Westchester's Premier Auction House, has successfully navigated the rough economy of late by providing its bidders with exceptional midcentury selections in its last several sales. The upcoming Sunday, October 21st sale at Clarke Auction will maintain the reputation for ...


Amazing Old Master painting from 1550 purchased at the NYC Flea Market

The End of an Era... Almost

Posted: August 31, 2011 20:29 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Ever since I moved to New York City in 2002, I have been an early morning (well before dawn) shopper at the flea markets along 6th Avenue.  By the time I had arrived on the scene, and I do mean scene, there were a few different parking lots and an indoor parking garage packed with hundreds of dealers set up selling every imaginable treasure, and some trash, you could ever hope to find.  Celebrities and rarities.  Sure, I was told of the good old days in the 80's and 90's, when there were many more lots and even better choices, but this was my time and I made the most of it. ...


Saint Michael painting, Circa 1550, Italian

Researching an Old Master (Or, Falling in Love with a Painting)

Posted: July 27, 2011 15:38 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Have you ever been absolutely compelled to buy something?  To where the piece spoke to you?  Drew you in.  Took hold of you and wouldn't let go.  Well, it happened to me.  This is a story about my introduction to the world of Old Master painting.   It was a very early Saturday morning and I was checking out the offerings of a dealer friend from Massachusetts.  Looking over his inventory and seeing much that I liked, but nothing I loved until I came across a painting that was still in its box.  I asked about it and he commented to me that he had ju...


Detail of an oil painting by Kazuo Shiraga

Anatomy of an Auction

Posted: May 24, 2011 15:25 Last Updated: | Bill Roland

As co-founders of Roland Auctions, Manhattan's newest auction house, my brother Rob and I face a recurring challenge. As soon as the property in the monthly auction is picked up, we have to start filling the gallery again.  It often takes weeks of intense appraisals and negotiations before we are able to offer high caliber fine art, antiques and decorations from Manhattan's premier apartments and estates. That's why I say we're in the business of building relationships. For instance, it required strong relationship building and negotiation skills to bring three exceptional colle...


Owner Bill Rau and sales consultant Lyndon Lasiter getting ready for the show opening

A Meeting of Masters: The Los Angeles Art Show 2011

Posted: February 02, 2011 12:18 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

What happens when the works of 18th-century portraitist Thomas Gainsborough and late 20th-century Pop artist Tom Wesselman come face to face? The answer is an art show of mammoth significance. Such was the case at the Los Angeles Art Show, held this past week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For the third year in a row, M.S. Rau wowed the crowds with an impressive array of artistic masters. From 16th-century master Pieter Breughel the Younger's Battle Between Carnival and Lent to 20th-century legend Norman Rockwell's Billiards is Easy to Learn, the M.S. Rau booth held a constant au...


L'entrée du Chemin Creux by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Record-Shattering Auction Sales Bode Well For Art Market

Posted: November 29, 2010 13:35 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

“Politicians anxiously trying to find out just how serious the current economic difficulties are might like to take a look at the art market…The numbers can leave no one in doubt about the buyer’s readiness to part with cash.” - Souren Melikian, “What’s in a Name? At Art Auctions, Lots of Money,” The New York Times, Nov. 5th, 2010 At the outset of Sotheby’s 19th Century European Art Sale on November 4th, 2010, the expected sale price of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s The Finding of Moses was set between $3 and $5 million dollars. When the gavel fell nearly eight minutes...


Palazzo Strozzi's exhibition 'Art and Illusion' featured Pere Borrell Del Caso's (1835-1910) Escaping Criticism, 1874.  Oil on canvas, 76 x 63 cm.  Collection of the Bank of Spain.

Most popular Fall 2009 press releases on ARTFIXdaily

Posted: December 31, 2009 12:19 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

The three most-read press releases on ARTFIXdaily, published in the ArtWire section between September 1 and December 31, 2009, highlighted museum exhibitions: 1. Art and Illusions, Masterpieces of Trompe-l'loeil from Antiquity to the Present. On view through January 24, 2010, this major exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, explores the art of optical illusion with 140 artworks. From Roman antiquity to Old Masters to present-day painters, artists whose work masterfully "fools the eye" seems to perenially delight viewers. 2. Paintings by Jay Connaway on view at Portland Muse...


Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin's portraits of famous New Yorkers are on display at the Museum of the City of New York's exhibition "Dutch Seen."

Dutch Treat: New York exhibits the best in Netherlandish art

Posted: September 10, 2009 12:54 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

This fall marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic journey from Holland to New York. In commemoration of this early settler's voyage, a number of spectacular New York exhibitions are celebrating Dutch art. From Sept. 10 to Nov. 29, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing one of the most popular and well-known works by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (1632—1675): "The Milkmaid." This special loan from the Rijksmuseum marks the first time that the painting has traveled to the United States since it was exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair. Five other Vermeers and other Dutch wo...


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