The day in the life of a Art and Antique Broker

 The day in the life of a Art and Antique Broker “No I am not dressed like this every day “
As any one in the Fine Arts and Antiques Business , I think we all agree , no two days are ever the same . Operating a On Line Retail Business and selling on a International Scale .

Unlike a ” Brick and Mortal Gallery” , we reach out and sell via Cyber Space unlike a physical gallery where you never know who may walked in , if you are fortunate to be in New York City  London , Paris or other better known Galleries Districts .

Over the Years we have sold to private collectors , dealers that are ” Major Players ” in their chosen areas of expertise and leading Museums globally and many notable public collections .

The joy of sharing that appreciation of beautiful  created by artisans   Fine Art , Porcelains d’ Art and other fine hand crafted items with others are indeed among the many joys of this profession .

Is this a Profession or Obsession , which ever you wish to call it !

I think every one from one time to another often wondered , if such loved items surviving for hundreds of years and have been collected , cherish , love and passed through time , ” What tales they could share with us as collectors and hopeless romantics  perhaps” !

All through history ,the Upper classes followed the collecting- appreciation trends of the Royal families and the Nobility . So Many of the Early Masters were in fact patronized by them . The list included Rembrandt , Durer, Goya, among many artists The decorative arts included Meissen , Nymphemberg . Later in the British Isles Porcelains were patronized by the Royal family , where Derby became ” Royal Crown Derby ” Worcester become “Royal Crown Worcester ” .

Even with the ” Royal Patronization ” from many others did not capitalized on the ” Royal added to the Name of the Manufacture ” but were supplying ware to the Rich and the Royal Family and the Titled Crowd . Some included Wedgwood , Minton , Herend .(Herend was used-collected by both Queen Victoria and the Later Princess Diana .

Crystal were supplied to the Royals and Nobility were Baccarat perhaps the oldest , In the UK and the British Isles and North America  Waterford Graced the private homes , The White House first with John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan “Biscuit Jar ” were the container for the Jelly Beans , Light Fixtures in Lincoln Center and so many more .

For many of us ofThe Middle Class we have ” Champagne Taste and a Beer
Budget “

We have been asked to share a couple of our most unusual days in the life of a Art and Antique Broker with our readers .
We recently were fortunate to work with a leading Museum in the North East on brokerage of a lovely Reginald Marsh etched work “Shave and A Hair Cut ” which was a great pleasure .

One Loving son (  of a Wedgwood Collector ) Purchased a Wedgwood Campaign Urn for the ashes of his late Mother and we shipped this over night to the mortuary … I will admit i will never look at these Urns the same ever again .

Yes we have sold these and others for the Final resting place for the Family’s Most Loved Pet .

Perhaps one of our best surprises most recently is , the sale of a Sterling Silver Card Case , Purchased by a Footman for the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace . Lets admit it is NOT Every day , you sell and ship   a parcel to Buckingham Palace .

If the Card Case could talk . It was circa 1940′s in the Art Deco Style found it way into a Miami Flee Market in the 1980′s and sold by the owner and now a part of the life of a ” Royal Footman ” at Buckingham Palace .

In life if you are fortunate , No two days are ever the same

Only If these items could talk , have tales they could tell…. Please do take a tour of the wide area of Fine art and antiques for a feast of both your eyes and spirit.

James Stow & Anthony Yau
Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts



Theodor Kärner Porcelains at Nymphenburg Porcelains


   Theodor Kärner  Porcelains at Nymphenburg Porcelains

For many collectors the works of Theodor Kärner Outstanding Works of Nymphenburg Porcelains ranks some of the best works in Birds figurines of the Early 20 Century and that of European Decorative Art in Porcelians of the period , perhaps the best after Meissen in the previous centuries.

Theodor Kärner ( 1884 – 1966 in Munich) was a German Porcelain Artist best known for his animal sculptors.Theodor Kärner first trained 1898-1903 training as the Modeler Hutschenreuther. A bit Later attended the sculptor class of professor Heinrich Waderé (1865-1950) as well as the class for decorative plastics of professor Anton Pruska (1846-1930) .at the Bavarian college of arts and crafts in Munich. Between 1914 and 1921 he was with the animal painter a professor Heinrich von Zügel (1850-1941)

During the period 1905 to 1918 he worked in fixed employment as a sculptor in the Porzellanmanufaktur Nymphenburg in Munich. Between 1918 and 1934 then as free coworkers at the company Rosenthal in same. 1917 bought Philipp Rosenthal (1855-1937) the porcelain work at station same. Although belonging to the AG, it remained first private property of the company owner. Around 1922 there the production of art and Zierporzellan began in its entirety. Starting from this time Theodor Kärners might have to be counted there on the constant cooperation.

Theodor Kärner in April 1938 followed an appointment as the professor at the academy of the forming arts Munich. 1940 it participated in the large German art exhibition in „the house of the German art “in Munich.

Kärner was in the years 1947-1953 directors/conductors of the art department of the porcelain factory Eduard Haberländer in Windischeschenbach. There a part of the collection was taken over and continued to produce.

Rosenthal empolyed Theodor Kärner 1953 again as a free coworker and transferred the art department from Windischeschenbach with all Allacher Kärner models, which were implemented up to the locking of the art department in same there in the same year.
Theodor Kärner: created Beautifully executed models for Nymphenburg Porcelains Factory of Birds including the Nymphenburg Porcelain Cockatoo Figurine with Wings Spread and Nymphenburg Hand Colored Peacock .The artist died in 1966

His works  and others can be seen at;

James Stow & Anthony Yau
Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts