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


Collecting Fine Quality Master’s Pieces Works on a Budget !








Collecting Fine Quality Master’s Pieces  Works on a Budget !

Just the sound of collecting Old Masters, brings to mind the Rich & Famous and aristocratic families but this is not always

so . At the age of 15, while in school I purchased an original etching titled ” El Picadore Ferinand ” an outstanding etching by Francicso Goya purchased with the funds from a after school job at a local Dairy Queen , in Rural S. E. Indiana in 1970’s.

I found a passion that has never stopped giving me satisfaction. After 43 years of studying & collecting I published two books on print collecting. I established an art and antique brokerage business 22 years ago with much success .

Both as a collector turned art and antique private broker, I am very blessed to live in a lovely home where 16th to 20th century old masters and modern masters prints grace my walls and furniture tops.

Collecting fine prints offers a lifetime opportunity to build a museum quality collection. For a dedicated collector there’s special joy when you see old master prints with duplicates represented in all major museums collections, including The Tate , Met , Louvre and so many others internationally.

Many people are not aware of the fact many noted fine artist were indeed print makers themselves working with etchings, engravings, wood cuts and lithography . Many Priced from a few dollars ( often for what a inexpensive Luncheon oe r dinner may set you back to ant amount you wish to spend.

If you wish to build a lifetime of passion for collection original prints visit the museums and galleries, take a art appreciation class, ask questions with the museum, dealers and collectors. Buy what you love. Let the art speak to you. Personally there is no greater joy. Good Art enriches the senses and the soul .

Good Art lives for ever !

Feel free to take a peak on the selection and possibilities that await you

James Stow & Anthony Yau

Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts


Collectors are Rediscovering French Etching Revival of the 19 Century









Collectors are Rediscovering French  Print Revival of the 19 Century

The Etching Revival is the name given by at the time, and by art historians, to the renaissance- re birth and appreciation of etching and other forms of Print Making  of  as an original form of Fine Art  during a period of time stretching approximately from 1850 to 1930.

During the century after  Rembrandt’s death and The Golden Age Of Dutch Art . The major accomplishments in Print Making and that of Etching by Rembrandt , Adrian Van  Ostade, Berchem ,  Van Ruysdeal and Callot to mention a few .
  The techniques of etching and dry point brought to their highest point by him gradually declined. By the late eighteenth century, with brilliant exceptions like Piranesi and Tiepolio , Canalotto ( Canal ), Most etchings were reproductive or illustrative.
  A rebirth started in 1840s and 50’s in France, a number of artists did produce some landscape etchings which seemed to recapture some of the  rekindered spirit of the  Art Of  Etching of the Old Masters Works , Some of the leading artists of the period among them Daubigny, Meryon,Millet,Corot and sevral others  . Other Noted Artist involved in the movement included tow Great Prints Makers James Whistler and Seymour Haden often associated with the British Print Movement of the same period  produced etchings that were different from those heavily worked reproductive plates of the previous century.
  Among several including three “Movers and Shakers”  that had great influence in the French French Print  the publisher Afred Cadart , an brillant copper plate printer and a master of the craft  Auguste Delatre and artist Maxime Lalalne .  In England P. G. Hamerton , frederick Goulding ranks among the finest of the Period . 
Cadart founded the Société des Aquafortistes in 1862, reviving the awareness of the beautiful, original etching in the minds of the collecting public.
“A Treatise on Etching” by Lalanne was translated by S.R. Koehler and published in the United States in 1880. It played a significant role in the Etching Revival in America.
Philip Gilbert Hamerton would later promoter of several similar publication in England   and  However, before the translation of Lalanne’s book,  promoter of etching in Britain. His “Etching and Etchers” (1868) and 1880 ) was more an art history than a technical text but it did much to popularize the art and some of its modern practitioners.
These two volumes were beautifully printed with original  copper etching plates etched by masters including those of Callot , Rembrandt , Dujardin ,Whistler to mention a few . The printing were very well done from the original plates and published in a relative small edition assuring good quality impressions of the etching .
Most Scholars agree these in edition of less than 500 and many have been broken up over the years to preserve the etchings . Sadly the wood fiber text pages has discolored many of the fine Prints that were included in these two fine editions.
 In  1870s Hamerton was also publishing an influential periodical, titled “The Portfolio”, that published etchings in editions of 1000 copies generally good BUT no was as brilliant publication as the previous two ” Etching and Etchers “.
  In America , S.R. Koehler and published in the United States in 1880. It played a significant role in the Etching Revival in America. His works published in American Etchings and those others from the New York Etching Club produce so of the finest American Etching of the 19 Century . The works included works of Thomas, Mary, Peter Moran , a single  etching by Mary Cassatt , J. H. Hill , Frederick S Church , Hassam ,Pennell and others .
  The Golden age of the Print Revival in Europe , England and America and the collecting  and deeper appreciated  , Ended with the Great Bank Crash of 1929 .
All over the world educated and cultured   Museums and individuals filled there collection with many fine volumes and singular works . It would not be years later than prints were again produce as great Fine art with a few exception of some very fine print makers of the W P A Period .
  For the Collector today , there is a vast selection of fine works that are under valued and under priced for every taste and pocket book . For a good introduction of what is available please visit our vast collection at .
                                              James Stow & Anthony Yau
                                              Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts








Do you Remember a time before” E Bay” ,” Live Auctions ” and all the others Inter Net Auctions ? Yes there was a time when The traditional Auction houses were the only place to find Art and Antiques ( in most case the legitimate ART and ANTIQUES ” , Not what we see now selling every thing from Pet Rocks , Bennie Babies , Match Box Cars , to mention a few and occasionally LEGITIMATE work of Art or Antiques !

First as a Collector and later a Private Art & Antique Dealer , I still find real treasures in the less fancy spots ( ” O yes ” , Thrift Shops , Inter net auctions like the E Bay Sites ) there are still the best places to find treasures at a reasonable price ..if you do your own research and than decide if the item is what it is presented as …. On such sites many sellers are cleaning out grand ma’s house , down sizing a home of 40 years plus , selling off the finds from yard sales or so many others reasons.

Now with Shows like BRITISH ROAD SHOW , ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW , THE FIND and many others …The average seller ( armature most often ) Thinks he or she is selling the ” Brooklyn Bridge “and asking far more than the real value is ! These fools are often kidding them selves and a few Fools willing to fall for the scam .

However you will find treasures there as well in the Thrift Shops , Flee Markets , Yard Sales and other secondary markets …You need to arm your self with knowledge , a cool head and patience .

I call this “DUMPSTER DIVING ” , YES I think of this as a sport … The men in my family hunted in the fields of the North East and Mid west hunting poor defenseless animals and I hunt for treasures .

My Profile and treasures and what We sell can be seen at my professional link at ;

I have even found these “Sleepers ” in Antique Malls ” , My own collection is full of stories of where these were found . Unless you have more money than Cents , many collectors stay away from THE large Traditional Auction Houses … Where it takes months to prepare for a sale. Everything has to be cataloged, tagged, have a condition report written, and estimates made up. The provenance has to be checked and the items have to be researched. All of this has to be done by experts. And the best people cost money. The items also have to photographed, then the photographs have to be downloaded and edited. And god forbid you’re working with big items like furniture. Getting big items into a place you can photograph them with a white background is a pain in rear let me tell you! I’m sure with expensive furniture they pay people just to move the furniture around. After all that someone has to make the catalogs which in my experience can take about a week (though I wasn’t at one of the big auction houses so maybe they’re more efficient– or they could take longer since they have prettier catalogs). Then you have to pay the auctioneer who makes a boatload because good auctioneers cost money , Then you have to pay the people on the sales floor, pay for advertising, pay the accountants, and the lawyers in case anything goes wrong. And then you also have to pay rent for the shop, Gallery and Business .

The many Established Sellers are working on a smaller scale and often as Home Base Business . Often the Gallery ids the house walls and cabinets are full , The PC is the office where the Living room , extra bedroom or family room used to be . The PACK and SHIP is some times the Counter in the Kitchen or garage . Yes with less overhead and often you meet and build a lasting more personal relationship with the buyer and seller … Forget the “Brook Brothers Look Suits and Ties ” YES , My Profile is such BUT I do not dress like that every day !

Today and more than ever , collecting Fine art and Antiques opportunities are still about , using the ” Old tried and True ” approach of Education , Experience by visiting Public Collections , talking to dealers and finally following your passion for this .

This is my passion for the past 40 years and My passion has been with me through “Thick and Thin ” , “Good times and Bad ” and YES manage to give me a good return on my money when I decided to sell ….

All I must admit was a Fluke , a Out standing Print-Painting Collector , Collector Richard A. Fluke , I had the privilege of meeting at 15 , with the first purchase of Art , a Goya etching . His spirit is still watching over me as my Guardian Angle , mentor and best influence for a collector .

James Stow & Anthony Yau

Candlewood-Yankee Fine Arts


Future of ” Social Net Net Working & The Fine Arts “


We wish to share with our wonderful & supportive followers in ” Social Networking ” our experiences . With a few exception of egotistic-frustrated artists with the cries of ” Sour Grapes “, disgruntle dealers and Job Spams The membership is great venue .
Yes this is a great way of business the future , using the correct approach .
You be the Judge .
I must admit , of the age 58 and one of the ” Baby Boomers Generation ” , This is the new way of “Social Networking ” on the Internet connecting our profession to others with shared interests .” I think of this as going to a cocktail party or gallery reception ” and starting conversations or as these are called ” Discussion Groups ” focused to a special subject relating t o the profession or subject . I think this is a great innovation .
Like so many collectors that turned into dealers of Fine Prints and Fine Porcelains and very proudly I am of the” Old School “. Experiencing many years in both the front of the House in Hospitality and Retailer’s with two well respected old family retailers ,” Jordon Marsh ” and ” Burdine’s Department Stores ” Sadly now a very impersonal ( with few exceptions ) corporate retailer part of Macy’s Department Stores and Bloomingdale’s .
The first originated from the Marsh Family in Boston , and the Burdine’s Family Dept Stores in South. Florida . Previously as a youth I was influenced by My Grand Father Stow was a successful Business man in the early Auto
Motive Business from 1915 dealer of ” Willy Knights Cars” to Chrysler-Plymouth dealership to 1968 – out lasting 3 local dealerships in a small S.E. Indiana Town help to season my retail experience and customer service and business sense and as a youth I worked in a little Dairy Queen Store pushing ice cream and hamburgers at 15 years old, later restaurant management among other experiences.
These Old Tried and True Retailers taught us to treat the customers as if they were the guests in our own homes and respected and take care of what they need with good Customer Service , value for the goods and a follow up on every purchase NO matter how small or large .
I must admit in less than 3 months of joining LINKEDIN.COM , We have close to 1000 followers . From a total of 43 discussion Groups . Based on the total membership of the 42 discussion groups where there are duplicate members the total comes to 106,206 what I call Total opportunities ( a few duplicate members in all groups ) resulting in what is calculated to the nearest of a percent 9 Percent of the members of the forty three Discussion groups do follow my Blogs and contribute some very good discussions .
OK now pass these figures , I worked at focusing the discussion groups that I hope would reach the members that would relate to my area of interest . As any good retailer should I study the membership of each discussion group and from time to time leave one group to join others , constantly refining the selection .
I wish to thank the Wonderful Supporters that has been so kind to post replies on my 125 plus Blogs posted on the 43 discussions . many I noticed are also consumers and sellers of Fine Arts and Antiques on various Web Sites ( E bay , I Collectors, Ruby Lane , Respected Internet Auction Sites , Collectors , leading
Collectors and Scholars , to mentioned a few .
It is good to see that members do appreciate Art History , Collecting Traditional Art and that of ” Fine Original Prints and Fine Porcelains ” among the wonderful articles contributed by so many great members .
As retailer and collector of fine Arts and Porcelains , We do believe this is the new way of both Marketing and building a great community of Collectors , dealers
and developing connections that reaches over distance into a common bond of appreciation for fine art and antiques .
Scholars on a World Wide .
If you are willing to take the time and focusing on the market you wish to reach , you can reach a Hugh World Wide Market to expand your Professional contacts , sales , contacts and mutual interests .
Sadly Technology can not replace the face to face Human inter reaction of the buyer and seller and that feel of human contact , The Social Networking will offer a World of opportunities and possibilities .
We at Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts ” strive to bring both the Old retailing ” Tried and true ” married with the Inter Net technology to offer opportunities beyond any thing we all have ever experienced.
They also said “On Line Auctions would never work ” How wrong that way! , just ask Christie’s , E Bay , Live Auctioneers and so many others on line Fine Art
Those posting negative remarks are not focusing , nor discovering what works for there own objectives , As I have feel that We am successful at this new wonder-
ful exciting venue .
To know us better , please visit our website , follow our blogs and Please always feel free to share your thoughts on discussions that we are pleased to post .
James Stow & Anthony Yau
Candlewood-Yankee Fine Arts