The day in the life of a Art and Antique Broker

 
 
 
 
 
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 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.


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James Stow & Anthony Yau
Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts

 

The day in he life of a Art and Antique Broker

 

 

 
 
 
 
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 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 .


The Middle Class says ” 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.


http://stores.ebay.com/Candlewood-Yankee-Fine-Arts/_i.html?rt=nc&_dmd=2&_sid=645563163&_sticky=1&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14&_sop=3&_sc=1

James Stow & Anthony Yau
Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts

 

 

Fine Art & Quality Antiques Collectors

                                         

 

 

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                                         Fine Art & Quality Antiques Collectors

 
   Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts is pleased to invite you to visit our site, now offering fine art, original and limited fine prints dating from 15th to 20th century, including works of Dürer, Rembrandt, Callot, Degas, Mary Cassatt, Haden, Palmer, Whistlers and more.

  Our decorative arts are works from Baccarat, Fabergé, Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Spode, Boehm and so much more.
In our area of Antiques, we are offering fine works of early English Porcelains from Worcester, Derby, and more all priced at reasonable prices and will provide your needs for fine art and antiques for your personal collecting pleasures and great gift giving.

                     
                                    Please take the opportunity to visit our group at;

                                 https://www.facebook.com/groups/496923203695928/

                                                                          

                                         Thank you for your kind consideration

                                               James Louis Stow  & Anthony Yau
                                                  Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts 

Buying Fine Art – Original Old – Modern Masters Prints on the Inter Net

 

 

 

 

 

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 Buying Fine Art – Original  Old – Modern Masters Prints  on the Inter Net

Great article ;

I was mentioned in this great article at the New York Times ;

Enjoy the feature .

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/arts/design/growth-in-online-art-market-brings-more-fraud.html?emc=eta1

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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 ..so 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

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James Stow & Anthony Yau

Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts

 
 

Vincent Price Actor-Collector Offered Fine Prints Collecting to the Middle Class

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Vincent Price Collection of Fine Prints was introduced  by ” Sears and Roebuck “  with much success retailing  numerous Fine-original Prints  throughout the country, in a presentation from which pictures could be readily purchased to enrich American lives and hone-offices across the landscape.

 

 

 

What many people did not know  Vincent Price was approached to take charge of this program. Price, although well-known by the public as an actor, was also known in the international art world as a collector, lecturer, former gallery-owner and connoisseur who spent a dozen years studying art at Yale, the University of London and other art centers abroad. He became interested in the Arts including Fine or Original prints and collecting . This was a very popular Hobby during the period for the upper classes to collect and study fine prints . First started from the American print revival of the 1860′s in America .

 

   What many people did not know  Vincent price  was born in St. Louis, Missouri., who was the president of the National Candy Company. His grandfather, Vincent Clarence Price, invented “Dr. Price’s Baking Powder,” the first cream of tartar baking powder, and secured the family’s fortune.

 

” Martha Stewart move over “….,You were not the first  to up grade the Image of Sear . Price was given complete authority to acquire any works he considered worthy of selection. He searched throughout the world for fine art to offer through Sears. He bought whole collections and even commissioned artists, including Salvador Dali, to do works specifically for this program.

 

 Who would had guess , in the day and age , that a large merchandising organization, such as Sears was not fully appreciated BUT  Sears DID  produce  with good taste or artistic quality fine Art .

 

On October 6, 1962, the first exhibit and sale of “The Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art” took place in a Sears store in Denver, Colo. Original works of the great masters – Rembrandt, Chagall, Picasso, Whistler and more – as well as those of the best contemporary artists at the time were offered for sale in this first exhibit and throughout the program’s existence.

 

 

 

     Fine Art was offered at  $10 to $3,000. Sears  offered payment plans where customers could also purchase items on an installment plan for as little as $5 down and $5 a month. Each work in the program was guaranteed as an original work  and What do you know  The program was an instant success. 

 

  The program expanded in the weeks that followed, adding exhibits in 10 additional Sears stores including Hartford, Conn., Harrisburg, Penn., San Diego, Calif., Evansville, Ind., Madison, Wis., and Oklahoma City, Okla. After the successful exhibition and sale of these first 1,500 pieces, the program was expanded nationwide to all of Sears stores throughout the country, bringing original works of fine art to the American public in unprecedented quantity and quality.

 

  Fine prints offered by  the Sears Vincent Price Gallery of Fine Art was opened in Chicago, Ill., providing a massive  audience of the Middle Class Americans  a opportunity to collect  fine art from talented, but less well-known, young artists.

 

 

 

Over a period of time , The collection also held temporary exhibits in several hundred communities throughout the country and permanent galleries operated in several cities

 

  Perhaps a victim of there own success  in 1971, when the program ended, more than 50,000 pieces of fine art passed through a constantly changing collection into American homes and offices.

 

 

 

 Many other Galleries including Ferdinand Roten Galleries , Associated American Arts , Craddock Barnard, Harbor Gallery , Kennedy Gallery  and others American Dealers did managed to continued to follow the practice till recent years when many are now retired or selling on the Inter net sites .

 

 

 

  Many of these are often found on the market with the original gallery Labels and offered a great look into a  time when a forgotten retailer did in fact  excelled in  encouraging the Middle class American into the field of collecting Fine Arts ;

 

 

 

                             ”   Two  Thumbs for two  American Icon’s  , Vincent Price  and Sears – Roebuck  ”

 


 

                                                                                 

 

                                                   

Fine Prints like these offered can be seen at ;

 
 
James Stow & Antony Yau
Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts

Collecting Goya’s Los Caprichos Etchings Today’s Collector

 

  Collecting  Goya’s Los Caprichos Etchings Todays CollectorImage

Los Caprichos  was created by Francisco Goya  in 1797 and 1798, and published  album in 1799. The prints were an artistic experiment: a medium for Goya’s condemnation of the universal follies and foolishness in the Spanish society in which he lived. The criticisms are far-ranging and acidic; he speaks against the predominance of supersuperstitionhe ignorance and inabilities of the various members of the ruling class, pedagogical short-comings, marital mistakes and the decline of  reasoning  .. Goya described the series as depicting “the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society, and from the common prejudices and deceitful practices which custom, ignorance or self-interest have made usual”

Goya added brief explanations of each image to a manuscript, now in the Prado Museum . These help greatly to explain his often cryptic intentions, as do the titles printed below each image.

 First printed in 1799, Los Caprichos was the first work Goya produced for sale as a single set. In 1803 Goya relinquished the plates to Charles IV, in return for a pension for his son. The plates remain with the Calligraphycio National l and have been used for later editions over the past 200  years.
 
 The Holy Book ( definitive Catalog of Goya’s Etched Works )  By Harris List both this and all other documented works .

 First Published Edition of  1799 (edition of approximately 300 sets)
Made for Goya and first offered for sale in 1799.  Of in  aqua tone,  soft but strong, laid paper. The sheets measure 320 X 220 mm. Note: for some reason, some auction records give sheet sizes as large as 358 x 260 mm for prints purporting to be from this edition.
 
 Yes these are the finest Edition and will cost you in the  several of thousands of dollars …here goes you trip abroad or the Children Education ….

  The second edition appeared  1855 , Printed-published by Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia, Madrid; These sheets measure 320 x 215 mm.  There are executed  in Sepia or dark umber ink. The edition appears to have been very small. These are fine as the first in most cases .This edition is well printed and the plates still show relatively little wear. Without its covers this set is hard to distinguish from the third.

  AS the plates start to show wear to the Burr , the Third  Edition of 1868  Pulled-printed-published again by Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia. These are on wove paper similar to the 2nd edition. The sheets measure 310 x 230 mm. Note: auction records give sheet sizes as large as 315 x 227 mm and 320 x 235 mm for prints purporting to be from this edition.

Harris states: “This edition is well printed and the impressions are still generally good.”

 Now here the quality becomes visually  less strong impressions in the Fourth  Edition in 1878 . Published again by  the Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia. Using the  same paper, ink and cover as used for the third edition .The edition was limited to 65.

 Collectors , students keep in mind  , After this edition, the plates do not appear to show any further deterioration and it is therefore likely that they were steel-faced when they were beveled before making this edition.

Now here are where many of good and desirable impressions for the collector of lesser  means can still find quality images .

  The fifth Edition were printed from the plates between 1881 and 1886  Again published by Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia using the thick, absorbent, wove paper.
The sheets measure: 365 x260 mm., in grey cover; 330 x240 mm., in cream cover;
425 X 300 mm., Plus a  Deluxe Edition published in Sepia or very rich sepia and black inks.  According to the Harris catalog limited to 210 sets.This edition varies in quality. A few sets are very well printed in sepia ink; they are clean-wiped, and there is no attempt to conceal the wear of the plates by trick printing. The normal issue in rich sepia or black inks is poor, and a deluxe edition is badly printed in black ink. There is a marked contrast between the very worn plates and those that are still well preserved.

  Even more editions ,the sixth   Edition published starting 1890 and ending 1900 a gain from the press at Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia published a Edition of 230 using a wove paper. Using a dark umber ink
The sheets measure: 340 x 240 mm., ordinary edition;
395 x 270 mm., deluxe edition.

  Amazing a Seventh  Edition  starting in 1903  and concluding in 1905  another repeated performance of Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia on a Yellowish laid paper. Blue ink.

  Further more a eight edition 1905 – 1907 Made in the Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia between 1905 and 1907. this time on a very fine, thin, smooth, wove paper. The sheets measure 355 X 255 mm using a Sepia and black inks. The edition was limited to 180.

  During the years 1908 – 1912 a nineth edition appeared using a thick, very stiff, absorbent, wove paper on sheets measure 345 x 240 mm.
Dark umber ink. Yes a tenth edition 1918 – 1928 using a heavy laid paper with the watermark “Jose Guarro” and a portrait of Goya wearing a cap. The sheets measure 365 x 260 mm.
170 sets were made. This edition is well printed and is the best after the 4th.

  Why stop a good Thing , a eleventh  Edition  of 1929 also issued-published  by the Calcografia of the Escuela Nacional de Artes Grafica for the Seville Exhibition.
Two types of paper; some paper left over from the previous edition of 1918-28, and laid paper with the watermark Guarro on sheets with Guarro watermark measure 340 x 255 mm. in Sepia ink. The edition was limited to 100.
 Harris note ,This edition is well printed and is similar to the tenth.

 Followed in  Edition 1937 for the twelfth editionPublished by  Ruperez in the Calcografia for the Ministerio de Instruccion Publica in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. Three different types of paper: Old Japan, Imperial Japan, and laid paper with the watermark Arches. The sheets measure 380 x 285 mm. Inks varying from rich sepia to dark umber.
These Five sets numbered 1-5, on Old Japan paper, were issued in a fine parchment portfolio: three were dedicated in print to Stalin, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and the Republican President, Azaiia, and two sets are unaccounted for. Fifteen sets numbered 6-20, on Imperial Japan paper, were to be issued in a parchment portfolio.

The sets on Arches paper were limited to 130, to be numbered 21-150 and issued in a pasteboard portfolio, but few were actually printed.

 You will find some sets have an embossed stamp in the lower right margins: the initials “CN” surmounted by a crest, are surrounded by a border which reads”Calcografia Nacional. Ministerio de Instruccion Publica’.
This edition according to Harris  is very well printed and is equal to the tenth. The impressions are richly inked and clean-wiped.

In a Nut Shell so to speak Harris  assessment of the relative merits of the later  editions: Impressions of all the eighty plates are only perfect in the early impressions of the first edition (1799). The second, third and fourth editions are still quite good…The fifth and sixth editions are inferior to the tenth and twelfth. The twelfth edition is the finest after the fourth. Plates 1, 11, 32, 43, 58 wear particularly badly. You may wish to avoid ….while the Plates 5,13,16, 54, 64 wear particularly well. 

 This is a great , mystery for many Goya collectors as to which impression may or may not be from that so called stated edition . Sheet sizes will vary due to the fact of some sheets had become trimmed  and others factors . Yes this could be a great Mystery Novel.

Due to the 12 editions of this work , and number in each suite of Works times the listed number of editions there are much to choose from .

Do you home work , study the Harris Catalog like a Bible , speak to experienced dealers , visit the collection and with “good old fashion Work ” There are some great works to bee seen and collected by collectors on any budgets.

                                            Please visit us for a vast of Goya’s Works at;

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 James Stow & Anthony Yau

Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts