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The Evolution of Oils

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments May 02 2013

Think of the greats.  Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gough, Leonardo da Vinci.  Those famous paintings that you can probably picture in your head without even looking them up are oil paintings.  No other medium can compete with the depth and intricacy of oil paint. If you missed our last blog, click… Read More »

 

Quick Tips on Period Antique Furniture

By: Team Latique • 0 Comments Apr 22 2013

Quick Tips on Period Antique Furniture - Period antique furniture was made from the mid to late 1600s through the first part of the 19th century. - The Goddard Townsend family of Newport, Rhode Island produced some of the most renowned and valuable pieces made during this period. - There are many periods of antique… Read More »

 

Porcelain: The Perfect Anniversary Gift...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 13 2013

Who is the last person you brought out the fine china for?  Was it a special person?  A special occasion?  What do you know about your fine china?  That it’s a pretty set of plates you registered for when you got married because your mom told you to? Fine china, in simplest terms, is a type of porcelain.  China and porcelain are often used synonymously,… Read More »

 

The Grace of Queen Anne

By: Bob Brooke • 0 Comments Apr 08 2013

When the first English settlers came to America, England was just emerging from the Middle Ages. Furniture of the time was heavy and cumbersome and constructed chiefly of oak. By 1700, furniture had become gradually more plentiful and new forms appeared to fill domestic needs. The Queen Anne style offered homeowners lighter, graceful, more comfortable furniture, and the first "period"… Read More »

 

A Chippendale Settee: Refined Elegance

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 03 2013

In the 1700s, England was changing.   Population rose.  People migrated from country towns to the city.  The Church of England was still the official religion of the country.  Travel was done by foot or on horseback.  Furniture had a brand new style called Chippendale. Today’s featured piece is this fine carved Mahogany George III Settee in the… Read More »

 

Art Nouveau Silver: All Sorts Of Whimsy...

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 22 2013

.  Today, we’ll be delving specifically into the brief time period that we call Art Nouveau as it applies to Silver.  The reason we’re featuring this topic is that McNally Company Antiques currently has the largest private collection of Art Nouveau silver in the United States.  They recently obtained… Read More »

 

Georg Jensen's Take on Silver: Part One

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 13 2013

Combining functionality and beauty was his philosophy, and he nailed it.  Even today, almost 80 years after his death, his style continues to hold its own and be emulated by artists all over the world and his company continues to flourish.  Jensen took the whiplash lines of the Art Nouveau style (which… Read More »

 

The Wardrobe: Practical and Private...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 06 2013

C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe takes you on a magical journey through a wardrobe and into a magical world.  But, it doesn’t take a mystical journey to a storybook land to appreciate the beauty of an antique wardrobe. I grew up in a house that looked more like an antique shop than it did a home.  My mother is a collector,… Read More »

 

Love's Lantern...It is more starlike than a star!

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Feb 28 2013

Love’s Lantern Because the road was steep and long And through a dark and lonely land, God set upon my lips a song And put a lantern in my hand.  Through miles on weary miles of night That stretch relentless in my way My lantern burns serene and white, An unexhausted cup of day.  Read More »

 

17th century opera: Exquisite elegance

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Feb 18 2013

At 19, I walked into the Opera house for the first time and I could almost smell the dust in the red velvet curtains from the 17th century.   Romeo and Juliet sang in supernatural octaves and the audience’s emotion swelled with every high note.  The opera began as royal entertainment in 17th century France.  Marriages and political… Read More »

 

The Piano: A Song that Lives On...

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Feb 10 2013

The Piano: A Song that Lives On… By: Carly Hill, Latique.com Staff Writer My grandfather is sitting at the piano playing his signature honky-tonk version of “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue,” while my one-year-old does deep knee squats – her go-to dance move, and swinging her Barney doll from side to side.  When my grandfather… Read More »

 

Vanity of Vanities!

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Feb 04 2013

"There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.”  ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1898.  Up until the 14th century, the word “vanity” meant “futility” as is discussed in the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.   Multiple times in the book, it says, “Vanity of vanities! … Read More »

 

The Real Origin of Oils

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 24 2013

“We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” - Pablo Picasso   In 2008, the oldest oil painting we know of was discovered in a cave in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley.  Scientists from Japan, Europe, and the U.S. agree that the painting… Read More »

 

Making Home Homier: The Hunting Dog...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 19 2013

Throughout history, people have always kept useful animals in and around their homes.  People would feed the animals that were beneficial or pleasing to them, and ignore the ones that weren’t.  Have you ever fed a stray cat?  Maybe.  Have you ever fed a stray opossum?  Probably not.  It’s human nature to nurture animals that are helpful and safe… Read More »

 

"A Feast to the Eyes" - Stanley Weiss

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 13 2013

This week, we’ve spent some time with Stanley Weiss, of The Stanley Weiss Collection – a beautiful antique gallery located in the Tilden-Thurber building – a landmark of Providence, Rhode Island since 1895.  Stanley’s collection fills four floors.  He houses between 400 – 500 genuine antiques, most made in the 19th century. “We… Read More »

 

Silver: "...bright and beautiful..."

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 02 2013

Assigned chores are not what get most kids bouncing off the walls with excitement.  For almost all, doing chores is a CHORE.  But, young Connie McNally loved her chores growing up because she got to polish the family silver collection.  “I have a love of silver that started when I was very young and it’s continued throughout my life.  I find it gratifying… Read More »

 

First Impressions

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Dec 12 2012

It’s the first thing you see and touch when you enter a home.  It’s your first impression.  It sets the tone.  It’s your grand entry door. Paintings found in Egyptian tombs give us the earliest records of doors.  Extravagant doors can be traced back to Bible times.  In 1 Kings 6, King Solomon’s temple doors are recorded as being… Read More »

 

Shining a Light on Chandeliers

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 1 Comments Dec 04 2012

Imagine standing in a large room, full of intricately carved mahogany furniture.  Mirrors, armoires, secretaries – you’re instantly transported into the 19th century.  Now, look up.  It’s not stucco that you see.  Everywhere you look, the ceiling is laced in bronze and crystal, trickling down at you like glittery snowflakes.  Sound… Read More »

 

A Chat with Ric of R. Jorgensen Antiques

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Nov 26 2012

R. Jorgensen antiques isn’t your average antique store, nestled in a strip mall, filled to the brim with aged treasures.  It’s different.  The first picture I saw of the inside of the store struck me because I didn’t feel like I was looking at a store.  I felt like I was looking at a furnished house.  This is partially because the store is… Read More »

 

Italian Renaissance: More than a Glittery Turkey Leg

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Nov 19 2012

Throw the word “renaissance” out there and most people will think disease, tights, glitter, turkey legs, and poetry.  Even though wacky renaissance festivals aren’t entirely inaccurate, the Renaissance was actually a very important cultural movement that began in Italy in at the end of the 14th century, becoming an era of cultural and architectural achievements… Read More »

 

The Movers and Shakers in the Antiques Transportation Business

By: Eve Pearce, Contributing Writer • 0 Comments Nov 09 2012

Dale Rogers knows a thing or two about antiques. From his exclusive store in London’s plush Pimlico he has travelled the world in search of rare and beautiful antiques that he transports back to England’s capital for general sale. His adventures have taken him to war torn Afghanistan, dangerous African nations, the Himalayas, European caves and archaeological digs all around… Read More »

 

Antique Brazier: Warm Up the Winter...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Oct 30 2012

Our country has started its gradual cool down – each day feeling closer and closer to twinkly lights and the smell of pine.  I’m seeing less straw hats and more mittens.  It’s a time when visits to the pumpkin patch are on our to-do lists and getting our heater working is top priority.  Today’s featured piece is this 19th century Italian… Read More »

 

Time to Brush Up on Foreign Affairs...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Oct 25 2012

Every media outlet is pulsing with politics.  If you turn on your TV, you can’t escape the constant barrage of ads, debates, and political spin. A few nights ago the debates focused on foreign policy.  Of course, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, etc. were all topics of conversation.  Now, if curious, most of us could scroll through our iPad map to find these… Read More »

 

Antique Snuffboxes: Simple Sophistication...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Oct 19 2012

Featured today is this 18th century French Cesar Bagard snuffbox, circa 1700.  The box is made of French olive wood and is intricately carved.  The box was made by Cesar Bagard in Nancy, France and is available here, compliments of T. Reggiardo… Read More »

 

18th Century Spanish Bench: Charming and Convenient...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Oct 15 2012

I used to love the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.  There’s just something magical about the thought of being tinier than tiny, crawling up into giant chairs, eating enormous cookies…living like a little mouse.  When I got old enough to stop being fascinated by giant…pies and trap doors, I became an admirer of larger-than-life art and high ceilings. … Read More »

 

French Regence Sofa: Graceful and Timeless...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Oct 06 2012

Whether you’re political or not, you can’t escape hearing about politics right now, as we are only a month away from the Presidential Election.  All of the news stations are broadcasting both sides – educating us on our two candidates.  Perhaps you agree with one on the economy, but you don’t like his stance on social issues.  But, what if one of… Read More »

 

Three-fold Loveliness

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Oct 02 2012

Don’t you love killing two birds with one stone?  Finding two uses for one tool?  What if you could find an antique that’s purpose and pleasure was three-fold?  This exquisite bench/trunk, from Normandy is more than a beautiful antique.  First, it is clearly lovely to behold – a work of art.  Second, it is a beautiful and stately bench. … Read More »

 

Neoclassical Nitestand

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Sep 24 2012

In 18th century Europe, Neoclassicism was a movement that touched and transformed all things visual.  It was a turning away of 17th century extravagance and a return to Greco-Roman art, focusing on restraint and grandeur of scale.  This movement became more than a style of furniture and art – it infiltrated the very ideology of France and rest of… Read More »

 

A Couch for Fainting...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Sep 17 2012

In ancient Grecian art, chaise longues were the chairs of the gods and the elites.  Palm sticks and rawhide strewn together created the first one in Egypt – a unique mixture of a chair and a daybed – perfect for lounging.  African chaises were carved out of wood.  The chaise longue was popular in France during the Rococo period – a period that highlighted… Read More »

 

Rock-a-bye...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Sep 10 2012

Admire this antique – with its stately columns and gothic posts, and you’d think you were looking at an ancient castle.  But, this intense piece of furniture is actually a baby’s crib, circa 1835-1845.  Made of beautiful black… Read More »

 

Antique Child's Sleigh: Youth and Nostalgia...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Aug 14 2012

Walking outside this morning, I was struck with a fuzzy feeling, immediately noticing that the weather had that first touch of fall feeling – a stark contrast from the record highs a few weeks ago.  Fall is upon us and as we all know, it seems the holidays come and go faster than we can say, “Hey, do we have any wrapping paper leftover from last year?” … Read More »

 

Antique French Grape Hod

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Aug 09 2012

France produces 7 to 8 billion bottles of wine a year and there’s a reason for that.  With ideal soil and perfect climate conditions, wine produced there is in a category of quality all on its own. French wine can be traced back to 6th century BC when Saint Martin of Tours was on a mission to plant churches and plant vineyards.  During the middle ages,… Read More »

 

The Antique Book Press

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Aug 04 2012

The written word is a time capsule, taking us back in history to stone carvings.  It takes us places we would never go with people we only dream of becoming like.  Technology has brought us to an age where the written word is floating around in outer space, magically available with the tic of the Google.   No matter how many new versions of the Kindle come out, nothing… Read More »

 

Christmas in July: Portrait of Saint Nicholas

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jul 27 2012

Nicholas was a boy born into a wealthy and religious family – a combination that led him to a life of purpose - blessing others with what he’d been given.  Commercialized and exaggerated, his legacy became the Santa Claus character that has branded the Christmas season, but in reality, he was simply a remarkable saint named Nicholas.  He was born in the early… Read More »

 

Antique jewelry through the ages: Part two...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jul 20 2012

On Tuesday, we took a glimpse at how jewelry has evolved through the centuries and left off in the year 1815 with empire jewelry.  If you missed part one, click here to get caught up.  Once you’ve read that, take a look at the characteristics of antique jewelry in every century.   Georgian Jewelry Jewelry made between 1740 and… Read More »

 

Antique jewelry through the ages: Part one...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jul 17 2012

Jewelry has been worn and cherished since the beginning of time.  It is fascinating to take a peek at the history of jewelry and see how its changed over the years.  It’s also interesting to see how jewelry trends come back into style time and time again.  Debbie, owner of Wonders of Woodland in Nashville Tennessee said that antique jewelry is wonderful to collect… Read More »

 

Owls: Haunting and Mysterious...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jul 09 2012

Birds are delightful.  They flutter and sing and fill the sky with beauty.  But, those cheerful, little creatures have a dark a side.  They destroy crops, peck holes in your roof and leave their mark on your car and an unsuspecting shoulder.  Some even carry disease.  So, someone, somewhere, long ago came up with a solution – the scare tactic.  Using… Read More »

 

American Eagle Weathervane

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jul 04 2012

Today is the day we kiss under the fireworks.  Grill out.  Wear our red striped shirt.  Give thanks for our soldiers.  It’s the 4th of July!  That being said, today we’re highlighting an antique American Eagle Weathervane. This distinctly American eagle is made of heavy sheet iron and backed with a riveted hand wrought reinforcement. … Read More »

 

Fact or Fiction: Illegal Ivory?

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jul 03 2012

Fiction: It is illegal to buy anything made of ivory. Fact:  As of 1989, It is illegal to import and export elephant ivory in and out of the country.  However, African elephant ivory is 100% legal to be bought, sold, and shipped anywhere within the U.S.  This can be… Read More »

 

Scrimshaw of an American Military Officer

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jun 29 2012

Today, we'll focus on this one-of-a-kind 19th century scrimshawed whale's tooth, circa 1845. The art of Scrimshaw is considered by some to be the only art form that originated in America, because it was first found being done by sailors working on whaling ships right outside of New England.   Although the origins of the words "Scrimshaw" aren't entirely known, the word… Read More »

 

Portrait of the Captain

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jun 26 2012

Revered as one of the greatest Naval heroes in the history of the U.K., Horatio Nelson is famous for his leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics.  His victories against Napoleon really prepared and strengthened the navy at sea, which was key in Britains survival of World War I and II. Read More »

 

Stepping out of the Ivory Tower...Part Two

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jun 22 2012

Owning antique ivory is a luxury for so many reasons – its smooth, pure, creamy color - its silky, rich texture.  But, what makes it even more valuable is when you know something about it.  When you’re educated.  When you have people over, admiring your ivory, wow them with your knowledge of the substance.  Antiques all have a story.  So, read on and… Read More »

 

Stepping out of the Ivory Tower...Part One

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jun 19 2012

Everybody knows that the tooth fairy lives in a castle somewhere in the sky made of all of our collective baby teeth.  And, of course, she keeps making additions to her home with every generation of new babies.  Or…maybe my mom made that up?  Anyhow, it would definitely take an immortal, such as the Tooth Fairy, to acquire the number of tiny human teeth needed to… Read More »

 

Georg Jensen: Wives, Sorrow, and Silver

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jun 16 2012

Georg Jensen was and continues to be one of the biggest names in silver.  This past Tuesday, we learned where he came from and how he became the legend we continue to revere almost 80 years after his death.  Check out Tuesday’s blog to get caught up.   After much… Read More »

 

David's Den - "An Earlier Time"

By: David Moon • 0 Comments Jun 08 2012

Remember the days when water clocks, sundials, and candle clocks were the instruments used to tell time? Me neither… and I read somewhere that their accuracy was far from achievable. I swear a friend of mine must use one of these forlorn methods because he is predictably late where ever he goes. In the 13th century, great strides were made when the weight-driven… Read More »

 

The Genius of John Henry Belter

By: Courtesy of M S Rau Antiques • 0 Comments Jun 04 2012

Few craftsmen in history leave such an indelible mark on their craft that their name becomes synonymous with all other works of that style. Thomas Chippendale was one such artisan as was Louis Comfort Tiffany a century and a half later. Another such name is that of John Henry Belter, a German immigrant to America whose extraordinary… Read More »

 

The Beginnings of American Furniture

By: Bob Brooke • 0 Comments May 26 2012

American furniture, just like Americans, is a mix of different styles resulting from the blending of styles of furniture brought to America by its immigrants. When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they brought with them a few meager possessions– an armchair, a small table, a desk. All of these pieces were made in what is known as the Jacobean style. Jacobean… Read More »

 

Santos: Sacred Sculptures...

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments May 22 2012

“…flowing carved vestments, the reverse inset glass eyes, the ivory age lines, the cracked polychrome paint, the exposed gesso, the worm holes, the aging cracked wood or the bent silver crown laden with patina…” – Description of Santos courtesy of santosconnection.com. Elmer Bustos, of santosconnection.com, said this, “I am not only… Read More »

 

Biedermeier Furniture: Form Follows Function

By: Bob Brooke • 0 Comments May 17 2012

Many people probably believe that the design concept of "form follows function" began with the Bauhaus in Germany during the 1930s. In fact, it began a century before during the Biedermeier Era in southern Germany and Austria. A German- based decorative movement which spread throughout Europe from 1815 to 1848, Biedermeier was a simpler version of the French Empire and Directoire styles.… Read More »

 

What is That Piece of Furniture Called?

By: Bob Brooke • 0 Comments May 14 2012

Do you sometimes get confused with furniture names? If you’re a collector of antiques, you probably have found that the same name can often refer to several different kinds of furniture. If you’re just starting to collect antiques, you’re probably just downright confused. Furniture was named in two ways: After its use or after its maker or manufacturer. Knowing that… Read More »

 

Antique Bible Boxes

By: Judy King Watson, King-Thomasson Antiques • 0 Comments May 03 2012

The term bible box is loosely applied to any small portable oak box of sixteenth and seventeenth century England. These small and charming boxes were used in the 16th and 17th centuries to contain the personal possessions of their owners. Items such as laces, candles, and game pieces were often under lock and key. There are records indicating that Henry… Read More »

 

The Antique Bible: ...designed to last 1,000 years

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments May 01 2012

The Bible is the best selling book in history with annual sales being approximately 25 million. In itself and in its astounding influence of literature and culture, it is one of the greatest literary works of all time.  It’s no surprise that this remarkable book has stood the test of time.  What better family heirloom is there than a four century old English Family Bible?  … Read More »

 

Carry a Torch for Torcheries: From the Candlestick to the Torchiere

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 28 2012

Jack be nimble Jack be quick Jack jump over the candlestick… Poor Jack had to be nimble and quick to jump over the candlestick so he wouldn’t get burned.  Good thing someone figured out how to avoid this problem.  To get to the actual origin of the torchiere, we’d have to go back to the times when people lived in caves.  I’m… Read More »

 

Italian Renaissance Art: "Poetry and Power"

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 21 2012

A goiter it seems I got from this backward craning like the cats get there in Lombardy, or wherever —bad water, they say, from lapping their fetid river. My belly, tugged under my chin, 's all out of whack.      Beard points like a finger at heaven. Near the back of my neck, skull scrapes where a hunchback's lump… Read More »

 

Italian Renaissance Furniture: Coming Full Circle

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 19 2012

The Renaissance was a movement that began in Italy and lasted a long time – beginning at the end of the 13th century and lasting into the 16th century.  This movement influenced everything about Italian life and furniture was no exception. Regarding Renaissance furniture, you can break it down into five phases. Early Renaissance… Read More »

 

A True Masterpiece

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 12 2012

18th century Paris produced much of the most exquisite furniture ever made.  Like you learned in Tuesday’s blog, artists and craftsman were required to follow strict guild regulations – which is shown in the art and furniture that was produced. … Read More »

 

Setting the Scene: 18th Century France

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 10 2012

This week, we’ll be focusing on 18th century French furniture.  Furniture from this time period is known for displaying the highest level of artistic and technical ability.  Latique carries a grand supply of furniture from this time period.  Stop by our blog frequently this week… Read More »

 

The Double Bass: A Massive Melody...

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 07 2012

The 1974 movie, Romance with a Double Bass, a bassist shows up at a princess’ ball.  He and the princess find themselves killing time, swimming in the river.  When someone steals their clothes, the bassist helps the princess maintain her dignity by sneaking her back to her castle in his bass case.  And, of course they fall in love in the process. The… Read More »

 

The Antique Violin

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Apr 05 2012

  All that’s there is varnish and glue On a box of wood and strings. Yet with hairs on a stick, a select few Manipulate these ordinary things, For composers beyond compare Both impelled by an inner goal To pluck sounds from the air, And give voice to the human soul.… Read More »

 

An Open Door

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 27 2012

“When one door to happiness closes, another opens.  But often, we look so long at the closed door; we do not see the one which has been opened to us.” – Helen Keller A door represents an opportunity.  We use doors figuratively just as much as we use them literally.  We open doors to new relationships, a new career, a new experience. … Read More »

 

A Reflection on Antique Mirrors

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 1 Comments Mar 22 2012

Dig up your Sherlock Holmes cap, because today you’re going to become an antiquing detective and learn how to tell if your antique mirror is an original or a replica.  Starting with the frame, if it’s made of wood, you’ll want to take a look at the screws.  Antique mirrors were made with handmade screws, so the screws should look irregular, not manufactured. … Read More »

 

"A Great Mirror is Like a Great Painting..." -Stanley Weiss

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 20 2012

Narcissus was a man who caught a glimpse of his own reflection in a pool of water.  Not knowing that he was, in fact, gazing into his own eyes, he fell in love with himself….That’s what Greek mythology tells us, anyway. The first “mirrors” were pools of still water collected in small vessels.  The first physical mirrors were made of polished pieces… Read More »

 

More on Le Louvre French Antiques and Chateaux

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 16 2012

One of Latique’s beloved dealers, Annick McNally – owner of Le Louvre French Antiques, was kind enough to share her story and passion for antiques with us this week.   Although her store represents a broad array of unique pieces, she shared with us that her passion was with château style pieces, which is reflected in her inventory selection. When she… Read More »

 

Château: Be a King or Queen in Your Own Home

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 14 2012

Every little girl dreams of being a princess, living in a castle – wearing the pointy pink hat with the long, sheer scarf flowing out from the top, canopy bed in her room, the whole shebang.  That wasn’t just me, was it?  Boys are the knights in shining armor.  They battle with swords and spend their time crossing the moat of crocodiles to safety. … Read More »

 

Le Louvre Antiques: "If Only The Pieces Could Talk..." -Annick McNally

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 12 2012

Le Louvre French Antiques is a shop in Dallas that is just as charming as its French owner, Annick McNally.  Annick was born and raised in France, moving to the U.S. in her twenties.  What began as a background in design and a desire to visit her relatives in France more often, turned into a lifelong passion and career in antiquing. “I got into antiquing because… Read More »

 

Needlework Samplers

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 09 2012

A sampler is a piece of cloth that is heavily embroidered to show the skill of a beginner. Samplers often include the alphabet, figures, motifs, borders, and sometimes even the name and age of the person who sewed it. Ric of R. Jorgensen Antiques carries several beautiful samplers in his shop. He explained, “Prior… Read More »

 

Introducing…The Wonderfully Informative and Excruciatingly Interesting Latique Antiques Blog!

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Mar 06 2012

Latique is your ultimate virtual antiquing experience.  You can admire antiques and connect with reputable dealers all over the country from the comfort of your home.  You can add a stroke of splendor to your home when you find that special piece, with the click of a finger.  As antique dealers and enthusiasts, you know that history and education is a huge… Read More »

 

Collecting Tea-Related Items

By: Kathleen and Roger Haller • 0 Comments Mar 03 2012

Tea was brought to Europe around the middle of the 17th century. Since it was very costly all of the items used for service were made of the finest materials, such as porcelain, exotic woods, tortoiseshell, ivory, crystal and silver. The first documented teapot in English silver dates from 1670. The body of the earlier examples is globular, pear shaped or square, or sometimes… Read More »

 

The Color of Old Maps, Part 3

By: Chris Lane • 0 Comments Feb 24 2012

Summary   The issues raised by new color on old maps are varied and complex.  While original color is clearly desirable, appropriate or even merely attractive new color is considered by many to be almost as desirable.  Some collectors feel that adding new color to a map is… Read More »

 

The Color of Old Maps, Part 2

By: Chris Lane • 0 Comments Feb 23 2012

Financial Issues   The financial issues raised by new color are not greatly problematic.  Color, whether original or new, almost always increases and certainly does not diminish the value of a map.  Original color carries a premium over new color, sometimes significantly so, but while some… Read More »

 

The Color of Old Maps, Part 1

By: Chris Lane • 0 Comments Feb 22 2012

Many antique maps were initially issued with color, but many have been colored subsequent to their original publication.  How does one distinguish between original color and recent color?  Does it matter?   Here is guide to everything a collector needs to know about the color of old maps.   History… Read More »

 

Limoges: History, Valuing, and Collecting

By: Pamela Wiggins • 0 Comments Feb 03 2012

Quick Facts About Limoges Porcelain - Limoges was produced and decorated by a number of factories in France from the late 1700s until around 1930. White ware "blanks" were also exported by a number of these manufacturers. - When valuing a piece, looking at the… Read More »

 

French Art Glass: History, Symbolism, and Nature

By: Carly Hill, staff writer • 0 Comments Jan 31 2012

 Nowadays, we associate glass with mundane items that we use every day.  Cups.  Windows.  Reading glasses.  When you think of glass, you probably don’t immediately think art.  It might be initially challenging to imagine how a green vase could possibly have any deeper meaning than being… Read More »

 

Antique Boxes: What's Inside?

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 24 2012

“People are fascinated with boxes because they want to see what’s inside…” – Sally Kaltman of Sallea Antiques What’s the Appeal? The longer you live, the more “stuff” you accumulate.  As you collect your precious loot, you end up finding some sort of system… Read More »

 

Black Forest Carvings and Carvings from the Black Forest, Part 1

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 18 2012

You’re skiing with the family in Aspen.  You admire the backdrop of white powdery snow.  Then, you tell your wife you’re going to go to the lodge to warm up.  You walk in and have a seat in a wooden chair that is carved into the form of a bear.  On the coffee table, there is a wooden music box with the figures of dogs carved in.  The table, the wall… Read More »

 

Black Forest Carvings and Carvings from the Black Forest, Part 2

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 18 2012

Frankfurters are from Frankfurt.  Fiji Water is from Fiji, but strangely, Black Forest Carvings are not from the Black Forest.  They are from Switzerland –specifically the stunningly beautiful village of Brienz.  The Black Forest is a wooded mountain range in southwest Germany, while Brienz is close to the geographical center of Switzerland, found in the… Read More »

 

Black Forest Carvings and Carvings from the Black Forest, Part 3

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 2 Comments Jan 18 2012

The cuckoo clock is an item that actually did come from the Black Forest.  There were some from Switzerland (better quality clocks, actually), but most were known to have come from The Black Forest.  The dark wood cases of these clocks are carved with intricate folk and forest scenes. Cuckoo clocks come in a one day and eight day variety.  With eight day cuckoo clocks,… Read More »

 

Black Forest Carvings and Carvings from the Black Forest, Part 4

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 18 2012

Typically, you see black forest carvings in mountain homes or lodges, but there are collectors all over the place.  You don’t technically need to live in a cabin or on a mountain to have cabin décor.  Collecting Black Forest Carvings will add warmth and ruggedness to your space, making it feel more like a lodge, no matter where your home is actually located. … Read More »

 

Folk Art and Americana: Bringing History Home

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • 0 Comments Jan 03 2012

What is folk art?   “I think my ex-wife put it beautifully" – she said, ‘if it makes you smile, it’s folk art.’ - Lloyd Ryder of Ryder Antiques. To the trained eye, most works of art fit neatly into a designated genre.  A Monet or Van Gough… Read More »

 

Grandfather Clocks...

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • 2 Comments Dec 20 2011

The imposing and dignified tall-case clocks that have added a touch of majesty to our homes for ages originated in 17th century England and northern Europe.  Galileo Galilei came up with the concept of the pendulum clock while intensely observing the swinging of an alter lamp during a prayer service at the cathedral.  He realized that the swing of the lamp kept the… Read More »

 

David's Den - The Magnificent Wooton Desk

By: Troy Segal • 0 Comments Dec 12 2011

  The Victorian version of the Iphone was an ingenious, multi-holed secretary desk. In their perpetual search for order, organization and efficiency, people have developed many an interesting gadget. Today, the well-equipped executive has a smart phone, a lap top, a flash drive. 135 years ago, he had a Wooton desk. The Wooton Desk Company… Read More »

 

David's Den - Rare Pair Of Trumeaux From Normandy

By: David Moon • 0 Comments Dec 03 2011

It's hard not to feel at ease viewing this beautiful pair of French Trumeau mirrors. The paintings depict serene pastoral scenes of the Normandy region of France. The Trumeau mirror originated in France during the 18th century and are as popular today as they were then. Most antique Trumeau mirrors are found painted, as the style of most homes were painted in rich faux work with ornate… Read More »

 

Latique Names David Moon as National Director

By: Julie VanDolen • 1 Comments Nov 01 2011

  LATIQUE is pleased to announce the appointment of David Moon as National Director. David’s career in the Antiques and Fine Arts business spans more than thirty years, specializing in 18th and 19th century American… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - "Celebrating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month"

By: By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Oct 13 2011

In celebration of  Breast Cancer Awareness month, Latique is pleased to showcase this fabulous 19th Century French Painted Settee adorned in luxurious Pink Silk to honor Survivors, more and more Birthdays, and the many amazing women around the world who are making strides against Breast Cancer. For your love, support, and continous efforts...… Read More »

 

BUZZ

By: Team Latique • 0 Comments Oct 04 2011

      “Great article on Latique.com…  I am very pleased. Thank you!” –Dan Salk, Salk Antiques, New York-Connecticut  “I found the perfect gate-leg table for a client…I had been searching for months with no… Read More »

 

David's Den - "On Board the Yacht, In the Summer Hotel..."

By: David Moon and Al Meekins • 0 Comments Sep 03 2011

Before vinyls, eight-tracks, cassettes, and CD's, there was (and still is) the magic of the Regina music box. Like those that followed, the music box has it's own distinct sound and personality, like no other. As the advertisement says below, one could enjoy.."Musical Entertainment Everywhere....On Board the Yacht, In Public Places, In the Summer Hotel, and… Read More »

 

David's Den - "A Guide to Buying Smart"

By: RGK • 0 Comments Aug 05 2011

For those who missed this valuable piece of advice and honest direction the first time around....this blogs for you! There are a lot of reasons why people buy antiques and a lot of reasons why they don't. On the plus side are good design and good craftsmanship. On the other side is what I call the X factor - the fear that you're paying too much for something you're not sure… Read More »

 

Terracotta....The Beauty of Fired Earth

By: David Moon and Jamie Sue Austin • 0 Comments Jul 06 2011

Clay. Earth. Dirt. Soil. From such humble beginnings man created an empire. Bricks of clay built homes and tiled roofs and pavements. From the ground came plates, bowls, pots and containers of every shape and size which held food, water, and various goods. Ovens of dirt baked both bread and gave warmth. Man, himself, is said to be created from clay. Christian, Islamic, Greek, African,… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - Hand Painted Nautical Box c. 1895

By: by Holly Echols • 1 Comments Jul 02 2011

Treat yourself to a taste of Americana and celebrate our Independence Day!  This week, I was inspired by this wonderfully hand painted patriotic chest I found on Latique. The nautical painting on its exterior is still in fine condition and is symbolically composed with a ship, anchors, and American Flag with 44 stars.  The chest is… Read More »

 

David's Den - Top 10 Reasons for Young People to Buy Antiques

By: Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond • 0 Comments Jun 09 2011

1. Save money. Really live better. (Apologies to Wal-Mart) Antiques are often reasonably priced and can be found in any price range. 2. Buying local does not just apply to tomatoes and kohlrabi. When you buy an antique, you are supporting a small, locally owned business. 3. George Washington did not sit in your La-Z-Boy.… Read More »

 

David's Den - "Charmingly Shabby"

By: David Moon • 0 Comments May 23 2011

    As I was doing my due diligence for Latique this morning, I came across this 18th century Continental hanging corner cabinet from Antiquario Antiques.  I was reading the description and I had to chuckle a bit when I saw it described as “charmingly shabby…”Now I… Read More »

 

David's Den - " Music To My Ears"

By: David Moon • 1 Comments May 05 2011

Have you ever dreamed of playing the piano? If you're anything like me, and millions of others, the answer is a resounding, yes! The piano is one of the most beloved instruments on the planet. Not only can it produce rich melodious tones and harmonics that are pleasing to the ear, it has a undeniable stately presence whether one is playing it or not. Such is the case with this wonderful,… Read More »

 

David's Den - "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits!"

By: David Moon • 1 Comments Apr 27 2011

Two Bits? Hard to imagine isn't it? This Koken Barber's Chair from Solvang Antiques is a true American classic. The Koken Barber Supply Co. was developed in the year 1874 by Ernest Koken, a German immigrant, who set up shop in St Louis, Missouri. Initially, Mr. Koken produced and sold only hand painted shaving mugs. It wasn't… Read More »

 

David's Den - William and Mary English Escritoire, Circa 1710

By: David Moon • 0 Comments Apr 26 2011

This fabulous William and Mary Escritoire is truly one of the finest I have seen in my 30 plus years in the Antiques biz. The color, the mellow patina, the form and superb burled veneers are truly outstanding. A prime example from Madeline West Antiques. So what is an Escritoire? The word itself derives from the… Read More »

 

It's a Love-Hate Business

By: Jeff Garrett • 0 Comments Sep 19 2010

I've been in this business for over 30 years and I guess some things never change.  Are antique dealers ever happy? It's a given that we're happy when business is good and depressed when it's slow, but today I'm referring to the love-hate aspect of the business.  We've seen a nice uptick in the last few weeks...thank goodness!  August is typically slow and we can't… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - Collection of Hand Blown Glass Eyes, ca. 1900

By: by Holly Echols • 0 Comments Sep 14 2010

Classic meets quirky! Latique's New York based dealer, Marion Harris , is currently showcasing these collectible glass eyes in a very unique way...  This contemporary grouping consists of eyes that were actually used by injured soldiers in both world wars, and some were used by taxidermists as well.  It's… Read More »

 

Holly Covet's - English Regency Chaise Longue

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Sep 03 2010

What a fine representation of late 19th Century English Regency style!  This lovely chaise showcased by Legacy Antiques is available on Latique, and just in time to lounge around for the Labor Day Weekend! The beautifully designed upholstery puts me in the mood for Fall and would add an elegant touch to any room.  It's a delight to envision my day relaxing… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - Mourning Needlework, America c.1813

By: by Holly Echols • 0 Comments Aug 27 2010

In a world facing uncertain times, this Latique pick of the week serves as a true reminder on the cost of freedom! This circular needlework featuring an American life boat being lowered seems to illustrate the tormented soul of a widow after the Battle… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - Paul Andre Eschbach, "Concarneau Harbor"

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Aug 06 2010

I dream of sailing as I study this very colorful and charming oil painting by French artist Paul Jean Andre Eschbach, 1881-1961.  What a pleasure to showcase one of his amazing works on Latique! This brilliantly faceted painting depicts the widely known French destination portrayed in numerous works of… Read More »

 

Summer Refreshment

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments Aug 01 2010

Imagine yourself poolside, Girl from Impanema is playing, the fish is on the grill, and this fantastic bar cart from Yale Burge is loaded with your favorite summer apertifs.  Feels cooler just thinking about it! Read More »

 

DESIGNER'S SHOWCASE

By: Jeff Garrett • 0 Comments Aug 01 2010

This month Latique had the pleasure of visiting with Dallas-based designer Margaret Chambers, of Chambers Interiors and Associates, in her lovely shop in Dallas’ prominent Design District.  Margaret Chambers is not only an accomplished local designer, but her work has been published in numerous design magazines across the country.  She has been featured on HGTV, and the… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - 18th Century French Provincial Oil on Canvas Screen

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Jul 30 2010

A classic antique restoration turns French, Provincial! It's this highly coveted piece in the exuberant collection of Yale Burge Antiques, Inc. that captures my attention this… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - 19th Century Farm Table

By: by Holly Echols • 0 Comments Jul 19 2010

While perusing new inventory on Latique this week, I found a great new piece that exhibits simplicity at its finest!  This 19th Century scrubbed top farm table, at first glance, wouldn't necessarily jump out at you as a collector's dream, but it's the unique qualities produced by time and surface wear that give this simple kitchen table a life and value of its own.… Read More »

 

Young Dealers Getting it Right

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments Jul 07 2010

At Latique.com, we think it is important to recognize young innovators in the business, as well as the seasoned veterans who were the pioneers of this industry.  While there is no denying the brilliance and tenacity of dealers like my very own grandfather Clements, I continue to be impressed (and amazed!)… Read More »

 

Mara and Jesse

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments Jul 07 2010

The more photos I see of Jesse and Mara's work, the harder it is for me to keep from ripping my house apart and starting over.  Their work is-- simply put-- perfect.  It's apparent they listen carefully to their clients' requests as each project oozes a different vibe or personality.  This post is nothing but gratuitous shots of their work, for my very own enjoyment. … Read More »

 

"New Old" from Dan Salk

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments Jul 07 2010

I just had to showcase this fine example of "New Old", as mentioned in our July Founder's Letter. Dan Salk's wonderful Texas Longhorn Bench is a prime… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - Antique Liquor Box from France, Perfect Father's Day Gift!

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Jun 16 2010

This week on Latique, I came across the perfect Father's Day gift!  This early 1800's Antique Liquor and Cigar Box from France has old world charm, aged patina, and I'm sure when you open the top... the aroma speaks for itself!  The rich chestnut wood box is a treasure that comes with liquer glasses, bottles, decanters, and can hold up to 14 cigarillo's. … Read More »

 

Holly Covets - Napolean III Boule Tea Caddy

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Jun 10 2010

It's strikingly intricate!  It can be found on Latique... and it's my pick of the week!  This decoratively formed Napolean III Tea Caddy showcased by Essex Antiquarians is something I truly covet...  This rare piece is a true work of art, with its crimson tortoise box exterior, discreet brass… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - American Mahogany Roundabout Chair

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Jun 01 2010

Introducing eccentricity at its finest! My weekly pick is this American Mahogany Roundabout Chair featured by Latique dealer Thomas Livingston Antiques.  Both unique and rare, this is one chair I would not mind being backed into a corner on while sipping a hot cup of English tea! I love its dark mahogany… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - 19th Century Parcheesi Game Board

By: Holly Echols • 1 Comments May 25 2010

 It's antique!  It's highly collectible... and, it's multi-functional!  This fun, late 19th Century Parcheesi Game Board featured by Latique dealers Otto & Susan Hart is my pick of the week!  I love the exuberant design and unique detail being displayed on its… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - Mid-18th Century American New England Maple Highboy

By: Holly Echols • 1 Comments May 17 2010

This is truly a great find!  Showcased on www.latique.com is this beautiful Mid - 18th Century American New England Maple Highboy.  I chose this particular piece due to its delicate woodwork and outstanding craftmanship.  Its tall, shapely legs support a two case chest with hand-carved circular fans in the design element. In excellent condition,… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - 18th C. Painting of the Madonna with Child

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments May 14 2010

What a fine icon of antiquity!    This mid 18th C. Painting of the Madonna with Child celebrates the artistic and spiritual beauty of the Rococo Fine Art period... "The seated Madonna and Child is a style of image that became particularly popular during the 15th century in Florence and was imitated elsewhere. These representations are usually of a small size suitable… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - Miniature Cedar Waxwing by Elmer Crowell

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments May 10 2010

What a great little songbird!   "This is a fine example of a miniature song bird by the world famous carver Elmer Crowell of East Harwich, Massachusetts. This waxwing is marked with his rectangular stamp and would date from 1930-1935. The form is quite life-like and the paint exceptional as one would expect from this master carver. His works have brought record prices consistently… Read More »

 

Holly Covets - 19th Century Leather Folding Screen

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments May 07 2010

What a great decorative piece to add a touch of Spanish flair!  This 19th Century Spanish Painted & Tooled Leather Folding Screen is perfect for the well designed space, whether functional as a room divider, or a work of art to admire.  This item is showcased by Latique's Antique & Art Exchange  who… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - "Burmese Dancer with Fan"

By: Holly Goes Picking • 0 Comments May 05 2010

Introducing my "Best of Show" pick from The 2010 Philadelphia Antiques Show!  This beautiful portrait was featured by Martyn Gregory of the UK, The leading specialist in China Trade Paintings. While tagging along with Latique's director Julie Vandolen,… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - 19th Century Russian Gilt Bronze and Malachite Jewelry Box

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments May 04 2010

How intriguing!   I am consumed with wonderment as I peruse this unique 19th Century Russian Gilt Bronze and Malachite Jewelry Box showcased By Yale Burge Antiques of New York.  How many jewels and intracies fueled with special memories has this glorious little trinket held? … Read More »

 

Daily Covet - Contemporary Italian Louis XVI-Style Painted Settee

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments May 03 2010

Introducing pure elegance with contemporary flair! My pick of the day is this brilliant Italian Louis XVI-Style painted settee showcased by Houston's own Tara Shaw. I particularly love the effect of the soft,… Read More »

 

Tobi Style

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments May 01 2010

So I can't even beat around the bush with intro's here.  Tobi Fairley is one of my favorite fresh designers today.  I love how fearless she is with color and pattern, and how she throws little shocks of color in every room.  She's got a knack for keeping it comfy, but chic.  No pretense, but first… Read More »

 

More Great Garden Finds

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments May 01 2010

As you may be aware, April's Affordable "IT" Item was garden furniture.  As Summer draws near, we're still on the lookout for interesting and useful items for outdoor entertaining.  We spotted some really incredible items for your patio or garden during… Read More »

 

Oddities

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments May 01 2010

Photo courtesy of Charles Wilson, Wilson Folk Art Quick Post! This TOOTH was our hands-down favorite oddity at Philly Antiques Week. It was part of a trade sign for a dentist around 1860.  This item would raise some eyebrows if hung in just the right spot, or could add a touch of surprise to a kooky bathroom.  I can see it adding a Sweeny Todd feeling… Read More »

 

Best in Show

By: Julie VanDolen • 1 Comments Apr 30 2010

The wonderful dog items at the 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show in Philly last month prompted me to conduct my own little “Best in Show” awards where I had the honor of spotlighting dogs and their owners...I mean, dealers. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for great dogs- -and just about any dog will do.  I like regal dogs in oil-on-canvas hunt scenes, I like… Read More »

 

"World Collectors" Night?

By: Julie VanDolen • 1 Comments Apr 30 2010

I have to preface this blog article with a light warning—I have my opinions about the World Collectors Night.  I’m open to feedback; that’s what this site is for. Sign in and post a comment—let me know how you feel about the topic.  Let’s discuss and keep the blood pumping through our industry. While I think the sponsorship of this event… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - Pair Ebony Marble & Dore' Bronze Candelabras

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Apr 28 2010

Welcome to pure luxury!  This Pair of Ebony Marble & Dore' Bronze Candelabras from Dallas' own Leslie Taylor is highly representative of the elegant style and unique antiquities being displayed in this collection.   "Our clients relish this rebirth… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - The Beaded Chandelier

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Apr 26 2010

The word 'chandelier' comes from the French word 'chandelle,' meaning candle.  Throughout history, chandeliers have always seemed synonymous with elegance, wealth, and beauty... from it's humble beginnings as lighting fixtures in medieval churches and abbeys, to the fabulous Hollywood mansions, they are still highly collectible  and unique antiquities perfect for illuminating the… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - Early 19th Century Philadelphia Classical Side Chairs

By: Holly Echols • 1 Comments Apr 23 2010

Kudos to Paul Kleinwald on this spectacular pair of Early 19th Century American Historically Important Philadelphia Classical Side Chairs!  "This is an extraordinary pair of historically important chairs in the highest fashion Philadelphia produced in the 1830's period. A pair from the same set is in the Athenaeum of Philadelphia made for Joseph Hopkinson. Hopkinson was the son of… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - Early 20th Century Persian Herez Rug

By: Holly Echols • 2 Comments Apr 22 2010

Today's pick is a beautiful early 20th century Persian Herez Rug collected by Douglas Samaha in historic Woodbury, Connecticut!  I chose this particular antique rug for its color harmony and balance, design intricacy, clarity of design, texture, and the yarn patina.  Historically rare, perfect,… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - Late 17th Century English Gateleg Table

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Apr 21 2010

The Perfect Table... Today's pick is highly representative of the early sophistication and fuctionality present the English Gateleg Table.  This particular piece was chosen for its petite build and rich patina that only true age can deliver.  Its design is stylistic of 17th Century carpentry and it is a true work of art!  This table is perfect.  It's… Read More »

 

Daily Covet -William and Mary Chest

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Apr 16 2010

This William and Mary chest from Salk Antiques has it all.  Simple shape and clean lines-- clearly the marquetry steals the show here.  The beautiful inlay details and drop-style hardware… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - 19th Century English Rococo-Style Mirrors

By: Holly Echols • 0 Comments Apr 15 2010

What a truly luxurious pair of 19th Century English Rococo-Style Mirrors!    I particularly love the artistic merit displayed in the “Rococo” movement, which is derived from the French rocaille, “a shell.” This style developed as Baroque… Read More »

 

Daily Covet - Welcome!

By: Holly Echols • 1 Comments Apr 13 2010

Welcome to My Daily Covet! Through Daily Covet, I'll choose a different "must-have" item each day.  Whether seasonsed antiquarian or newbie collector, I hope you'll take a look at my picks and comment.  I hope to spotlight different pieces I find interesting or beautiful.  If I don't know much about… Read More »

 

Icons: Dorothy Draper

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments Apr 04 2010

In a recent blog about Willson Powell, we touch on the inspirational design work of Dorothy Draper.  This Carleton Varney book is a must-have for any design library.  From modern to classic, all aesthetic preferences will be delighted with this wonderful, colorful book.  It's available at Anthropologie… Read More »

 

Willson Powell...

By: Julie VanDolen • 0 Comments Apr 02 2010

So you’ve heard about the incredible rooftop garden events atop the Atlantic Station building?  Our Featured Designer for April, Willson Powell, plans them all.  From the Boy Scouts’ rooftop campouts to the Ballet’s complete dance floor…his events atop the 17-story tower are not to be missed.  In addition to owning his design firm, Eastshore Design,… Read More »

 

Better Weather, Better Business?

By: Jeff Garrett • 0 Comments Apr 01 2010

Spring has sprung, finally, and am I ready for it!  Today it hit 84 degrees in Dallas; it’s about time. It has been a long, cold and dreary winter and Texans are pretty spoiled to mild weather.  It wasn’t but two weeks ago when it was 72 degrees on Saturday and we awoke to three inches of snow the very next day.  The old Texas adage, “if you don’t’… Read More »

 

Behind the Scenes of a Top Texas Design House

By: Julie VanDolen • 1 Comments Mar 10 2010

If you've checked out Latique's home page, you'll see Fort Worth-based interior designer Joseph Minton gracing the cover of our virtual magazine.  Latique had the pleasure of interviewing Joe and his team and they were kind enough to allow us to snap some candid photos of his workspace and his staff in action. Joe does everything with style and his office… Read More »

 

Answers to Not-Dumb Questions for Newbie Antiques Enthusiasts Part 1

By: Julie VanDolen • 2 Comments Mar 07 2010

W. Broughton St. - Savannah, GA Recently I accompanied a dear friend to Savannah for a girls’ antiquing trip to find some finds.  My friend had become weary of being told “your house looks like a catalog” and decided it was time to break out of her Pottery Barn box and get serious about investing in some non-stuffy antiques.  I love to witness… Read More »

 

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Dollars - Why Dealers Need Good Digital Photography

By: Jeff Garrett • 1 Comments Feb 22 2010

In the antiques business...this is without a doubt, the absolute truth: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. For years, I was one of those old-school guys who thought the antique business came with the "have to see it, feel it, touch it" prerequisite in order to make a sale...Wrong! Enter cyberspace and the digital age. And, enter the major paradigm shift from an old-school antique… Read More »

 

It Could Be Time to Wake Up Tired, Brown Furniture.

By: Jeff Garrett • 1 Comments Feb 13 2010

On a recent buying trip to the Philadelphia-New Jersey area, I found myself looking at items through a different set of eyes. I was with my daughter, Julie, who has accompanied me on several buying trips to France. She seemed startled when I priced a few items that had terrible finishes, no tops or blonde out-of-style wood. She caught my drift quickly when I said, "These will be… Read More »