2021 San Francisco Fall Show – Man’s Best Friend

The 2021 San Francisco Fall Show is now live on InCollect through October 24. Today’s blogpost explores dogs, AKA “man’s best friend”. The earliest citation of this expression in the U.S. is traced to a poem by C.S. Winkle printed in The New-York Literary Journal, Volume 4, 1821:

The faithful dog – why should I strive

To speak his merits, while they live

In every breast, and man’s best friend

Does often at his heels attend.

Here are a few lovely examples from the show:

From Engs-Dimitri: Faience Model of a Spaniel, Mombaers Factory Brussels, 18th century

By Vera Vandenbosch

2021 San Francisco Fall Show – Mad for Marquetry

The 2021 San Francisco Fall Show is now live on InCollect through October 24. Today’s blogpost explores marquetry, the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. Here are a few outstanding examples from the show:

From Butchoff: Satinwood and Marquetry Demilune Commode, circa 1870

By Vera Vandenbosch

2021 Sneak Preview – For the Textile Aficionados

In anticipation of the 2021 online San Francisco Fall Show which will go live on InCollect on October 15 at 9:00 am PST/noon EST, we wanted to share some sneak previews of our dealer’s wares. In this week’s blogpost, we wanted to focus in the category of antique textiles and rugs. These are conversation pieces, and their appeal lies in the narrative they bring to the table: they bear witness to faraway cultures, outstanding artistry and artisanship, and storytelling through pattern, texture and color. Here are a few examples:

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From Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge: 17th century needlework panel in wool and colored silk of Orpheus and The Animals, circa 1640
From Jeff R. Bridgman: 42-star antique American parade flag with an extraordinarily rare beehive configuration, never an official star count, Washington Statehood, 1889-1890
From Mansour: traditional hand-woven French tapestry in wools and silks, mid 18th century
From Kathleen Taylor/The Lotus Collection: ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry Tashkent, Uzbek­istan, Suzani, embroidered in bright­ly col­ored silks on a cot­ton ground

By Vera Vandenbosch

2021 Sneak Preview – Written in Stone

In anticipation of the 2021 online San Francisco Fall Show which will go live on InCollect on October 15 at 9:00 am PST/noon EST, we wanted to share some sneak previews of our dealer’s wares. The longevity of pieces made of rock and stone often means that they symbolize the divine and the eternal. We also associate wisdom with this substance that is so permanent; a substance that endures age through age. Here’s a few timeless examples:

From Finnegan Gallery: A stunning and large late 18th century English trough in Cotswold stone with a fabulous hand carved surface which over many years has now acquired a pleasing surface of lichen and moss
From Engs-Dimitri: Stone Figure of Saint John The Evangelist, French, Burgundian, 15th century
From Barbara Israel Garden Antiques: A composition stone bench with curved top, the supports with unadorned volute scrolls, American, circa 1950
From Antonio’s Bella Casa: A 14th century hand-carved solid marble downspout featuring a 360 degree series of reliefs depicting iconic, arched Gothic windows surmounted by quatrefoil medallions
From Garden Court Antiques: Vintage French faux bois outdoor garden or patio pedestal table with a broad round table top of mottled slab concrete and a thick fibrous “stem” all stabilized by a spreading and substantial base
From The Chinese Porcelain Company: Hand carved stone table, 2018, carved and assembled by hand from various geological strata of the Andes, Peru

By Vera Vandenbosch

2021 Sneak Preview – Mood Indigo

In anticipation of the 2021 online San Francisco Fall Show which will go live on InCollect on October 15 at 9:00 am PST/noon EST, we wanted to share some sneak previews of our dealer’s wares. Did you know that the color indigo symbolizes integrity and intuition? It is a hue that radiates power and charm. Case in point: the beautiful pieces below:

From Artistoric: Farnese “alla turchina” Dish, 1580-1589, Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica), attributed to Castelli d’Abruzzo (Italian)
From Iliad: A pair of Art Nouveau chairs by Bohumil Waigant, Bohemia, circa 1912
From Kathleen Taylor/The Lotus Collection: Late 19th century (Meiji) futon cover called “Boro” or “rags” made up of indigo dyed cotton rags sewn together from recycled clothing and grain bags
From Michele Beiny: Lino Tagliapietra (b. 1934), Fenice, 2006, blown and incised glass
From Mansour: Mid 20th century Swedish rug, signed by the weaving studio and master weaver, MMF for Märta Måås-Fjetterström and BN for Barbro Nilsson

By Vera Vandenbosch

2021 Sneak Preview – Animalia

In anticipation of the 2021 online San Francisco Fall Show which will go live on InCollect on October 15 at 9:00 am PST/noon EST, we wanted to share some sneak previews of our dealer’s wares. In 2016, the Show’s theme was “Animalia – Animals in Art & Antiques”, exploring our fascination with the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom, as well as its symbolism throughout the ages. Animals have proven to be a never-ending source of inspiration and delight: the 2021 Show offerings include many pairs that would not have looked out of place on Noah’s Ark:

From Bardith: Pair of Chinese Stoneware Cats, 2nd half of the 19th century
From Stephan Jones: Charming bird motif stoneware tile frame mirror in cobalt blue and seafoam green glaze, France, circa 1950’s
From Il Segno del Tempo: Wiener bronze bulldogs bookends, Austria 1870
From Artistoric: Antique Minton Tile designed by Christopher Dresser, circa 1870
From Ronald Phillips: A George III giltwood and bronze painted mirror attributed to Peter Bogaert, English, circa 1805

By Vera Vandenbosch

2021 Sneak Preview – Flower Power

In anticipation of the 2021 online San Francisco Fall Show which will go live on InCollect on October 15 at 9:00 am PST/noon EST, we wanted to share some sneak previews of our dealer’s wares. In 2017, the Show’s theme was FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. The inspiration sprung from the beauty and romance of blooms and blossoms, and their iconography throughout the ages. The 2021 Show is living proof that – while real blooms may wilt – Flower Power is here to stay:

From Michele Beiny: Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Charger, circa 1735, hard-paste porcelain
From Waterhouse & Dodd: “Victorian Still Life with Apple Blossoms”, circa 1870-1875 by Martin Johnson Heade (American 1819 – 1904), signed, oil on canvas
From Lennox Cato: Regency period cream ground papier-mâché tray, English, circa 1820
From Kathleen Taylor/The Lotus Collection: An unusu­al 18th cen­tu­ry French bro­cad­ed cov­er with flow­ers in pale peach and blue col­ors and a heavy couched metal­lic ground.
From Galen Lowe: Japanese two panel folding screen of people cherry blossom viewing, Taisho Period/early Showa Period, circa 1930
From Michael Lipitch: Rare English polychrome painted bow fronted corner cabinet, circa 1725
From R. Louis Bofferding: “Sunflower”, 1987 (signed & dated) by Joe Eula (1925-2004), watercolor on paper, framed
From Ursus Books & Gallery: Botanical Teaching Chart, original chromolithograph, Darmstadt, Verlag Frommann & Meriam, circa 1900.

By Vera Vandenbosch

2021 Sneak Preview – Five Armchairs

In anticipation of the 2021 online San Francisco Fall Show which will go live on InCollect on October 15 at 9:00 am PST/noon EST, we wanted to share some sneak previews of our dealer’s wares. Here are 5 beautiful armchairs, each one wildly different in terms of style, period, and provenance – yet all are one-of-a-kind reminders of our rich past, resonating with history’s silent voices.

From Carlton Hobbs: A probably unique carved Indian rosewood armchair supported by legs in the form of soldiers. Anglo- Indian, 2nd quarter of the 19th century.
From Justin Evershed-Martin: Regency faux bamboo chair, circa 1820.
From Patrick Jefferson: Rare mahogany George II Windsor chair. England, circa 1750.
From Philip Stites: African jacaranda chieftain’s chair. Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, 19th Century.
From Michael Lipitch: Brighton Pavilon high style Regency bamboo chair, China trade 1820.

By Vera Vandenbosch

Save the 2021 dates!

The 2021 virtual edition of the San Francisco Fall Show will take place on the InCollect platform from October 15-24, 2021 and will feature dealers from around the world, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts from antiquity to the present day. The goal is to represent all styles and periods including American, English, Continental and Asian furniture, art, and decorative objects, paintings, prints, photographs, books, precious metals, jewelry, rugs, textiles and ceramics. Show Chair Suzanne Tucker puts it this way: “For anyone interested in art and design, furniture and the decorative arts – buying, collecting, or simply learning about art and antiques – this 10-day online event is not to be missed. Dealers are spending the summer curating a unique selection of items for the show – and they will be available 24/7 to communicate directly or through the InCollect platform with buyers and collectors”.     

InCollect’s advanced technology and robust platform will allow all dealers to have their own online “booths”, allowing for photo and video, as well as take full advantage of the site’s purpose-built search tools and InCollect’s huge existing digital audience. In short, InCollect provides the absolute best experience for discovering and acquiring art, antiques, jewelry and design. in the words of John Smiroldo, InCollect’s President and Founder: “We’re devoting extensive resources to create an immersive online show experience unlike anything else, combining the benefits of direct live show interaction with the efficiencies of the internet. I’m very excited to work together with the San Francisco Fall Show as it is truly one of the great shows in America.”

Below are a few teaser images from the upcoming show (and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for more previews and inspiration!):

From Justin Evershed-Martin: Chinese Iron Panels on Paper, circa 1800.

From Galen Lowe: Japanese two panel folding screen of people cherry blossom viewing. Taisho Period-early Showa Period, circa 1930.

From Stephan Jones: Modern Directoire limed oak colonnade center table with cleft slate top, inspired by the salt works at LeDoux. France, circa 1980’s.

From Foster-Gwin: Sommerville Blue, 1960 by Joseph Fiore (1925-2008). Oil on canvas.

From Lennox Cato: Georgian design walnut and marble top center table, possibly Irish.

From Eocene Arts: Bamboo flower baskets by Kosuge Kogetsu (1932-2017), circa 1960. With original boxes signed/sealed by the artist.

From C. Mariani Antiques: Pair of 18th century gilt wood mirrors.

From Carlton Hobbs: A very large four panel double-sided glazed folding screen mounted with seventy-eight prints and one watercolor painting, depicting views of London from the collection of the Earl of Granville. English, second half of the 19th century.

By Vera Vandenbosch

The Alphabet of Art & Antiques – Y and Z

Yakshi

In Hindu and Buddhist art, yakshis are auspicious female nature spirits, symbolic of fertility and abundance. Yakshis are typically depicted as beautiful and voluptuous, with wide hips, narrow waists, and exaggerated, spherical breasts.

Terracotta Yakshi Holding a Crowned Child with a Visiting Parrot, Shunga period, circa 1st century B.C., India (Bengal). Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Yataghan

A yataghan is a  long knife or short saber that lacks a guard for the hand at the juncture of blade and hilt and that usually has a double curve to the edge and a nearly straight back.  It was commonly used in Anatolia and the Balkans during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the sultan’s elite corps, or Janissaries, and was carried in the waistband.

Yatagan with Scabbarddated A.H. 1238/A.D. 1822. Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

York flagon

A York flagon is a pewter vessel about 12″ in height. Its base is the shape of an acorn cup and it has a domed acorn-like cover, capped by a finial. It was used for serving wine or ale in Yorkshire in the 18th century, and it also known as an acorn flagon.

English pewter flat-lidded York flagon, circa 1690. Image via Christie’s.

Yorkshire chair

Also called a Derbyshire chair, this is a mid 17th century English type of oak chair with the back in the form of an arcade, or with broad hooped rails. This chair was most common in the north of England.

Two Charles II carved oak Yorkshire chairs, circa 1675. Image via Sotheby’s.

You

A you or yu is a type of Chinese Bronze-age wine vessel in the form of  a covered “pot-bellied” bucket with a swing handle.

Wine Vessel or You, 10th–9th century B.C., China. Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zoetrope

Popular in Victorian times, a zoetrope is a toy that consists of a revolving cylinder, open at the top and with a series of images on the inside. The images are viewed through slits in the side of the cylinder and appear to be moving when the cylinder is turning rapidly. The zoetrope first appeared in the 1830’s and is also known as the zootrope or the wheel of life.

Zoetrope, with six strips of zoetrope animation. Image via the History of Photography Collection, Smithsonian Institution.

Zoopraxiscope

A Zoopraxiscope is a 19th century motion-picture device, designed by Edward Muybridge, in which light is projected through rotating glass disks applied at the rim with a changing sequence of images, creating the illusion of movement.

The zoopraxiscope, image via Kingston Museum and Heritage Service.

Zuber wallpaper

Jean Zuber (1793-1850?) was, along with J. Dufour, the first and arguably the best maker of scenic wallpaper in the first half of the 19th century. His designs depicted scenes of horse-racing in  France, England, and Italy, scenes from the American War of Independence, and views of the Niagara Falls and Boston, Mass.

Zuber et Cie’s “Scenes of North America” design, one of the most famous examples of woodblock-print wallpaper. Courtesy of Creative Commons.

Zwischengoldglas

A zwischengoldglas is a glass vessel – mainly beakers or goblets – with hunting, religious or heraldic scenes engraved and decorated with gold on the outside and encased in a sheath of glass. This decorative technique dates to 300 BC but surviving examples date Bohemian glass between 1730 and 1755.

Zwischengoldglas with battle scene. Germany, circa 1870. Image via Hampel Auctions.

By Vera Vandenbosch

The Alphabet of Art & Antiques – W is for …

Wafering iron

Wafering irons were iron sheets used for making thin cakes and bearing in relief impressions of designs sunk into them. They are among the finest examples of Italian renaissance popular decorative art. They were made in large quantities in the 15th and 16th centuries in Umbria band possibly Perugia. The impressions on the irons were made with small punches, each punch bearing in low relief a single figure or other ornament, often heraldic. An intricate pattern covering the whole surface of the wafering iron was built up by combining and repeating several of these punches.

A fancy moule à gaufres or wafering iron held by the Musée Lorrain (Wikimedia Commons)

Waldglas 

Waldglas – from the German word for “forest glass” – refers to the earliest items of bohemian glass, dating from the early middle ages. Waldglas is a thick, robust, mold-blown product in greenish, yellowish or brownish colors, which used wood as a source of potash for the flux.

Four waldglas beakers, 16th century, Germany. Image via Christie’s.

Wardian case

A Wardian case is a glass-sided case that resembles a miniature greenhouse. It was used for growing display plants indoors, such as ferns or some tropical species. This Victorian term comes from naturalist Nathaniel Ward, who brought botanical specimens home from his travels using a similar case. Domed Wardian cases were often mounted on stands, a popular decoration in Victorian parlors.

English cast iron Wardian case on stand. Image via LiveAuctioneers.

Wax-jack

A Wax-jack is a stand, usually made of silver, for a coil of taper which may be lit to melt sealing-wax. Wax-jacks were made from the mid-18th century onwards, especially in England.

British wax-jack, circa 1675. Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wellington chest

A Wellington chest is an early 19th century English chest-of-drawers with a single tier of six to twelve shallow drawers. It was used for storing coins or other small articles. A hinged flap overlaps the drawers on one side and is fitted with a lock.

George IV golden faded rosewood wellington chest with secretaire drawer. Image via Thakeham Furniture.

Whatnot

A whatnot is a small worktable or stand with three or more shelves used to hold books, ornaments etc.  – similar to the French étagère, and very popular in the 19th century.

An early Victorian rosewood whatnot, circa 1840, in the manner of Gillows. Image via Sotheby’s.

Wiener Werkstätte

The Wiener Werkstätte (German for “Viennese Workshops”), was founded on May 19, 1903. Two of the founders were the artists Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. Important members of this workshop included the painter Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Wilhelm Lizst, Emil Orlik, Dagobert Peche, and Oskar Kokoschka. The Wiener Werkstätte created works of craftsmanship in a very distinctive style. The workshop mainly dealt with creating jewelry, fabrics for clothing, ceramics and pottery, and furniture, all characterized by simple shapes, minimal decoration and geometric patterning. For the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, the high point of the organization, Hoffman served as architect, and Klimt and Czeschka (among others) contributed craftwork, this type of collaboration was called “Gesamtkunstwerk.”

Tea service by Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte, 1903. © MAK/Georg Mayer

Windsor chair

A Windsor chair is a traditional English chair with a shaped solid wood seat, a curved top and spindle back. Made since the 17th century, they have been produced on an industrial scale since the 19th century.

From Yew Tree House Antiques: Early 19th century English yew wood Windsor hoop back armchair, with “Prince of Wales” ostrich feather decoration.

Wrigglework 

Wrigglework  refers to a zigzag pattern used on British pewter and silverware in the 17th and 18th centuries. Wrigglework was created by pushing an engraving tool over the surface at a 45° angle, while rocking or turning the object.

A wrigglework pewter plate by James Hitchman of London, circa 1720. Image via Christies.

By Vera Vandenbosch

The Alphabet of Art & Antiques – V is for …

Vambrace

Vambraces or forearm guards are tubular defenses for the forearm, worn as part of a suit of plate armor. They were often connected to gauntlets. Vambraces may be worn with or without separate couters (elbow pieces) in a full suit of medieval armor. The term originated in the early 14th century. 

From Peter Finer: Vambrace, or Dastana, decorated in gold koftgari with a series of Qur’anic inscriptions. India, circa 1700.

Vargueño

A vargueño or bargueño is  a form of portable writing desk originating in renaissance Spain. It is made up of two chests, the bottom one usually having drawers (called a taquillón) and the top one having a hinged desk surface which also serves as a side-mounted lid. The interior of the desk is equipped with small drawers, pigeonholes, etc., for storing papers and supplies. The vargueño has also been used for sewing or as a jewel chest.

18th century Spanish vargueno. Interior design by Suzanne Tucker/Tucker & Marks, photo by Matthew Millman.

Veilleuse 

Veilleuse is a French term meaning night-light. It describes a device to keep broth or drinks warm on the bedside table: a small oil lamp or candle placed in cylinder was used to heat a covered cup or small teapot on top. Veilleuses were used in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Maiolica veilleuse, probably Monte Milone, last quarter 18th century. Image via Sotheby’s.

Vermeil

Vermeil, also known as silver-gilt or gilded/gilt silver, is silver which has been gilded with gold.

Goblet covered in vermeil and silver by Johann Jebenz, Augsburg, circa 1700. Image via Sotheby’s.

Vermicule

Vermicule is a form of decoration developed for Sèvres porcelain, patterned with a mass of little worm like lines.

Sèvres porcelain bleu nouveau and gilt vermicule three-piece garniture, circa 176—1762. Image via Christie’s.

Verre églomisé

Verre églomisé is a French term referring to the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to produce a mirror finish. Gold or silver foil was applied to the glass back and engraved with a needle before placing black or another contracting color behind the foil. This was then enclosed with a second layer of glass or a coating of varnish. The name is derived from the 18th-century French decorator and art-dealer Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711–1786), who was responsible for its revival.

From Clinton Howell: Neoclassical style mirror with verre églomisé panel, 18th century.

Vesta case

A vesta case is a small case or box for carrying vestas, which were wax or wood matches that pre-dated the safety match. They were usually pocket-sized and produced from silver and other metals and more rarely in porcelain or papier-mâché.

Late 19th century French silver vesta case in pillow form. Image courtesy of Aalders Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Vitruvian scroll 

The Vitruvian scroll is a scroll pattern used in architectural moldings and borders in other media. It is also known as the Vitruvian wave, wave scroll, or running dog pattern. The pattern resembles waves in water or a series of parchment scrolls viewed on end.

Volute 

A volute is a spiral, scroll-like ornament that forms the basis of the Ionic order, found in the capital of the Ionic column.

By Vera Vandenbosch