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The word wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase waes hael, meaning “be of good health.” In festive gatherings first d...
10/20/2020

The word wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase waes hael, meaning “be of good health.” In festive gatherings first described by Peter de Langtoft in the 1320s, one person raised the bowl (essentially a massive cup) and cried “wassail,” to which the others revelers responded, “Drinkhail.” Each participant drank from the bowl and then passed it to the next person with a kiss, a ritual repeated by all in attendance. The wassail bowl often contained mulled wine, cider, or spiced and sweetened ale with apple pulp.

The ceremony of wassailing was popular on Christmas and New Year’s Eve and particularly on Twelfth Night. This wassail bowl-and-cup set, dated 1685 and made of lignum vitae, would have been decorated with ribbons and rosemary and carried through the streets by women singing carols. Payments to “wassailers” are recorded in the household accounts of the gentry throughout the late Stuart and Hanoverian periods. The custom continues in some parts of Yorkshire today.

This wassail set is just one of more than 450 objects included in the publication "Marking Time: Objects, People, and Their Stories, 1500–1800."

Image: Jamie Stukenberg, courtesy of The Bryan Collection, Lake Bluff, IL.

#antiqueoftheday #markingtime #wassail

A London folk art dealer reflects on the inspiration he has drawn from the home of a scholar and art collector in Cambri...
10/19/2020

A London folk art dealer reflects on the inspiration he has drawn from the home of a scholar and art collector in Cambridge, England. Click this link to check it out! 🌟⁠

https://bit.ly/3cEYkHh

@kettlesyard #hsede @robertyoung #antiques⁠
H.S. Ede at the desk in the dining/sitting room in an undated photograph.

In 1709, this candlestick belonged to the Grecian Coffee House, named for its proprietor George Constantine (d. 1728). L...
10/19/2020

In 1709, this candlestick belonged to the Grecian Coffee House, named for its proprietor George Constantine (d. 1728). Located in Devereux Court, just off the Strand in London, the Grecian was host to members of a secret club called the Old Whigs or the True Whigs. The club’s members were otherwise known as the Commonwealthmen, a group opposed to the idea of a standing army, which they considered a direct threat to liberty.

Along with servings of tea, coffee, chocolate, and sherbet, candlelight would have sustained conversation at the Grecian long after night had fallen. In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, coffee houses were important meeting places for professional and political groups. In 1712, a group of scientifically minded patrons gathered at the Grecian to observe the dissection of a dolphin.

This candlestick is just one of more than 450 objects included in the publication "Marking Time: Objects, People, and Their Stories, 1500–1800."

Image: Jamie Stukenberg, image courtesy of The Bryan Collection, Lake Bluff, IL.

#antiqueoftheday #candlestick #london #markingtime

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. This chair ...
10/18/2020

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. This chair may look 19th century, but it is inscribed as having belonged to the scribe Reniseneb, was made in Egypt in about 1450 BCE. It is veneered with ebony and ivory and was originally given a caned seat (now restored). ⚫⚪
@metmuseum

#AntiqueofTheDay #ivoryfurniture #ebonyfurniture

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. This ‘tecom...
10/17/2020

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. This ‘tecomate’ (deep bowl), c. 900 BCE, is from the prehistoric Olmec culture of Mexico. Though best known among museumgoers for their oversized stone heads, the Olmec also made exquisite pottery, including a distinctive style of blackware. This example has traces of cinnabar and depicts a serpent; it is stylistically reminiscent of the much later work of Pueblo potters like Maria Martinez, who were themselves inspired by archaeological fragments. 🐍 @princetonuniversityartmuseum

#AntiqueofTheDay #prehistoricart #olmec

They called her the “sculptor of horrors.” From our most recent issue, a piece on the sculptures of Meta Vaux Warrick Fu...
10/16/2020

They called her the “sculptor of horrors.” From our most recent issue, a piece on the sculptures of Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller. Click this link to check it out! 🌟

https://www.themagazineantiques.com/article/the-sculpture-of-meta-vaux-warrick-fuller/

The Wretched, 1902. Bronze; height 17, width 21, depth 15 inches. Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington, gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels; photograph courtesy of the Maryhill Museum of Art.

#metavauxwarrickfuller #20thcenturysculpture @maryhillmuseum

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. The textile...
10/16/2020

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. The textiles of ancient Peru, like this mantle (c. 200 BCE – 100 AD) have been influential on modern weavers, who have deeply studied its intricate structures. @Saint.Louis.Art.Museum 🔴

#AntiqueofTheDay #ancientart #antiquetextiles

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. The prehist...
10/15/2020

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. The prehistoric Japanese ceramics of the Jomon Period are among the oldest artistic triumphs known, as much as 5000 years old. While their seemingly abstract upper registers are often said to depict “flames,” there is no real certainty about their meaning; the aesthete Okakura Kakuzo summarized their effect in the short poetic line: “flame pots – elegance – fierceness.” 🔥

#AntiqueofTheDay #jomonperiod #antiqueceramics #okakurakakuzo

See what's happening at museums around the world online and in person this week! Click this link to check it out!🌟https:...
10/14/2020

See what's happening at museums around the world online and in person this week! Click this link to check it out!🌟
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@Farnsworthmuseum #americanart #newengland
Moses Homestead in 1639 in Summer by Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma Moses), 1946. Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; gift of Mrs. Stuart Symington, 1998.

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. This elegan...
10/14/2020

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. This elegant tripod wine pourer from Shang Dynasty China – 12th/11th c. BCE – has become only more beautiful in the three millennia since it was made, thanks to the rich patination of its surface. @artic 🍷

#AntiqueofTheDay #ancientart #shangdynasty

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. The octopus...
10/13/2020

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. The octopus motifs on Minoan ceramics – like this vase from Palaikastro, on the eastern coast of Crete, dating to c. 1500 B.C.E. – are remarkable in their expression of movement across a curved surface. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. 🦑

#AntiqueofTheDay #ancientart #minoanart

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. These vesse...
10/12/2020

This week we are looking at ancient objects that strikingly anticipate later developments in decorative art. These vessels are by Ennion, the famed ancient Phoenecian glassmaker. Thanks to his signed vessels – highly unusual for their time – his name has survived along with his exquisite workmanship, making him an antecedent to modern artist-artisan. @MuseumofModernArt 🔵

#AntiqueofTheDay #ennion #phoenecianglass

Florence Elizabeth Barlow for Royal Doulton, three-handled tankard, 1884. An Art Pottery update of the traditional tyg, ...
10/10/2020

Florence Elizabeth Barlow for Royal Doulton, three-handled tankard, 1884. An Art Pottery update of the traditional tyg, with a blue flamingo modeled in relief against a textured ground. Florence Barlow and her sister Hannah decorated wares for Royal Doulton in their Lambeth studio. 🐦@cooperhewitt

#AntiqueofTheDay #19thcenturyantiques #florencebarlow #hannahbarlow

Brass advertising token issued by John Kirk, c. 1870. Kirk was a shopkeeper and metal worker who ran an engraving and di...
10/09/2020

Brass advertising token issued by John Kirk, c. 1870. Kirk was a shopkeeper and metal worker who ran an engraving and die stamping business in St Paul's Churchyard. This promotional token shows the shop interior with a saleswoman showing toys to a young customer. ⛪

#AntiqueofTheDay #19thcenturyantiques #stpaulschurchyard

Sculptural inkstand in majolica, depicting the Judgment of Paris, 1505. Faenza, Italy. @micfaenza 🇮🇹  #AntiqueofTheDay #...
10/08/2020

Sculptural inkstand in majolica, depicting the Judgment of Paris, 1505. Faenza, Italy. @micfaenza 🇮🇹

#AntiqueofTheDay #16thcenturyart #italianart #majolica

Check out what's going on this week online an in person at museums around the US! Click this link to learn more! 🌟⁠https...
10/07/2020

Check out what's going on this week online an in person at museums around the US! Click this link to learn more! 🌟⁠
https://bit.ly/3iB8REA

@nelsonatkins #openingsandclosings #enamelart #exhibitions
Portrait of Mary de Cardonnel, Countess Talbot (1719—1787) by Nathaniel Hone (1718—1784), 1743. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Fayette, Missouri.

Giovanni Battista Foggini, night clock with hardstone mosaic ornament, 1704-5. The dial is transparent, and can be illum...
10/07/2020

Giovanni Battista Foggini, night clock with hardstone mosaic ornament, 1704-5. The dial is transparent, and can be illuminated from behind with an oil lamp for night-time use. @gettymuseum 🕰️

#AntiqueofTheDay #18thcenturyantiques @antiqueclock #giovannibattistafoggini

Carved and decorated ivory casket with silver mounts, depicting episodes in the life of Krishna, 18th century. @Indianmu...
10/06/2020

Carved and decorated ivory casket with silver mounts, depicting episodes in the life of Krishna, 18th century. @Indianmuseumkolkata ⚪

#AntiqueofTheDay #carvedivory #18thcenturyantiques #indianantiques

From our August/September issue, a piece on @artsmia long-term project to breathe fresh life into its period rooms. Now ...
10/05/2020

From our August/September issue, a piece on @artsmia long-term project to breathe fresh life into its period rooms. Now online, click this link to check it out! 🌟

https://www.themagazineantiques.com/article/rooms-with-a-viewpoint/

Grand Salon from the Hôtel de la Bouëxière, 1735, as part of the Up All Night in the 1700s installation, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2017–2018. All objects illustrated are in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Gift of the Groves Foundation.

#frenchantiques #18thcenturyantiques

This “pot trompeur” (trick vessel) is an outstanding survival of Renaissance-era French ceramics, made in Saintonge at t...
10/05/2020

This “pot trompeur” (trick vessel) is an outstanding survival of Renaissance-era French ceramics, made in Saintonge at the end of the 16th century. Like the puzzle jugs made elsewhere in Europe, it has internal channels in the handles that allow the user to drink the pot’s contents, if they place their fingers in the right positions. The piece also features a bright green lead glaze and mythological imagery. @musee.renaissance.officiel 🇫🇷

#AntiqueofTheDay #renaissanceart #16thcenturyantiques #pottrompeur

Hayakawa Shōkosai I, Basket for Transporting Sencha Tea-Ceremony Utensils, woven rattan with silk, c. 1877-1890. A recen...
10/04/2020

Hayakawa Shōkosai I, Basket for Transporting Sencha Tea-Ceremony Utensils, woven rattan with silk, c. 1877-1890. A recent acquisition at the @metmuseum, given by Diane and Arthur Abbey, whose collection of Japanese baskets was presented at the museum in a 2018 exhibition. The curators at the Met comment, “Shōkosai is believed to be the first master craftsman of baskets to sign his compositions, a custom probably inspired by Western artists amid the Meiji-period modernization of the Japanese decorative arts.” 🌟

#AntiqueofTheDay #19thcenturyantiques #japaneseantiques

Piet Kramer, buffet, 1915-17.  Kramer, primarily an architect, was among the chief exponents of the Amsterdam School, wh...
10/03/2020

Piet Kramer, buffet, 1915-17. Kramer, primarily an architect, was among the chief exponents of the Amsterdam School, which did for Dutch design what the Wiener Werkstätte did in Austria – introduce new, modern, and expressive forms. This buffet is in stained oak and elm, with bluestone ornaments and flat steel hinges. ⚫ @Stedelijk

#AntiqueofTheDay #dutchantiques #20thcenturyantiques

This beautiful but entirely accidental collage of Vietnamese ceramics and detritus from the ocean floor, dating to the l...
10/02/2020

This beautiful but entirely accidental collage of Vietnamese ceramics and detritus from the ocean floor, dating to the late 15the century, is included in the show ‘Lost at Sea: Art Recovered from Shipwrecks,” at @sfmoma 🌊⁠

#AntiqueofTheDay #15thcenturyart #vietnameseart

Herter Brothers, sideboard, New York, c. 1880. This outstanding example of art furniture combines Neoclassism and Japoni...
10/01/2020

Herter Brothers, sideboard, New York, c. 1880. This outstanding example of art furniture combines Neoclassism and Japonisme into a single aesthetic, light and refined. The stamped gilt paper is particularly noteworthy – it was often used by the Herter Brothers and their peers, but is so fragile that it rarely survives. @mfaboston ⚡

#AntiqueofTheDay #19thcenturyantiques #necoclassism #japonisme #herterbrothers

Check out what's going on this week online and in-person at museums across the US. Click this link to learn more! 🌟https...
09/30/2020

Check out what's going on this week online and in-person at museums across the US. Click this link to learn more! 🌟
https://bit.ly/2G0FheH

@clevelandmuseumofart #stainedglass #tiffany #clarawolcottdriscoll
“Pony” Wisteria Lamp by Clara Wolcott Driscoll (1861—1944), c. 1902-10. Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

09/30/2020

Dealer Adam Ambros and curator Ed Town join Ben to talk about a collection of mostly small objects made in Britain between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, many of them marked with a date, the subject of a new book from the Yale Center for British Art called "Marking Time: Objects, People, and Their Lives, 1500–1800." During the discussion, Town and Ambros tease out the material history and forgotten figures behind six of the most quotidian of these objects—two Elizabethian shoehorns and a powderhorn by little-known craftsman Robert Mindum, and three beakers by Nathaniel Spilman—and reveal that for the emerging middle class these were not merely useful objects, but status symbols. Click here to listen: https://www.themagazineantiques.com/article/curious-objects-marking-time/

Chest on Chest, Newport RI, c. 1800. A relatively late (and very architectural) example of the city’s famed cabinetmakin...
09/30/2020

Chest on Chest, Newport RI, c. 1800. A relatively late (and very architectural) example of the city’s famed cabinetmaking tradition, originated decades earlier by the Goddard and Townsend families. @clevelandmuseumofart ⚡

#AntiqueofTheDay #19thcenturyantiques #antiquecabinet
#newport

Grinling Gibbons, carved trompe l’oeil cravat c.1648-1721. This famous and beguiling object – produced as a showpiece of...
09/29/2020

Grinling Gibbons, carved trompe l’oeil cravat c.1648-1721. This famous and beguiling object – produced as a showpiece of Gibbon’s extraordinary skill – was once owned by the Georgian-era wit and collector Horace Walpole. He purportedly wore it to welcome his guests on occasion, relishing the double-take they would have when realizing that it was made of wood rather than actual lace. @victorianadalbertmuseum ⚡

#AntiqueofTheDay #grinlinggibbons #18thcenturyart #woodcarving #trompeloeil

To elaborate on the history of the suffragist movements, @ackhistory has assembled a group of objects—paintings, literar...
09/28/2020

To elaborate on the history of the suffragist movements, @ackhistory has assembled a group of objects—paintings, literary paraphernalia, sculptures, and more—from those two successive waves of activism, which helped win the vote first for Black men, then for women. Click this link to read more! ✨
https://www.themagazineantiques.com/article/slavery-and-suffrage-on-nantucket/

An installation view of The Road from Abolition to Suffrage featuring a bronze bust of Lucretia Coffin Mott by Victoria Guerina (1956–), 2000, at left, and a portrait of Mott by Heather Vance (1981–), 2019, at right.

#womenssuffrage #nantucket #suffragemovement

Neoclassical sugar bowl with applied slogan: “East India Sugar / Not Made by Slaves,” c. 1800. This fascinating early ex...
09/28/2020

Neoclassical sugar bowl with applied slogan: “East India Sugar / Not Made by Slaves,” c. 1800. This fascinating early example of consumption-based activism falls into a group, also including a glass sugar bowl now in the British Museum. The objects are from various producers, suggesting that they were appropriated rather than manufactured for the anti-slavery cause. @chipstonefoundation 🥣

#AntiqueofTheDay #19thcenturyantiques #consumeractivism

Miniature slant-front desk, Pennsylvania, c. 1820. Despite its small stature the piece features all the main features of...
09/27/2020

Miniature slant-front desk, Pennsylvania, c. 1820. Despite its small stature the piece features all the main features of a full-sized version: four drawers, fluted quarter columns, Chippendale feet, even a tiny secret drawer. Previously with @HL.CHALFANT ⚡

#AntiqueofTheDay #18thcenturyantiques #chippendale

This week we are exploring the collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. André Fernand Thesmar, cup with motif ...
09/26/2020

This week we are exploring the collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. André Fernand Thesmar, cup with motif of poppies, 1903. The object is made Thesmar’s specialty of "plique-à-jour," or openwork, enamel; few of these works survive today because of their extreme fragility. 🥀
@thewaltersartmuseum

#AntiqueofTheDay #20thcenturyantiques #andrefernandthesmar #openwork

A forthcoming exhibition and its catalog examine the art of the Old Masters in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Genoa...
09/25/2020

A forthcoming exhibition and its catalog examine the art of the Old Masters in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Genoa at @nationalgalleryofart. Click this link to learn more! ✨
https://www.themagazineantiques.com/article/baroque-pearls/

The Annunciation by Domenico Piola (1627–1703), 1679. Oil on canvas, 11 feet, 3 7/8 inches by 78 3/4 inches. Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, Genoa; photograph courtesy of Scala / Art Resource, NY.

#17thcenturyart #18thcenturyart #baroque

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