Thursday, June 8, 2017

REDOUTÉ: Celebrating Botanical Illustration

We invite you  learn about one of the most prolific botanical artists of the French 18th and early 19th Century Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Scroll down to also view our Flower Power Guide linking you to Exhibitions and Event showcasing floral Artworks.
Rosa Gallica Maheka, From: Les Roses

Redouté (1759-1840) is unquestionably the best-known botanical illustrator of any era. The decorative appeal of his original engravings has led to their modern reproduction, which in turn has popularized Redouté’s work in a way unique among botanical artists. Yet no reproduction can capture the great and subtle beauty of his original engravings from Les Roses, nor can any introductory paragraph fully describe his many achievements. These magnificent engravings demonstrate the full mastery of his abilities, as the forms of the roses are set off dramatically by Redouté’s masterful and rich modulations of tone and hue.
Iris Patensis From Redouté's other acclaimed series Les Liliacees

The regal simplicity of the compositions allows the viewer to focus without distraction on the beauty and delicate complexity of the plants themselves. Perhaps better than any other engravings that the artist ever made, these three images demonstrate the flawless and pristine French style of botanical art that Redouté pioneered and brought to a pinnacle of quality. The luminosity of stipple engraving, a technique perfected by Redouté, is particularly suited to the reproduction of botanical detail. The medium involved engraving a copper plate with a dense grid of dots that could be modulated to convey delicate gradations of color.

Various museums in San Francisco are showcasing amazing botanical artwork as an homage to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, celebrating Flower Power as major themes of Peace, Love, and Community. We also added some exhibitions abroad for those traveler's this summer!  
Flower Exhibitions and Events:
Floral Artwork of the Buddhist tradition
The largest west coat annual Antique show will host antique dealer, art galleries, and designers showcasing works with a floral themes in mind. 
Garden of Shakespeare's Flowers, Golden Gate Park
Flowers and plants played an important tool for Shakespeare's plays, here you can see many of those flowers he mentioned in his writing.
Musee de la Vie Romantique
Showcasing the works of Redouté  from his Roses to the Lillies
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Look out for a future exhibition which will showcase our own collection of the Raphael of Flowers, Redouté!

For Inquiries Please Contact us at (415) 788-5115, or Visit us at 432 Jacskson St. San Francisc, Ca 94111.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Auction Preview at Arader Galleries

Summer Auction PREVIEW

Cheers to another Auction! Set your Calendar to June 3rd for the opportunity to bid on a grand selection of original natural history works, spectacular views, and rare maps. The auction begins at 1pm EST. at our 1016 Madison Avenue Gallery.

This preview includes highlights from the auction, as great pieces to consider and add you your personal collection! Scroll to see detailed images and information. 

John James Audubon, Elephant Folio 1st Edition Havell

Willem Blaeu (1571-1638)

Herman Henstenburgh (1667-1726)

John Gould (1804 - 1881)

Jacob Dirk Van Herwerden (1806-1879)

Lot 155 ● MOSKOW, NO. 12
Cornelius Le Bruyn (1652-1726)

Online and phone bidding options are always available for inquiries and to access a copy of the auction catalog please call 415-788-5115. You can also bid at and view lots presented.
Arader Galleries, San Francisco 432 Jackson St, San Francisco, Ca 94111

Sunday, April 16, 2017

California History: The Sacramento Flood

With April showers hitting us hard this Spring season, we thought it would be fitting to share an amazing piece of local History depicting one of the most devastating natural disasters of the mid-Nineteenth Century. 

This view of Sacramento depicts the city during a flood in 1850. Rain and melting snow from the Sierra Nevada mountains caused the Sacramento river to flow over the levee. Looking down J st from the levee, this view documents notable buildings and landmarks submerged in flood waters. At the head of J street on the left hand side is a knoll of ground made by the Indians, called Sa’cum, which stayed dry throughout the flood. Sutter’s Fort is 25 miles from the Levee and is at the head of J st. To the left of J street can be found the City Hotel, which faces onto the levee and was built in 1849 at a cost of $78,000. The Sutter Hotel, which can found to the far right of J st and also facing the levee was built in 1848 at a cost $50,000.
Geo W. Casilear & Henry Bainbridge
View of Sacramento City During the Great Inundation in January 1850
New York: Napoleon Sarony, c.1850
hand-colored lithograph
41” x 29 1/4”

A thrilling account -From Daily Alta California, Volume 1, Number 17, 16 January 1850
"SACRAMENTO CITY, Jan,10, 1850. This will be a day never to be forgotten by the residents of Sacramento City as a day that awoke their fears for the safety of their city against the dangers of a flood long since prophesied.
I was awakened early on the following morning (the 11th) by the shouting and noise from without, I rose and dressed and went out upon the veranda of the Sutter House, (where I had taken a room) and here I had a clear view of the dangers to be apprehended. Before me, along the entire length of the levee, I saw with certainty the beginning of a flood. Long before noon hundreds of boats were crossing every street, far and near, and bearing to the several vessels that lay at the river’s bank, women and children, the sick and the feeble; and as they arrived, the owners of the vessels were ready to offer them prompt aid and every comfort in their power; and when they were safely landed upon the decks, the shout of joy went up to heaven in loud cheers from those who landed them, for their safety, and these shouts were echoed back by the hundreds of voices that were in the surrounding boats, and within hearing of the response. During the entire day and until night, this work of humanity and mercy went on. The loss of property must be very great — it must be over a million of dollars. As night approached and the waters continued to increase, great fears were entertained for the buildings that were considered safe until now for the vast body of water that continued to rush in on the levee in front of the city was evidence that but a very few could expect to be above the reach of water in the morning. Measures were now taken to prepare several places where food and lodging could be had, by raising new floors some two and three feet above the former ones; but this could only be done in a few houses, so many being underwater and all cooking apparatus belonging to the many eating houses being completely submerged. Besides this the several “Bakeries,” were so deluged that no bread could be had other than hard bread. These places for refreshment were quickly arranged so that the many hundreds that were driven from their homes and could not be accommodated on board the shipping should find food and shelter until they could leave the city or find houses in some place until the waters should subside."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Feature; John Cassin

It's That Time of Year!

During the Holiday Season we are featuring the works of John Cassin (18130-1869)
and his acclaimed engravings from The Birds of California (c. 1865)
The Black Breasted Woodpecker
These wonderfully detailed hand-colored works make the perfect gift for family and friends. Why not gift a enriching historical engraving, that displays the merging of science and art in the 19th century.

Known as the Audubon of the West, John Cassin was a Pennsylvania Quaker who served as the curator for the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.  He was also a gifted taxonomist who succeeded in illustrating and describing 198 birds that were not included in either publication of his great predecessors Audubon or Wilson. Cassin’s great achievement was his completion of only one volume of Illustrations of The Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America (1853-56). After his death Brown University purchased his collection of over 4,300 birds for the universities museum of natural history.

A Selection of pieces available:
The Northern Chickadee
The Black Brant
The Red Breasted Teal 
The Northern Sea Eagle 

We have framed and unframed pieces available, Special framing prices may apply to matted pieces purchased. 

For  Purchasing Inquiries; Please call 415-788-5115, or visit us at Arader Galleries 432 Jackson Street, San Francisco, Ca 94111.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Arader Galleries at Union Square

Interior of Neiman Marucs

When fashion and Antiques Collide!
In collaboration with the San Francisco Fall Antique Show, we are delighted to share that our finest antique engravings and rare maps are to be featured at the renowned Saks 5th Avenue and Neiman Marcus locations in San Francisco's downtown Union Square.
 (Top Image: Neiman Marcus)

Take a break from the office, or stop by as you are shopping to enjoy a unique paring of high end contemporary items alongside rare and original historic works. Saks will display an array of beautifully detailed and historically significant rare maps and globes, along with the ornithological engravings of John Gould's Toucans. Neiman Marcus will showcase the scientifically important hand colored engraving of  natural history illustrator Albertus Seba.
Albertus Seba (1665-1736)
From: Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri
John Gould (1804-1881)
From: Family of Toucans
Hondius (1563- 1612)
Double Hemisphere World Map

Don't forget to Save the Date!

This year's themes for the San Francisco Fall Antique Show is 
Animalia: Animal Imagery in Art & Antiques

Tickets are still available :

October 27-30th

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Inside Out: Contemporary Botanical Natural History Artworks

As noted in our previous post we have a special pop-up exhibition currently on view. 
Inside Out: Contemporary Botanical Natural History Artworks continues the foster a 200 year old practice of creating Natural History works, celebrating the beauty and of nature.

Outside In: Contemporary Natural History Artworks
September 9 – October 12, 2016
Reception: Friday, September 9, 5pm – 8pm
Arader Galleries San Francisco
432 Jackson Street

San Francisco, CA 94111 858.231.9067

Jean Emmons
Arader Galleries is pleased to announce an exhibition of contemporary natural history artworks
opening in their San Francisco, CA gallery the evening of September 9, and remaining on view
through October 12. 2016. The contemporary artworks in the exhibition will be supplemented by
some historical works featuring similar subjects.

Seven contemporary artists are featured in the show – Francesca Anderson (scratchboard), Jean
Emmons (watercolor on vellum), Monika deVries Gohlke (etching), Ingrid Finnan (oil on paper),
Asuka Hishiki (watercolor), Catherine Watters (watercolor on vellum), and Carol Woodin (watercoloron vellum).

Asuka Hishiki
The seven artists are some of the most notable artists working in the fields of botanical and natural history art, with several having received Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society of the UK as well as numerous other awards. Depicted are a range of subjects including an owl, lizards, insects, and fruits and flowers.              
Arader Galleries has juxtaposed some notable historical works alongside these contemporary artworks. These include works by Maria Sibylla Merian (insects, natural history), Pierre-Joseph Redouté (botanicals), Blanche Ames (orchid botanicals), Albertus Seba (shells and reptiles), and Giovanni Ferrari (fruits and botanicals). The historical works provide an interesting comparison between artists past and present, and show how natural history subjects continue to fascinate artists working today.

Ingrid Finnan, Carol Woodin

For  inquiries; Please call 415-788-5115, or visit us at Arader Galleries 432 Jackson Street, San Francisco, Ca 94111.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fall Auction Preview Part 2

Two more weeks until the September 17th Fall Auction
Featured below is a second preview of  premiere works in our upcoming auction. 

Please Contact Arader Galleries, San Francisco with any questions.

Lot 136 Amerique Septentrionale Etat Du Virginie, by Jacques Gerard Milbert (1766-1840)

Lot 143 The Umbrella Race,  by after W.S. Vanderbilt Allen, 1893
Lot 27 Mexican Marmot-Squirrel, Plate 129, by J.J. Audubon, 1827-1838
Lot 162 Oregon, by Rand, McNally & Co., 1884
 Lot 120 Odd Fellows Hall, 1871
 Lot 69 Tabrouba Tree with Stag Beetle, Palm Weevil, and other Insects, Plate 48, 
By Maria Sibylla Merian, 1719
Lot 6 Golden Eagle, plate 181, by J.J Audubon, 1827-1838
 Lot 205 Piano Lesson, by Arthur Keller
Lot 129 La Californie ou Nouvelle Caroline, By Nicholas de Fer, 1720
Lot 172 Group Lot of 7 Mckennny & Hall Lithographs, 1840
For Auction inquiries; Please call 415-788-5115, or visit us at Arader Galleries 432 Jackson Street, San Francisco, Ca 94111.