Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Henry Salt (1780-1827)
Twenty-four views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt
London: William Miller, 1809
Hand-colored aquatint engraving by Robert and Daniel Havell
Arader Galleries is pleased to present a special catalog of antique engravings, lithographs and original watercolors focusing on our fine selection of works relating to India. It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Its rich culture and history, especially its role in early trade routes, and its present-day status as one of the world’s largest economies has no doubt inspired the modern collector. Europeans fervently documented this vast region, and the works in the following pages offer a glimpse into the great influence of the Indian culture over Western societies, from the early sixteenth century to well into the nineteenth century.
From 16th century maps, to 19th century sporting scenes, Arader Galleries has a wide range of material highlighting India, including its exotic flora and fauna, and majestic views and architecture. Please contact Arader Galleries at 415-788-5115 if you have an interest in receiving our India catalog.
Friday, November 12, 2010
The theme for the 2010 show was Chinoiserie, an influential artistic and decorative style which reflects Chinese influences. The numerous lecturers spoke on an array of fascinating topics including an informative lecture on China and porcelain from Senior Vice President, Department Director, Chinese Works of Art and Head of European Ceramics and Chinese Export Porcelain at Sotheby’s, New York, Christina Prescott Walker. Using her own
Hey Royal Highness Princess Michael of
The 2010 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show was filled with lavish beauty, decoration and works from the finest galleries throughout the world and included an interesting and informative lecture series devoted to Chinoiserie.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
From Collection de plantes etrangeres en
fleurs, fruits, corail et coquillages
Hand-colored copperplate engravings
Arader Galleries in San Francisco is proud to be exhibiting at the upcoming 2010 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, the oldest continually operating fine antiques show on the West coast, with exceptional dealers from across the world. Each year a special theme is selected highlighting a particular design influence. The 2010 San Francisco Fall Antiques show theme is “Chinoiserie”, a French term meaning “Chinese-esque”, and focuses on Western art that features or imitates the elements, techniques and designs that have been used in Eastern art for centuries.
With the influx of trade between Europe and China beginning in the 17th century, a new style of art, design and decoration was realized. Interests in whimsical Asian imagery and ornamentation, furniture, porcelain and design were abundant in European homes and in the art produced throughout the 17th to mid-18th century, when it further translated into the French Rococo style.
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Shows runs from October 28th to the 31st, 2010 at the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason. Numerous guest speakers will be presenting throughout the show on a multitude of topics relating to Chinoiserie history, design and fashion. Please feel free to contact Arader Galleries in San Francisco for more details. Tickets to the San Francisco Fall Antiques show may be purchased at http://www.sffas.org.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
View of Filoli house
View of Sunken Garden
Mural of Muckross House and Abbey
in Filoli ballroom
“Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life”
Filoli is a magnificent estate located on the
The formal gardens at Filoli were designed by
In 1937, Filoli was sold to Mr. and Mrs. William P. Roth, owners of the Matson Navigation Company. Mrs. Roth, a horticultural enthusiast, brought worldwide recognition to the Filoli gardens and to Isabella Worn, whom assisted with plant selection and design. Worn’s detail in selection and plating design brought remarkable color and life to the gardens.
Mrs. Roth donated the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1975 in order to ensure the estate would be available for all to enjoy years later. Filoli is open Tuesday through Sunday, mid-February to late October and is a true pleasure for architectural, design and garden enthusiasts alike.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Le Moyne, a French Huguenot, best known for his vivid account of the ill fated 1564 transatlantic voyage to
The Wild Strawberry watercolor at the
The Le Moyne Album at the
The Le Moyne Album at Arader Galleries is by far the most lavish and deluxe version when compared to the collections at the
If you would like more information, or the chance to view this magnificent 16th century manuscript by one of the most exceptional botanical artists of the 16th century, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Discreetly located in downtown
The history gallery is based around the theme “Coming to
The art gallery at the
The photography collection includes Dorothea Lange’s documentation of the Great Depression across the
Friday, August 6, 2010
Margaret Pritchard made the journey from Williamsburg, VA to deliver an incredibly insightful presentation and lecture for The American Decorative Arts Forum at San Francisco’s De Young Museum. The Arader Galleries San Francisco team was in attendance and hosted Margaret for a private reception in the San Francisco Gallery. Margaret received a bachelor’s degree from Hollins College. After working with Winterthur’s needlework collection for a year, she received a fellowship at Colonial Williamsburg to assist with the refurnishing of the Governor’s Palace.Margaret subsequently became the curator of Colonial Williamsburg’s collections of prints, maps and wallpaper. Her responsibilities include acquisition of new objects for the collections and research in the medium of paper. She selects appropriate prints, maps, and wallpaper to hang on the walls of buildings in the historic district, such as the Brush-Everard House, the George Wythe House and the recently recreated Richard Charlton Coffeehouse. Margaret Prichard’s publications include William Byrd II and His Lost History: Engravings of the Americaswith Virginia Sites (1993); Empire’s Nature: Mark Catesby’s New World Vision with Amy Meyers (1998); andDegrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America with Henry Taliaferro (2002). She combined her study of geography with living nature for “A Protracted View: The Relationship between Mapmakers and Naturalists in Recording the Land,” her contribution to Curious in our Way: The Culture of Nature in Philadelphia, 1740-1840 (2009).
Margaret’s lecture focused on maps in the 17th and 18th centuries and their importance for documenting new discoveries and promoting settlement in the New World. These documents — created by empirical observation and scientific equipment — authoritatively documented claims of boundaries between colonies and empires. Land titles and rents, and trade — aided by nautical atlases, hung in the balance. As the struggle between France and Britain for control of North America intensified in the 18th century, the need for reliable maps for military use also increased.
Maps also embodied intellectual attainment and social aspiration. Prominently displayed maps, charts, atlases and globes became status symbols for the enlightened, genteel 18th century gentleman whose library might well have included works on commerce, navigation, geography, mathematics, physics, natural history and travel. Maps were ordinarily displayed in the hall (not today’s passageway but the name for the primary room for welcoming guests to the home) or dining room, literally and figuratively demonstrating the host’s expanded world view to guests.
Margaret explained the role of maps as powerful visual symbols during the 17th and 18th centuries. They were useful devices for mapmakers and colonial expansionists to convey a host of attitudes and values. She dissected the meaning behind many of the elements in the maps’ cartouches, adding engaging insight into these stunning antique maps. Examples of many of the maps discussed can be found in the Arader Galleries collection. See our section on Maps on the home page of our website (www.aradersf.com).
Monday, July 19, 2010
These two exquisitely detailed Japanese watercolors of a rooster, hen and chicks were most likely created in the 19th century.
Japanese long-tailed fowl have been breed by the Japanese aristocracy for over 350 years. Depictions of these Japanese roosters began to appear in Japanese art in the 1630s, near the time when Japan closed its ports to outside trade. It is suggested that these roosters were brought to Japan by Dutch traders from Java, which was a Dutch colony, as depictions of long-tailed roosters appear in Dutch art of the same era. Breeding these exotic fowl is a hobby for many today.
The symbol of the rooster has some significance in Japanese culture. The use of animal symbol as part of the zodiac, which originated in China, was adopted in Japan in 604. The Asian zodiac is divided into 12 years, each named after an animal: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar. People that are born in the same animal year are said to share similar traits. Those born during the year of the rooster are said to be profound thinkers and devoted to their work.
These wonderful watercolors are currently on view at the 435 Jackson St., San Francisco location of Arader Galleries. Please call 415.788.5115 for any additional questions you may have.
Monday, June 28, 2010
An Allegorical Garden
Gouache on vellum with contemporary frame
Framed size: 23 1/4” x 23 1/8”
France, Seventeenth century
Plate 20 from Hesperidum Norimbergensium
First Latin Edition: Nuremberg, 1713
Hand-colored copperplate engraving; 14” x 9”
François Duvillers (1807-1881)
Plate 57 - Plan du Parc Sericicole, Agricole, Gruitier, Potager ... des Proprietes de Mr. Eugene Chaband
From Les Parcs et Jardins
Hand-colored engraving; 14 ¼" x 21 ¼"
The characteristics of a typical Baroque garden include a grandness of scale, rich ornamentation and sweeping vistas. The decoration of the Baroque garden reflected the culture of the time. There was a wide interest in botanicals and natural history, due to the 17th century world explorations, which affected the appearance of gardens. Exotic plants, such as citrus trees, animals, shells and stones imported from all around the world were incorporated into garden design. Fountains, hydraulics and painted perspectives reflected the scientific and technological innovations of the era. Additionally, there was a wide interest in antiquities, and thus classical sculpture became a main element of garden design.
If you have an interest in receiving the In the Garden catalog, please call Arader Galleries at 415.788.5115.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Oil on canvas
Arader Galleries had the privilege to visit the De Young Museum in
Impressionism was an art movement stemming from
Highlights of the show include Edouard Manet’s The Fife Player (1866), The Dancing Lesson (1873-76) by Edgar Degas and Saint-Lazare Station (1877) by Calude Monet, each a staple in the teachings of art history. Each of these almost 100 brilliant masterpieces are sure to be enjoyed by all, as the exhibition is open through September 6, 2010, and is followed by a post-Impressionism exhibition at the De Young Museum from September 21, 2010 - January 18, 2011.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is being held in a magnificent 1929 French Normandy mansion at 3450 Washington Street (between Walnut and Laurel) in Presidio Heights .
Open from May 1st to 31st, the proceeds from visitors and the silent auction benefit the financial aid program at San Francisco University High School.
More than twenty San Francisco designers were chosen to decorate the rooms of this fabulous house, each with their distinctive flair and style. From the rich horologists room to the playful au pair room, and every floor in between, the designers embellished this home to perfection.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Photo courtesy of iald.org
Within the vast halls and exhibitions of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, ruled in
Following Louis XIV was his great-grandson Louis XV. The styles throughout his reign of
King Louis XVI, who reigned from 1774 until 1792, when he was tried and executed for treason, was a young king growing up in
Friday, April 23, 2010
Photo courtesy of
Drew Altizer Photography
The event comes days before the highly anticipated annual ZooFest, the San Francisco Zoological Society’s most celebrated fundraiser, held on April 30th, 2010 at the zoo. This year, the ZooFest's theme is “Wild About Parrots” and focuses on South American parrots whose habitats and lives are continually destroyed through illegal trafficking and deforestation.
A portion of the money raised by ZooFest will go towards the restoration of the San Francisco Zoo’s South American Tropical Forest Aviary and parrot habitat. A moving speech delivered by Executive Director and President of the San Francisco Zoo, Tanya Peterson, highlighted the importance of preserving the lives and habitats of these beautiful birds.
Along with the many benefactors of the San Francisco Zoo, Mark Bittner, author of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill attended the party and signed copies of his book. Live owls, a chatty parrot and a peregrine falcon, presented by handlers from San Francisco Zoo, also greeted attendees and served as a reminder of the great impact the Zoological Society has on these animals.
The event at Arader Galleries provided the perfect platform for the celebration of ZooFest and the many outstanding accomplishments made by the supporters of the San Francisco Zoo for the care and conservation of animals.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Los Angeles Antiques Show
Held at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Air Center
Preview Gala to benefit P.S. Arts
Wednesday, April 21, 2010; 6 to 10 p.m.
April 22 - 25, 2010
Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information on the Los Angeles Antiques show, and the lecture series, please visit www.losangelesantiqueshow.com.
Friday, April 2, 2010
The studio of the artist Tingqua was perhaps the most prolific source of Chinese export painting during the nineteenth century. Located at 16 China Street, Guangzhou, the school specialized in gouache and watercolor paintings influenced by Western artistic traditions. These works became known in America primarily through the American China trader Augustine Heard, who brought a substantial collection of Tingqua paintings back to the United States in ca. 1855. These are now located at the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Tingqua was from a family of Chinese artists, each of whom were recognized for there skills in painting scenes suitable for the export market. His father, Guan Zuolin, often known by his western name, Spoilum, was the first identifiable artist of the Cantonese export school. These exquisite little views absolutely typify Tingqua’s style and technique. All four works display the Tingqua denotation of the sea by regular parallel lines, sometimes with ripples in the foreground. Moreover, his characteristic mannerism of representing trees as thick clusters of yellow-green leaves is amply demonstrated in his paintings of the Canton Waterfront with the U.S. Steamer “Spark” and Whampoa Anchorage with American, British and Danish Shipping. These watercolors also illustrate the diversity of countries trading in China, particularly in the former work, with the flags of the American, British, French and Danish nations displayed prominently along the skyline.
Above all, Tingqua’s work is perhaps most recognized for its exquisite characterization of daily life and for its exceptional detail. The precision of the brushwork and concentration upon light effects is superb, and in each scene the importance of world trade with China is beautifully displayed.
These stunning watercolors are currently on display at Arader Galleries' 432 Jackson Street location in San Francisco. Please visit www.aradersf.com or call 415.788.5115 for more information.