Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Seasons Greetings from Arader Galleries

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Hours:

December 24th (Christmas Eve) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

December 25th - Closed

December 31st 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

January 1st - Closed

Arader Galleries is happy to announce our Holiday 2010 Catalog is now available. Showcasing a selection of favorite pieces from our collection, this catalog is perfect for gift giving ideas and holiday decorating!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

India :: Botanicals, Natural History, Maps and Views

A View at Lucknow
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

Arader Galleries at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Arader Galleries booths at
SF Fall Antiques Show

Arader Galleries was excited to participate in the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show benefiting Enterprise for High School Students held October 28 - 31 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion.

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 China cabinet as an example, she touched on the history of porcelain in China and the secrets of making it that Europeans tried to emulate. She also spoke of the different painting styles artists used to decorate the China, which were exported and coveted by Europeans for their delicacy and beauty.

Hey Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent also gave a lively lecture on Chinoiserie influences in porcelain, art and design seen throughout the courts of Europe. Illustrated with pictures and examples from her own travels throughout Europe, Her Royal Highness gave a deep inside look into the collections of royalty and the histories behind the fascination with collecting these rare and beautiful pieces.

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

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Jacques Charton
Hippopotame d'Afrique
From Collection de plantes etrangeres en
fleurs, fruits, corail et coquillages
Paris: 1784
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

Filoli Estate and Gardens


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 Peninsula in Woodside. The estate, still remaining on all of its 654 acres, was built by Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn II who lived on the estate from 1919 to 1936. The Bourn family owned the Empire Gold Mine, the Spring Valley Water Company and the Crystal Springs Reservoir and like many families during the early 20th century, prospered during America’s “Gilded Age”.

San Francisco architect Willis Polk designed this amazing estate using elements from different architectural eras and styles. The house, styled mainly in a modified-Georgian tradition has French and Spanish influenced architecture, with outstanding works of art from throughout the world. In the ballroom, Ernest Peixottoe, a San Francisco artist, was hired by the Bourn family to paint wall sized murals of their family estate, Muckross House and Abbey, with the surrounding Irish countryside, gifted to their daughter Maude on her wedding day.

The formal gardens at Filoli were designed by San Francisco artist and designer Bruce Porter and built between 1917 and 1921. The sixteen-acre garden is a true complement to the refinement of the estate and to the natural California countryside surrounding the home. The expansive gardens are divided into two parallel north-south walks, yet within each, walkways wrapping through gardens, doors and terraces give each division of the garden a feeling of total immersion and intimacy.

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

Dynamic Botanical Photographs

Photo courtesy of the SF Botanical Gardens

Now being exhibited at the
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Library are brilliant photographic images of plants and flowers bursting with color, texture and geometry. The title of the show, by photographer Julie Jaycox, "Nature's Geometry: Surprises of Botanical Design," perfectly describes these beautiful and detailed images and the symmetry they present.

Many of the pieces are composed of two pictures to show the similarity and differences between the plants and the elements that make them unique. Julie's images showcase the beauty, elegance and often unseen details of plants that surround us daily, as many of these photographs were taken while she walked through parks and found the plants in different stages of growth and flowering.

"Nature's Geometry: Surprises of Botanical Design" will be on display at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture in the San Francisco Botanical Garden until December 30, 2010 and are a must see for any botanical or photograph enthusiast.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Exquisite Manuscript Florilegia of Jacques le Moyne

One of the rare Jewels to be found in the collections of both the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London are sixteenth manuscript florilegium of wildflowers and fruits painted by Jacques le Moyne de Morgues. Only five compendiums to date have been identified as original works by le Moyne, the finest of which can be found at Arader Galleries.

Le Moyne, a French Huguenot, best known for his vivid account of the ill fated 1564 transatlantic voyage to Florida which he accompanied as official artist and cartographer to the French King Charles IX, ended his career in Elizabethan London as a highly regarded botanical artist whose patrons included Sir Walter Raleigh and Lady Mary Sidney. Le Moyne was among a rare and exclusive group of 16th century botanical artists who specialized in the creation of florilegia, most of which were printed, however a small number of such works commissioned by wealthy aristocrats, were painted by hand. Le Moyne was among the first artists to revive the practice of drawing from nature and working from real plants instead of following the tradition of copying from earlier botanical illustrations. A shining example is Le Moyne’s watercolor of the wild strawberry, exhibiting delicately upturned and curling leaves, subtle gradations in stem color and exquisitely imperfect strawberries shown in varying stages of ripeness, all of which strongly suggest that he was in fact working from a live plant specimen. Versions of Le Moyne’s magnificent Wild Strawberry are included in the compendiums held at the Victoria and Albert Museum,

the British Museum, and the collection at Arader Galleries.

Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Wild Strawberry watercolor at the Victoria and Albert Museum is most likely the earliest of the albums, probably painted in Paris after he returned from his expedition to Florida in 1566 and before he fled to London in 1572. This album is thought to have been intended to serve as a design reference for jewelry, embroidery and other crafts. Le Moyne has included a magnificent female emperor moth which he edited from the composition in later works. This is the largest format of the three albums, and generally the watercolors are of entire plants, and sometimes contain incomplete sketches. It seems Le Moyne was less concerned with overall composition and more focused on realistically portraying the natural details of the various specimens.

Image from the British Museum

The Le Moyne Album at the British Museum, completed in London in 1585, is probably the latest of the three works. The Wild Strawberry watercolor in this album considerably more stylized than the version at the Victoria and Albert museum and has been lined with a red ink border, consistent with the accompanying watercolors in this compendium. Le Moyne has altered and tightened the composition by editing the least visually interesting components of the plant to fit within the border.

The Le Moyne Album at Arader Galleries is by far the most lavish and deluxe version when compared to the collections at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The paper has been prepared as vellum to give a subtle sheen and the exquisitely illustrated flowering and fruiting plants are composed with in a distinctively sumptuous gold leaf border. Le Moyne retains the fine and delicate detail found in the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum while employing his elegant understanding of composition to frame the illustrations within the border to create a more compact and arresting overall image.

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

Rare Books and Magnificent Maps

Arader Galleries has, for the fourth year in a row, participated in the London Rare Books School (http://ies.sas.ac.uk/cmps/events/courses/LRBS/index.htm) , a series of intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught by internationally renowned scholars, with privileged access to the treasured collections of London’s finest libraries and museums, including the British Library, the British Museum, the National Archives, and the Royal Geographic Society, to name a few.

Catherine DeLano-Smith, the editor of Imago Mundi, and Sarah Tyack, former chief Executive of the National Archives (UK), lead The History of Maps and Map Making and Mapping Land and Sea before 1900 seminars respectively. Highlights included a private tour and lecture of the British Library’s current exhibition Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art with curator and director Peter Barber. (http://www.bl.uk/magnificentmaps/)

Featuring over 80 of the most impressive wall maps ever created, this exhibit tells the cumulative story of how maps, and the underlying agendas of their creators and commissioners, have been used to wield power and control throughout history, from 200AD to the present day.

The exhibition beautifully exemplifies one of the main themes of modern cartographic study; that maps are subjective images that convey much more than geographic information. This rich world of nuanced yet complex purposes comes to light as one begins to see each map through the eyes of its originally intended audience.

The magnificent Maps exhibition at the British Library will be on display until September 19, 2010.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Oakland Museum of California

Albert Bierstadt
Yosemite Valley
Oil on canvas
Photo courtesy of the
Oakland Museum

Discreetly located in downtown Oakland is a gem of California culture and art, the Oakland Museum of California. The museum, divided into three levels, tells the history of California and the Bay Area through numerous forms of media and allows for visitors to interact with the displays and leave their own images, writings and experiences along the way.

The history gallery is based around the theme “Coming to California.” Vividly illustrated and extremely detailed, this exhibition gives a broad view of the development California over time: from Native American life in the west, the impact of Spanish colonization, construction of major cities and railways and the impact of the ever changing political climates in California, with a special focus on the Bay Area. The interactive exhibition is fun and interesting for children and adults alike and gives a unique insight into the evolution of California.

Interactive display at the Oakland Museum
Photo courtesy of www.curatedmag.com

The art gallery at the Oakland Museum includes over 70,000 works by California artists, ranging in disciplines and topics with subject matters significant to the California region and ideologies. Large-scale landscape paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hill and William Keith, also in the Arader Galleries collection, show the great skill of the artists and refined beauty of the Sierras in the late 1900’s.

The photography collection includes Dorothea Lange’s documentation of the Great Depression across the
US and a dynamic book of Carleton Watkins photographs of Yosemite. Figurative and abstract paintings by local and California artists bring life and color to this diverse collection.

The Oakland Museum is filled with fascinating information about California history, beautifully translated and displayed with an inviting and aesthetic approach, appealing to all of the senses.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Maps Lecture by Margaret Pritchard

Thomas Conder, Map of the Interior Travels Through America
London, c. 1789

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

Exquisite Japanese Watercolors of a Rooster, Hen and Chicks

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

In the Garden

French School
An Allegorical Garden

Gouache on vellum with contemporary frame

Framed size: 23 1/4” x 23 1/8”

France, Seventeenth century

Johann Christoph Volckamer (1644-1720)
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
Paris: 1871-78
Hand-colored engraving; 14 ¼" x 21 ¼"

Arader Galleries is pleased to present you our latest catalog, In the Garden, featuring our fine collection of art relating to gardens, including sweeping views of garden estates, garden design diagrams, garden ornament and botanicals. Gardens became very important in Western Europe beginning in the 17th century. The medieval period had seen gardens turn inward with cloisters and private, walled environments. During the Renaissance, a revival in garden design, first reflected in Italian gardens, saw the outdoor environment as more an extension of the home. This Italian style of formal, or Baroque, gardens would dominate European garden design through the early 18th century, with many countries adopting their own styles. The French style of the Baroque garden, or Garden à la française was known for its elaborate, geometric designs, as seen in gardens at Versailles.

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

Impressionism Masterpieces

The Magpie
Claude Monet
Oil on canvas

Arader Galleries had the privilege to visit the De Young Museum in San Francisco and view the wonderful exhibition “Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay”. The collection includes masterpieces by influential artists including Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gustave Calliebotte and more.

Impressionism was an art movement stemming from Paris, France in the 19th century and is characterized by painting with visible brushstrokes, opening the composition, moving away from fixed lines and creating a natural lightness on the canvas. Throughout the exhibition, viewers are treated to an array of interpretations of the style of impressionism and receive a broad education in the differences among these revolutionary artists.

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

San Francisco Decorator Showcase

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

French Decorative Styles: 17-18th Centuries

Model of Marie Antoinette's Room in the Neoclassical style
Photo courtesy of iald.org

Within the vast halls and exhibitions of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, are the Wrightsman Galleries featuring models of the rooms and some original decorative pieces of European rulers and aristocrats. A guided tour takes visitors through these halls and three separate rooms fashioned in the styles of Kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI, which reflect the changing styles of French decoration through the 17th and 18th centuries.

King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, ruled in France from 1643-1715, the longest reign of any monarch in Europe. Louis chose a royal hunting lodge at Versailles to become his grand palace and home to the French government and noblemen. Over the following decades expanded it into the largest palace and grounds in the world. When decorating his private rooms in Versailles, King Louis XIV favored the Baroque style, popular throughout Europe. The room, as modeled in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is rich with tapestries, lush dark red coloring and intricate wood and metal craftsmanship adorning the furniture. King Louis XIV’s decorations are imbued with images and metaphors of himself, his family and “sun” emblems. A particular piece of furniture, his personal writing table, is a permanent piece in the MET collection and on display in the room. The desk, made by Dutch-born cabinetmaker Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt, illustrates how materials such as tortoise shell were used to create a rich and multi-tonal veneer with brass inlay in intricate and symbolic patterns referring to King Louis XIV.

Following Louis XIV was his great-grandson Louis XV. The styles throughout his reign of France and at the Palace of Versailles shifted into an even more ornamental, sculptural style that retained a delicate and playful elegance, called Rococo. The term Rococo is a combination of the French word rocaille, meaning stone, and coquilles, meaning shell and alludes to the elaborate ornamentation on the walls of salons and rooms throughout France. Statuettes and stucco decorations on the walls of the salon featured in the MET combine symmetry with ornate decoration. Movement within the rooms was important to Louis XV and the furniture was lighter for easy rearrangements, more curvaceous and rounded and inviting to be used.

King Louis XVI, who reigned from 1774 until 1792, when he was tried and executed for treason, was a young king growing up in Versailles. Louis XVI and his young Austrian bride, Marie Antoinette, favored a simpler style called Neoclassical. Throughout the 18th century, straight legged furniture replaced the curves of the Louis XV style and the ornate wall designs and fixtures were transformed into straightforward designs. Symmetry and simplicity were the models used for decoration and color palette was lighter and fresh. A room in the MET describes this style and is modeled after Marie Antoinette’s private quarters. Containing her original writing desk and a chest sent from her mother, visitors see the dramatic change from the highly decorative and fluid Rococo style to the symmetrical, simple yet Neoclassical style.

Friday, April 23, 2010

"Wild About Parrots"

Photo courtesy of
Drew Altizer Photography

Arader Galleries, San Francisco, had the pleasure of hosting the San Francisco Zoological Society’s Benefactor party in our galleries on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010. The lively event was co-hosted by Barnaby and Martha Conrad and MacGregor and Mary Read.

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

Arader Galleries @ Los Angeles Antiques Show

Arader Galleries is happy to announce that we will be participating in the Los Angeles Antiques show this year! Hope you will stop by to see our extraordinary collection of antique prints and original watercolors!

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.

Show Dates/Times
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

Beautiful Chinese Watercolors by Tingqua and his Studio

Whampoa Anchorage with American, British and Danish Shipping
View of Hong Kong Island
Macao from the North
Boca Tigris on the Pearl River

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.