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.