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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fall Auction PREVIEW 2016

September 17th 1pm Est will the the day of our next Auction Hosted at the Madison Avenue Gallery.
Below is a preview of works that will be available to bid on at the auction.

Please contact the gallery if you would like a copy of the auction catalog, or if you are interested in a specific lot. It is our goal to make sure all your questions are answered before auction day!

Phone and Online bidding options are available

Lot 39 Tab LXXVII, Seba
 Lot188 Gestalt Des Tempels Mit Seinen Dreyen Vorhofen, Bunting
 Lot 9 Bird of Washington, Plate 11, Audubon
Lot 154 America Sive India Nova, Mercator

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fall Events

We will be rather busy during the months of Sept-November and we want YOU to join us!

Arader Galleries, San Fransico is excited to announce that we will be showcasing an exclusive pop-up exhibition, and that we will be a participating vendor at several Antique shows throughout the coming months!
Firstly, we have an upcoming auction September 17th, at our NYC gallery. As usual we have a diverse selection of works to sell for this Fall Auction. Please contact the SF gallery to be sent a copy of the new Fall Auction Catalog.
Outside In: Contemporary Natural History Artworks will feature wonderful contemporary botanical and natural history pieces by artists who are keeping the tradition alive. 
Please stop by September 9-October 12 to view these beautiful works by 7 talented women artists.

Mark you calendar's for this years most luxurious Antique Show, The San Francisco Fall Antique Show. Enjoy the finest in Antiques on the West Coast, we will be showcasing a vast array of our rare and original works on paper. October 27-30 

We will also be present at the Sacramento Fall Antique Show. We are delighted to make it to Sacramento this year, our team is excited to assist you build your collection with a range of original engravings that suite a multitude of tastes and price points! November 18-20

We are looking forward to seeing old and new faces during these Fall events, please let us know if you have any questions about our inventory, events, or purchasing. Definitions
For more information and pricing inquiries Please call 415-788-5115, or visit us at Arader Galleries 432 Jackson Street, San Francisco, Ca 94111.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Asa Smith: A Master of the Heavens

The works of Asa Smith are a perfect addition any collection for the astrological enthusiast! And at a wonderful price point at under $500, Smith's celestial scenes are great pieces for a Young Collector.
Asa Smith
Uranus & Neptune
Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy
New York: Daniel Burgess & Co., 1855
Hand-colored wood engravings
16 ½" x 18 "
Science and art come together in Asa Smith’s astronomical illustrations in order to engage even the most difficult of audiences: students. Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy became the most popular American pictorial astronomy book of the 19th century, demonstrating the important effect visual stimulus plays. Written by the principal of Public School No. 12 in New York City, Asa Smith, this work culminates in one of the most historically and artistically important manifestations of astral iconography published in America. Certainly, in addition to their lavish aesthetic appeal, the astronomical illustrations of Asa Smith comprise one of the most visually effective illustrations of the Universe. Indeed, Smith stated his goal as “to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible.” The charts of the planets and stars are printed predominantly in black, which makes the images as similar as possible to what one would actually see in the night skies, in addition to creating a pleasing aesthetic. Originally copyrighted in 1848, numerous editions followed including the 1855 edition prints shown here.
Visible Heavens from July 22nd to
October 31st
Of all the sciences, the history of astronomy is the most resonant with a sense of mystery and intellectual excitement. Asa Smith’s illustrations of the universe succeed in conveying that resonance.
For more information and pricing inquiries Please call 415-788-5115, or visit us at Arader Galleries 432 Jackson Street, San Francisco, Ca 94111.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Menlo Charity Horse Show

Equestrian enthusiasts, and riders alike we are happy to announce that we will be at the splendid Menlo Charity Horse Show!
"Menlo boasts one of the most elegant shopping experiences ever found at an equestrian event."
Stop by our table to purchase a selection of rare engravings from Audubon's Birds and Redoute botanicals to Gold Rush Maps.

Join us from Tuesday August 9th- Sunday14th for a wonderful equestrian and shopping experience.
Get a sneak peak of what you can expect at the show here

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rare Views: Historic Cities from Around the World

Featuring Rare and Beautiful Views from Around the World!
Below are featured artists who are widely known for their grand display of important landmarks, landscapes and city-scapes 

David Roberts (1796-1864)
from The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia
London: 1842-1849
Hand-colored lithographs
Roberts began his grand tour of the Near East, departing for Alexandria in the summer of 1839, and spent the remainder of the year exploring Lower Egypt, encountering innumerable ancient ruins and monuments. Early in 1840, he embarked on a circuitous route to the Holy Land, via Mount Sinai and the legendary Nabataean city of Petra, in modern Jordan. He finally reached Jerusalem, before visiting other important sights in modern Israel, and finally concluding his tour in Syria. Upon his return to England, F.G. Moon introduced Roberts to the master lithographer Haghe, a collaboration that resulted in this masterpiece, which Abbey described as "one of the most Important and Elaborate
ventures of nineteenth-century publishing.
Rudolph Ackermann
The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics
London: 1809-1828
Hand-colored engraving
Ackermann was a successful shop owner, his store the Repository of Arts opened in 1797 and became a spot for the English elite to socialize and shop for prints, illustrated books, decorative objects, art supplies, old master paintings and miniatures Ackermann extended his shop and created a yearly publication that showcased British manufacturing, in 1809 he began publishing his serious The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufacturers, Fashions ad Politics.  Ackermann's Repository, as it was also known, influenced English fashion, tastes, architecture, politics and literature throughout the Regency period and into the Georgian Era.

Carel Allard
From Orbis habitabilis oppida et vestitus
c. 1695
Copperplate engraving
Allard is considered to be the first compiler of a townbook to couple the plates this way. Orbis habitabilis comprises 28 views of European towns , 24 Asian towns, 24 African towns and 24 American towns. The text for the book was in Latin by Ludolph Smids, a Groningen doctor and antiquary who settled in Amsterdam in 1685. The plates are by Aldert Meyer and Thomas Doesbergh, and Allard himself closely supervised the engraving of the plates.

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 engravings 
In 1816 Salt was given the post of British Consul-General of Egypt. His position gave him unique opportunities to pursue his growing interest in the monuments and antiquities of Egypt. He employed archeologists such as Giovanni Belzoni to excavate ancient Egyptian sites, such as Thebes, Giza and Abu Simbel, and undertook important archeological research at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Salt also collected a large number of artifacts, such as the head of Ramses II, most of the antiquities Salt collected were purchased by, and can be seen at, The British Museum and the Louvre.

Mathias Merian
From: Topographia Galliae
Amsterdam: 1661
Copperplate engravings
Mathias Merian was one of the most prominent members of the leading print publishing family of 17th-century Germany, known throughout Europe for his engravings of cityscapes and landscapes, his scientific books, and his editions of the noted series of travel books, the “Great Voyages.” Born and trained in Basel, Switzerland, Merian joined the Frankfurt publishing house of Johann Theodor de Bry in 1616 and, the following year, he married de Bry’s daughter Maria Magdalena. Merian gained his greatest acclaim as head of the family publishing house following the death of his father-in-law in 1623.
Here at Arader San Francisco we have a wonderful space that enables us to showcase our finest examples of rare maps and original works on paper, however we simply cannot showcase all the works we possess. For this reason we will be exclusively showcasing works from within our vast antiques inventory. Please follow our blog or join our mailing list by emailing us at
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Tropical Beaches: Island watercolors of the 19th Century

William Alister MacDonald (1860-1956)
Opunoho Bay Moorea
Summer is a time for much needed relaxation and fun in the sun, however here in San Francisco provides us with prolonged gloom, chilly weather and sometimes rain until the fall.

We mean to fill this summer weather void inside the gallery by showcasing the beautiful original watercolor Islandscapes painted by William Alister MacDonald (1860-1950), and Robert Taylor Pritchett (1828-1907).Within these Islandscapes Pritchett and MacDonalad depicted colorful atmosphere which the viewer is instantly transported to a tranquil and tropica lbeach scene. Large palm trees move with the breeze as the waters gently ripple from ocean waves.

William Alister MacDonald was the son of a Scottish Free Church Minister. In the 1880's MacDonald moved to London and began painting watercolor scenes of London, and in particular, the Thames. Towards the end of the 19th century, MacDonald was exhibiting his watercolors at the Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists. Robert Taylor Pritchett was a landscape and marine painter, contributed illustrations to many publication in the mid- to late-19th century, including the records of Darwin's voyage in the Journal of Researches into the Natural History & Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage Round the World.

William Alister MacDonald (1860-1956)
Dawn Full moon

Robert Taylor Pritchett (1828-1907)
For more information and pricing inquiries Please call 415-788-5115, or visit us at Arader Galleries 432 Jackson Street, San Francisco, Ca 94111.