April 30, 2017

Antiques

A personal Roadshow with appraiser David Lackey

Art pottery with un-recognized mark

David Lackey is known as one of Houston’s premier dealers of antiques and art. He is also known as an appraisal expert for the hit television program Antiques Roadshow. Since the start of the show David has appraised for every Roadshow and has traveled to over 100 cities for filming. I sat down with David this week to ask him about a few ceramic items from my collection. David began dabbling in the antiques business with success and in the mid-80s  went to London for the Christie’s Fine Arts course. He returned to Houston and re-opened his business. It’s about that time he gained …continue reading

The art of the Trumeau Mirror

Louis XVI style Trumeau Mirror, French c. 1850, 45 x 64”, $6,388, from Carl Moore Antiques.

You’ve probably seen one in the movies, in a museum, or in someone’s home but didn’t know the proper term. During the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, large mirrors mounted within the paneling over a mantel or between windows would often have a painting incorporated above. This is what is referred to as a Trumeau Mirror. Trumeau is an architectural term designating space between vertical elements in an interior such as space between doors, windows, or pilasters. And in the century prior to the French Revolution it was much in vogue to fill the space with mirror in …continue reading

Antique Botanical Prints: James Sowerby

Antique Botanical Print, 1804, by James Sowerby

In an age of mass production and printing machines of astonishing quality, it is easy for the eye to graze over art prints with integrity–especially since there are so many fakes in the market. A few days ago in a “junk shop” I spotted a hand-colored antique botanical print.  It was priced $7.99, the price was more about the shiny silver-plate frame than the picture. And even though I was without my glasses, I was sure it was centuries old. The light indention around the border, known as the plate mark, was all the reassurance I needed to snap it up. …continue reading

Vitra Museum Miniatures

Vitra Museum Miniature Chair by Breuer; TroysArt photo

I stop into thrift shops often, usually looking for frames or hidden treasures. The other day I spotted what looked like a nice little box on a shelf. But when I picked it up I saw a circular hole in the top of the box and I knew right away that I’d found a Vitra Design Museum miniature. The Vitra Design Museum, housed in a Frank Gehry masterpiece, is an internationally renowned museum in Germany. Twenty years ago they began reproducing items from their collection in 1/6 size scale. The miniatures precisely replicate the exact detail of the originals, down …continue reading