Art is timeless. A projection of likes and interests portrayed through creative choices. Antique art is considered that produced before the 20th C, and includes a wide number of mediums including antique prints, posters, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, oil paintings, etchings, carvings, mixed media, portraits and watercolours. Choosing a piece of antique art is subjective, it very much depends on personal preference and style you are drawn to or the feelings a piece may evoke.
The history of art is a hugely vast area. Art is considered the earliest form of human expression and has provided documentation of civilization, cultures and historical events, throughout the ages. There are many mediums of art, with tools and materials used to produce such pieces developing over the years: for example from cave paintings produced using flints, stones and wood tools to intricate carvings, to Egyptian art, and then to such art produced during the Baroque, Neoclassical, Romanticism and Renaissance period.
Oil painting is thought to be one of the oldest forms of painting, dating back to the 5th C it still remains a very popular type of art. The value of antique oil paintings will vary; it will often be based upon the artist’s notoriety, whilst the quality of the canvas will also come into play. A bright white canvas will not be considered antique, as these will usually have been produced post 1950s. Canvas’ that are antique will be darker, the type of nails used to stretch the canvas will also indicate the oil paintings age, for example if staples have been used it is not an antique. A dark wood frame is also an indication of age, the darker the wood the more likely it is older.
Antique oil paintings will normally have blemishes and there may be a few cracks in the paint. Oil paintings painted before the 1800’s may have also suffered warping. Considerations to look out for when it comes to antique oil paintings are tears in the canvas, scratches on the frame and painting, as well as paint flaking, all of which are indications the painting may need restoration.
Antique watercolours are a popular collectors choice, historically the use of watercolour began in China and Africa before gaining in popularity through Europe. Antique watercolours are often very vibrant colourful paintings; watercolours have been used to paint on a variety of materials, including paper, leather, canvas, papyrus and wood.
There are many styles of antique art, the most popular style being ‘realism’; portraits and landscapes were particularly favoured in this style. Impressionist art is also very desirable in terms of antique art, this style gained popularity in what would be considered the latter part of the antique art era. Impressionism is characterized by shorter brush strokes, different lights with colours and lines appearing more blurred, impressionist art is less detailed than that of realism.
Miniature antique art although small in size is still valuable, usually miniature art was produced using watercolours. Antique abstract art is another option, this art often uses expansive blocks of colour to create and evoke emotions.
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Enigmatic oil on canvas portrait by Cornish artist Julian Dyson (1936-2003).
Entitled ‘Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter’, signed and dated 1976.
Measurements – Height 91cm x Width 70cm x Depth 3cm.
Julian Dyson ...
Amazing oil on canvas portrait by Cornish artist Julian Dyson (1936-2003).
Entitled ‘Portrait of the Artist’s Wife’, signed and dated 1980.
Measurements – Height 91cm x Width 70cm x Depth 3cm.
Julian Dyson ...
Engaging little oil on board painting by British artist Shelia Tolley (B. 1939).
Entitled ‘Snow in a Country Lane’, signed front and verso.
Painting measurements – Height 10.5m x Width 15.5cm. ...
Early 20th century framed naive painting depicting a farmer and his cow alongside farm buildings.
Oil on canvas mounted on board. Signed and dated ‘W. Atherton 1919’.
Painting measurements – Height 27cm ...
THE MONA LISA (La Gioconda or La Joconde) is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as "the best known, ...
This is a Oil on paper Reclining Cat
Subtle use of colours
A very pleasing painting
Listed Artist Caroline Duckworth King
A superb painting for your collection
This is a charming Regency period portrait miniature depicting a lady wearing an elegant white dress and a coral necklace.
She’s holding a red book with her right index finger propping ...
Arthur Legge RBA Exh (1883-1920) was a figure and Landscape Painter in oil and watercolour. Lived at Doncaster and later at Forest Gate, Essex. Exhibited 72 works at RBA,17 at ...
Wilmot Pilsbury RBSA RWS (1840-1908) was a landscape and figure painter born Dorking, Surrey. Headmaster Leicester School of Art; Exhibited mainly at RWS(250) and the Fine Art Society(68)but also RA ...
This is a beautiful study of a gentleman. This oil on canvas was painted in C1880. The painting is well executed and painted with sensitivity.
ABOUT THE SITTER (identified as):
Jan van Huysum also spelled Huysum (15 April 1682 – 8 February 1749), was himself a painter of Dutch origin (last image 6 shows sitter in ...
A fine oil on canvas portrait of Sir Robert Dormer MP,born 1650 - died 1726
Attributed to Thomas Hill 1661 - 1734.
Initialed on the letter on the table T.H.
Robert Dormer was ...
Highland River Scene. Late 19th early 20th century. Highland river landscape Oil on canvas Signed lower right A F Cameron. Circa 1900 after Alfred Fontville de Breanski.
Dimensions: 104cm x 79cm ...
Pencil drawing, F L Emanuel. Tenby a coastal scene with figures ashore and in boats Pencil on paper Signed and inscribed lower right circa 1900.
Offered for sale are these pair of Victorian antique framed landscapes. Original frames, oil paintings signed Vincent Wills.
George Reekie Still Life. Framed oil on canvas still life of fruit & vase, dated 1967.
A quality large oil on canvas portrait of a beautiful young girl shown in a pale blue satin and lace dress,posing whilst holding a pink rose,wearing a double string necklace ...
This is a splendid Original Oil Painting by Ted Dyer.
Ted Dyer was born in Bristol in 1940. He has lived and worked for most of his life in the Westcountry. ...
A pair of young servant girls sit down to take their evening meal as the moonlight gently cascades through a cottage window. A loaf has been freshly prepared as they ...
A very colourful oil painting on panel in the 19th century manner, depicting a Dutch genre street scene with figures painted in fine detail.
An accomplished work by a competant hand ...
These superb original plates are from "Studies in Design", a collection of 60 designs for domestic ornament created by Dr Christopher Dresser, the most influential designer of his ...
This is a wonderfully drawn red chalk drawing of a nude study. This picture is unsigned I was told it was Peter Brian Wardle (1929-2016). It has a subtle use ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour Manor House Lustleigh Devon. It has a subtle use of colours. It dates 1890-1900 and comes in a gilded more modern frame (distressed) under ...
Superb George III silkwork picture in its original oval gilt frame of a lady seat with a basket under a tree feeding some sheep. Trees and hills in the background. ...
A fine large scale three quarter length late 17th century oil portrait on canvas presented in a period carved wooden gilded frame.
DAVID 2ND EART WEMYSS wears his full suit of ...
This is a fine detailed oil painting on canvas depicting an officer on horseback in ceremonial dress and commanding the Kings 8th Royal Irish Hussars Regiment aligned in the background ...
This is an early 18th Century STUDY OF A PEASANT WORKER, presented in a later frame.
This is an oil on canvas which has been laid down on board and is ...
We are delighted to offer a wonderfully painted late 18th Century oil portrait on canvas of an affluent young lady wearing a crimson red dress woven with lace and ties ...
This is a quality portrait of a Vatican Cardinal in Prayer within a room setting by Ernst Stierhof (b1918). All in good order presented in the original plaster mounded decorative ...
This is a large oil on canvas dating around the early 18th Century depicting a detailed interior of a tavern in the Dutch Manner after the artist David Teniers The ...
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