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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Castle KEITH (1863-1927) Detroit, Dutch Artist c1900
An impressionistic painting of an elderly woman crouched over a boiling kettle by the Hague School painter Walter Castle Keith. Castle Keith’s work is ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour ships in the dock by Royal Academy Listed Artist Sydney Maiden. It has subtle use of colours and intricate detail. It is dated 1957 ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour of 'Bells Yew Green' by listed artist James Matthews. It has a subtle use of colours and intricate detail. It comes in a gilded ...
This is a wonderfully painted primitive oil on board of 'The Wedding' by artist Eunice Bentley (born 1910). It has a subtle use of colours. It is dated 1972 and ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour of 'Hailsham from Polegate' by listed Artist John Wilton Adcock. It has a subtle use of colours and intricate detail. It dates 1880-1900 and ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour of 'The Stone Cross' by Italian listed artist A Cardinal. It has a subtle use of colours and intricate detail. It dates 1890 and ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour of 'Boats on the Seashore' by impressionist, listed artist Keith Burtonshaw. It has a subtle use of colours. It dates 1990s and comes in ...
This is a wonderfully painted oil on canvas of 'Pierrot the Musician' by impressionist, listed artist Dennis Gilbert. It has a subtle use of colours. It dates 1960s-1970s and comes ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour of 'Scarborough Harbour' by impressionist, by artist D M Bland. It has a subtle use of colours. It dates 1970s-1980s and comes in wood ...
These are a set of four wonderfully painted Victorian watercolour portraits of 'Young Girls' by artist H Saunders. They have a subtle use of colours and intricate detail. They come ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour of 'Dancing Girls & Flowers' by listed artist David Henley. It has a subtle use of colours and intricate detail. It is dated 1997 ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour of 'Floral Cottage' by listed artist Miriam J Davis. It has a subtle use of colour and intricate detail. It is dated 1915 and ...
This is a wonderfully painted watercolour of 'Keepers Cottage Burrow' (priced verso £365) by listed artist Henry George Hewitt (RBA). It has a subtle use of colours and intricate detail. ...
These are a wonderfully drawn pair of 'Pastel Cats' by impressionist, artist Lesley Gale (Mall gallery Exhibition Label verso). They have a subtle use of colours. They date 1999 verso ...
A fine French portrait of a young Jean Royet (b.1830) wearing a black necktie, black jacket and white shirt. It’s interesting to note the black and white ribbon, which was ...
Circle of George Romney (1734 – 1802) “An Actress”
A charming portrait of a stylish young woman holding a mask in the style of George Romney. The mask probably indicates ...
This is an early Roman School depiction of Saint Peter & Saint Paul dating to around 1700. Painted in oil on canvas and presented in a magnificent Italian carved frame.
This is a fine original oil on canvas folk art painting Dutch mother feeding her beloved child kitchen portrait scene. Subject portrait. Set in an ornate gilt colour frame. Signed ...
Arthur Anderson Fraser (1861-1904) member of the Bedford family of watercolour artists who specialised in landscapes. Lived London and Bedford.Exhibited at the RBA and the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. As ...
Mary S.Hagarty SWA (Exh 1882-1938). Landscape watercolourist, sister of artist Parker Hagarty. Lived Liverpool and London. Exhibited 26 works at RA.58 at RI.93 at SWA, 189 at Walker Art Gallery, ...
This is a wonderfully painted oil on canvas of 'Paris' by impressionist, listed artist Tota Nagao (Province verso). It has a subtle use of colours. It is dated verso 1967 ...
This is a striking and dramatic framed etching by Salvador Dali. Signed and numbered 10/250 in pencil outside the block.
Lovely Dali Etching with Mezzotint printed in colours; signed and ...
This is a large engraving of George Earl of Dalhousie, Captain General royal company of archers. The Kings bodyguard for Scotland. The engraving after John Watson Gordon, engraved by Thomson ...
Oil on canvas by Thomas Hodgson Liddell RBA. This atmospheric painting shows the artists delight as what is now known as the 'East Devon World Heritage Coast'. The picture shows ...
Abraham Henriques DE SOUZA (1846-1912)
De Souza was a Dutch artist who specialised in animal and genre painting. This particular work shows work horses resting in a stable with chickens ...
This is an original oil painting still life 'personal possessions' French Louis XVI boulle clock & Mozart music lover. Very unusual quaint and quirky still life subject. Depicting a Mozart ...
An interesting old engraving of Oxford castle from probably the mid 18th century. The Norman castle was largely destroyed in the civil war of the 17th century but was redeveloped ...
This is a charming 17th Century Spanish school, red chalk study of 2 classical heads, unsigned. 19th century frame.
Drawing material can be made from various soft stones or earths. There ...
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 ...
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