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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Subject Cleveland Bay horses portrait standing in a fine landscape.
Signed by a famous British school listed artist Frances Fry.
Watercolour on board with a protective glass cover.
Victorian Overpainted Lithograph Print Finished In Watercolour & Gouache.
The art of hand-colouring prints is a little-studied but distinct discipline, requiring skill and flair to be done successfully.
Typically executed in ...
Short Description: Early 19th century Grand Tour sketch book, 23 pen ink and watercolour sketches
Size: Page size 26 x 17.5 cm
Condition: Sketches and drawings in very good condition, covers ...
ORIGINAL MEDICI PRINT [ Preserved Perfectly Under Glass , Sealed with Identification Labels Verso.
Titled ' Interior,With A Women Peeling Apples ' After the original oil portrait painting executed in 1663 ...
A print on board with a label on the back, The blue lake, Connemara, after Paul Hendry R.H.A. Circa 1960.
A beautiful pair of early 20th century bird pictures. The birds are created from real feathers and the branches are water colour. Mounted in black ebonised frames.
A fine French School hand painted miniature portrait of a young girl, unnamed but superbly painted with a soft pallet. Dressed in a peach coloured gown with a very fine ...
A fine quite large hand painted miniature portrait named as The Marchioness of Hertford, Isabella Anne Seymour-Conway 1759-1834. She was an English courtier and Mistress to King George IVth when ...
A finely painted English School Georgian Miniature Portrait, superb quality with a soft pallet with linier detail. The miniature is presented behind glass in a gilt bezel and an oblong ...
French School Miniature Portrait with Art Nouveau influence presented in it's original Ormolu easel frame, engraved inside the back "Avril 1902". Painted in profile in a three quarter length pose ...
A good Georgian Miniature of a young lady presented in it's original sealed bone frame with a corder hanger. Lovely quality brush work in such a small painting. the sitter ...
Offered for sale is this 19th Century Victorian antique oil on canvas of 'The Cobbler' in gilt frame.
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This superb and highly detailed set of 15 early 19th Century hand coloured military prints depict the various stages of battles, from beginning to end, of the Napoleonic War. The ...
'The Pool of London' an oil painting on canvas by Robert Weir Allan (1852 - 1942). Size is the frame size
A lovely Hand Painted Miniature Portrait of a young Victorian lady, the quality is excellent with vibrant bright colour. the young lady is wearing a light blue dress with puffed ...
This is a beautifully drawn signed pastel portrait on paper of young baby boy with blue ribbon, fully protected under glass and sealed with ply wooden back panel.
Solid wood gilt ...
Artist - Mary M. Michael
Title - Untitled
Details - Pencil drawing, pasted on to a backboard. Nicely done Signed and dated in one bottom corner. Framed and glazed in an antique ...
This is a good quality 19th Century antique oil on board, 'Woodland at Sunset' in 19th Century frame, Unsigned. Peaceful wooded landscape in spring/summer with waterfall & hills in the ...
Artist - Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821)
Title - Opening of the Aust Ferry
Details - Watercolour panting in sepia tones. Waterside scene. Nicely done with good detail. Signed in one bottom corner, dated ...
Artist - Printed by Charles Hullmandel after the original by James Cherry
Title - View of the Interior of Trinity Church, Coventry
Details - We believe this to be a lithographic print, ...
Artist - Engraved by George Sanders, after the original by Paul de la Roche (1797-1856)
Title - King Charles the 1st in the Guard Room
Details - Engraving, published by James Budd ...
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GIANT 10 X 5 FT VINTAGE SHE WEARS NOTHING BUT CHANEL MARILYN MONROE OIL PAINTING
As this outstanding images portray, on offer here is a Gigantic sized Oil Portrait ...
The MTB 750 D Class Vessel
We are offering for sale this dramatic acrylic oil painting on daler board executed in great details.
The painting depicts MTB 750, which belonged to ...
ORIGINAL MEDICI PRINT:-
Titled ' The Boy in Red ' After the original oil portrait painted in 1786 by French artist Madame Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun.
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The Medici Society Ltd ...
A beautiful hand-finished stipple engraving from François Le Vaillant’s, Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets. Engraved by Langlois under the direction of Louis Bouquet, after a watercolour by Jacques Barraband (1767-1809).
Soon after ...
This is a most unusual and striking 19th century leather panel with a bold colourful design. The panel dates from around 1870 and has distinct Pugin influence and the central ...
This is a delightful 19th century watercolour, in superb clean condition, neatly framed in its original tasteful plain rosewood frame. The watercolour is beautifully painted in lovely strong colours.
Quality Oil Portrait Depicting An Officer Of The French Revolution XVIII National Guard In his distinct uniform. He proudly wears his familiar bicorne hat.
This is a fine 18thc oil portrait ...
This is a fine original oil painting of a young woman / girl.
The painting is not signed.
This is a sweet little antique portrait miniature of a young girl in a traditional dress and mop cap.
The girl faces away in the portrait in a profile type ...
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