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October 2017

by Juliana on October 31, 2017

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June 2017

by Juliana on June 20, 2017

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April 2017

by Juliana on April 15, 2017

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March 2017

by Juliana on March 15, 2017

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Out with the old and in with the new!

by Juliana on January 27, 2012

This message may be a little belated, but Happy New Year nonetheless! It’s hard to believe the great weather over the last month but it sure has been lovely.

We’ve been working hard to snag great new finds that we’re ready to share. Why don’t you come in and take a look around.

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Tapestry’s History a Mystery

by Juliana on March 14, 2010

The best part of the antique business is finding that certain something that, in a single glance, makes your heart soar.  In that moment its age and uniqueness arouse an emotion.  The most disappointing part is the inability (without great expense or labor) to ascertain it past.  Such is the case with this extrordinary tapestry.

The most information we received about it was from a customer who worked for its last owner and claimed the woman brought it back from a trip to Denmark.  It has a William Morris look to it or, as a local appraiser suggested, an East Indian influence.

The tapestry is a very intricate, handmade wool applique’ with embroidered outline and detail.  It appears to have been constructed approx. 100 years ago.  A new back and border have been added.  It is in good condition with only a few nibbles here and there.  The colors are bright and even – no faded spots.  It measures 55″ high, 58″wide.  Price $2,800.

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Mary, Queen of Scots, and her forbidden love

by Juliana on January 7, 2010

Poor David Rizzio (pictured, with mandolin). He had the misfortune to serve as the secretary to Mary Stuart, also known as Mary, Queen of Scots. That he was Italian, Catholic and quite possibly her lover didn’t help matters.

Stuart’s husband (and also her first cousin) Henry Stewart Lord Darnley took offense at one or all of these traits and murdered him on March 9, 1566. That this was done in front of Stuart probably didn’t do much for the marriage. To wit: Darnley was murdered soon after.

The key takeaway from this passion play is that our contemporary soap operas can’t hold a candle to British history. These people played rough!

This striking chromolithograph depicts Stuart first encountering Rizzio, while in the background two ladies of the court exchange confidences as another man, resplendent in his Elizabethan collar, looks on. Chromolithography was an early means to reproduce paintings that became popular after the 1840s. While chromolithographs were reproductions, they were collected and treated as fine art by their owners, and today are relatively rare due to deterioration from acid mattes and frames.

This print is in fine condition for its age, measuring approximately 51″ by 42″ and handsomely framed with original glass. $295.

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