Isidore Jules Bonheur (1827 – 1901) was one of the most renowned artists of the French Animalier school. Born on May 15th in Bordeaux, as a young boy he exhibited great artistic aptitude from an early age, being tutored in drawing and painting by his father. In 1849, at the age of 22, he enrolled at the École des Beaux Arts, but had already made his debut at the Paris Salon of 1848.
A definite highlight of this year’s Olympia Antiques Fair was listening to Emma Burns, an Interior Designer from Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, talk about using antiques in decoration today. The ideas Emma discussed with Giles Kime, Interiors Editor at Country Life, were so interesting and inspiring that we very much wanted to share them with you. We were therefore delighted when Emma agreed to publish her expertise on our blog.
Villanis’s depictions of the female form frequently featured elements of mythology and floral adornments through which he projected the suggestion of eroticism in his designs. His seeming obsession with female subjects, differed from the typical attraction of most artists and collectors of the time,
When it comes to Art Deco, one artist can be credited for influencing a generation more than any other. Romain de Tirtoff, more commonly known by his pseudonym Erté, was a true polymath. He was brilliantly gifted in art and design across a wide swath of mediums, including graphic arts, jewellery, costuming, set design, interior décor and fashion. His enduring influence on Art Deco (and beyond) is felt all over the world to this day.
In many towns, the traditional high street antique shops are disappearing. Rents grow ever higher, and some styles of antiques have fallen out of fashion. As a result, more and more shops are abandoning their brick and mortar locations, and collectors are lamenting a dearth of local antiques shops. In the age of the Internet and myriad social media selling platforms (such as eBay and Etsy), many dealers have taken solely to the online world.
Since 1936, for over 80 years, Hickmet Fine Arts has been fortunate enough to work with some of the most renowned works of art from the Art Nouveau era. Over three generations we have witnessed the style fundamentally changed the course of art history, with it’s impact still felt today. Here we explore the origins of the movement and how it came to be one of the most defining styles of the 20th century.