Antique Collecting

Antique Collecting

ABOUT fifty years ago, when the subject of English furniture first began to be studied and to be written about, it was divided conveniently into four distinct types. One writer called his books on the subject The Age of Oak, The Age of Walnut, The Age of Mahogany and The Age of Satinwood. It is not really quite as simple as that, for each of the so-called Ages overlaps the others and it is quite impossible to lagt down strict dates as to when any one timber was introduced or when it finally, if ever, went out of favour.

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Antique Lampsand Antique Things

Antiques whether lamps, tables, or even Underwood typewriters are terrific drawing subjects for a number of reasons. They're unusual (you won't find them at every Wal-Mart), they're attractive, and they usually have enough visual interest to carry off a drawing all by themselves, without adding a thing. Lamps, candles, and the warm glow they give off, provide interesting challenges to the careful observer.

Picking Objects Classic Contemporary and Out There

Not all of the items in a still life need be exactly dead. You can include flowers (cut or potted), fruit and vegetables, sea shells, seeds, pods, nuts, or leaves. You can include a few classic nature mort items like butterflies, bugs, bones, fish, seafood, skulls, and stuffed animals (real ones, not your toddler's bedmate). Human-made items (including pots and pans, antiques, china, baskets, fabric for background color, garden tools, the contents of a drawer,

Four point perspective

Perspective Draw Fisheye

In the beginning of the twentieth century lived a man named Charles Dana Gibson. He was best known for The Gibson Girl. His lines dealt mainly with structure. Everything occupied space as he illustrated scenes from that time period. Dover publishes an excellent book called The Gibson Girl and Her America The Best Drawings by Charles Dana Gibson. I fortunately almost tripped over two large, old volumes of his work on the floor of an antique shop in South Jersey. Definitely a precious find.

Dover Books On Art Instruction

Paperbound unless otherwise indicated. Available at your book dealer, online at, or by writing to Dept. 23, Dover Publications, Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501. For current price information or for free catalogs (please indicate field of interest), write to Dover Publications or log on to and see every Dover book in print. Each year Dover publishes over 500 books on fine art, music, crafts and needlework, antiques, languages, literature, children's books, chess, cookery, nature, anthropology, science, mathematics, and other areas.

Directing the Stars of the Show

Perhaps you don't have a cupboard filled with priceless collectibles or a greenhouse with oodles of plants to serve as still-life subjects. Do what I do with some of my artist buddies. Ask the local antique dealer or greenhouse owner if you can sit in his store for a day and paint. The owner usually loves the idea you entertain the customers. If painting in front of the public is a bit inhibiting, ask if you can take photographs. Tell the owner what you're up to, compliment his inventory, and promise that if your painting turns out, you'll return and show him. Use your art to make friends.

Radiocarbon Dating

Radiocarbon Upper Atmosphere Image

The mini-gas counters that have been introduced are able to work with sample sizes as small as 100 mg of pure carbon. To achieve the same quality of counting statistics as we can achieve for samples of ordinary sizes, the reduction in sample size has to be compensated by approximately equivalent multiplication of counting time from the usual 24 or 48 hours to several weeks or months. In most of the cases the sample sizes needed for mini-gas counters exceed the amount of material that might be available from the art object or that museum curators or fine-art or antique collectors might agree to provide for such an analysis K6 .

The Village

Villages are still seen in northeastern Ohio, anachronisms in an era of metropolitan expansion and transportation ease. 9 Most no longer function primarily as market places for surrounding farmers. People still live in them, some because their families have been there for generations and others because they are drawn by their quiet charm. But the sawmills, gristmills, and cheese factories are mostly gone. The general store may now feature antiques for weekend shoppers from surrounding cities while the locals shop at Wal-Mart and drive long distances to their daily jobs.

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(paper), 92 hot press paper, 84 household items, 165 antiques, 171 bathroom, 172 bedroom, 168 categories, 167 chairs, 171 fabrics, 169 hats and gloves, 170 kitchen, 166 living room, 171 patios, 174 pitchers and bowls, 168 shoes, 170 silverware, 167 window arrangements, 173 houses, 241-242