Restored Antique Frames
I am an antiques and art lover who is equally passionate about modern design and contemporary art. Finding the right frame for your art is not a simple task: the frame must complement the artwork, and many antique frames have become damaged over time. I also am attracted to design mix, and the juxtaposition of contemporary art displayed in antique frames. In my own home I practice #MixAntiquesAndModern, and art is key my design aesthetic.
I’ve been called an antiques matchmaker: someone introduces antiques to the people who will love them. As part of Antiques Diva services, we also connect our clients with antiques trade artisans and craftsman. I was delighted to be introduced to expert frame and art restorer Diego Salazar, who I think of as a frame matchmaker who matches frames to artworks by Rebecca Vicars, and am delighted to share Rebecca’s guest post with you.
The frame is the Cinderella of the art world
“The frame is the Cinderella of the Art world”, Diego Salazar once remarked. There was a time, in the not so distant past, when a paintings’ original, period frame was often disregarded in favor of a more contemporary frame choice. Over the last 30 years, however, these antiquities have become increasingly admired and are now regularly honored with exhibitions around the globe.
Diego’s collection is a veritable museum where the evolution and nuance of this specialized architectural language can be explored. Here, you can literally walk through and experience hand-carved visual vocabularies from around the world and throughout time.
A spectacular and comprehensive collection of hundreds of original European and American frames dating from the 15th to 20th centuries are found here on display. Upon entering the grand and lofted hallways, with each corner turned, another enclave of history and place is revealed. Light diffused through tall and broad arched-top windows serves to illuminate the patina of the centuries-old gold and ebony finishes.
Creating the perfect marriage between art and frame is an art within itself. Scale, ornament, the karat and patina of gold, the specificity of the character revealed over time. The frame specimens in this collection have been collected over 40 years and are a direct reflection of Diego’s finely honed eye and sensibilities. From the rippling details of a 17th c. Dutch profile, to the continuously carved panel of a Louis XIV, the examples you’ll find here are exquisite representations of each particular genre and style.
In addition to his knowledge and experience in antique framing, he is an expert in frame restoration, conservation and one of America’s premier dealers in museum-quality antique and replica frames. His work can be found at El Museo del Prado, MoMA, Chicago Art Institute, Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens, Parish Museum, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams, as well as in private collections around the world.
You are invited to experience this world of lovingly curated group of antiquities with us.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment for viewing and consultation.
- 21-25 44th Ave, LIC, NY, 11101
The Antiques Diva™ & Co now offering contemporary art tours in select cities in Europe and Asia.
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Toma – The Antiques Diva
AD&CO Art Tours
The Antiques Diva™ & Co is proud to announce we are now offering art tours in select cities in Europe and Asia, launching with our Paris Art Gallery Tours. AD&CO CEO Toma Clark Haines explains:
Our philosophy at The Antiques Diva is ‘the design is in the mix.” In my own home, I display my global design viewpoint #MixAntiquesAndModern by integrating modern art with my Asian and European antiques, while in other rooms my antique art collection juxtaposes beautifully with my very modern furnishings and loft-style interior. Many of the interior designers and dealers we work with have long been requesting that we coordinate art gallery tours, both to add to their inventory and for design inspiration. I have waited until now to launch our very 1st curated art gallery tour in a city renown for its art, Paris!
Exclusive Galleries and Private Rooms
Our expert Guide meets you at your hotel and takes you to “behind-closed-doors” galleries. While some art galleries are open to the public or offer appointment-only access, our Guide has relationships that can gain you entry to exclusive galleries and in many cases, even to back rooms where works aren’t on display to the public. This tour specializes in modern and contemporary art galleries, mostly grouped in the Marais district and Belleville.
While each tour is customized for the client and based on what exhibitions are on at the time – often a mix of lesser known and established artists – there’s always the chance that the galleries can arrange private viewings of particular artists that they represent but don’t necessarily have on view. For the seasoned art buyer, our guide could arrange to take you to the suburbs where some galleries have larger spaces in which they show monumental works. To complement this tour, we can also finish the day with a museum tour.
Our Paris Art Gallery Tours are highly customizable based on the client’s interests but expect to see some of the biggest, museum-grade names in modern/contemporary art such as Rauschenberg, Kiefer, Cragg, Gormley, Cattelan, Murakami and JR as well as Picasso, Buffet, and more!
If you purchase artworks, The Antiques Diva offers our own in-house fine art and antiques shipping services, AD&CO Logistics.
Half Day or Full Day Tour, Available Saturdays
Our Paris Art Gallery Tours are available on Saturdays, for a full or half day, by appointment only. Custom curated art gallery tours will be launching soon in Venice, Bangkok and London.
Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva
Antiques Meet Modern
When asked what I personally collect – my answer is always first and foremost “People.” In my line of work, I am constantly meeting fascinating people from all over the world. While in Venice last year at Saloniste’s , I fell in love with both the artwork and personality of Michaela Zimmer! She is a remarkable artist who lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and whose work is exhibited around the world. People are often shocked to discover that as The Antiques Diva I’m obsessed with contemporary art. But as in love as well as decorating… opposites attract. My personal decorating style is a juxtaposition of antiques meet modern.
I am over the moon to have contemporary paintings by artist Michaela Zimmer in our Antiques Diva headquarters (which happens to be in my personal home).
A friend of mine refers to me as “his whirlwind.” Anyone who knows me, knows I am always on the move. And perhaps that’s what attracted me to Michaela’s work. It moves. It flows. It dances with light and motion. Michaela Zimmer rethinks the idea of the abstract painting. She filters the fundaments of abstraction through the syntax of performance. With a background in dance and photography, it’s no wonder movement is such an important part of her process— incorporating the idea of physical movement (dance) and the concept of a still moment frozen in time (photography). When she paints, she surrounds herself with canvases and literally dances as she creates her art. Looking at a series of her work, you can see the movement as it dances from canvas to canvas.
Relationship Between Antiques and Contemporary Art
When discussing the relationship between antiques and contemporary art, Michaela sees it as revolving around time and space. One look at her canvases shows that she places a focus on movement. She explains, “What is specific about these canvases, characterized by a virtually incorporeal, floating chromatic space, is the fourth dimension inscribed within them; time manifested as traces of the performative between the multi-stratified, fragmented layers.” It’s this movement that enters into a dialogue with antiques.
Interior Photography: Susanne Ollmann http://www.ollmannfoto.com
all artwork courtesy of the artist and FOLD, London http://www.foldgallery.com/
Relative to movement, Michaela says, “It is interesting that the word ‘speed’ always evokes the notion of ‘fast speed’ first. Focusing on both, fast and slow motion, and situations where they blend into each other, has always been an aspect of my work. Mind you, even when a line appears to be ‘fast’, this might have resulted from a slow movement which accelerated from a certain intensity that wasn’t fast at all.”
Antiques often reveal traces of the human hand which played a part in creating them, and the sculptural element of Michaela Zimmer’s paintings reflect that as well. Details get blurred and stay hidden behind semi-transparent PE film. The dichotomy of abstraction and corporeality disappears in the merging of image and object – illusionary space and material. Combining contemporary paintings with an antique environment is combining both visual experiences.
Combining Contemporary Paintings with an Antique Environment
There are different approaches in Michaela Zimmer’s paintings. The lines that originate from a concentrated single movement are mostly applied to white canvas that is only primed. They take a long time in their (mainly physical) preparation, but are then executed quickly. Even with the best preparation, a lot of them end up unresolved and get destroyed, since they can’t be corrected.” The process of creating a work can take quite some time. The paintings are based on numerous layers of paint, which are applied and then often taken away, again and again. This process is time-consuming and very difficult to control since the aim is not a spectacular composition, but a rather quiet one that unfolds only slowly. As Michaela explains, “A similar ‘gradualness in the investigation process’ is also required from the viewer, if he or she is to be rewarded.”
In my own home, it’s time that forms the interaction with other objects around the paintings in the room. The present meets the past in my home in Berlin – the historic building is a brewery dating from the early 1800’s – that has been converted into modern loft space for working and living. Michaela’s contemporary art visually bring the space to the 21st century but the 19th C building is grounded with 18th Century antiques.
While I was delighted to share with you a glimpse into my own home office so you could see how art interacts in private spaces – I want also to tell you about an opportunity to visit a gallery in England for a special Exhibition of Michaela’s work.
exhibition 29 October 2016 till 26 February 2017
Curated by The Lowry in collaboration with Rambert, the exhibition will feature work by four international artists and explore the synergies between contemporary visual art and dance. Artists featuring in Perpetual Movement include Turner Prize nominee, Goshka Macuga, Leila Johnston and Michaela Zimmer, and the exhibition will feature specially commissioned works alongside key pieces from Rambert’s archive that inspired them.
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Brederode Kunst & Antiek is back with their Najaarsbrocante the 10th, 11th, and 12th of December with a fabulous private sale in Amsterdam’s Jordaan! Brederode joins together with area antique dealers to make a special weekend of antiques, art and open doors. This year’s sale will feature lanterns, candelabras, mirrors, glasswork and a variety of French brocante items! But Brederode isn’t the only one opening the doors to her private residence for a pre-Christmas sale: visit Brederode to get a map to other vendors participating in this open door weekend in Amsterdam.
Dec 10, 11, and 12
1015 GS Amsterdam
Read past Antiques Diva blog posts on this special weekend to see some sights from former sales!
P.S. The Antiques Diva® & Company blog was just featured in a list titled “40 Antique Shopping Blogs” to know! Check it out!
The LA Times says it “should satisfy fans of the Antiques Roadshow”