Join us for a festive holiday open house in the shop this Saturday Dec. 7th from 6 to 8 pm. Come see the sparkly shop windows, browse the ornaments and gifts, and drink some punch. Find out just how much I love bottlebrush trees and snowmen.
Our neighbor TRUE LOVE ALWAYS will be having their annual holiday/ anniversary party right next door.
Don’t forget to check out our stall at the new Brooklyn Flea Winter Market at 25 Kent in Williamsburg
No, I am not referring to our current political climate, but rather to last week’s New York Times article about Victoriana. While I’m not so convinced that the Victorian aesthetic will ever again have widespread appeal, it has never fallen out of favor with me. I adore the exuberant patterns, exotic influences and overripe blown-out decor of the era. You can read the full New York Times article here.
There certainly was a dark and stormy aspect to the long Victorian period, but also a sense of discovery and illumination.
They feature a new design boutique, House of Hackney, that draws inspiration from William Morris, Liberty of London and the like, showing how well Victorian style can blend with more modern furnishings. Here are a few examples of their joyfully maximalist design work.
I recently acquired some spectacular and rare chromolithographs from the early Victorian period. They were produced for the famed Great Exposition of 1851-1852. This was the pet project of Prince Albert who was a great patron of the arts and sciences. The Crystal Palace was built in London’s Hyde Park for this exposition. The plates seen below depict some of the the most beautiful industrial designs of the day.
These plates are quite large and will be appropriately matted for 16×20 frames.
We have many, many other Victorian prints to choose from including more design and ornament series such as the ornate and oddly modern French 1860s Racinet print below.
And we are fully stocked in all manner of lush Natural History (a Victorian obsession) from butterflies to bats….
Hello all! It has been a busy summer and I have been remiss in my communications. Lots of doings at the shop and the Brooklyn Flea- lots of new merchandise to see. I will also be selling at the Brimfield Antique show up in Massachusetts from September 3rd- 8th.
I have to admit that I have been squirreling away some special prints over the past decade (and change) of buying and selling antique paper. It is not so much that I am a collector, but I have needed to take some time to become familiar with and fully appreciate this material.
My hope is to have some time (in the not too distant future) to sell these special prints on my own site…. I have too many great things to keep hidden for too long. Here is an introduction to some of the older botanicals in my collection. I would call these prints “artisanal” in modern parlance.
The above prints were produced by Elizabeth Blackwell for her publication “A Curious Herbal” in 1735. Blackwell was the first British woman to produce a Herbal and the first woman to engrave as well as draw plants. She compiled and published her hand drawn, engraved and coloured Herbal in order to raise funds to free her husband from debtors prison. If you would like to read more about her fascinating work, here’s a link to her Wikipedia page.
Another series of wonderful botanical plates from this period were produced by Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (13 March 1683 Gardelegen, Germany – 1741) Weinmann was an apothecary and botanist, and is noted for his creation of the florilegiumPhytanthoza iconographia between 1737 and 1745. This was an ambitious project which resulted in eight folio volumes with more than 1,000 hand-coloured engravings of several thousand plants. Weinmann employed the youthful Georg Dionysius Ehret as illustrator, who used a newly developed printing process involving mezzotint, which allowed greater detail and shading, and was finished by hand-colouring. Phytanthoza iconographia is highly regarded for the quality of its colour plates, and the accuracy of its images compared with previous herbals. Weinmann was greatly respected for his writings on medicinal plants and herbs, and Phytanthoza iconographia is recognized as the first important botanical work to use colour engraved prints.
Come in to the shop this week or weekend for some unique Father’s Day gifts. We’ve got options: the good, the bad, the ugly, the unique, the indie, the funny, the retro, the indifferent, the ironic, the green, the historical, the intellectual and the nostalgic.
You can also catch us at the Brooklyn Flea . Be aware that all the items pictured below are one-of-a-kind. E-mail us to reserve or check availability and pricing.