Celebrating the Season in miniature splendor.
This week, we bring you glimpses of how the season is celebrated in different parts of the world as we grow closer and closer to Christmas. Though only introduced in 2013, the famous ‘Neapolitan Crèche’ at the Art Institute of Chicago has drawn crowds from near and far to marvel at the intricacy and masterful attention to details found in the over 200 figures--including 50 animals and 41 items of food and drink--of this mid-18th century Baroque masterpiece. Notice how traditional elements of the Nativity scene have been combined with elements of 18th century Neapolitan life, from the figures’ clothes to the realistic tavern and city street scenes. The terracotta figures painted with oil and dressed in finely embroidered silk saturate the tableau with life and in turn fill viewers’ hearts with the joy of the season.
Images from the #artinstituteofchicago
Bizarre Brocade, 1715-20.
I think this luxurious stunning heavy piece is probably French or Italian. It is woven with metallic gold and silver threads, and is a rare piece because it is the end of the length. Perhaps this piece was left over after a gentleman's waistcoat was made. During the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century there was a huge interest in the Orient which influenced textiles woven and printed in Europe with an Eastern look. It would look good framed.
This piece of brocade is available to buy through our website, link in bio.
The latest addition to Foolscap's inventory is this charming drawing in coloured chalks of a putto or cherub by Jacob de Wit (1695-1754), best known for his grisaille paintings for interior schemes, named 'Witjes' after him. This work is signed and dated 1743 and was most probably intended for specialised collectors of 'papierconst', paper art. Though De Wit is one of the top three artists of the Dutch 18th century, comparable to Tiepolo in Italy, his works remain very affordable as the 18th century is still very much overshadowed by the great painters of the 17th century, rather astonishing in my view as I'm completely enamoured by pretty much anything made between 1700 and 1800... #drawing#drawings#oldmasterdrawings#masterdrawings#jacobdewit#pastel#chalk#paper#jacobdewit#18thcentury#silverage#instadaily#artdealing#artdealer#foolscapfineart
This cockade was owned by Captain Janes MacDonald and is likely to have been worn in the 45.
The white cockade generally made from silk or linen, often worn in the hat was the recognised badge of the Highland army. The white cockade was also worn by the Jacobites during the 1715 Rising.
Two final exams tomorrow. Finished studying and now researching this 1795 copperplate engraving of a Greco-Roman woman playing a harp, entitled ‘Poetry’. Copperplate engraving is a process that involves a skilled artist or craftsperson using special tools to carve images into large flat sheets of copper and other soft metals. Some are used for decoration while others are used for print making like with this print here. #engraving#copperplate#18thcentury#1700s#antiques#history#vintage#copperengraving#printmaking
1.1k likes?!?!? I love you guys! I have only had this page and been on this path for six months and I have already felt the love from you guys. I look forward to 2019 and focusing on my passion, to study to impersonate a creole woman, and possibly start a blog! I love seeing everyone's creations and passions and learning from all of you who are far more experienced than me. I have waited my whole life to have the means to sew costumes and I am so happy to be at this point.
Did 18th century brass pulls use brass cotter pins to attach single drops and d-handles? Yes, they did. While reproductions today often come with iron cotters, polished, shiny, brass cotter pins complimented the brass pulls. Here on a high chest of drawers, attributed to John Head, made in Philadelphia c. 1725, are original pulls and cotters. They are fragile and did not often survive. But there is no evidence here of any prior handles or cotters. @joanparcher#philadelphiafurniture#woodworking#blackwalnutfurniture#18thcentury