Custom Framing

Featured Framing Project - Mexico and Cusco

By Roswitha on Jun 8, 2017 at 4:09 pm

We framed these views showing Mexico City, Mexico and Cusco, Peru, for a client who wanted to achieve a traditional, elegant look. The 22kt gilded frame and fillet show subtle hints of the red clay base, which was chosen to highlight the rusty reds of the rooftops and buildings.  To add color we selected a slate-colored fabric, giving depth to the mountains in the distance. The effect is dramatic without being overpowering.


As Summer Approaches

By Katie on Jun 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

We are pleased to offer fine copperplate engravings from Giovanni Battista Ferrari's masterpiece Hesperides sive de Malorum Aureorum cultura et usu Libri Quatuor. This work of citrus, published in Rome in 1646, is regarded as one of the most splendid, scientifically precise, and decorative botanical works of seventeenth-century Europe as well as the first scholarly work to describe the varieties of oranges, lemons, and limes.

Ferrari was born in Sienna in 1583 and entered the Jesuit Order in Rome in 1602. As Horticultural Advisor to the Papal family he was appointed to manage the newly formed garden at the Barberini Palace in Rome. The famed Barberini garden displayed recently discovered plants from voyages of trade and discovery. Rare plants from America, Asia, and Africa were all cultivated, showcased, and named at this important Italian garden. This treatise on citrus included many varieties of rare plants and recorded the elaborately-detailed planting, training, and housing methods. Hesperides reflected the growing interest in seventeenth-century orangeries, the forerunner of the greenhouse. Orangeries were needed to keep delicate trees alive during the cold Northern European winters and the hot Italian summers.

Hesperides sive de Malorum Aureorum cultura is considered one of Ferrari's greatest achievements. The collaboration of one of Rome's leading scholars and patrons dedicated to the establishment of extensive precise taxonomic data relating to citrus resulted in an important scholarly work with eighty brilliantly engraved botanical citrus plates, composed round and in section, by the foremost artists and engravers of the period: Cornelius Bloemaert, Pietro da Cortona, Andrea Sacchi, Nicolas Poussin, and Guido Reni all contributed to this masterpiece of science and art.

The main theme of this work was the comparison of the mythical garden of the Hesperides with the development of the "Golden Age" of the Italian garden which coincided with the reign of the Barberini family.

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The Antiquarium Custom Framing Partner Profile Of The Week

By Katie on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:55 am

The Antiquarium worked with AMCI to create this one-of-a-kind handmade frame. Corner detail shows the biscuit joint of the cherry antique stained frame wrapped around a smaller frame. Frame materials and colors were selected to highlight the ship's masts and the oranges and rusts throughout this vintage poster from the Golden Age of Travel.  

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Featured Framing Project - Boldini

By Roswitha on May 26, 2017 at 3:27 pm

This framing treatment was designed to allow both sides of the illustration to be enjoyed. The handmade, 22kt gold frame is two-sided so that each frame complements the artwork shown and contains a slot so that the entire framing package can be removed to accommodate the client's request.


The British Colonies in North America by William Faden

By Katie on May 24, 2017 at 2:43 pm

The British Colonies in North America


Ellington Field Celebrates 100 Years!

By Katie on May 20, 2017 at 11:30 am

Established by the Army Air Service in 1917 and used in both World Wars, Ellington Field has been an important airfield for many people and will continue to prove its value into the future.


Gone From Houston

By Katie on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:13 am

Join The Antiquarium and Houston Historian R.W. McKinney as he talks about Houston history, including  his "Gone From Houston" series that features landmark buildings, places, and experiences gone from the Houston landscape.

Sunday, April 23rd, 1:30-4:00

20% of all revenue from unframed art sales during the event will benefit Harris County Historical Society and Houston Area Youth Council on Service.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.
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Reddish Heron Watercolor by J.J. Audubon

By Katie on Apr 11, 2017 at 10:42 am

The Reddish Heron or Reddish Egret is native to the Gulf Coast, Texas and Florida. It has been noted to  have two color different color morphs starting at birth, a darker red or white and remain so for their life.


Evening with the Texas GLO: Mapping Texas

By Katie on Feb 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

The Antiquarium is pleased to host an evening with James Harkins of the Texas General Land Office, Wednesday the 22nd of February from 6:30 to 8:30.
20% of revenue from unframed art sales during the event will benefit the Save Texas History program of the Texas General Land Office.
James will be speaking about the GLO's new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science: Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State. Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition traces more than 400 years of Texas history.

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State Opens at Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The Texas General Land Office will lend 50 maps of Texas, representing more than 400 years of its history, to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for a nine-month exhibition opening January 27, 2017. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State opens just in time to welcome visitors to Houston for Super Bowl LI.

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State will be in the Hamill Gallery and feature maps dating between 1513-1920. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.

This exhibit illustrates how centuries of political changes shaped Texas, with an emphasis on the fact that in order for a place to be claimed, it needed to first be mapped. Mapping Texas features many of the most important, influential, and rare maps of Texas, the United States, and North America.

Some of the maps presented in this exhibit include Martin Waldseemüller’s 1513 Tabula Terre Nove, one of the earliest maps of the Americas; Paolo Forlani’s Discoveries of New France (1566), an early view of North America; Thomas Jefferys’s The Western Coast of Louisiana and the Coast of New Leon (1775), one of the first modern maps of the Texas Coast; and Alexander Von Humboldt’s 1809 General Map of the Kingdom of New Spain, which was highly influential in the mapping of Texas and the American west.

Also on display are oversized maps of Texas including a copy of Stephen F. Austin’s 1837 Connected Map of Austin’s Colony; a one-of-a-kind manuscript map documenting the boundary between the U.S. and the Republic of Texas, when it was first surveyed in 1841, which is over 14-feet long; the largest ever lithographed map of Texas, the 8 ft. x 8 ft. Pressler and Langermann Map of the State of Texas from 1879; and many more.