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30 Things Everyone Under 30 Should Know about Historic Houston.

By Katie on Aug 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Join the festivities to celebrate Houston's 181st Birthday with a special talk: 30 Things Everyone Under 30 Should Know about Historic Houston.
Have a question about Houston's history? Ever wonder WHY something in Houston is the way it is? Heard a rumor or legend about Houston's past you want straightened out?

Whether you are are a millienial, or one at heart, we encourage all to come and join us for this wonderful event and pay tribute to the city we love!

The Antiquarium as a gallery that showcases exquisite antique prints, are committed to providing archival, museum-quality framing to clients worldwide. In addition to maintaining these high standards, our team of artisans provide highly refined aesthetic framing designs. The Antiquarium offers a wide variety of molding, mounting options, mat styles, and more. We are happy to frame your artwork, antiques, and family heirlooms, and anything purchased in the gallery.

A portion of sales from unframed art during the event will benefit Houston History Bus. Mister McKinney will be giving a tour of the History Bus!


Birthday Cake, wine, and light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP now to events@theantiquarium.com

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Featured Framing Project: Art Nouveau for a Collage

By Katie on Aug 2, 2017 at 10:58 am

Art Nouveau arose during the late 1880s and really began to take shape during the 1900s in Europe.  Artists took inspiration from the plant forms they saw in nature and would then flatten and abstract them into elegant, organic motifs. As the world was moving out of the Industrial Revolution, and machine made products, many artists were seeking to hold on to the hand-made quality of art, seeking beauty in the pieces around us.

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Featured Framing Project: Texas, Arbuckle

By Katie on Jul 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

What better way to honor the Lone Star State than with a star frame!

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New Orleans and The Mouth of the Mississippi

By Katie on Jul 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Issac Tirion, a Dutch mapmaker, has beautifully drawn his version of the De La Tour, New Orleans map from 1720, which as drawn only 2 years after the founding of New Orleans.

There are three separate maps one being the City of Nieuw Orleans indicating the streets from Bourbon to the De Kaay or the quay. The second map of the outflow of the Mississippi includes lake Ponchartrain. The third map shows the mouth of the Mississippi, including Fort Balise now known as Plaquemines Parish.

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Featured Framing Project - 25th Anniversary is Silver

By Katie on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

Our staff truly enjoyed creating this entirely custom framed work to commemorate a 25th wedding anniversary.

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The Antiquarium Custom Framing Partner Profile Of The Week: Wesley Allen Framemakers

By Katie on Jun 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Wesley Allen is a family owned and operated company for over 25 years. They have a range of modern and antique moulding styles to truly showcase the beautiful variety of different woods they work with. 

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Siebeck Garden Plans

By Katie on Jun 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Rudolph Siebeck (1812-1878), born and educated in Leipzig, was a designer and theorist of public landscaping. After a stint as city gardener of Leipzig, Seibeck became the chief gardener of Vienna, and designed the Vienna City Park, among others.

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Japanese Actor Triptych

By Katie on Jun 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

Actor Triptych featuring Nakamura on the right, Nakamura Shikan in the center, and Bando Hikosaburo on the left.

Japan, 1872 (Meiji 6), Month IX

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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.

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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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