Book Hunters Club Talk

By Katie on Jan 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Ed gave an inspiring talk on early maps, atlases, and both the importance and joy of collecting, while hosting the Book Hunters Club at the gallery last week. The Book Hunters Club is a group of like-minded individuals who appreciate and observe history through their love of books. We carry a selection of atlases from the 1500s through to the 1900s. At The Antiquarium we love the opportunity to share our passion with those around us.

Custom Framing

Pelican Watercolor by J.J. Audubon

By Katie on Jan 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

John James Audubon is well known for his work The Birds of America published from 1827 to 1838. During his expedition along the Mississippi River, he studied, documented, and illustrated a total of 471 birds. Audubon's works were later printed in a collection the Fifty Best by the New York Historical Society and in later years, the Watercolors.

Printed with archival pigments on 100% rag watercolor paper, these prints directly capture the Audubon’s hand. Each image is individually sized to match the exact dimensions of the original painting. This is an actual-size first edition printing of the watercolors and will assume an important position among the collectible editions of Audubon’s work.

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The Antiquarium Custom Framing Partner Profile Of The Week: House of Mercier

By Katie on Dec 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

The Antiquarium Custom Framing Partner Profile of the Week.
The Antiquarium is proud to feature frames by House of Mercier. Hand wrapped leather of fine Peruvian materials and craftsmanship distinguish these handmade frames.


November Newsletter

By Katie on Nov 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

As we move into Thanksgiving week, we are thinking about our nation's origins. The Antiquarium team are pleased to feature works by Jan Jansson.

This is an authentic antique map of the east coast of North America during its early colonial period. The map was published in Amsterdam in 1636.

This early and important map of the east coast of North America spans from the Outer Banks in present day North Carolina to Nova Scotia. The map was derived from Johannes de Laet’s 1630 map of the area, but adds a little more detail, especially further inland. Jansson’s map was highly influential mostly because of the vast distribution of the atlas in which this map was published.

The map displays early detail within Nieuw Nederland (New York), particularly along the Delaware (Zuydt) and Hudson (Noordt) Rivers.

Design Inspiration

Ortelius's Renaissance Masterwork

By Katie on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius’s Renaissance Masterwork World Map from the rare 1608/1612 Italian Edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Plate 3, state 1. 14 x 19. Original copperplate engraving. Full old hand color.

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Celebrate Summer with Bright Botanicals!

By Katie on Jul 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm

As we approach the height of summer, what better way to embrace the sun than to purchase a vividly hand-colored and custom framed botanical! Each piece is individually designed and archivally framed by our expert team of artisans. Benjamin Maund (1790-1863), the engraver of the lovely prints below, published the Botanic Garden journal starting in 1825 from Worcestershire, England. In a total of 13 volumes, Maund delicately depicted the flowering plants growing in the Royal Gardens. He dedicated the journal to the young Queen Victoria.

To explore more of our extensive collection of antique prints, or to purchase any of the pieces below, we invite you to visit our gallery on Upper Kirby, shop online, or give us a call at 713-622-7531!

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May and June New and Notable

By Katie on May 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

The Antiquarium is pleased to present the following compilation of a few of our most favorite current offerings. 
View of Nablus, 1843, David Roberts. Hand-colored lithograph.
David Roberts (1796-1864) was an illustrious lithographer who produced unprecedented aerial perspective landscapes of the Holy Land and Egypt. Roberts grew up in Scotland, and at the age of 26 moved to England to further pursue his artistic career.  The sketches he made during his first tour of Europe in 1824 established him as a romantic travel painter, which was in vogue at the time. At the pinnacle of his career in 1838, he journeyed to Egypt, Syria, and Palestine to paint the environmental and architectural wonders of the region. Roberts was immediately struck by the exotic beauty of the land, and wrote "I cannot express my feelings on seeing these vast monuments." The lithographs were exclusively published by Francis G. Moon in London. Roberts found immediate success, and received just under four hundred advance subscriptions from patrons including Queen Victoria, the Emperor of Russia and the Kings of France, Austria and Prussia.
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Celebrating Mexico's 154th Anniversary of Cinco de Mayo

By Katie on May 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

We wish we were in Mexico to celebrate the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo! This day commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and is a definitive moment in which Mexico, as a young nation, was able to defend itself against foreign intervention. As an alternative to celebrating in Mexico, we enjoyed digging through our inventory to find some wonderful antique lithographs showing Mexico during this historic time period.