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!
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.
The Antiquarium is excited to join Atlas Obscura in celebrating Obscura Day 2016, a day for revealing unusual places and exploring the hidden wonders of the world. We think this map of Atlantis printed in 1660, titled De Onder-Aardse Wereld, by Athanasius Kircher fits the bill! Kircher, a Jesuit professor and scholar, was the first to propose that the Azores, a group of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic, were the mountain peaks of the sunken Atlantis. The Latin label reads "site of Atlantis, now beneath the sea, according to the beliefs of the Egyptians and the description of Plato."
The Antiquarium recently acquired a wonderful twelve part map of the city of Rome. La Pianta Grande di Roma ("The Great Plan of Rome") was originally printed in 1748 by the influential Italian architect and surveyor, Giambattista Nolli (1701-1756). La Pianta Grande di Roma is considered to be one of the most revealing and artistically designed urban plans of all time.
As a gallery that showcases exquisite antique prints, we 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 frame your artwork, antiques, and family heirlooms, and anything purchased in the gallery.
We are delighted to showcase our collection of pochoir prints from the esteemed French fashion publication, La Gazette du Bon Ton. This French magazine featured fashion-forward and vibrant plates showcasing women's clothing and couture styles of the time. It has been the utmost pleasure for the team at The Antiquarium not only to offer these prints, but frame them as well. Their unique imagery and exquisite coloring absolutely lend themselves to fine custom framing.
The Antiquarium's beautiful and joyous antique holiday prints and postcards include a few that provide insight into early 20th century humor. We have a large collection of splendid antique post cards which contain cheerful holiday depictions of Santa Claus, gifts, angels and more. As a counterpoint, some are rather dark and ominous. The three images of the small girl and her teddy bears are great examples of this. Note the large bear gleefully making off with the hapless child while the small bear wields cutlery in anticipation of an unusual holiday feast. The Antiquarium team is pleased to offer an extensive selection of antique cards, prints and maps to please any holiday sentiment!