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In Review: Mantiques - A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff

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Monday, 07 April 2014 13:46

Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff, by Eric Bradley, Krause Publications

IOLA, Wis. - Fueled by testosterone and attitude, a new book in Krause Publications' bounteous stable focuses on – as the title states – antiques and collectibles that appeal primarily to men. Veteran antiques journalist Eric Bradley's Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff is a cleverly crafted hardcover guide about the categories that appeal to male collectors. But let's not jump to any hasty conclusions – not all men aspire to be butt-kicking, head-busting Liam Neesons, Steve McQueens or Clint Eastwoods. Yes, there are many who collect antique guns, knives and gambling devices, but others prefer to express their inner shirtlessness by exuding a Don Draper brand of cool - bring on the midcentury cigarette cases and martini sets. Overt or covert, every macho man, dude and metrosexual stud muffin will find plenty they can relate to in this 176-page reference, as will the many female collectors and dealers who find mantiques appealing.

Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff is, in essence, an engaging and informative guide to the antiques and collectibles sought out by a new breed of men eager to fill their homes with the funky, the unique and – most importantly – the manly. From start to finish, the book's mission is delivered with Eric Bradley's trademark wit and style.

Be forewarned: it's unconventional. Check out the titles of a few of the chapters:

Bottoms Up - Collecting vintage barware

Freakin' Cool - Curiosities and oddities

Sweet Wheels - The vintage garage

Sharp-Dressed Man - Fashion accessories

Whore House Meets Grandma's House - Collecting Victorian gothic

Dangerous Pursuit - Guns and knives

A Whole New Plane - Collecting tools

To read an amusing Q&A interview with Mantiques' author, Eric Bradley, click here: http://www.antiquetrader.com/antiques/celebrating-collectibles-manly-character

The book can be pre-ordered online at the special price of $17.85. Click to order through Krause Publications' Bookstore: http://www.krausebooks.com/mantiques-t0030?et_mid=667893&rid=235674535

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 16:43
 

New book highlights work of Art Deco muralist Hildreth Meiere

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Written by ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press   
Friday, 04 April 2014 09:35
Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, New York City. Image by ricardo martins. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. NEW YORK (AP) – Hildreth Meiere was a prolific Art Deco muralist whose highly stylized figures and geometric patterns adorn New York's Radio City Music Hall, Nebraska's Capitol, the National Academy of Sciences and many other noted buildings.

Yet the artist remains relatively unknown.

A new book is seeking to give Meiere her due, chronicling a career that broke barriers at a time in the first half of the 20th century when few women artists were working on such a grand scale.

“She was really cutting edge,” said art historian Catherine Coleman Brawer, co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere. “Her work has been enjoyed by millions of people over the last 90 years without knowing her name. That's why we have written this book.”

Meiere, who would go on to work on about 100 projects in 15 states, came of age as an artist at a time when many leading architects turned to the muralist to embellish their buildings.

She landed her first major commission in 1922 to decorate the Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., where she created medallions of Art Deco figures depicting earth, fire, water and air, among other imagery.

Among her many captivating narrative designs are the shimmering glass mosaics she created for the eight-story-high arch in the main sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El and the narthex of St. Bartholomew's Church in New York.

For the Nebraska Capitol, Meiere created designs depicting Native American life on the Great Plains.

Perhaps her most recognizable designs are on the facade of Radio City Music Hall, where colossal metal-and-enamel roundels depict dance, drama and song.

Meiere once said that a beautiful mural is “something that cannot be taken away without hurting the design of the building. If the building can look as well without it, it shouldn't be there in the first place.”

In 1946, Meiere was the first woman appointed to the New York City Art Commission and later became the first woman to receive the Fine Arts Medal of the American Institute of Architects. Yet after her death in 1961, as architectural tastes changed, she became largely forgotten.

Meiere designed in a variety of media, collaborating with skilled European-trained craftsmen who executed her work in glazed ceramic tile, glass mosaic, stained glass, metal and wood inlay.

When she designed the roundels for Radio City Music Hall, “nobody had worked in mixed metal on a scale like that before,” said Brawer, who curated an exhibition of her ecclesiastical work at New York's Museum of Biblical Art in 2012.

Adrianne Rubin, the museum's director of exhibitions, said Meiere's “ecclesiastical and secular work continue to impact viewers profoundly, so it is only fitting that her name be associated with her beautiful and innovative work.”

To help reintroduce her to the public, a Meiere Crawl exploring her sites in New York City is planned for May 18. The book is scheduled for release on May 1.

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If You Go...

HILDRETH MEIERE MURALS: http://hildrethmeiere.com/ComissionsByState.html. The works of Art Deco muralist Hildreth Meiere can be found in 100 buildings in 15 states. Here are some highlights:

CONNECTICUT

St. Joseph Church, Canaan: Stations of the Cross, oil and gilt on wood panel, c. 1948

Travelers Insurance Company, Hartford: Lobby mural, marble mosaic, 1956

ILLINOIS

University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Chicago: Vaulting and apse ceiling, glazed ceramic tile, 1927

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago: Altarpiece and rear wall of miniature church, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1939

KENTUCKY

Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington: Mary Bennett Memorial, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1924

MARYLAND

Bank of America Building, Baltimore: Floor decoration, marble mosaic, 1929

MASSACHUSETTS

St. John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms: Altarpiece, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1930

MICHIGAN

St. Aloysius Church, Detroit: Rear wall, glass mosaic, 1931

MISSOURI

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, St. Louis: Domes, arches, walls, glass mosaic, 1945-61

NEBRASKA

Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln: Domes, ceilings, floors, tapestries, doors, 1924-32

NEW JERSEY

Newark Museum, Newark: Central panel for Prudential Plaza lobby mural, marble mosaic, 1960

NEW YORK

St. John's Grace Episcopal Church, Buffalo: Altarpiece, oil with gilt on wood panel, 1944

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Mt. Kisco: altarpiece, oil with gilt on wood panel, 1923

Trinity Episcopal Church, Roslyn: World War II triptych, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1943

St. Bartholomew's Church, apse and narthex, glass mosaic, 1929-1930; four clerestory windows, stained glass, 1948-1956

Temple Emanu-El, arch and ark of main sanctuary, glass mosaic, 1929

Radio City Music Hall, facade medallions, mixed-metal and enamel, 1932

One Wall Street, Banking Room, glass mosaic, 1931

PENNSYLVANIA

Mary Immaculate Center, Chapel, Northampton: Half-dome of apse, glazed ceramic tile, 1939

Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia: Wall mural behind altar, oil on canvas, 1942

RHODE ISLAND

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Providence: Altarpiece, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1924

VIRGINIA

The Virginia War Museum, Newport News: World War II triptych, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1944

WASHINGTON, DC

Washington National Cathedral, Chapel of the Resurrection: Half dome apse, glass mosaic, 1951

National Academy of Sciences, Great Hal: Dome, raised and gilded gesso, 1924

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 09:54
 

Warman's guide to Depression Glass more colorful than ever

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Friday, 14 March 2014 16:23

The new sixth edition of 'Warman's Depression Glass' contains more than 600 color pictures. F+W Media Inc. image.

IOLA, Wis. – It’s been said, learning about Depression glass is like taking a stroll back in time to the late 1920s and 1930s; and the new edition of Warman’s Depression Glass is the perfect guide for the trip.

The new sixth edition of this top-selling glass book features more than 600 color images, including many pieces from the prized collections of the National Glass Museum. With thousands of listings for pieces from 170 of the most popular patterns of Depression glass, this book offers the most comprehensive review of this historic type of glass.

“These dishes were used everyday, brightening the otherwise drab lives of folks struggling through the Great Depression,” said Pam Meyer, National Depression Glass Association Glass Museum and convention chairperson, in the foreword of Warman’s Depression Glass.

In addition to high-quality photographs, the new edition contains updated values for various colors for pieces of each pattern, a color timeline representing the date each pattern was first issued, the valuable pattern silhouette section, shape library and a glossary of Depression glass terminology. Plus, at the beginning of each new pattern section is information about the manufacturers, colors available in that pattern and any notes about commonly reproduced pieces.

Whether you’re a fan of the elegant and illustrious American Sweetheart, Rock Crystal or Sandwich patterns, or the more simplistic Charm, Forest Green and Moondrops patterns, you’ll find a multitude of information and collecting inspiration in this new edition of Warman’s Depression Glass.

 

Specifications: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 • 304 pages • 600+ color photos

Retail $27.99

Available for purchase at national booksellers and direct from the publisher, at KrauseBooks.com or 855-864-2579

 

About Antique Trader

Antique Trader, a division of F+W Media Inc., is dedicated to serving antiques, collectibles enthusiasts with trusted content, industry news and pricing information. Today, the Antiques & Collectibles division includes books, ebooks, periodicals, and online destinations AntiqueTrader.com and our online shop KrauseBooks.com. The F+W Media portfolio offers books, ebooks, magazines, ecommerce sites, education, conferences and events, serving more than 20 enthusiast communities. www.fwmedia.com



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Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 16:39
 

Warman’s price guide makes sense of antiques marketplace

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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:51
The cover of the 800-page 'Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2015.' F+W Media Inc. image. IOLA, Wis. – The new edition of America’s longest-running antiques and collectibles price guide is here; and it carries on the tradition set forth by the first edition of Warman’s 66 years ago of providing an extensive review of the current antiques and collectibles marketplace.

With more than 86 percent new information over the last edition, Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2015 helps you keep a pulse on the ever-changing antiques market. If you’re looking for a solid antiques ally, Warman’s is one of the best, with the exception of the elusive time machine many collectors would love to have.

“The ultimate collector fantasy is the time machine, to be able to summon the vessel, punch a button or two and open the door onto the past, wherever it may be,” states Noah Fleisher, editor of Warman’s 2015 and public relations director of Heritage Auctions, in the book’s introduction.

While it appears it may be awhile before we see mass-produced time machines, the new edition of Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles is available now to help you make sense of today’s antiques and collectibles market; a place where change is the one true constant.

“Eras shift, generations age and in and out of collecting; tastes change and the values of so many things rise and fall with seemingly little logic; what is deemed important now was unthinkable a decade ago,” according to Fleisher.

Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2015 features 67 categories of antiques and collectibles; 2,500 detailed photographs; extensive descriptions (including color, dimensions, design features and year of production when known) for each item featured; and historic details and market insights presented in category introductions.

New sections to the 2015 edition include: American Art, Limoges and Meissen ceramics, Handbags and Maritime Art & Artifacts.

More than a price guide, Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2015 provides perspective, insight and a keen sense of the market for collectors, by collectors.

 

Specifications: 7 x 10 • 800 pages • 2,500 color photos

Retail $29.99

Available for purchase at national booksellers and direct from the publisher, at http://KrauseBooks.com or 855-864-2579

 

About Antique Trader

Antique Trader, a division of F+W Media Inc., is dedicated to serving antiques, collectibles enthusiasts with trusted content, industry news and pricing information. Today, the Antiques & Collectibles division includes books, ebooks, periodicals and online destinations AntiqueTrader.com and our online shop KrauseBooks.com. The F+W Media portfolio offers books, ebooks, magazines, ecommerce sites, education, conferences and events, serving nearly 20 enthusiast communities. www.fwmedia.com.



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Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 15:52
 

Meijer Gardens releases new coffee table book

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:54

View of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Photo by William J. Hebert.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is releasing a new book about the Grand Rapids attraction titled "America's Garden of Art.''

The 240-page hardcover coffee table book details the history of Meijer Gardens and shows it throughout the seasons. It features more than 230 photos as well as essays by president and CEO David Hooker, chief curator Joseph Becherer and historian Larry ten Harmsel.

The book is for sale at the Meijer Gardens' gift shop or by phone from the shop.

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Online:

http://www.meijergardens.org

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:43
 
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