Collecting antique books – a lesson for wealthy people
Today, antique bookstores and collectibles of antique tomes are experiencing a real boom. This was greatly facilitated by the last decree on antiques from 1994, which determines that any print media whose publication year is before 1950 can be considered antique books.
However, do not rush to the libraries of grandparents, ruining them ugly. Each publication has a price, but not always the one you expect to receive for it. Anyway, everyone decides on the rarity of a book for himself independently, based on his own considerations and outlook on life.
The middle of the XVI century is considered the heyday of the professional trade in book antiques. Continue reading
The developed system of book antiques trade, with the relevant rules and laws, is one of the most important components in creating the most favorable conditions for the emergence of a collection of antique printed and manuscript books. In book antiques, as, perhaps, in no other area of antique collecting, a competent intermediary specialist is needed between the collector and the owner of the subject of his interest.
Antique collectors in Europe were engaged in the sale of ancient books in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The first catalogs of old books that were sold at fairs in Leipzig and Frankfurt were published in Germany in 1564. This date is considered the beginning of the professional trade in book antiques.
Until the 18th century, antique books were sold among other antiques. Only at the turn of the XVIII-XIX centuries, the trade in ancient books became a separate type of antique trade. The largest centers for the sale of antique books in these centuries were Paris, London, Munich, Milan, Amsterdam. Continue reading
Relics of Thailand
Thailand is a unique country with its vast history of traditions and, of course, relics that are very popular among collectors around the world. What is such a uniqueness of rare things brought from Thailand?
Thailand is a country with a history exceeding several thousand years, and, therefore, every respected collector can perfectly get hold of this country with amazing exhibits in its collection. So, it is known for certain that coins of the 14th century made of pure gold are of special value, the price at auctions for which can reach up to 18 thousand dollars in equivalent for one piece. On the front of the coin is an image of a swordsman warrior, and an inscription in Thai meaning “Bravery and Glory” in translation. Continue reading
There are people who simply can not resist the magical charm of ancient weapons. They usually form a whole collection of antique blades or pistols. But do not forget that the possession of even antique weapons requires permission and an expert opinion confirming its cultural and historical value.
Not every weapon antiques successfully passes such an examination, mistakes in this matter, unfortunately, are not excluded, but even worse if it suddenly turns out that the acquired “valuable” copy is a fake. Of course, such a purchase will not bring joy. And it’s not even a matter of money, for a wealthy person, it is precisely such people who can afford the pleasure of collecting old weapons, the loss of money is nothing compared to a huge disappointment. Continue reading
18th Century Antiques: Real Works of Art
The 18th century is called the gallant century in history: it was at this time that exquisite arts, fashion and entertainment were elevated. The Versailles Courtyard, Baroque and Rococo received absolute recognition.
The Turandot Antique Gallery presents to your attention 18th century antiques in excellent condition. Present yourself real baroque diamonds!
Of particular interest in our gallery is painting: luxurious still lifes of the Flemish school, paintings by such great Russian artists as Serebryakov and even a sketch of the famous Benoit. The pearl of the gallery is the painting “Bathing the Sultana” by the famous French artist Jacques de Lajoux. Continue reading