Monday, May 2, 2016

Today's purchases, a 18th c Old Paris porcelain Gravy Boat.

A late 18th century Old Paris porcelain Gravy Boat w/ Attached Underplate painted with sprigs of garden flowers circa 1780's. 

Yesterday evening I was the lucky winner on ebay for this lovely late 18th century Gravy Boat with Attached Underplate. Handpainted with sprigs of garden flowers and borders trimmed in gold gilt sawtooth. This was a common pattern in late 18th century French porcelain. Even the Sèvres factory made dinner services in the garden flower sprig pattern. Over the years I have collected late 18th century porcelain in this pattern. Finding a large set or any set of porcelain dinnerware from the 18th century is rare and expensive. Piecing together a service in the same pattern in easier and can be cheaper.  This gravy boat was advertised as being by the porcelain factory Locré, but the piece is not signed. Sometimes every piece in a dinner service was not signed.  

   According to Régine Plinval de Guillebon, the author of the book "The porcelains of Paris" The three most important porcelain works in Paris by 1779, were Locré, Rue Thiroux and Clignancourt. They made the same type of objects as the famous (but much more expensive) Sèvres factory: a wide range table and tea wares and useful items such as writing sets, toilet articles and tobacco-related items. A variety of painted and gilded decoration was used from simple floral sprigs to elaborate Etruscan, neo-classical or other fashionable designs. 

The shape of the Grave Boat is Louis XV Rococo 

A fruit and branch handle on the lid 

A 18th century dinner plate in my collection from the Rue Thiroux factory in sprigs of garden flowers pattern. This factory was patronized by French Queen Marie Antoinette. Marked with a crown A. 

In my collection, Four French Louis XVI period antique 18th century Old Paris porcelain ribbed plates, dishes from the Boissettes porcelain factory located outside of Paris in operation from ca. 1778-ca. 1785. The plates are decorated with handpainted garden flowers and gilt dentil border.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Study of a Southern Gentleman

"Study of a Southern Gentleman" by Andrew LaMar Hopkins 

My painting titled "Study of a Southern Gentleman" shows the well appointed Antebellum study of a Southern Gentleman. The room is furnished with American made pieces like the 1820's New York city sofa the gentleman is sitting on and the 1820's New York secretary bookcase. A ancestral portrait dating from the early 19th century hangs to the right of the mantel. All other furniture is imported and collected in Europe during the "Grand Tour" travels in Europe. Like the Italian Classical carved marble mantel.  The circa 1800 English Eglomise painted mirror over the mantel.

 The copy of the marble mask of Apollo over the secretary. The Old Master copy of Orpheus over the sofa. Wealthy Americans taking the "Grand Tour" of Europe often had contemporary artist copy famous paintings they saw and liked in museums to bring back home to America.  To the right of the painting is a French Charles X barometer with a lyre on top mimicking the Classical lyre in the painting of Orpheus! Next to the fireplace is a French Louis Philippe Bergère. Hanging in the center of the room is a English regency bronze oil chandelier. To finish the room off are fresh cut Magnona in a cast iron urn on the mantel. 12 x 16. Available.  

1820's New York Classical secretary bookcase

Circa 1800 English Neoclassical Eglomise painted mirror

1830's French Louis Philippe chairs 

Early 19th century portrait. 

French Charles X barometer with a lyre on top

Classical cast iron urn 

English regency bronze oil chandelier

Italian Classical carved marble mantel

1830's Classical sofa 

Orpheus - Attributed to Hugues Jean François Paul Duqueylard 

"Study of a Southern Gentleman" by Andrew LaMar Hopkins 12 x 16. Acrylic on canvas Available. 

Check this painting out and other artworks on my square account.

Tomb of Jacques François Ardaillon (..?.- 1826), ironmaster.

Tomb of Jacques François Ardaillon (..?.- 1826), ironmaster.

While walking around Père-Lachaise Cemetery last Summer I happen upon the rare and amazing Neoclassical Greek Revival style tomb of Jacques François Ardaillon, ironsmith.  The tomb is very unusual because of the form. Built on a stone foundation the rest is made of cast iron possibly by Jacques himself. The main body of the tomb is rectangular shape with central rounded middle top with a Doric columned pedimented portico, topped with a cross.  Inside of the portico is a cast iron draped urn.  After the cross, the urn is one of the most commonly used cemetery monuments. The design represents a funeral urn, and is thought to symbolize immortality. 

Cremation was an early form of preparing the dead for burial. In some periods, especially classical times, it was more common than burial. The shape of the container in which the ashes were placed may have taken the form of a simple box or a marble vase, but no matter what it looked like it was called an "urn," derived from the Latin uro, meaning "to burn."
As burial became a more common-practice, the urn continued to be closely associated with death.
The urn is commonly believed to testify to the death of the body and the dust into which the dead body will change, while the spirit of the departed eternally rests with God.

The cloth draping the urn symbolically guarded the ashes. The shroud-draped urn is believed by some to mean that the soul has departed the shrouded body for its trip to heaven. Others say that the drape signifies the last partition between life and death.

This tomb is not in the best of condition. 

On one of the doors is a Owl which represents Wisdom & watchfulness.

Under the Owl are two Scythes representing the Reaping of life.

Detail of the Owl 

The photo is not crooked, the tomb is leaning and missing the door on this side. 

Happy May day from le château de Hopkins.

Happy May day from le château de Hopkins.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A delightful lunch at La Table des Anges

Pickles de légumes et maquereau fumé — Vegetable pickles and homemade smoked mackerel

In December of 2014 during my month long stay in France I treated my good French friend out to lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Paris.  The Café Procope. To return the favor she treated me out to lunch at a fabulous restaurant in the area of Paris I was staying at the time, Pigalle.  Plus she wanted to introduce me to the owner of the restaurant. The owner has a twin brother who owns a art gallery in Pigalle. They had a Creole New Orleans connection with their mother being born and raised in Louisiana. Everything about this restaurant is superb. It's super cozy as well as tasty. I love the name, La Table des Anges translates to The table of the angels!  Plus Yan Duranceau, the chef, has worked with some of the greats. Including working at my favorite restaurant in Paris Le Grand Véfour.  I had a wonderful lunch at La Table des Anges, Thanks so much Jocelyne for taking me here and introducing me to this fabulous place. All of my American friends visiting Paris this is the place to go. Lovely dining. Don’t miss Tables des Anges when you’re in Paris.

Puree avocado with lump crab meat.

Pickles de légumes et maquereau fumé — Vegetable pickles and home made smoked mackerel

a fusion dish of braised cheek of beef with ginger, coriander and oriental greens!


At La Table des Anges, this place is so charming, the owner and chef

Wonderful 18th century carved wood angel.

A reception for The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Peter giving a talk during the reception in his Bourbon street home. 

In December of 2013 The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art arranged a tour in Louisiana titled “The Louisiana Classicism of New Orleans, A. Hays Town and More,” This excursion will tie the best of the city’s traditional architecture and gardens, both public and private, with the very special vernacular (“elegant yet earthy”) work of Louisiana icon architect A. Hays Town (1903–2005). In between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the group stopped at two beautifully restored River Road Creole plantation houses, Evergreen (circa 1832) and Destrehan (circa 1840). In New Orleans, historic houses to visit, including the fabulous Longue Vue House (1942) in Old Metarie with gardens designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, and in the French Quarter, the Hermann-Grima House (1831) and the Gallier House (1857), the home of the leading New Orleans antebellum architects, James Gallier, father and son.

At the end of the 5 day excursions was a Reception at the lovely French Quarter home of my good friend Peter. Peter invited me to the reception and also invited me to have a pop up art gallery showing of my works displayed in hi home during the reception. It was a fun party and I meet lots of interesting people that had a love for Classical architecture and art. 

Pre reception set up of the home! 

Pre reception set up of the home! 

Peter had a nice fire going in the early 19th century Creole fireplace. 

Over the fireplace a nice French early 19th century drawing in it's original frame. 

My paintings on display 

One of my Creole kitchen paintings hangs over a 18th century Louisiana cypress table 

Early 19th century Baltimore classical sideborad. 

Nice 19th century Old Paris porcelain plates with French fiddle thread pattern silver 

A wonderful display of foods. 

Peter giving a talk during the reception in his Bourbon street home. 

A 19th century marble bust of Michelangelo

This lovely lady was from Charleston, South Carolina. 

Wonderful displays in Peters house. 

A good time was had by all. 

My good friend Dee, She had a wonderful Antique shop on Royal street in the French Quarter. As a high school student I bought Old Paris porcelain from her, Some of it I still own.  

A friend staying with at the time Andrius a Dr from Lithuania, Dee and me. 

Wonderful early 19th century carved marble decorations hanging in the bathroom.  

Wonderful early 19th century carved marble decorations hanging in the bathroom.