I've been in love with antiques since I was a child, in fact, I bought my first one at age 12 with babysitting money. Thirty plus years later, I've graduated to antique prints and old fine art paintings, and am always looking for the best items to offer in my shops. Be sure to look for my book, "The Life & Art of Paul de Longpre". I'm an MBA graduate from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, a Certified Graphoanalyst (handwriting expert), genealogist, and I adore fly fishing!
I was just posting some great items to my Ruby Lane shop, and thought I'd also let you know about them! This first one is a gorgeous vintage rose print by Jean Baptiste Robie, who is famous for his renderings of old roses. It's a lovely study in a wood and gesso rose barbola frame.
This next one is by the artist, Charles Chaplin (French), and is entitled May Flowers. The little flower girl with her basket is just darling. I love how she gazes directly into your eyes. This one's from the 1880's, an engraving.
And of course, a lovely study of lilacs by the brother of the Victorian artist Paul de Longpre. Raoul de Longpre's studies almost always include his signature lilacs, and this one is captivating.
Lilacs are some of my all-time favorites. After all, who can resist their sweet perfume? They have such a delicate scent, and are exquisite in vases. My favorites are the deep purple blooms, but again, the creamy white flowers are also quite beautiful. Check out this early print by F. Shauns. The lilacs are just magnificent, and the artwork superb!
Another sweet Victorian print has lilacs around a cartouche, or open blank area. The opening could be used for advertisements, or better yet, the Victorians added their favorite cabinet cards. Whatever your favorite flower, there is surely one in each month of the year to delight the senses.
The Victorians also had a huge love of social norms and convections. Goodness, if you didn't follow the guidelines, you were shun from society, and probably wouldn't make a good marriage match! There are many books on these laws of etiquette, and here are a few in my Ruby Lane shop right now:
They are a hoot to read, and quite the coffee table conversation piece. And, they are delightful gift for Mother's Day and birthdays, or better yet, treat yourself! You can find all these items in my Ruby Lane antique website shop: www.rubylane.com/shop/victorianroseprints