Antiques Illustrated

I search museums, antique shops and antiquity auctions to find interesting artifacts, pottery and historical items to illustrate. Follow my Antiques Illustrated feed on Instagram. Click on the image to see it bigger.

 

Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amhora, Late 6th BC

Watercolor and pencil on paper, 2018.

I studied greek art and architecture in university for a short time and have always been fascinated with the pottery and ruins of the ancient Greeks. This is my watercolor illustration of an Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amhora, attributed to the red-line painter, Circa late 6th century BC. This is a typical merriment scene with Dionysos reclining on a Kline, with maenads dancing each side of him.

 

Dragon Cup, 1821-1850

Watercolor and pencil on paper, 2018.

Chinese antique ceramics have always fascinated me. I love the exaggerated subject matter, bright colors and intricate patterns. This little cup is from the mid 19th century. A tourquiose ground iron red decorated dragon cup from the Daoguang area.

Glazed Stoneware by René Buthaud, 1931

Watercolor and pencil on paper, 2018.

René Buthaud was seen as the most accomplished and important French ceramist of the Art Deco period. He designed simple stoneware forms, made for him by local potters, and used crackle glazes with which to decorate them. He was also influenced by African tribal art, evident in those pieces where he used lustres or what he called ‘peau de serpent’ (snakeskin). Many of his best-known pieces are painted with female nudes. Work by Buthaud can be found in the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many others.