Last week I attended the opening night of the 15th Annual Los Angeles Antiques Show in Santa Monica, which showcases fabulous antiques.  Proceeds from this star studded gala benefit P.S. ARTS, an outreach organization that restores arts education programs to public schools in disadvantaged areas where kids live at or below the poverty line.

The exhibitors from across America and Europe presented rare finds like these Tang Dynasty figures from J.R. Richards in Los Angeles, also referred to as “Fat Ladies”. Dating from 618-907 A.D., the Tang Dynasty is generally regarded as the high point in Chinese civilization.

This is one of a pair of extraordinary giltwood, klismos armchairs upholstered in silk, from Kentshire Galleries in New York.  If you have a passion for English furniture, you’ll be excited to discover that these chairs, circa 1835, were designed for Adrian Hope’s Carlton Gardens residence.  Hope was the middle son of visionary designer and collector Thomas Hope.  Like most English fine furniture, subtle symbols that represent worldliness and knowledge have been incorporated into the design; here it’s the Athenian owls that support the arms.

I fell in love with this Dayak roof ornament, featured by Seattle’s Honeychurch Antiques.  Crafted in the form of stylized dragons, it would have originally been mounted along the peak of a long house’s roof.  Dragons are a powerful totem animal of the afterlife and provider to the living, protecting the family from bad spirits.  This mid-century carving’s scale is very rare, being almost 10 feet wide.  I envision it adorning a grand entryway.

I was happily surprised when I saw this painting because I had previously taken it out on approval for my own living room.  The French painter, Albert Gleizes, was influenced by the impressionists very early in his career.  He later became renowned for his paintings and writings about cubism.

 

 

 

This fun canvas from American Garage was once a circus banner in the late 19th century.  I always come across great finds like these at the LA Antiques Show.  Who knows?  I may use one of these in my next design.