I have a somewhat new thing for vintage art, paintings in particular. Most of the art hanging on my walls already is either self-made or inhertied-antique, so as I’m shopping antique paintings for the first time I’m learning it’s slightly challenging to snatch what I would consider decent/reasonably priced stuff. I mean, you really have to look, and you have to know the right places to look.
I’m especially drawn to landscapes. Pieces are ideally framed in real wood. I also like when you can see the brush strokes and/or texture of the canvas. Signatures not required–I can’t even pretend to know anything about art, so awareness of the original artist isn’t a top priority of mine, which is also probably why I refuse to pay more than $50 for a painting. Sorry.
Above: Home of Julie Paterson of Cloth Fabric on The Design Files.
For local shopping, I’ve had the best luck at The Eclectic Collection, both in Abington and West Bridgewater, MA. I’m literally at these shops every other weekend because they are such gold mines. The prices are unbeatable.
When the season calls for it, the Brimfield Antique Show is a day-trip of a shopping experience with rows of vendors for as far as the eye can see. I’ve only been once but it was amazing. My next big antique extravaganza planned for the spring is The Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in CT which is just as grand as Brimfield. Both events are ideal for art shopping but maybe skim Apartment Therapy’s guide to shopping large events like these before you go, as they can be pretty overwhelming.
As far as online shopping, the best place for antique paintings I’ve found is Etsy. You can sort by the type of art you are looking for and you can also add a cap for pricing. Shipping costs are usually pretty decent too.
Above: Home decorator and textile designer Laura Liess’s kitchen.
Above: Guest house of Catherine Burke, writer of A Country Farmhouse blog and contributor of Country Living magazine.
Above: The Woodsman Tavern and Market of Portland, OR via Remodelista.