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Samuel Prout lithograph c1850
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Tallis antique map circa 1853

Welcome to Antique Print Club interesting, decorative and rare antique maps and antique prints - online here.

It's over a year since we lost Derek's fight with cancer. After more than 40 years together I frequently find myself 'drifting', to put it mildly. Apologies if you have missed my emails and website Blogs - and I haven't mastered social media yet...
I aim to go to Brisbane Antique Emporium in Clayfield at least once a week, so let me know if you are going. I need motivation!

  I submitted 100 items for antique map and antique print sections of Carter Sisters’ Antiques & Collectables Handbook and Price Guide, and many others from our website for Collecting on a Shoestring. Both books have a huge amount of useful information if you are interested in history. They're available from Brisbane Antique Emporium in Clayfield, or from this website, under Books.

  I also write quarterly articles for Antiques & Collectables magazine. In the current edition (at newsagents in early September) I've written about wonderful Vanity Fair caricatures. Each week's short 8-page politically-conservative social commentary Vanity Fair magazine included a caricature of a newsworthy person who was the butt of the caricaturist's artistic talentNews reports centred on people involved rather than events, and the magazine's artists endeavoured to display the vanities of each hapless targeted individual. The results were usually appreciated by the 'victim' and were greatly enjoyed by the English readers who often framed them. Many know the Vanity Fair lithographs of the bewigged legal fraternity, but equally popular were caricatures of politicians - and of course the famous cricketers of the day. 

  Trends in choices of antique print and map subjects for artwork, previously were influenced from Europe. Now they are mostly prompted from North America where designer budgets are perhaps larger... and, as always, from artwork seen in movies and TV shows. 

   Among my favourite subjects is the charming French fashion pochoirs from 1913 to 1925, when exclusive magazines introduced the latest fashions. Every magazine had its illustrations drawn and then watercoloured by hand. From their inception they have been known as 'pochoirs' (French for stencils) - in recognition of the finesse of specialist French fashion artists who cut as many as 30 separate stencils for each, to apply successive layers of watercolour. The French artists for Gazette du Bon Ton (Journal of Good Style), skilfully showed the subtle detail of the fabrics and how and where the fashions should be worn. Our website currently has 60 lovely fashion pochoirs. Framed and hanging on the wall they give great pleasure with their subtle portrayal of elegantly dressed ladies. Many have humorous captions below, which adds to their enjoyment.

As well as its importance to its owner, artwork value depends on rarity, quality and condition. Paper is damaged by careless handling. Antique maps and prints are no exception. Having survived hundreds of years already, take care of it. Protect all your artwork from general deterioration and fading, by using conservation materials, including U/V-protective glass. Good quality framing is also self-preserving so will not look shoddy in a few years. Heritage Editions reproduction prints and other decorator art reproductions should be framed with conservation materials also, as modern inks fade more quickly than early natural  ochres.
If you would like to learn more about antique prints and maps, read our website Blogs and Library.

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