Monday, July 23, 2012

ART SALE! And how to hang it!!


I always say if we didn't have guests over we would never get our artwork hung as sometimes banging that nail in the wall can be a little intimidating.  When I was single I would take the piece of art or architectural to my local hardware store and ask them what hook I should use .They would ask me what type of wall I had and I was clueless but by revealing the age of my home the proper hanger was purchased and they were never wrong!  Everything truly takes a village, right??



Nowadays, my husband "freelances" as I call it when I have been mentioning  (nagging) that I need the art hung and without even consulting me on placement , throws beautiful pieces up on the walls just because he likes to "get it done" without my careful (prolonged) input.  I'll walk into a room after coming back from errands and say, " wait! You didn't tell me you were hanging the art " and he'll say, "well, it's done".  My brother- in -law does the same thing...usually too high, right?   can't stand it!! Well, with a few pointers and a little planning we can get all your art off the floor tonight!


A great piece of art can transform a room from so so to spectacular!
First off let me say when framing art I have always indulged in good frames.  I like my customers to take the art home and hang it, not concern themselves with costly re-framing.  Always pick the frame for the piece not for the room.  If a frame is chosen to represent the work of art they will both together enhance the room like a piece of jewelry. I personally do not care for colored mats preferring whites, off whites and sometimes a light taupe.  I DO however swoon for an antique French blue mat and always preserve these.

Tip - For prints the mat should be about 2 1/2-3 inches on each side but you should always take into consideration the print or drawing itself.

The prominent piece in the picture above is the mirror and the 2 pair of abstracts have correctly been hung close to the chests.

Tip - Avoid the common mistake of thinking nothing should be in front of the art. The art should not float well above the accessories and furniture in this case but rather create an intimate vignette as shown above.



This was a challenge, above, to hang an uneven number of botanicals on a slanted wall. They correctly lined up the tops of the arts to follow the ceiling and then continued the line hanging the single drawing and then had that line up with the center of the starburst mirror over the bed.

Tip - when hanging art of different sizes around the room, pictures should be lined up by their center lines, not the top.




A series of prints can create a dramatic look and read as one artwork statement when framed in the same molding. Without furniture anchoring this series the height of the entire wall is most important.

Tip - when a series is free hanging the measurement of the height of the wall is very important. Also the space between them should be identical and be about 2 - 2 1/2 inches.




When the pieces used in a grouping vary in size the distance between them varies but should still have a consistent sense, like 3-4 inches between them on each side.  Leaning art, as on the mantle above, is a great look and also allows you to move pieces from one room to another.

Tip - arranging art on the floor first is very helpful .  The large piece usually is in the center and then work up and out focusing on balance and symmetry with each piece.




This modern series above, hung less than an inch apart, reads as one continuous artistic statement.



You can create drama and interest by hanging the art unconventionally as the designer Katja Vanderloo did above by hanging the nude oil painting in front of the curtains on the window frame. This is a beautiful look with the diffused light coming through from behind the piece.

Tip - A single piece of art or the main piece in a grouping should be hung at eye level.






Art can successfully be hung on patterned wallpaper as long as the pattern is not of the same scale or there's a nice size mat around the art.



A series of prints can make a big statement without your having to make a big investment.



I had to use my favorite vignette again (don't know where I originally found it). The prints are hung higher than the mirror but do not confuse the importance.  This mirror is THE most important piece in the vignette. I LOVE the modern benches contrasting with the very old pieces, too.

Tip - in a hallway hang art only on one side as it is unpleasant to try and view both sides and also closes in the space.

And now the fun part....A summer ART SALE!!!  Shown  below are beautiful pieces of art ALL MEDIUM SIZED I have available, offered to you with a never before discount of 30% and more. Please email me with questions. Sizes etc.



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1.  Vintage  abstract oil painting, signed from France
Originally $495.00  on sale for $350.00


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2.  Vintage oil on panel from France originally $395.00 on sale for $275.00


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3.  A vintage pen and ink still life originally $425.00 on sale for $285.00


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4.  A vintage print of  antique urns originally $245.00 ea. on sale for $95.00 each.  I have several of these depicting different urns.


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5.  A gorgeous 19th century oil on panel with the moon reflecting on the water originally $625.00 on sale for $438.00


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6.  Vintage ink drawing from France orig $575.00 on sale for $395.00


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7.  Modern acrylic impressionist landscape orig. $375.00 on sale for $262.00


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8.  Vintage black ink village orig. $275.00 on sale for $175.00


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9.  Lovely watercolor with sailboat....REALLY beautiful and peaceful scene from France orig. $395.00 on sale for $315.00.


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10.  19th Century oil on panel beautiful landscape newly framed in faux bamboo orig. 235.00 on sale for $160.00


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11.  Detailed vintage watercolor harbor scene orig. $545.00 on sale for $ 380.00


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12. Impressionist landscape by Rhode Island artist Alberto Pasquale orig. $675.00 on sale for $465.00


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13.  Beautiful vintage impressionist watercolor from the north of France, newly framed in burnished silver orig. 495.00 on sale for $325.00


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14.  19th century classical oil painting of sailboats in the harbor. France orig. $575.00 on sale for $402.00


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15.   19th century gilt framed watercolor from France of a French farm with haystacks. Orig. $245.00 on sale for $171.00


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16.   Vintage oil on panel of haystacks, France, orig. $395.00 on sale for $275.00


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17.   Vintage pen and ink wash impressionist still life orig. $275.00 on sale for $192.00


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18.  Vintage watercolor still life signed by French artist J. Moser orig. $595.00 on sale for $415.00


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19.  Vintage oil on panel European village from France orig. $545.00 on sale for $380.00


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20.  An original French business document, hand written and hand stamped orig. $145.00 ea. on sale for $101.00


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21.   Another  19th century hand written business document from France orig. $145.00 ea, this one is on sale for $65.00


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22.  19th century oil on panel in antique walnut Frame orig. $475.00 on sale for $332.00

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make inquiries by the number before each piece's description. And don't forget many of these pieces would look great on that difficult narrow wall, on an easel stand, on your book shelves or under a lamp and even in the powder room where attention is sometimes focused on a small wall and a nice piece of art will make a pleasant impact. There is some really nice art here and I would be happy to answer any questions or send details.

We are closed Sundays and Mondays in July and August.

Happy Summer Days!!

Warmest regards,
Bonny   

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 

p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
  
Trouvaille
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
Summer Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:30
  

28 comments:

  1. Good morning. I'm here from Cote de Texas for the giveaway. Love the trumeau mirrors. Thanks so much

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  2. I am here for the Cote de Texas giveaway, and am happy I found your blog. I love all of your things, but especially like the antique twisted leg ottoman. Thanks!

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  3. Bonny, thank you for donating the vintage silver plate tray for the Cote de Texas giveaway. Your store merchandise is lovely. One of my favorite pieces is the 19th Century Mora Clock. Also, I enjoyed reading your blog.

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  4. You intrigued me with your first photo. You have a varied selection of antiques and art. I wish you were here. I am getting ready to do a gallery wall of artwork I have had sitting on the floor just waiting to be hung. I shall be timid no more and start hanging. Loved the gate leg table and all your chairs. Need that silver tray for the goodies at my Bookclub.Crossing my fingers

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  5. Hello, I am here from the Cote de Texas giveaway. My favorite item was the pair of antique Loui XVI Fauteil chairs.
    Louise Daley

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  6. Enjoyed your blog on displaying art. mass groupings make a very powerful statement. Thank you for your generosity of donating your giveaway. The 19th century walnut etagere is stunning. Thank you

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  7. Bonny, Can barely write as I am still in a swoon over your collection and selection of beautiful things. So many remind me of my year in school in Burgundy, others of my thirty years in metro NY and VT - and I'm still hoping to find the chestnut cabinet an ex-husband gave away...But back to the Cote de Texas assignment: how to choose??? I would kill for the blue shutters, steal for the set of herbiers, BUT as an almost 72-year old grandmother what I would actually buy is the antler chandelier, as a gift for my younger son and his wife, who are in a new home in Cody Wyoming. How perfect is that!!! Plus, that silver tray would complete the tea service now left tray-less,thanks to a different ex-husband. (I should pick antiques,not husbands.) Am forwarding all to the new homeowners...

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  8. The 19th century trumeau mirror is absolutely fabulous!! Thanks so much for doing the Cote de Texas give-away .... love your stuff.

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  9. Everything on your website is awesome! My favorites are the spool chair and spool etagere. How lovely. Also, those stone flamingoes are giving me ideas!

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  10. Great website and great blog! Of course my favorite item was the 19th Century leather wing chair, but it has sold already! So I am going to go with the 19th century Mora clock. I am looking forward to receiving your blog! Thank you for participating in the giveaway. What a lovely tray!

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  11. Here from Cote de Texas. I like #17. Question: any rules about hanging pictures on picture-frame paneling?

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    1. Paula,
      Thank you for your comment. If the paneling has floor to ceiling vertical lines then you would hang art the same as if it were an unpaneled wall. If the paneling has squares, etc. then the art would have to be balance inside or outside these boxes. You of course can email me a picture and I could advise.

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  12. Bonny, loved all your items but was looking for a couple of things that would fit in my Western, ranchy house and thought that stone finial on my redwood deck would go well and the 19th century spool chairs would go anywhere. Subscribed to your blog. What a great tutorial about hanging pictures. I learned a lot. Thank you and thanks to Joni,
    Liz

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  13. Antique Marble Top Server
    Hand finished. FRANCE
    I think it would make a beautiful vanity in my powder room! And thank you Cote de Texas for the introduction, I love your things!
    Olivia

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  14. Miss Bonny,
    My Oh My Darlin', You make a southern girl swoon with all these treasures! I am sittin' down to some sweet tea and savoring all your beautiful things that I can't get in my part of the world...but low and behold, they are available through you and my heart is pumpin' with excitement. What a treat to be formally introduced to your collection. And your pricing is sinfully tantalizing! I have a vision of so many of your wonderful pieces in my home, but my favorites are the soft sweet wearings of time and the 19th Century 4 Drawer Store Counter from France is my absolute favourite! Bless your heart for bringin' all these great historical pieces to us. I will definitely be a follower of yours and I am takin' measurements as we speak..
    Sincerely Yours,
    Pamela Jo
    pwstaley@gmail.com

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  15. Dear Bonny,

    I love your mdse. and your prices are divine-I just wish I wasn't located so far away because shipping is somewhat prohibitive. My favorite item is the Vintage classical urn. I'm not sure if this can go outside but it would look wonderful with flowers and plants spilling out of it. Love your site! Keep up the great work.
    Trudi Rowe

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    1. Hi Trudi,
      The urn can go outside. I use independent truckers AND I have a special discounted rate to California so unless you live across the ocean I would be happy to get you an estimate on shipping.

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    2. Bonny
      So happy to be introduced to your site and blog via CDT. My favorite on your site are the small napoleon 1 chairs that would fit perfectly in my small apartment! Looking forward to following your blog. Best, Shannon

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  16. Great inventory! Love the 19th Century French Fauteil chairs coved in Belgium linen. No price?

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  17. Love the silver tray you are donating. Joni is right. Your inventory is wonderful and your prices are very reasonable. I like the Cast Composite Heavy Zinc Type Planters. I can't wait to follow your blog.
    Wanda
    wwilsongm@gmail.com

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  18. Wow - your shop is a visual treat! Absolutely love the blog, and I'm wondering how I can possibly choose my favorite item. Right now, I"m eyeing the antique breadboards for my kitchen. So many fabulous things! I can't wait to watch your site for future purchases! Thanks.

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  19. I'm so excited to find out about your store in Summit. Can't wait to visit and see everything! I love the French Twist Leg Console table and imagine it with my art books and terrariums. Yum!

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  20. Your shop has great stuff! I love all of it. I especially love the breadboards because my young daughters are going thru a big cooking phase. I love having another great blog to read and reference!
    Stephane Lewis
    stephlewis@hotmail.com

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  21. The iron base/marble top patisserie table makes me happy. Of course, the primitive cabinet AND the French shutters with iron hinges make me happy as well. You have so many lovely things and I enjoyed browsing!!

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  22. I loved the French Marble and Brass Lamp! Great collection of items.

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  23. Bonny, so glad to subscribe to your beautiful site! Thank you, Cote de Texas. I love the "education" I receive from my favorite blogs! Mrs. Roosevelt was surely referring to me! I love everything in your shop, but I would love to have the Louis Phillipe mirror! Truly a classic!

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  24. Love everything in your shop- my favorite is the Brazilian cowhide rug. I am doing a room right now that needs that! Thank you Cote de Texas for this new resource!

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  25. I'm in love with everything you post. Lacking a bit on the creative side naturally, blogs like yours are so helpful for me! I love the botanicals and French Herbiers. Those are my favorite, and I think they would look nice in our entry or bedroom. Thank you Cote de Texas for the fabulous resource, and I look forward to following you!

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