“Mantique” Accents Can Turn Crass into Class

Glass Decanters
Glass Decanters

Transitioning into a first job will inevitably include upgrading an apartment from the décor of college days. “Mantiques” found at an antique show provide a unique opportunity to begin to redesign personal space to compliment a new career.

“Young men living on their own at college aren’t known for their desire or ability to decorate to impress,” says Jay Melrose, antique show promoter organizing the upcoming All Saints’ Antiques Show in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. “Entering the working world will eventually necessitate an associate will get a glimpse of how we live; and anyone who sees how we live receives an important impression of who we are.”

Melrose explains that a certain category of antiques he likes to call “mantiques” appeal particularly to the young male buyer. Using them as accents can be transformative in an apartment setting and send a message of security, class and confidence.

“Antiques are furnishings, but they’re also art and investments,” Melrose says. “Selecting antiques takes a level of appreciation for things not available through commercial resources. Anyone can buy furniture, but it takes connoisseurship to decorate with antiques.”

Five mantiques that Melrose says can help transform a bachelor’s pad are:

1. Glass Decanters-American, English or Irish, a cut glass whiskey decanter clearly says we’ve moved beyond fraternity parties and are ready to enjoy a quiet drink for two.

2. Leather-bound books-A set of leather books says everything we read just isn’t available on Kindle. Knowledge can be elusive, and information exclusive.

3. Slant Front or Butler’s Desk- For modern use these desks provide a convenient place to store checkbooks, invoices and mail. Some can accommodate a laptop and everything closes up and neatly stays out of sight. Some have drawers for liquor, cell phone chargers and secret compartments for things we may reserve for people invited to notice.

4. Vintage Barometer-A scientific instrument like a barometer is sure to add intelligence to your space. You may also find yourself preoccupied with atmospheric pressure.

5. Rifles-It’s a misnomer that Americans in Colonial times kept a rifle above the fireplace. So if you don’t have a mantle, don’t let that stop you from having the “mantique” of them all. A rifle at home says all this fancy stuff doesn’t mean you’re not ready for a scuffle.

Tea Caddy
Tea Caddy

“In addition, maps and globes, trays, tea caddys, shaving mirrors and other items can bring sophistication and character to new living quarters,” Melrose says.

The All Saints’ Antiques Show will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center July 29 –August 1, 2009. The show is now in its 60th year, sponsored by All Saints’ Episcopal Parish. The show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 1. Admission is $7. More information is available at http://www.rehobothantiques.com.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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