Interiors on Paper: Antique Market Finds

Just a short post to share some interior photos I found recently at antique shops. The first two appear to depict a Spanish-Colonial interior and while unlabled are likely of a historic property, quite possibly one still existing. Notice how the room depicted is essentially a wide hallwayallowing for passage. The stairway shot depicts worn treads and candles hanging a little close to the wooden ceiling beam for comfort. While undated, I’m guessing these are from the late 1940s or 50s. The back is stamped so they can be used as postcards. 

The more interesting find was this circa 1910 house that would appear to be decorated as a showpeice if it wasn’t for small defects that should have been noticed. One of which is a cord hanging under the table. I don’t know for sure, but this home was likely relatively new when the photo was taken. Its occupants have so far resisted the urge to hang paintings in front of the wallpaper. The furniture is the same age as the house and appears new, or at least in good condition. I see this type of table around quite often, but the accompanying chairs with paw feet are harder to come by. Usually when you see these sets in malls they are placed with later oak chairs. The plates on the ledge seem to be transferware and Fitzhugh from China. There is a Chicago photographer’s mark in a corner, but otherwise there’s nothing to identify the locale.

How many of us photograph our homes today? How many print those photos. My guess is the information contained here could be a goldmine of insight compared to what people 100 years in the future have to work with.

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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