Griffin Gallery Announces Move To New Location In Boca Raton And Special Sale

Griffin Gallery has moved to a stunning new location, three miles north of the Boca Raton Museum of Art on Yamato Road on the west side of Federal Highway! You are invited to browse the splendid works of art including magnificent ancient artifacts, contemporary, fine, and tribal art. In addition they have beautiful antiques from centuries past to enhance your home or office. To celebrate, Griffin Gallery is offering price reductions up to 20% on most pieces over $1,000.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos of the new exhibit.  Stay tuned for news of the Gallery’s upcoming Grand Opening Gala.

 

 

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Griffin Gallery

NEW LOCATION:
5501 N. Federal Hwy., #4
Boca Raton, FL 33487
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net   griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to contemporary and fine works of art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Griffin Gallery
5501 N. Federal Hwy., #4
Boca Raton, FL 33487
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net
griffingallery18@yahoo.com

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Griffin Gallery Presents “Avatars Of The Divine: Women In Pre-Columbian Society”

Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art invites everyone to their Free Reception on Saturday, January 9th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.  Artifacts focusing on women in Pre-Columbian society will be featured.  Enjoy refreshments and view this gallery of magnificent ancient artifacts, folk art, contemporary art, and splendid antiques of centuries past.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and fascinating history of the role of women in Pre-Columbian society, provided by Griffin Gallery. Bring your family and learn about history in a new and fascinating setting!  In addition,  The Griffin Gallery’s gift to you with a value of $30, is a printable FREE COMPLIMENTARY PASS for The Boca Raton Fine Art, Jewelry, & Antique Show exhibiting the weekend of February 05 – 07, 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Griffin Gallery Ancient Art

Gallery Center

608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.994.0811 fax: 561.994.1855

www.griffingallery.net    griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Public Reception:

AVATARS OF THE DIVINE:
WOMEN IN PRE-COLUMBIAN SOCIETY

Saturday, January 9, 2015

2:00 pm until 4:30 pm

 

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“Women were not only daughters, wives, mothers, and grandmothers, but also healers, midwives, scribes, artists, poets, priestesses, warriors, governors, and even goddesses in pre-Columbian society,” says Dr. Judy L. Larson, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.

 

 

For many years, archaeologists assumed that men monopolized the power in pre-Columbian civilizations. The discovery of women’s tombs in Zapotal, Mexico, in 1971, and San José de Moro, Peru, in 1991, challenged that assumption. These tombs gave ample testimony to the importance of women in both societies and evidence of their high social status.

 

 

 

The Peruvian tombs, among the richest ever excavated in the Americas and part of a larger suite of elite burial chambers, contained the remains of Late- (750-800 CE) and Transitional-period (850-1000 CE) Moche priestesses. Farther north, richly appointed tombs in the Mexican state of Veracruz, contained extraordinary terra-cotta figures that represent Cihuateteo, deified women who served as guides to the next world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women were not only priestesses in ancient society; they were considered goddesses, as well, by virtue of their unique reproductive role. Feminine nature, with its mysterious ability to create life, was accorded divine status. Numerous objects have been found in sculptures of wide-hipped women; clay and stone vessels depicting sexual intercourse; figurines and carvings showing women holding and nursing children, cupping their breasts and touching their genitalia—are powerful evidence for the central, supernatural role accorded fertility and birth.

 

 

 

 

In fact, religion permeated all facets of pre-Hispanic life. It was believed that every natural occurrence was an expression of the will of the gods, and every human undertaking was an attempt to obey that will. Thus, even domestic tasks like cooking, planting, gathering, and weaving, reflected a divine plan.

 

 

 

 

Pre-Columbian women practiced body adornment as a beauty and fashion aid, but also for religious and social purposes. Many objects in the exhibition, both Andean and Mesoamerican, show women with tattoos and body painting, scarification, as well as with intentional deformations of the cranium, lips, and ears. Beyond the mortal sphere, beyond the notion of women as avatars of the divine, were the goddesses worshipped by these ancient peoples.

 

 

 

 

Griffin Gallery

 

Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

 

 

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net
griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

PRINT AND USE THIS FREE PASS

Boca Show Invite

 

The Boca Raton Fine Art, Jewelry, & Antiques Show
February 05 – 07, 2016

The Renaissance Hotel
2000 NW 19th Street, Boca Raton, FL
Friday: Noon – 8:00 PM
Saturday: Noon – 7:00 PM
Sunday: Noon – 5:00 PM

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

Works Cited: http://hispanicad.com/blog/news-article/had/art-literature/divine-and-human-women-ancient-mexico-and-peru

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Griffin Gallery Invites You To Second Saturday Exhibition Opening And Offers Price Reductions Just In Time For The Holidays

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art cordially invites you to its Second Saturday Exhibition Opening on November 14th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Contemporary watercolors by Eve Menes will be featured. Enjoy refreshments and view this gallery of magnificent ancient artifacts, folk art, contemporary art, and splendid antiques of centuries past. To celebrate the upcoming holidays Griffin Gallery is offering price reductions up to 20% on most pieces over $1,000.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek of Menes’ artistry.

 

 

 

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Griffin Gallery Ancient Art

Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail       Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811       fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net     griffingallery18@yahoo.com

“Sacred Journey Through Jerusalem”

Contemporary Watercolors

by

Eve Menes

Public Opening:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 

 

 

 

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“Jerusalem Garden” by Eve Menes

 

 

 

“HISTORY OF WATERCOLOR:
WHEREFORTH IT CAME”

BY GREG CONLEY

(Courtesy of Griffin Gallery)

 

 

Watercolor came to western artists in the late 1400s. Artists had to formulate, prepare and grind their own watercolor paint and tended to keep their secret recipes and methods to themselves.

 

 

In the 18th century the first paint manufacturers set up shop in major European cities. They not only provided the basic pigments, resins and oils but found a market for readymade color pastes and other artist equipment. A famous example is an “herbal extract” shop in Paris that prepared the colors for Jean Baptiste Chardin when the artist’s failing eyesight prohibited him from making his own.

 

Artist’s watercolor paints came directly from the color men in dry clumps that had been cut off of clay-like slabs of prepared watercolor paint. The paints were hard. Artists would have to break up the clump into useable bits and grind them in water.

 

The usual method of preparing to paint included “rubbing up” your colors with water on a stone or ceramic dish as you would a sumi-e ink stick. Grinding your paint in water was a tedious but necessary step repeated every time you set up to paint. With time, artistic entrepreneurs began preparing ready-made paints for artists.

 

 

BEES PROVIDE A WATERCOLOR BREAKTHROUGH

 

After setting up shop in 1766 William Reeves (UK) began selling the first water soluble dry cake watercolors. By 1780 a bit of honey was added to the formulation to make the paint pliable for manufacture in various ways. Honey is a natural humectant, attracting and retaining moisture.

 

The first hard, but brush-soluble, cakes were fancily embossed with crests and heraldic figures. Mr. Reeves’ was even given an award “for the manufacture of Watercolor improved,” in 1781 for his moist pan watercolors.

 

By the mid to late 1830s inexpensive painting sets with little porcelain pans of moist watercolors were introduced to the general public to compete with the harder pressed cakes.

 

Winsor Newton introduced their glycerine-softened formula moist cakes in 1835. The public was pleased. Amateur artists, Sunday painters and ladies being cultured in finishing school rejoiced in easy accessibility of quality painter supplies. What could be better?

 

 

YANKEE INGENUITY, BAD CREDIT, AND BRITISH LUCK

 

 

American John Goffe Rand (1801-1873) patented the first collapsible metal tube for artist’s oil paint on September 11, 1841. He had traded off his European patent for the tubes to appease creditors.
By 1846 Winsor & Newton (UK) modified their original moist cake formula and created a semi-liquid formula for metal tubes. They improved upon Rand’s original tube design and ran with it. Everyone has been following ever since.

 

 

By the 1990s, through mergers and acquisitions several art supply manufacturers are now owned by the German paint company AB Wilhelm Becker. The AB Wilhelm Becker product lines include Winsor & Newton (UK), Reeves,Contè, Lefranc & Bourgeois, Liquitex and the Colart brands.

 

THE PRETTY COLORS

 

The chemical and dye makers during the Industrial Revolution in Britain made great strides in producing brighter and more permanent colors for the textile trades. These discoveries readily carried over to the fine arts.

 

By the late 18th and early 19th century, newly developed intense colors inspired the Pre-Raphaelites, while the new tube paints allowed the impressionists to work readily En plein air to capture natural light and color.

 

WATERCOLOR FOR THE MASSES

German-American Louis Prang (1824-1909) is the reason art education survives in American schools. He wrote the curriculum and text books, and then provided training for the first batch of America’s art teachers.

In 1856, Mr. Prang contracted with the American Crayon Company to manufacturer his non-toxic moist pan watercolor sets designed for students. They were a huge success. Prang watercolors continue to be a staple art supply in classrooms worldwide.

 

 

AND NOW, ANYONE CAN PAINT

 

This new availability of artist’s materials gave even those with a casual interest in art the means and tools to explore their creative talents. Art had the means to come to the masses, giving birth to many “Sunday painters” and amateur “dabblers” and brought real-world art supplies within the reach of children.

 

There are now a couple dozen watercolor paint manufacturers for artists to choose from. Each has their own take on formulas and there is a wide gulf of difference in the quality of watercolor paints available. The 8-color set that you pick up at the corner drugstore can never match the depth of color and pure brushability of the finest artist grade tube watercolors. They are a good place to get a little of the feel of painting watercolor before you invest your grocery money.

 

Artists searching their creative roots today will locate the old formulas and techniques in an effort to revive the true “craft” of being an artist. On the other hand, for ease of use and consistent quality, the rest of us can gladly leave the craft of paint making to the professionals, some with centuries of experience, so we can concentrate on the creation of art.

 

GRIFFIN GALLERY:

 

Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art    

Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail    Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.994.0811     fax: 561.994.1855

www.griffingallery.net   griffingallery18@yahoo.com

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

*Works Cited: http://watercolorpainting.com/history

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

The Boca Raton Fine Art, Jewelry, & Antiques Show
February 05 – 07, 2016

The Renaissance Hotel
2000 NW 19th Street, Boca Raton, FL
Friday: Noon – 8:00 PM
Saturday: Noon – 7:00 PM
Sunday: Noon 0 5:00 PM

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Griffin Gallery Offers Magnificent Antiquities, Fine Art And Folk Art With Special Autumn Discounts Plus Monthly Exhibtions

Autumn is the perfect time for a beginner to start a collection of ancient artifacts, or for the seasoned collector to procure a new acquisition.  Mark your calendar for the SECOND SATURDAY of each month as Griffin Gallery Ancient Art has changed its exhibition opening dates and hours. To celebrate, there are price reductions up to 20% on most ancient artifacts, antiques, and works of fine art. Please join us on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 2:30 until 4:30 pm in our gallery to view ancient artifacts, splendid antiques of centuries past, and contemporary works of fine art. In October we are featuring Chinese Antique Furniture of the Qing Dynasty.  The Rickie Report shares the details and images of some of these extraordinary pieces.

 

 

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G R I F F I N   G A L L E R Y

 

You Are Invited:

 Second Saturday Exhibition

October 10, 2015

 

2:30  –  4:30 P.M.

Gallery Center

 608 Banyan Trail   Boca Raton, FL 33431

 561.994.0811

   
www.griffingallery.net     griffingallery18@yahoo.com

 

 

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Griffin Gallery Ancient Art has over 500 magnificent ancient artifacts in its inventory. Beginning October 01, 2015, purchase one artifact over $1,000 and receive a 20 % savings. Buy two and receive a 25% savings, and purchase three ancient works of art and receive up to a 30% discount. Note that shipping is not included with these special discounts.  

 

 

 

 

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A magnificent 18th Century Red Lacquer Cabinet
China, Shanxi Province
Height 69”, Width 41”, Depth 19”

 

 

 

Qing Dynasty Furniture

 

According to the Travel China Guide, at the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), furniture followed Ming patterns and styles. During the reign of Emperors Kangxi, Yong Zheng, and Qian Long, Qing Furniture showed its own uniqueness with the absorption of western art. It was larger in size with grandeur and pageantry.
Engraving was a popular and important means of furniture decoration. The subjects range from auspicious character patterns, to geometric patterns and scenes in nature with animals, mountains and waters, flowers and grass. Color painting, especially gold painting, was widely used.

 

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Furniture Making Centers

The centers were formed in Beijing, Shanxi, Guangzhou and Suzhou.
In the Forbidden City in Beijing (Jing for short), the best craftsmen used the choicest wood to make Jing-styled furniture under the guidance of the emperors.

 

 

Furniture made in Guangdong (Guang for short) shows the influence of Western art. In contrast to the Su-style, Guang-style is unstinting in the use of material, and the furniture looks solid and massive. The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family in Guangzhou has a display of Guang-style furniture.

 

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Furniture from Suzhou (Su for short) and surrounding area enjoys the highest artistic value. Suzhou gardens such as Lingering Garden, Garden of the Master of the Nets, Humble Administrator’s Garden, and Lion Grove Garden feature precious collections of Su-styled furniture.
Furniture made in Shanxi (Jin for short) is a harmonious blending of royal demeanor and local cultural heritage. Shanxi was one of the richest places in China during the Qing Dynasty, of which Rishengchang Exchange Shop in Pingyao, the earliest bank in China, is good evidence. With the increasing importance of Jin merchants, commercial symbols emerged, such as patterns concerning money and fortune. Unlike other styles, Jin-style has less engraving; instead, inlays of stone, porcelain and bone, which catch the eye more easily than exquisite engraving, are used to tell of the luxurious lifestyle of the owner. In addition, color and gold painting become the vogue depicting the preference for gaudiness by the wealthy. Another feature of Jin-styled furniture is the widely applied walnut wood.

 

 

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Qing Altar Ivory Table

 

 

The ancient Ming and Qing Streets, Qiao’s Compound and Wang’s Compound in Pingyao, Shanxi, provide a sufficient testimony to the aesthetic and cultural achievement in Jin-style furniture. Chinese Ming and Qing Furniture Gallery of Shanghai Museum is an ideal place to appreciate various styles of classical furniture.  In the past 20 years, Ming and Qing furniture has enjoyed an elevated reputation as art and as investment, and its value is increasing.

 

GRIFFIN GALLERY:

Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

 

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
www.griffingallery.net
griffingallery18@yahoo.com

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Griffin Gallery Presents “Idols of Our Fathers”

Griffin Gallery, in Boca Raton, specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Their holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among their treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.  On Thursday, November 13th a special program will feature “Idols of Our Fathers” and focus on a monumental pottery idol from the time of Terach, father of Abraham, 2000 BCE. The Rickie Report shares the details and a glimpse.

 

 

 

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PRESENTS:

IDOLS OF OUR FATHERS

 

Featuring a Monumental Syro-Hittite Pottery Idol

Time of Terach, Father of Abraham

Middle Bronze Age, ca. 2000 BCE

Found in the Holy Land

 

 

Public Reception:

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

The exhibition continues through December 10, 2014.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M.,

Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.

 

 

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Syro Hittite Pottery Idol

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Abraham (ca. 1813 – 1638 BCE) was born under the name Abram in the city of Ur in Babylonia. He was the son of Terach, an idol merchant. From his early childhood, Abram questioned the faith of his father and sought the truth. He came to believe that the entire universe was the work of a single Creator, and he began to teach this belief to others.

 

Abram tried to convince his father Terach of the folly of idol worship. One day when Abram was left alone to mind the store, he took a hammer and smashed all of the idols except the largest one. He placed the hammer in the hand of the largest one. When his father returned and asked what happened, Abram said, “The idols got into a fight and the big one smashed all the other ones.” His father said, “Don’t be ridiculous. These idols have no life or power. They can’t do anything!” Abram replied, “Then why do you worship them?”

 

 

 

When, according to tradition, Abram rejected the idols that Terach, his father, had made, he established the foundation for a belief in a single monotheistic, all powerful, omniscient God.  “They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; they have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.” (Psalm 135).

What was the appearance of the gods and idols that Abram rejected and that the prophets railed against? Please join us at Griffin Gallery Ancient Art to view these spectacular artifacts. The idols in this exhibition are Syro-Hittite deities from the Middle Bronze Age (1950 – 1539 BCE), Persian deities from the Elamite Period (1500 – 1000 BCE) and Roman deities from first through the fourth centuries.

 

 

 

Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

SAVE THE DATES:

 

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show
Miami Beach Convention Center
January 30, 2015 – February 03, 2015
Booth 3008

Boca Raton Fine Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
February 07 – 09, 2015
Boca Raton Marriott
5150 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL
Booth 13

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855  

www.griffingallery.net   or  griffingallery18@yahoo.com

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291