Finer American, English, and Continental Antiques and Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
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C. Lyman McCallum, Jr., CEO of Chicora Antiques, Inc., has been proudly serving the needs of connoisseurs of finer 18th and 19th century American, English, and French antiques and decorative arts since 1990. After twenty-years, we have relocated from Charleston to Columbia, South Carolina, and are only open by appointment or show exhibition. By choice, we do not have a retail store, but remain vigorously active in serving our existing clientele as advisers and welcome new clients from our show exhibitions and website offerings. Our emphasis has always been on objects of true rarity, superior quality, originality, form, and condition. All of our merchandise is accompanied with a comprehensive written guarantee of authenticity, condition, and authorship, attribution, and provenance when available. It has been a pleasure establishing long and lasting relationships with our clients and hope you will become acquainted with our merchandise, expertise, scholarship, resources and services of acquiring and the study of material culture.
Appraisal services are available as well.
Chicora Antiques, Inc. has recently updated our website with new additions to our inventory. We hope you will enjoy perusing our new offerings. The current economic climate provides collectors of fine art with tremendous opportunities in obtaining objects of great intrinsic value and artistic merit at exceptional value. This fact, in addition to our choice in eliminating our retail operation overheads, has prompted a re-evaluation of our inventory pricing. All items shown on our website now reflect these factors. We endeavor to persuade all who are able to do so, to take advantage of what is currently a true investment opportunity.
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Our web page enables collectors to conveniently profile a sample of our offerings, but it by no means encompasses our entire stock.
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Auction and Estate Services
Our twenty plus years experience allows us liberal access to items that appear at auction, estate sales, and privately throughout the country and abroad that might otherwise not be available to the inexperienced collector or the unseasoned novice. Likewise, we strongly advise against the beginner to contemplate these sources without first asking for the assistance and guarantee of a professional. Therefore, we are pleased to offer an inspection and authentication service for any piece that presents itself at any of these settings. At your request, we will personally examine, authenticate in writing, negotiate, and attempt to purchase on your behalf any object that presents itself at public or private sale. This service comes with the same absolute guarantee of condition and authenticity that accompanies our stock. The commission rate for such services varies, but generally averages around 20% of the purchase price. Please contact us for further information.
OUR FEATURED ITEM
A very scarce original American mezzontint engraving entitled “Gen. Francis Marion Inviting a British Officer to Dinner, No. 1, 1840” .
This mezzotint was first published in 1840 by “The Apollo Association”; the first fine art promotion group in the United States. This large 17″ by 20″ image has very wide margins. The print is in excellent to very good condition. The paper is evenly lightly toned through out and nicely colored.
An exceptionally rare and desirable print that is hard to find in any state.
“The Apollo Association” made only two issues of this rare portrayal of a southern American Revolutionary event. The first series was done in 1840 and was given to the members of “The Apollo Association”, which at the time, had only seven-hundred members. A second issue was published in the next year.
There is a poem and there is a sentence or two in schoolbooks about the phantom general who sallied at night from his secret lair in the swamps of South Carolina to attack his British foe during The American Revolution. General Francis Marion, whom the Continental Congress commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel in September 1776, and later became Brigadier General in South Carolina’s Militia, once invited a British Officer to his secret swamp encampment, under the flag of truce, and served the esteemed British Officer a meal that consisted on only fire-baked “sweet-potatoes” and vinegar and water. “But surely, General”, the British Officer asked Marion, “this cannot be your usual fare”. “Indeed, Sir, it is” replied Marion, “and we are fortunate, on this occasion to have, entertaining you, our company, to have more than our usual allowance”. The visiting British Officer, whose name is thought to have been “Briton”, was so impressed by the American’s stamina in South Carolina’s deepest swamps and meager diet that he returned to the United Kingdom to resign his post as a British officer and became an adamant supporter of the American Revolution, full of sympathy and respect for the self-sacrificing American Patriots. This mezzotint depicts this poignant and dramatic scene.
PROVENANCE: A North Carolina family.
NOTES: Less than seven-hundred of these mezzzotints were made in the year 1840.
CONDITION: Overall, excellent. Recently professionaly de-acidified. Now framed according to musuem conservation standards, including UV glass.
An exceptional offering of rare South Caroliniana!
Our clients’ utmost satisfaction is our number one goal. We endeavor to provide them with a great selection of antiques of superior form and condition. To that same end, we proudly warrant the authenticity and condition of everything that is owned and placed in stock by Chicora Antiques, Inc. and provide this guarantee of authenticity in writing, as described in our descriptions and comprehensive invoices. We take great pride in offering this assurance of guarantee to collectors of fine antiques and decorative arts, however, we do not issue cash refunds under any circumstances, except those pertaining to misrepresentation, in which case, a resolution equivalent to the purchase price is conditionally issued for objects that Chicora Antiques, Inc. has owned and sold. Resolutions are not subject to negotiation, and is issued only as shop credit for future purchases for items owned by Chicora Antiques, Inc., less the cost of shipping and insurance, provided it is returned to us in the same condition. Our stock is carefully reviewed for quality and condition, conserved as needed by qualified artisans, then fully documented and described in our shop texts.
We are delighted to allow any item in our inventory to be shipped, or taken, on approval, for parties who are seriously interested. We do require that any object taken, or shipped on approval be paid for in full, including shipping charges, and tax of the sale, when applicable, before it is removed from our stock. Sales made out of state are tax-exempt. This generous approval option is subject to the same terms, guarantee, and condition of the sale, as is composed in our detailed invoices, which clearly states that we do not issue cash refunds, under any circumstances, other than those pertaining to misrepresentation of age, origin, provenance, or condition. If that remote event were to occur, an immediate reimbursement will be presented to the buyer as a credit towards future purchases, or exchanges, from our stock, less the cost of shipping and insurance, provided it is returned to us in the same condition.
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Assembling a fine collection takes time. Therefore, we do offer extended payments at no extra charge for certain items. The only provision we require is that the piece remain on our possession until payment in full has been made.
Upgrading Your Collection
Time for a re-evaluation of your fine arts collection? We can help! Our confidence in our stock is so sound, we are happy to issue 100% shop credit for any item that was previously owned and sold at retail price by Chicora Antiques, Inc. This generous policy allows our clients to upgrade, exchange, or even reduce their collection, as they wish. No explanation required! It is truly a pleasure to re-handle our own merchandise. Exchanges are not subject to negotiation, but unlike stock or bonds, there is no broker trading fee!
Chicora Antiques, Inc. Business Affiliations
- The Historic Columbia Foundation http://historiccolumbia.org/
- The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
- The Charleston Museum www.charlestonmuseum.org
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Wing www.metmuseum.org
- The Greenville County Museum of Art www.greenvillemuseum.org
- The High Museum, Atlanta Georgia www.high.org
- The Baltimore Museum of Art www.artbma.org
- The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts www.mesda.org
- The Winterthur Museum www.winterthur.org
- Historic Poplar Forest www.poplarforest.org
- Boscobel Museum www.boscobel.org
- Monticello Foundation www.monticello.org
- Bayou Bend Museum www.mfah.org/bayoubend
- Historic Drayton Hall www.draytonhall.org
- Middleton Place Foundation www.middletonplace.org
- Classical American Homes Preservation Trust www.classicalamerican.org
- The Dallas Museum of Art www.dallasmuseumofart.org
- The Columbus Museum www.columbusmuseum.com
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art www.philamuseum.org
- “The Collectors Art” Featuring some of the Worlds’s best
- Art and Antiques dealers www.collectorsnet.com
- The Valentine Richmond History Center http://richmondhistorycenter.com/
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